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My name is Elinor Randle and I’m part of Tmesis Theatre who are leading the PhysicalFest!
How did you first become interested in Physical Theatre?
I always liked doing physical comedy from when I was at University, which led me to apply after I did my degree, for what used to be the Physical Theatre Programme at Hope Street Ltd which I did in 2003. This was an amazing course where you did six months of workshops and three productions directed by physical practitioners, at the Unity as a company. This was when I really fell in love with physical theatre and found I enjoyed the really physical and more movement based work, which I wanted to develop. This is also where I met my creative partner, Yorgos.
What’s Tmesis all about?
Tmesis is myself and Yorgos Karamalegos- we formed as a company after leaving Hope Street in 2003. The first piece we did was a short piece for the Unity Scratch Season in 2003, we then went on to create four professional pieces which have toured nationally and internationally- Tmesis, Memento Mori, Anima and The Dreadful Hours. After being fed up of always having to travel to take part in good workshops ,we decided to create our own festival, Physical Fest, and bring the workshops to us in Liverpool! We are now on Physical Fest 7, and people come from all over the world to take part in the unique eight day festival as it’s the only specialised physical theatre workshop festival in Europe. We also get the chance to bring some great shows to Liverpool and some northwest premieres from amazing artists who’ve never been to Liverpool such as Yoshi Oida and Derevo.
Why should people come to see Double Bill and Fest Live?
The double bill is an excellent chance to see two highly skilled companies with very different styles of work in one evening. Some Other Future is an all male beautiful and moving duet with dancers from the fantastic Scottish Dance Theatre. this short piece is followed by The Big Smoke from Theatre Ad Infinitum. We’ve been following the company since we came across their first piece, Behind the Mirror in Edinburgh in 2008 which we loved. they create really skillful, captivating and interesting work and last came to the Unity with the one man show, The Oddessy. This show is a solo from the female in the company and is a unique and touching exploration of madness.
What does Unity Theatre mean to you?
The Unity Theatre have supported our company since it’s inception, our first three shows premiered there and we have benefitted greatly from the support and encouragement from Artistic Director, Graeme Phillips and lighting designer from the technical manager Phil Saunders. I love the work the Unity brings to Liverpool and the theatre is a fantastic space to perform in. We are looking forward to premiering our new show when we return to the Unity next year!
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