Meet the staff! Graeme (Artistic Director)
May 13, 2011, 4:44 pm
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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Graeme Phillips and I am the Artistic Director of Unity Theatre!

How did you come to be at Unity?

I was one of a small group of people who set up a lunchtime theatre company in the early 1980’s.  Unity had not been open long, and we often rehearsed there or borrowed from their props and costume store.  I was returning something one day when I heard that Unity was looking for a part time drama worker.  I applied and got the job!  Fast forward, two refurbishments and thousands of shows later and Unity is still here!

What’s the best thing about Unity?

Despite the fact that I book the programme, there is still the tingle caused by never quite knowing what is going to end up on the stage – there have been some great discoveries as well as a fair share of “whoops – how did that get there!” moments.  I work with a great team of people who really focus on presenting the work and the venue in the best possible light.  Also, all the local young artists and companies who have had, and continue to have contact with Unity at some stage in their careers.



Best show you’ve seen at Unity?

Difficult to choose just one as there are a few that are quite important to me.  The original, mint-fresh production of “Bouncers” where Unity was transformed into a disco for one night, and the place was packed. Lumiere & Son’s production of “Paradise” where I sat transfixed for two nights excited by how thrilling theatre can be and in retrospect the cast were a veritable who’s who of contemporary theatre. The first night of “Fall From Grace” – a one-off, really special piece of epic theatre.

Gold Mountain

Gold Mountain

Bringing off, to great acclaim, seven hours of total theatre in the shape of “Angels in America”. More recently “Gold Mountain” our first international co-production, and Vanishing Point’s “Interiors”, where the concept of telling a series of stories through body language, should have failed but in fact worked magnificently

Best show you’ve seen elsewhere?

Anything directed by Robert Lepage from work at the Royal National Theatre to shows with Cirque du Soleil – when working at full steam he really knows how to create theatre that gets to your core.

What advice would you give to someone wanting a career in theatre?

Be prepared to put in the graft – probably for little reward at the beginning.  Keep open minded – never stop learning your craft


Marketing and Cake
December 16, 2010, 5:01 pm
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Hello and welcome to the unitytheatre blog and particularly welcome to the first blog posted in the “Marketing Desk” category!

We wanted to find a way of being able to talk with you more easily in a more friendly, informal and maybe chatty way so we thought this could be the ideal forum to do this. But first to introductions: The Marketing Department consists of Sam (Marketing Manager, me…), Rachael (Marketing and Communications Officer), Paul (Marketing and Distribution Officer), Ged (Box Office Co-Ordinator) and an array of other staff who work regularly on our box office! We’ll explain what we all do at a later date!

This week we’ve just finalised our season brochure (check it out on our website) which will be hitting doorsteps in early January and has a huge amount of shows inside. We’ve been working to make our brochure easier to read and access over the last few months with a developed cleaner interior, shorter more concise copy, some colour coding and genre marking so you can get an idea of what all the shows are like. I found when I started at unitytheatre that I missed some shows which were fantastic because I wasn’t sure what they were about or why they’d be of interest to me, and some of the information hard to read and get excited about. Hopefully we should have sorted this a bit more: I can honestly say that there isn’t a single show in our new season I’m not interested in seeing! If you have any suggestions then please give them by commenting on this post!

In other exciting news this week (apart from our brilliant Christmas Show The Red Shoes and Terry Titter’s Christmas Caper) is the delivery of some beautiful cakes from the Camp Cupcake company from a theatre company we’ve helped out in London! Possibly the best cupcakes I have ever eaten… Highly recommended! Cakes will probably be mentioned regularly in this blog, we’re very much a cake-centric organisation, (is this common to all organisations?) the other obscure mention will be “The Drawer of Glee” which is not (as someone suggested) where we keep member of Glee locked up but is instead a drawer filled with an array of chocolate, sweets and other tasty delights…

So yes, here is our first blog entry, a little about marketing and a lot about cake.

Keep in touch and tell us what you think!

Best, Sam.

The Red Shoes – Reviews
December 10, 2010, 3:55 pm
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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

Our festive show is in full-swing with over 3,000 people booked to see Liverpool’s favourite family show. Early reviews are in and include:

You can always rely on The Unity Theatre to deliver an antidote to all those oh-no-he-isn’t, oh-yes-he is pantomimes that pop up at this time of year.”
Liverpool Echo – More…

The Unity Theatre may be one of the smaller theatres in Liverpool but the productions it puts on are as big as the heart at its core.
Liverpool Student Media –  More…

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you think of our production? Why not write a mini-review below? Or comment on the show!

Looking forward to hearing from you.