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Tmesis Theatre's Elinor Randle on this year's Young Physical Fest 2015

We chat to Elinor Randle, Artistic Director of Tmesis Theatre, about Young Physical Fest 2015 (Sat 2 & Sun 3 May at the Bluecoat).

Can you tell us a bit about Young Physical Fest and how it came about?

I was really interested in working with different groups of people as I didn’t want our work or the festival to just reach professionals and artists. The Bluecoat were already a partner for the festival and I knew they had a strong Participation programme, so I chatted to Bec Fearon (Head of Engagement) and we came up with the idea of a weekend prior to the festival especially for young people and participatory projects. I feel we have something to share with everyone and I hope to engage all people through the festival and art form. Young Physical Fest began last year and included workshops for families and young people as well as a showing off the result of a 12-week physical theatre performance project made by Tmesis Theatre, local students and Blue Room (a group of learning disabled adults based at the Bluecoat). Last year went really well, so I’ve worked on developing it and expanding it for this year, particularly the performance programme, which I’m really excited about!

Can you give us a brief summary of what type of thing is in store for Young Physical Fest this year and what audiences/participants can expect?

Over Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 of May audiences will be able to watch performances, see street theatre, and take part in family friendly workshops- I am very pleased that we can offer all this for FREE! 

We have an amazing company, Urban Playground doing a fast paced physical piece using parkour on a structure on Church St, Community Street Theatre Project performed by young people in the Bluecoat gardens, A Punch and Judy performance from Foolsize Theatre, a piece made by teenagers about what it’s like to be 17 in 2015, another performance from Blue Room and Tmesis, as well as two days of workshops in puppetry, circus skills, stage combat, theatre games and a lovely workshop for under 5’s from children’s theatre company, Travelled Companions. 

What was your favorite moment of Young Physical Fest 2014? 

There were lots, but I think my favorite was seeing the reaction to the Blue Room performance and seeing how much the group enjoyed performing to their family and friends. 

Tell us a bit about who you're working with for the main festival this year?

 Our main festival programme runs from 22-30 May and is packed with street theatre from the Eggmen, Boom Booms and Conflux, workshops every day, events and performances from amazing artists including crazy circus company, Animal Religion from Spain, Wendy Houstoun (a founder member of DV8), the brilliant Jamie Wood with his hilarious show O No! about Yoko Ono, and we have a new clown show at the Bluecoat on Sun 24 from Leebo Luby - Faruchio Peru is Extraordinaire which is really brilliant and funny.

What are your plans for the future of the festival? 

I would like to continue to develop the Young Fest weekend and our work with different groups of people within the city.  I’m also excited to expand on outdoor and site-specific work and utilise some of the weird and wonderful spaces we have in the city - and continue to bring exciting international artists who’ve never been to Liverpool before.


View the Young Physical Fest programme here

Young Physical Fest is an annual weekend of FREE physical theatre workshops and shows for young people and families. The weekend features workshops and performances delivered in many different styles of physical theatre and aims to bring world class practitioners and artists to be involved, many of whom would not normally work in Liverpool.

Young Physical Fest is hosted by Tmesis Theatre, who have been based in Liverpool for the past ten years, producing and touring acclaimed physical theatre shows and running participatory projects.


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