The Little LTF event in Liverpool has revealed a programme of 14 new works to be premiered at the historic Bombed Out Church this Summer.
Little LTF is a new strand to the hugely successful Liverpool Theatre Festival, which was staged for the very first time last September in response to an ongoing need for live entertainment during Covid-19.
The outdoor festival at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in Liverpool city centre was created by Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms, who stepped in to bring entertainment back to audiences after theatres across the country were ordered to close their doors as part of the first Coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.
The festival was so well received last Autumn, that Bill was determined to take the event to the next level by introducing an open call for artists to submit new work with a chance to be premiered and showcased at its sister event.
Organisers were “overwhelmed by the incredible calibre of work and remarkable talent” of submissions.
Little LTF will run for seven days between Monday 12 July and Sunday 18 July 2021 – all productions included in the line-up will be seen by Liverpool audiences for the very first time at the festival.
The outdoor event will be staged within the church walls at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, a new set-up than the September festival, creating a more intimate, unique, covered Covid-secure performance space.
The 14 successful shows chosen for the Little LTF programme go on sale at 10am today (Friday). To book tickets visit the festival website at www.liverpooltheatrefestival.com
Genres represented in the diverse and inclusive programme covers Black arts, cabaret, comedy, disability arts, drama, family entertainment, LGBTQ, mental health, and musical theatre.
Producer and artistic director Bill Elms commented:
“The decision to introduce a sister event to Liverpool Theatre Festival for 2021 was most definitely a great move. Little LTF is unique as there are so few festivals who solely showcase new works. We had an excellent response to our call for submissions and the panel has been overwhelmed by the incredible calibre of work and remarkable talent across Liverpool City Region and the wider North West area.
“Creatives have really jumped on-board for this festival of new works, especially in this first year, so we’re excited for the future already. Work submitted was extremely creative, diverse, captivating and inspiring – it’s been a very uplifting experience and proved very difficult for the panel to select its final programme of shows.”
Shows run between 50 minutes and 75 minutes (see individual show listings on the website), there are no intervals. The festival will adhere to all Covid-19 and Government guidelines required at the time.
Little LFT will be followed by the return of Liverpool Theatre Festival from Wednesday 1 September to Sunday 12 September 2021. The festival features more mainstream and established acts, artists, and productions. The line-up will be announced shortly.
Liverpool Theatre Festival is sponsored by Falconer Chester Hall and supported by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres.
LITTLE LTF LINE-UP
A BRIEF CONVERSATION ABOUT THE INEVITABILITY OF LOVE
Monday 12 July 2021 at 7.30pm
Tuesday 13 July 2021 at 7.30pm
THE FORGOTTEN FOREST
Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 5pm
OLIVER BLACK DOUBLE BILL – TRAPPED: 12X8 AND STRING
Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 8pm
THIS SKIN OF MINE
Thursday 15 July 2021 at 6pm
PAUL ROBESON’S LOVE SONG
Thursday 15 July 2021 at 9pm
ADHD THE MUSICAL – CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE?
Friday 16 July 2021 at 6pm
Friday 16 July 2021 at 9pm
Saturday 17 July 2021 at 2.30pm
Saturday 17 July 2021 at 6pm
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY – THE ROCK OPERA
Saturday 17 July 2021 at 9pm
THE MONKEY WITH NO BUM – THE MUSICAL
Sunday 18 July 2021 at 1.30pm
12 – THE RAINBOW MONOLOGUES
Sunday 18 July 2021 at 5pm
THE UNFORGETTABLE ANNA MAY WONG
Sunday 18 July 2021 at 8pm
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