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Liverpool Emerging Festival of Theatre 2020

Liverpool’s freshest artistic experience and a chance to watch the talent of tomorrow.

LJMU drama department is proud to present and host Liverpool’s newest arts festival
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LJMU Liveprool Screen School's Drama department is proud to present and host Liverpool’s newest arts festival - this will take place from the 26th of March – 4th of April, 2020. Audiences can watch up to three shows a day across a packed two weeks of original theatre, created by the next generation of theatre makers and writers and exclusively for an audience of curious minds and adventurous souls.

The LJMU drama festival is an annual event. This year we are celebrating its 25th anniversary. This platform has provided the opportunity for thousands of young theatre makers to cut their teeth before moving on and developing a career in the performing arts industry – significant alumni are currently working in numerous capacities:

Playwright and Screen Writer

Helen Blakeman: Award winning (BAFTA) freelance playwright and screen writer (BBC)

Ella Carmen Greenhill: Freelance playwright and screen writer for TV including Coronation Street and The Dumping ground (ITV and BBC)

Stephen Morrison: Screen writer, Man Down (written with Greg Davies) (Sky)

Joe Ward Munrow: Award winning freelance playwright, winner of 2018 Mercury Weinberger Playwriting Prize

Esther Wilson: Award winning (BAFTA) freelance playwright and screen / radio writer (BBC)

Artistic Directors / Directors / Producers

James Blackman-Mackenzie: Chief executive, Eden Court Arts Centre, Inverness

Lorne Campbell: Artistic Director, National Theatre of Wales

Gordon Miller: Artistic Director, The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Ben Petit-Wade: Artistic Director / Director, Hijinx Theatre Company, Cardiff

Elinor Randle: Artistic Director / Director, Tmesis Theatre, Liverpool

Michelle Grant: Producer, Everyman and Playhouse

Chris Tomlinson: Associate Director (YEP) Freelance Director, Liverpool

Actors: Stage and Screen

Siwan Bowen-Davies: National Theatre of Wales, BBC, S4C

Claire Foy: (multi award winning screen actor) The Crown, Little Dorrit, Sky, Netflix

Amaka Okafor: National Theatre, Royal court, The Young Vic, Duke of York’s, Shared Experience

Felix Heyes: RSC, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, BBC

Darmesh Patel: RSC, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, BBC, ITV

Oliver Mellor: Dr Matt Carter in Coronation Street. Also Hollyoaks, Dr Who, Emmerdale

Vicky Pattison: Reality TV star including Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach, I’m a Celebrity, Celebrity Masterchef


For all enquiries please contact Mark Smith:



Thursday 26th of March – Saturday 28th of March

John Foster Drama Studio

Vicenarian – 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm

Beasts and Beauties written by Carol Ann Duffy - 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 1:30pm


Joe H Makin Drama Centre

How to build a home -1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm

Punching Tales written by Olivia Andringa - 6:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm


Thursday the 2nd of April – Saturday the 4th of April


John Foster Drama Studio

Pigs Ear written by Andrew Cullen - 12:30pm, 6:30pm, 2pm

Tell me more - 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Female Transport written by Steve Gooch - 3:30pm, 12:30pm, 6pm


Joe H Makin Drama Centre

Hotel 3 - 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm

Unborn – 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 1:30pm

Godmother Death – 6:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm