Rise Up: Liminal Theatre Productions dedicated creates theatre that is unapologetically political

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Liminal Theatre Productions (Liminal for short) is first and foremost a theatre for social change. All three of their members passionately believe that ‘theatre can change the world’ and this is what they continue to work towards. These women aren’t messing around.

Originally formed by Alia and Beth in their second year at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and recently joined by Claire, Liminal is a theatre company that is dedicated to creating theatre that is unapologetically political.

The theatre company was named Liminal following Alia and Beth’s second year studying. They were told by a lecturer that the year would be difficult, would test them, and so it would be a “liminal” journey.

Both Alia and Beth had individually performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and dreamed of returning with their own show, so they did. In August 2018, the pair performed The March at the Fringe. The March was their own personal retelling of their journey to the Women’s March in 2017 and the stories of other inspiring people they met on the way.

Liminal is certainly a unique theatre company as all the work that they create involves audience participation, questioning and discussing relevant topics today.

The company is also unique, as the three members as well as creating theatre together, continue to create their own theatre within the group too, meaning they are constantly creating work. Recently, Alia created a project enabling young people to discuss consent and boundaries, while Beth created a one-woman show of War of the Worlds, touring to primary schools and discussing climate change.

Liminal are thrilled to announce that on 7 July 2019, they will be running a theatre workshop at the Greater Manchester Fringe from 2pm – 4pm at the Miners Art and Music Community Centre. Creating Theatre – A Thespian’s Toolbox is for absolutely anyone who is interested in theatre, and the team will spend these two hours exploring lots of different ways to devise, create and structure a theatre piece.

Get yourselves down if you think that sounds of interest to
you!

Liminal Theatre Productions has been the highlight of the team’s three years at drama school, but they don’t want to stop here. The company are aiming to be set up as a company/charity within a year, which will allow them to apply for funding to continue to create community projects wherever they are in the UK, so look out for these inspiring women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

Quick-Fire Questions

In the theatre world, who inspires you? “Slung Low, Collective Encounters and KeeHigh” What is your favourite show that you’ve seen?A Dead Dog in a Suitcase by KeeHigh” What is your favourite genre of theatre? “we both have training in musical theatre, but overall it has to be political theatre” What do you think we need more of in theatre? “working class theatre makers”

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Sophie Garrod has loved the theatre since a very young age and always loved to write. Whilst studying journalism, media and cultural studies at Cardiff University, she set up her One Woman West End Show website. She also now works at a theatre, so has insights into how theatres operate and how shows are produced. She writes reviews, as well as opinion pieces that are light-hearted and those that tackle more serious issues such as disability and race in theatre.
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Sophie Garrod
Sophie Garrod has loved the theatre since a very young age and always loved to write. Whilst studying journalism, media and cultural studies at Cardiff University, she set up her One Woman West End Show website. She also now works at a theatre, so has insights into how theatres operate and how shows are produced. She writes reviews, as well as opinion pieces that are light-hearted and those that tackle more serious issues such as disability and race in theatre.

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