Saturday, May 25

The Story Forge: Make your own myths – Unity Theatre

Performed by a frightening pedigree of silliness, from Silly History Boys, Rubbish Shakespeare company, and Wing It Impro, The Story Forge is a family show, where myths and legends are improvised based on topics given to the actors by the audience. Historical experts (though I suspect not) Dr Professor Lee Hithersay, and Professor Doctor Robert Bond led us on adventures through time and space, educating us on the definitely accurate history of things like dog poo bags, and ointment.

The performance was great fun, perfectly pitched, and exactly what one would expect from an improvised piece of theatre. The clown work is fantastic, and whilst the show was a family one, the focus was where it ought to have been, which was on the kids.

There was a great understanding of the audience and the locale of the piece, with some hilarious moments aimed at Liverpudlians. The audience interaction was superb, particularly with the kids, but there were lots there for adults to enjoy too.

The physical theatre, predominantly from Hithersay, was atrociously funny, and he used every part of his body (and his clothing) to get into character as some hilarious creatures. The voice work, particularly from Bond, was excellent, and we can all only be grateful that there was a Welsh person in the audience, so we got to witness the Welsh accent.

I never expected to laugh so much, and the fantastic thing about an improv show is that you feel like you have had a totally unique experience that will never be replicated. The show had the perfect level of not taking itself too seriously.

The Story Forge was a perfect way to open Saturday at the Liverpool Improv Festival. This has felt like a truly special event and has been a joy to witness.  Unity theatre continues to be a significant cornerstone in the culture of our city. Congratulations to Unity and everyone involved with Liverpool Improv Festival.

Reviewer: Andrew Lee

Reviewed: 20th April 2024

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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