Unity Theatre: Up Next Festival 2023

Unity Theatre: Up Next Festival 2023

Unity Theatre: Up Next Festival 2023

Venue: Unity Theatre
Date(s): 4.10.23 - 14.10.23
Time(s): All Day

Wednesday 4th — Saturday 14th October

A two-week arts festival celebrating Merseyside artists
Part of the Unity Open Call Programme


Up Next Festival is back for 2023 for our annual celebration of Merseyside artists, and this year it’s bigger than ever.

This October, join us for an extended two-week arts festival featuring brand-new shows from Merseyside’s most exciting artists and companies.

This year’s festival includes newly commissioned works across a range of artforms including world premiere plays, poetry, cabaret, sound installations and music.

As well as the packed theatre programme, this mega line-up also includes the first ever Up Next Comedy Night, a brand-new exhibition, DJs, panel discussions, creative events and more.

The line-up of artists, selected through Unity Open Call 2023, includes:

Andrew McKay / Filla Crack
Daniel Foxsmith & Moncef Mansur
Helen Jeffery
Jess Green
Natalie Denny & Skywrites LTD
Olayemi Z. Ade
Sasha Georgette
Sonic Mutiny
The Barry Brian and Bean Company
Tip Tray Theatre

+ live comedy from Sian DaviesAlex Stringer & Niki Rooney and a brand-new exhibition from Hellen Songa.

All theatre shows are available to book now, with the full line-up of music and special events announced in September. Scroll for full event listings…


Booking Tickets:
  • Single Tickets: Individual tickets for all events are £8 / £6 Creative’Pool. See individual line-up here or scroll below
  • Double Tickets: Book for two shows on the same day for just £14 (£2 saving) Book on individual show booking page
  • Festival Pass Wristband: After selling out in 2022, our limited-edition Festival Pass Wristbands return for this year’s festival. The Festival Pass is just £25 per week and gives you access to all events in your chosen week (saving you £23). What’s more, you’ll get an exclusive Up Next Festival Wristband to gain entry into all shows and 10% off at the Unity Bar. View the Week 1 and 2 Pass options and book here


  • Wed 4 Oct, 18:00: Hellen Songa Exhibition Launch Event
  • Wed 4 Oct, 20:00: Andrew Mckay / Filla Crack
  • Fri 6 Oct, 18:15: BERBER BOY by Daniel Foxsmith & Moncef Mansur
  • Fri 6 Oct, 20:00: Space Invaders x Liar by Tip Tray Theatre
  • Sat 7 Oct, 18:15: Borrowed by Sasha Georgette
  • Sat 7 Oct, 20:00: At The End of the Day She’s Still Your Mother by Jess Green


  • Wed 11 Oct, 18:15 & 18:30: Earth is Lost by Sonic Mutiny
  • Wed 11 Oct, 19:30: Sass: A Chained Melody by Olayemi Z. Ade
  • Fri 13 Oct, 18:15: Revival by Natalie Denny
  • Fri 13 Oct, 20:00: Smashed by Helen Jeffery
  • Sat 14 Oct, 18:15: Cockroach by The Barry Brian and Bean Company
  • Sat 14 Oct, 20:00: Up Next Comedy Night

+ Special Events announced in September

Up Next Festival has been made possible thanks to our Open Call Crowdfunder 2023 Donors and funding from The Arts Society and The Granada Foundation.