Inspired by the Unity Theatre's political past - it was previously called Merseyside Left Theatre, the members of the youth theatre have created and written a show which looks into the future of the arts and with the very hot topic of the EU Referendum still very much a talking point, looks at how the future could be shaped.
Responding very much to current affairs and to the theatre's political history it is good to see that even such heavy topics can influence and inspire, and the Unity has always been a shining light in this respect.
Then, Now & Neon Lights is a mix of stories and music performed by a strong cast of 20 members. Starting in the future, two 'robots' stamp our arms dividing us into two groups. We are then told to follow our respective guides in single file, this we are told is for 'our own safety'. And so the show begins. There are people hiding in cupboards and lurking in hallways. The future of theatre is considered, and in this case, the actors in the future are represented by robots that only 'act' when you insert money.
What is prominent in this piece are the issues that are clearly on the minds of members of the current youth theatre. With the Unity theatre itself on the cusp of change (it was awarded £435.000 from Arts Council England to help towards redevelopment which begins at the end of July) the future for the arts like everything else has been shaken.
The Unity youth theatre under the guidance of directors Carl Cockram and Laura Campbell are on the ball for current unique storytelling. Then, Now & Neon Lights shows what the Unity Theatre was and how it can be, seen through the eyes of future generation of entertainers. With futuristic costumes and makeup, over the top characters, Unity Youth theatre has produced an enjoyable alternative theatre experience.