The opening season for the new look Unity thus far has proved to be strong. As is usual it mixes the amateur with the professional making the Unity a unique springboard for all artists and creatives who want to tell their story. Unity continues to support all who have a foot in the industry and for the next few nights, it is the turn of award winning local girl Lizzie Nunnery.
Inspired by the works of Liverpool poet Adrian Henri, Nunnery has created a visual piece of storytelling, fusing beat poetry with folk song, electronic composition with live brass & percussion. Her story is of Liverpool - our city - focusing on L8 and brings together with music and documentary film of people who live in that community, their memories of how their neighbourhood has changed.
Not only has Nunnery written this piece, she also performs it. Her style of performance is beat poetry and flows nicely with the music, creating a very rhythmic beat and she breaks the narrative with the videos of L8 and the dialogue of the people in the film projected onto a brick wall.
Nunnery is very good at highlighting issues that are the beating heart of the community and pieces it together to tell other peoples stories. She has done just that in this 50-minute piece. The soundtrack plays an important role in creating the atmosphere to this show and is performed wonderfully by Martin Heslop, Martin Smith and Vidar Norheim.
Nunnery has created a strong piece of storytelling that engages the audience on more than one level. It is a show that pulls you in with its warmth, a trip down memory lane for many as Liverpool of old is projected in front of you. Nunnery, as always, handles these memories with care and delivers a very engaging and moving performance.