New Year, New Home

After some huge successes last year, Grin is getting even bigger for 2017! With a new venue, new faces, new opportunities and new plays on the horizon, things are moving fast.

New Venue

At the start of this year, we moved into our new permanent home. HUS on Tithebarn Street is one of the city’s newest bars and the latest offering from the minds behind The Baltic Social. In addition to its excellent bar and restaurant, HUS provides an brilliant performance space that’s perfect for Grin’s first permanent home. Its position right in the centre of Liverpool (and next to the Stanley Street Quarter) will give Grin the perfect opportunity to build on our success representing the LGBT+ community.

Some of our new repertory company in Dark Voices, December 2016

New Faces

Grin is growing and we’re always pleased to welcome new people into the team. Nic Hardman has joined us as our new Assistant Artistic Director, and will work closely with Kiefer Wes Williams to drive Grin’s creative direction throughout the year.

We’re also delighted to say hello to our new repertory company of actors. Bringing together some of the best talent that Merseyside has to offer, we are very excited to develop new work with this core group of performers. You can find out more about each performer in our upcoming blog profiles.

Last year’s The Play’s The Thing group

New Opportunities

A new year brings new opportunities to get involved. At the start of February we launched our free acting workshops, which are aimed at everyone from beginners to professionals. Each workshop is led by fully qualified actors and dramatists, who will teach the techniques and dynamics of acting. You can find out more information on the Improvistation Facebook group. Come along and be a part of the drama!

On top of this, our The Play’s The Thing writing course has returned. Working in association with Writing on the Wall and the Everyman Theatre, we are supporting 17 local writers as they write new half hour plays. Each script will be reviewed by Grin’s Artistic Director and Writer in Residence, as well as by members of Writing on the Wall and the Everyman. The best script will then be performed as a rehearsed reading as part of the Writing on the Wall festival this May.

New Plays

Of course, a new year also brings new plays! Our annual showcase Queertet will come back bigger and better this summer for Liverpool Pride, whilst March sees the first full-length show from Writer in Residence Will Cooper – Stepping Out.

Maxine and Graham may be walking down the aisle – but their teenage sons are completely out of step. Kevin is quiet, devout, and struggling to find his feet in life. Meanwhile, Toby is loud, proud, high on hormones – and as heathen as they come.

Tomorrow, they’ll be roomies. Today, they’re trapped in a church – just the two of them. (Unless you count God. Which Toby doesn’t.)

As the boys lock horns over love, loss and liturgy, secrets emerge. The road to brotherhood has never been so awkward…

Directed by John Bird and starring members of our new repertory company, Stepping Out will be our first ever show at HUS. Come along at 7:30 on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March to watch Grin take its first steps in our new home!

Tickets cost £4 on the door. Follow Grin on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for more updates.

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