Liverpool's first Little LTF festival hailed a hit


Little LTF's venue - central Liverpool's St Luke’s bombed-out theatre
Little LTF's venue - central Liverpool's St Luke’s bombed-out theatre

Liverpool’s Little LTF festival of new plays has been hailed a great success, with six of the 15 performances sold out, organisers report.

Thirteen new works were premiered at the first outdoor live theatre festival from July 12-18, a sister event to the main Liverpool Theatre Festival first staged in September 2020. Little LTF was launched to promote new works and rising talent as lockdown restrictions were lifted.

The undercover event, within the walls at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in the heart of Liverpool, came less than two months before the main festival.

During Little LTF, 1,200 people watched 15 performances by 13 companies, and extra performances had to be added of two productions – ADHD The Musical – Can I Have Your Attention Please? by Dora Colquhoun and The Monkey With No Bum – The Musical by Asa Murphy.

Festival director and organiser Bill Elms commented: We couldn't have asked for a more perfect inaugural event. It was a risk adding an additional strand to Liverpool Theatre Festival 2021 in these very uncertain times, but we’ve proved that there is definitely a place for Little LTF in the city and as part of the festival.

“All the shows have the potential to develop and move on to further presentations. It’s been an honour to provide the platform to showcase our region’s talent, especially following the year the industry has had to endure.”

The main festival will return from September 1-12, and features 2Gorgeous4U by Mark Davies Markham, followed by The Last Five Years, Everybody’s Talking About Musicals, Electric Dreams, Opera Beneath The Stars, Broken Biscuits, Laughterhouse Comedy, and Something About George – The George Harrison Story. More shows are still to be announced.