Rediscovering the Radical is hosted by LIPA and Collective Encounters in conjunction with Unity Theatre.
LIPA, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by our Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty and is housed in his old school, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-ofthe-art performing arts higher education institution. Today LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older. LIPA provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show (performers and those who make performance possible), uniquely blending specialist and generic skills. LIPA offers degree courses in Acting, Community Drama, Dance, Music Theatre and Entertainment Management, Music, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Theatre and Performance Technology. We also
run full-time one year Foundation Certificates in Commercial Dance and Popular Music and Sound Technology.
Collective Encounters is a professional arts organisation specialising in theatre for social change through collaborative practice. The company uses theatre to engage those on the margins of society, telling untold stories and tackling the local, national and international concerns of our time. Collective Encounters believes that the arts are vital to a healthy, thriving society and positions itself within the multitude of opposition to the political status quo.
Unity Theatre is Liverpool’s small-scale theatre with big ambitions. Their work is challenging, innovative, risky and unusual. Their mission is to increase the quality and quanitity of the performing arts available on Merseyside by encouraging creativity, participation, innovation and diversity.