EXPECT fast-paced comedy from anarchic Liverpool theatre company Big Wow with its now annual New Year fixture at The Unity this week.
For the second year running, actors Matt Rutter and Tim Lynskey – and writer/director Robert Farquhar – bring their Tarantino-esque tale, The Art of Falling Apart, to the Hope Place theatre.
Last year, it was a first try-out for the show which follows a number of out-of-sorts people living out-of-kilter lives against a backdrop of a city on the edge of badly organised chaos.
Rutter is 30-something Callum, who wonders where his life is going and whether or not he has made the right choices, while Lynskey plays the show’s other characters.
“It hasn’t really changed much, we’ve just honed it a bit more, improved some scenes and some of the physical elements,” says Rutter.
“We got really quite an emotional response from some of the audience last time and touched a nerve with a few people. We had full houses and good responses, which is why we’ve come back again.”
Robert Farquhar’s script is described as “a piece of intricate storytelling about how we all cope with just being alive”.
The playwright met actors Rutter and Lynskey at Liverpool Hope University after being invited to see a sketch comedy they were putting on in the bar at the Unity, and a strong friendship has emerged alongside a passion for creating original comic theatre.
THE Art of Falling Apart is at the Unity Theatre from January 9-26.