A Cockpit Production


An inaugural weekend of live art.

10TH - 12TH JUNE 2016


For three days in June The Cockpit hosts performance and events exploring Family/Antifamily.
The horror of siblings, the curse of parents, the gruesome drudgery of children, the sadness of monogamy.
Can it all change with new gender politics, IVF, gene sharing and metrosexuality?
Are there really cures for close relations? Or are we stuck with the nuclear family forever?
Expect events, performance and the odd show from some of our leading outré performers and experience some of the UK’s most exciting live artists.

Plus a good deal of very lively debate, screenings and more - not just in the main theatre, but in off-stage spaces and the intimate bar within our 1960’s building.


Curated by Liverpool’s live artist , writer and broadcaster Roger Hill, this 3-day programme hosts performance and events exploring The Family, traditional and otherwise.

Performances include Catherine Hoffman's Free Lunch With The StenchWenchRichard DeDomenici's 99 Balloons, Gerry Potter's Son of Liverpool, Lucy Hutson's collaboration with her Father Bi-Curious George & Other Side Kicks, a brand new show Preconception by Twice Shy Theatre made exclusively for the festival plus Rosana Cade, with her intimate one-on-one piece My Sister Taught Me This Lapdance, story telling from Alys Torrance My Son and Heir from Search Party and Consolation from Roger Hill aka Mandy Romero
For those with doubts about family in general, Beyond Bloodlines starts to  explore the options. What do we need family to become, what will we lose if it changes? Is family the only real form of human community with any lasting worth?  A sacred model? Or is it a state enforced construct only useful for supporting an outmoded patriarchal-industrial complex?  And what if you don’t have a family? What about the family of one?




A Day Ticket allows you to see all the shows, talks and events for that day.

Even better, purchase a Weekend Pass and come to all 3 days with unlimited access.

Click here to book tickets

Dave Wybrow, Artistic Director of the Cockpit says:

‘We're a theatre of ideas and disruptive panache, and we want to program work with strong feelings about the limitations as well as the joys of Family Life As We Know It - especially now that scientific and social developments are making radical change increasingly possible. It’s also an opportunity to invite Liverpool's espected arts champion and living treasure Roger Hill to London to co-curate live art; a genre he has been working internationally within for decades, when not teaching at the Liverpool Institute for performing Arts, advising national and local government on cultural provision, hosting his weekly radio show or performing as Mandy Romero”.

About Roger Hill

Roger Hill is a freelance director, performer, arts and education consultant, writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He has presented the nation’s longest running alternative music programme on BBC Radio Merseyside for nearly 35 years. Having played a prominent part in the development of Youth Theatre; he began his professional career at a director at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in the 1980’s.
He has taught Live Art at Liverpool Hope University, and his own Live Art work, as the performance “other”, Mandy Romero, includes positions as Associate Live Artist at the Liverpool Bluecoat Arts Centre, an Arts Council Fellowship in Live Art based at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, work with Tate Liverpool, and a series of photo-documented performance actions in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. His recent work involves autobiographical performance pieces, and excerpts from his 40 years of diaries, “My Book Of Days”, are now published on Amazon Kindle.