Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre is delighted to announce the launch of its Autumn 2018 Season, which runs from October to December 2018, and promises an eclectic programme rich with artistic delights.

Opening the season with performance art and storytelling, Mary Pearson’s FoMO, MoFo’s reflects on the consequences of continuous self-exposure on the psyche on Wednesday 10th October. Then on Saturday 13th October, Adverse Camber presents the funny, surreal, moving and true The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos, a storytelling show based on the life of poet Robert Desnos, who spent his final years in a World War II concentration camp. 

Continuing to champion contemporary music, jazz, Indian classical music and contemporary dance and performance art at an international level, the season boasts two festivals as the venue plays host to Milapfest’s Indika Festival (17th October – 3rd November) and MDI’s LEAP Dance Festival (2nd – 11th November).

Indika is regarded as one of Europe’s finest festivals of Indian arts, bringing together brilliant, innovative artists who create entirely new concepts of collaboration in Music and Dance. Milapfest will also be presenting a free admission Music for the Mind and Soul concert for sarod and tabla at 1pm on Saturday 24th November.

LEAP Festival celebrates MDI’s 25th year with a programme dedicated to the theme of Suffrage as a tribute to the Suffragist movement. A whole host of female inspired dance pieces will perform at The Capstone between the 2nd and 11th November as part of the festival programme. Following LEAP, on Tuesday 13thNovember one of Europe’s most in-demand dance companies, James Wilton Dance, presents its acrobatic tour-de-force The Storm.

Contemporary music features strongly throughout the season. On Sunday 14th October, Sound Affairs presents Radio Amore, a live musical mixtape fusing Baroque and contemporary works by Italian and British composers from Vivaldi through to Michael Nyman. Then the ninth edition of the Sonic Interactions concert series on Tuesday 30th October presents a showcase of music and sound, featuring compositions and performances created with technology and digital media with works by Liverpool Hope University composers Stephen Davismoon and Manuella Blackburn. Steve Boyland & Merseyside Improviser’s Orchestra present For Some Time, Nothing on Thursday 1st November, a fusion of poetry and free improvisation.

Serbian pianist Branka Parlic presents two concerts of American minimalist music for solo piano on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th November with a concert of The Piano Music of Philip Glass on Tuesday 20th November. British contemporary pianist and composer John Tilbury presents two concerts on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December the first of which is a solo piano recital of Morton Feldman’s late epic piano work For Bunita Marcus. Tilbury’s second concert on Tuesday 4th December is a performance of his own composition Lessness, a piece based on a Beckett text and performed with Merseyside Improviser’s Orchestra.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I are two concerts. The first, by Liverpool Mozart Orchestra on Saturday 17th November is a programme entitled We Will Remember Them, featuring music of the day including Ravel’s Le Tombeau De Couperin, Butterworth’s The Banks of the Green Willow and Vaughan William’s The Lark Ascending. Then later in the season on Wednesday 5th December Lithuanian pianist Lauryna Sableviciute presents a concert of Piano Music by Cecil Coles and other World War I Composers.

Throughout the season there are three concerts of contemporary Jazz. Supporting their new album, We are All, with a UK tour, multinational trio Phronesis bring their unique jazz grooves to the Capstone on Wednesday 31st October. This is followed on Wednesday 14th November with a concert by DJM Trio led by Cinematic Orchestra keyboardist Dominic J Marshall, whose music reinvents hip hop and R’n’B standards for jazz piano trio. Finally, an intimate solo piano concert by Courtney Pine collaborator Zoe Rahman on Friday 7th December completes Autumn’s musical offerings.

The spirit of Christmas is embraced with a family concert on Saturday 1st December by Capstone regulars Allerton Brass and then Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th December bringing the Autumn season to a close.

“This Autumn’s programme continues the Capstone’s longstanding championing of contemporary classical music and jazz within a multi-arts programme that embraces family concerts and shows, storytelling and contemporary dance. The theatre is especially delighted to be hosting MDI’s very impressive LEAP Dance Festival this year.” – Neil Campbell, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus Venue Manager

For full season listings check out the new season brochure:,83273,en.pdf

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