Boisterous Theatre Company

A theatre company specifically dedicated to BAME communities.

Boisterous Theatre Company

Boisterous Theatre Company is the only theatre company in Liverpool specifically dedicated to BAME communities. We hope it will bring in people from all races to the theatre, helping us truly become a theatre for all the people of Liverpool.

Set up by Royal Court veterans Miriam Mussa and Maurice Bessman, the company will showcase the work of actors, writers, creatives and producers and create opportunities for Liverpool’s diverse communities.

Diversity in the cultural sector is a hotly debated topic by artists and organisations across the sector, therefore with backing from the Royal Court, Boisterous began.

So far, Boisterous have put on three successful productions.

  • An adaptation of Bouncers by John Godber performed in both the Studio and main stage at the Royal Court
  • Misunderstood? combined with Positive Impact

Miriam and Maurice are planning the next production. Watch this space.

Read Chris High’s interview with Maurice here.


Boisterous Stage Write Night
29 October

Come and join us for an evening of script in hand readings from our new writing programme ? Stage Write.

There will be a selection of 10 minute excerpts from some of the scripts that have been submitted over the last two months. This is the chance to get an early look at works in progress as a team of actors and creatives get them ready for the next stage.

Feedback from the audience and questions for any of the participants will be welcomed as we continue to develop the best in new writing.

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The Alternative Black Comedy Showcase
30 October

After sell-out Edinburgh shows in 2018, the Black Showcase comes to Liverpool. Host Che brings top black comics and rising stars from around the globe. With a special guest headliner to be revealed and local musical guests, the night isn’t just black comedy it’s black cabaret!

Vince Atta

Vince’s high-octane performances, stunning delivery & loop pedal genius leave you short of breath. Atta brings an inspiring touch of pathos which demonstrates an unerring ability to turn experience into bullet proof comedy.

Tayo Cousins

Raised in Manchester, Tayo found his feet as a performer in the comedy clubs of New York. It’s there that his Nigerian-born father resides, and though his paternal relationship may be somewhat frayed, his biological link to the Big Apple has helped mould his effortless, confident style and his razor sharp impressions.

Headliner and musical guests to be confirmed.

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Green Jackets Rehearsed Reading
1 November

It’s the late 60s and early 70s and music blasts from houses and clubs in Liverpool 8. Motown, Stax, Reggae, Ska, Jazz. An exciting eclectic mix of sounds. The style? Cool. Afro hair, black leather coats, gloves and berets, flared trousers, brightly coloured shirts and dresses. Music and style weaved joy through the area and helped a sense of community.

What also held the community together was a sense of threat and danger. The entire community was under the hammer of abuse and violence at the hands of those set against racial harmony.

When a group of young men and women decided they’d had enough of the oppression and things would have to change, they formed the Green Jackets, who then galvanized the youth of Liverpool 8 and embarked on an organized defensive strategy of the area. They also made valiant efforts to let the leaders of the City and the media know what was happening. The City looked the other way.

Boisterous present a rehearsed reading of Green Jackets, a play which tells the story of what can happen when peaceful protest becomes ineffective and more drastic and extraordinary measures are taken.

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Whats's on?

Variety Lunch Club 17 Jul 2024 - 09 Oct 2024

The Royal Court Variety Lunch Club runs throughout the year on Wednesday afternoons in the main theatre and is open

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Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase 27 Sep 2024

The Black is back! The Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase in partnership with Boisterous Theatre Co. bring the bigg

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Amy Gledhill – Make Me Look Fit On The Poster 14 Nov 2024

Amy Gledhill – Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, National Comedy Award nominee and 1/3 of cult double ac

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I Am Steven Gerrard 01 Aug 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

‘I know that it does sound weird to say, yeah? But I proper envy Steven Gerrard. You know, the football

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Variety Film Club: The Commitments (1991) 05 Sep 2024

Variety Film Club The team behind Variety Lunch Club have hatched a new plan so that you can come and have an after

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Part Vampire 28 Sep 2024

"Part Vampire" is an exhilarating musical comedy that features Phil Jones, the renowned lead singer of th

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Sisters Of Mersey 16 Jul 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

Sister Petra and Sister Fionola have grown up in St Elmo’s Convent in Dingle as identical twins but Monsignor

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Eddie Fortune – Single 20 Jul 2024

Single, 40 and living back with his Mum. Eddie has a history of failed relationships. He has done it all, he has da

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Lost Soul 2 16 Aug 2024 - 14 Sep 2024

Dave Kirby (Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, Lost Soul, Council Depot Blues, Reds & Blues) is back at The Court wit

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Girls Don’t Play Guitars 27 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024

The five star musical that shook 2019 is back! “One of the strongest shows the Royal Court has produced&

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The Scouse Red Riding Hood 08 Nov 2024 - 18 Jan 2025

Little Red is off her head. Her nan’s in bed and the wolf’s not fed. With a pan of scouse and a loaf of

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Stage Write Night 16 Jul 2024 - 12 Nov 2024

Come and join us for an evening of script in hand readings from our new writing programme – Stage Write.There

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Daliso Chaponda: Feed This Black Man Again 14 Sep 2024

Daliso did his first show Feed This Black Man 20 years ago. The jokes were mediocre, there was a rap about poverty

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Royal Court Stocking Fillers 05 Dec 2024 - 29 Dec 2024

A show that is fast becoming a Christmas tradition, we are delighted to welcome Stocking Fillers back to the Studio

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Royal Court Heritage Tour 29 Jul 2024 - 14 Oct 2024

The Royal Court is a Grade II listed building, a magnificent example of one of the best theatres built in the Art D

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Two Cities… Half The World Away 03 Sep 2024 - 07 Sep 2024

This is a story about the rivalry between the two great northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester and, the fact t

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Colin Hoult – Colin 09 Nov 2024

The 2022 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee heads back out on tour. This time as himself, Colin. As seen in Netflix&rsq

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It’s A Wonderful Life 19 Nov 2024 - 30 Nov 2024

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings…” It’s Christmas Eve, Bedford Falls

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Harry Baker – Wonderful 26 Jul 2024

After a sellout Edinburgh Fringe Run and subsequent 40-date UK Tour, World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker is back

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