55 performers and technicians, under the guidance of four guest artists, have worked together to make live performances for our annual TaPP Fest LIVE festival. 

New Adelphi Theatre welcomes Rachel McMurray, Mole Wetherell, Ann Nelson and Vita Fox as they each make new work with Theatre and Technical Theatre students.  

TaPP Fest LIVE’s guest artists have selected play texts, or devising approaches, that our student performers and technicians have experimented with. Expect to see a giant hotdog, nine bears in a room full of children, and fast paced multi-rolling. 

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the festival, which spans across the New Adelphi Theatre, the Media City UK Digital Performance Lab and The Lowry, and hope you’ll join us in supporting our students in their first public performance of the year. 
It is with great pride that we continue to dedicate TaPP Fest LIVE to the lasting memory of our friend and graduate Liam Byrne. Liam graduated from Salford in 2015 with a first-class honours degree in Contemporary Performance.  

Through the generosity of Liam’s family, the In Memory of Liam Byrne: A Maker of Extraordinary Things award marks the ambitious work Liam used to make. Students are eligible to apply for the award to support their growing practice.  


Friday 14 January 2022, The Lowry Studio, 7:30pm,  

Directed by Mole Wetherell 

Mole Wetherell is a visual artist and theatre maker. He has been the artistic director of Reckless Sleepers since its inception over 30 years ago. He has been the creative force in developing all of Reckless Sleepers’ performance projects and programs. 

The Government Inspector  

Thursday 20 January 2022, New Adelphi Theatre, 7:30pm 

Directed by Ann Nelson 

Ann Nelson was a co-founder, artistic director and performer with Rejects Revenge Theatre Company for eighteen years, creating original work for national and international touring (Spain, Pakistan, Greece, Turkey, Singapore), scooping two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts along the way. Ann is a currently a freelance director, drama lecturer and actor, working predominantly in comedy theatre, improvisation and storytelling.  

Love and Information 

Friday 21 January 2022, New Adelphi Studio, 7:30pm 

Directed by Rachel McMurray

Rachel is a Northwest based theatre director, writer, and applied theatre practitioner. She is the artistic director of Fine Comb Theatre Company, currently associate artists at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Rachel regularly delivers drama and performance-based projects with community groups across the Northwest.

The Wonderful World of Dissocia 

Monday 24 January 2022, Robert Powell Theatre, University of Salford, 7:30pm 

Directed by Vita Fox 

Vita is the Artistic Director of Happenchance, Associate Artist at New Adelphi Theatre, Artist in Residence at The Old Print Works 2018-19 and Edinburgh TV Fest’s New Voice Award finalist. She is the co-founder of Office Mystery Party and was the semi-finalist for BBC Radio’s Norman Beaton Fellowship.


“Alongside devising, creating and rehearsing their four pieces of work, our performers and technologists took on more creative control in TaPP Fest LIVE. They each chose individual production roles and created professional standard marketing packs, online publicity content, and promotional materials. 

They have put into practice the knowledge shared in online masterclasses in Digital Engagement, Visual Design and Professional Practice, facilitated by Ash Cox, Hannah Briggs and I, to create impressive, high quality and engaging materials that support their learning, and this has developed them as artists.   

Navigating creating this volume of material, alongside adapting to making work for a live space again has been a massive achievement for our TaPP Fest LIVE cohort. The New Adelphi Theatre are so excited to see the performers and technologists finally take to the stage and tech desks again, and for you to join us as they share this work with a live audience.” – Georgia Lynch, Performance Assistant and TaPP Fest Festival Coordinator.


Please note that face coverings are required in all indoor spaces. We ask that you wear a face covering at all times (unless exempt) when in the building and when in the theatre watching the performance. We are working to a 1m+ policy in our spaces, so we ask that you keep a social distance when in the building, waiting at box office and in the performance space. Seating in the performance space is socially distanced. Please book in advance online and there will be no tickets available on the door. We appreciate your support and understanding.


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