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Take a tour round our new season of arts events across Lancashire

A brand new season of arts events, including theatre, dance, music and family shows will visit Lancashire’s rural venues and libraries this spring.

Spot On Lancashire’s season, which features 26 events from 12 different companies, opens on Saturday 3 March with a passionate and comedic piece of contemporary dance. Spiltmilk bring their show “The Little Love Cabaret”, inspired by real love stories collected from contributors aged 2-92 across the country, to Fraser Hall in Cowan Bridge at 7.30pm.

The show is the first of three to be brought to the county through the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, a three year project, supported by Arts Council England, to make and tour dance performances in rural areas. bgroup (headed by internationally renowned choreographer, Ben Wright), who perform their show “Point of Echoes” in Fleetwood on 9 March, will be the second company to perform in the county as part of the initiative. With Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance, performing their show “May Contain Food, May Contain You” at Whitechapel Village Hall on 10 March, as the last serving of dance for the season.

In March, lauded guitarist Clive Carroll brings his solo guitar show “1000 Years of Music”, to Longton, Dunsop Bridge and Hoghton. The show spans the ages, from medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta Blues, Django Reinhardt through to The Beatles.

Storyteller Emily Hennessey and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee take the audience for a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through Hindu mythology when they bring “Kali – The World’s Wildest Goddess” to Barnoldswick and Blackburn in April.

There’s plenty on offer for theatre fans starting with renowned rural touring company Red Ladder and their one woman musical “Wrong ‘Un – A Suffragette Story”, which celebrates the centenary of the right to vote and visits Whitworth Library and Halton in March.

Sam Brady brings a double bill of performance as he performs his uplifting stand-up show “Kindness” and pairs it with his new lighthearted play based on his father’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, “Things I Say When I Don’t Say I Love You”. The show was developed in partnership with The Lowry, and will be performed in Mellor Brook and Simonstone in March.

“Chip Shop Chips”, returns to Lancashire after a sell out run for Box of Tricks. Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, brace yourself for an immersive love story set to Northern Soul and served with a fish and chip supper. The show will be hosted in Bleasdale, Tockholes andLongton in April.

This season’s live screening is NTLive’s “Julius Caesar”, Nicholas Hytner’s production starring Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder and David Morrissey. The show is performed in promenade, thrusting the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. The show will be screened at Parbold in March.

For children, award-winning performers The Bone Ensemble, bring “Where’s My Igloo Gone”, an extraordinary journey across an arctic world, to Heysham Library in March.

To finish off the season in style there are two musical acts travelling over from Canada, with Rebecca Perry bringing her tribute to the femme fatales of Hollywood to Garstang, Ansdell, Edgworth, Roughlee and Clitheroe in April, before West My Friend, a trio described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, head to Clayton Green, Tosside, Melling and Weeton in May.

Speaking ahead of the season, Spot On Lancashire’s Lyndsey Wilson said:

“We’re extremely excited to be able to bring such a high-quality and varied programme to Lancashire this spring, starting with a week of Rural Touring Dance Initiative performances. There really is something for everyone and you can expect the warmest of welcomes from our volunteer promoters wherever you go.”

She added:

“It’ll be lovely to welcome back Canadian artist Rebecca Perry and Manchester based Box of Tricks after such successful tours in previous seasons here in Lancashire. We can’t wait to get started!”

For more information about any of the shows, details on how to buy tickets or to see the full Spot On spring season, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk.

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