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Shows, songs and spectacular stories across Lancashire this Autumn

Spot On Lancashire – Autumn Season

September – December 2017

A season of shows, songs and spectacular stories is heading for village halls and libraries across Lancashire this Autumn.

Spot On Lancashire have announced their Autumn 2017 season, with 42 shows popping up in 34 different village halls and libraries across the county, beginning on Saturday 23 September.

The opening show sees the return of virtuoso classical guitarist, Howard Haigh, to the Spot On network. Howard will be performing at Padiham Library for a 2pm show. Howard will go on to play evening gigs at The Dog Inn in Belthorn and Fraser Hall in Cowan Bridge over the next two Saturdays.

Celebrating the inspirational women of the First World War, Louise Jordan’s musical tribute ‘No Petticoats Here’ will be touring Knott End, Garstang and Roughlee between the 12th and 14th October.

Continuing with the strong musical theme this Autumn, Tomato/Tomato will be crossing the Atlantic from Canada for their first ever UK tour. They will be bringing a blend of clever, quirky songs drawing on folk and Bluegrass to Heysham Library, Ansdell Library, Croston Old School, The Barlow in Edgworth and The Arts Centre at Burscough Wharf between the 22nd and 26th of November.

Jazz fans will love the acclaimed Pat McCarthy Quartet at Tarleton Library, Grindleton Pavilion and Melling Village Hall between 30 November and 2 December.

For theatre lovers there’s a broad selection from fairytales and fables to Wuthering classics and whodunnits!

Comic, poet and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee kicks of the season with ‘Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit’, touring Fleetwood Library and Poulton Library in September and appearing later in the season at Mellor Brook Community Centre.

For the more adventurous theatre-goer there’s ‘Cape Wrath’ by Third Angel. The show is about family, fellow travellers, whisky and the longest bus journey in Britain, told to an audience of 14 inside a minibus! Look out for the bus appearing in Garstang, Halton and Belthorn between 5th and 7th October.

Local lass Laura Mugridge and Tom Adams bring us a brand new comedy in ‘Bookish’, the audience have the opportunity to select from five mini shows inspired by five different books. The show will be popping up in Kirkham, Ansdell, Clitheroe and Borwick between 11th and 14th October.

Family audiences will love Half A String’s production ‘A Heart At Sea’, an epic musical folktale told with miniature puppets and a spectacular set. The show will be hosted in Coal Clough, Longton, Leyland and Morecambe libraries in mid October.

We also welcome the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company from South India who will perform their visually striking and sacred story, ‘Kathakali’ to audiences in Barnoldswick and Weeton in late October.

As part of the Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival, Spot On will be hosting two productions specifically created for young children. Joseph Coelho will perform ‘Fairytales Gone Bad’ at Skelmersdale Library on 25th October and Mashi Theatre bring their show ‘Tales of Birbal’ to Kingsfold Library on 28th October and The Bureau, Blackburn on 2nd Nov.

There’s more theatre on offer later in the month when Hotbuckle Productions will be bringing their performance of Wuthering Heights to The Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick on 7th November.

As the season draws to a close in December there are two opportunities to ‘Dress Up For Christmas’ with circus artists Circo Rum Ba Ba. The show is a wonderful adventure through fairytale and pantomime with lots of audience participation and slapstick to entertain all ages, coming to Bleasdale and New Longton.

Spot On are particularly pleased to be hosting dance artist, Keira Martin at the United Reformed Church in Read this October. Her show ‘Here Comes Trouble’ is supported by Arts Council funding from the Rural Touring Dance Initiative which aims to increase audiences for dance performances across the UK.

All shows have been brought to the county by Spot On Lancashire, supported with funding from Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council.

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

“This season’s programme focuses on storytelling and we’re really pleased that we can bring such a wealth of fascinating stories and voices to Lancashire. We’re delighted to nurture home-grown talent and to welcome international artists from Canada and India. Once again it’s a lineup that we believe offers something for everyone with plenty of opportunity to try something new. We can’t wait to get started!”

For more information about any of the shows call Lyndsey Wilson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.

See the full autumn 2017 season and details on how to get tickets at www.spotonlancashire.co.uk.

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