Take a tour around a new season of arts events across Lancashire
A brand new season of arts events, including theatre, storytelling, music and family shows will visit Lancashire’s rural venues and libraries this autumn.
Spot On Lancashire’s season, which features 30 events from 11 different companies, opens on Friday 6 October with a comic radio play presented live on stage. Ragged Edge Productions bring their show “The Mystery of the Blue Moon Saloon” to Lostock Hall Library at 7pm. The show then moves on to Bolton-Le-Sands Library the next evening and Parbold Village Hall on the Sunday.
This season also sees the fruition of two Spot On Lancashire theatre commissions. “After Supper Ghost Stories” is a dramatically dark reading of Jerome K Jerome’s book of the same name. The show created by Gav Cross is the result of support from the Rekindle project which will see additional funding going to the five libraries within Blackburn with Darwen borough over the next three years. The second is a performance by Miranda Prag, researched and developed with Lancashire library audiences last year. “An Attempt To Lose Time” will be appearing at Fairhaven Lake and Clitheroe Library in November. For information on both shows please visit the Spot On website: www.spotonlancashire.co.uk
In October, children’s author Oliver Sykes comesto Blackburn when he presents his solo show “Alfie’s First Fight” at Blackburn Central Library as part of a continued support for the Children’s Literature Festival.
There’s plenty on offer for music fans starting with compelling songs in Urdu and English from Samia Malik. Her show “Songs To Heal and Empower” is a unique combination of Eastern melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Samia will visit Brierfield and Blackburn in October.
Lancashire sees the return of internationally acclaimed FreePlay who are an a cappella live-looping duo from Canada. Their show “Talk To Me” combines ancient Indian vocal percussion with classical music, jazz with pop and everything in between. The duo visit Heysham Library and Mellor Brook.
The Gelatos, a Lancashire based jazz trio, bring a whole host of catchy jazz tunes to three Lancashire venues. They’ll be performing their show at Poulton Le Fylde, Tockholes and Longridge in November.
If you’re looking for activities to occupy the whole family, look no further than the October half term programme. Kickstarting the shows is an interactive dance performance from Hawk Dance & The Knotted Project. Their brilliant show “The Greatest Robot Ever” is leaping into six venues over three days, with performances in Blackburn, Wyre, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.
For children aged 3+ there’s an opportunity to see “Luna Loves Library Day The Musical” at Burnley Library and Darwen Library. The show is co-written by musician David Gibb and Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho. It’s a perfect treat for families to enjoy in a library setting over half term.
If theatre is more your style then come and watch Yasmeen Ghrawi’s “From The Daughter of a Dictator”. The show is a personal journey of migration fused with questions about how Western society envisions democracy. With dates in early November in Barnoldswick and Halton it is sure to spark discussion amongst audiences.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum welcomes TV comedian Lubna Kerr with her autobiographical show “Tickbox 2” in November. The show charts the culture shock of moving from a comfortable middle-class life in Pakistan to Govan in Glasgow.
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 autumn and it’s wonderful to also be including two of our recent commissions into the season. There really is something for everyone and you can expect the warmest of welcomes from our volunteer promoters wherever you go.”
For more information about any of the shows, details on how to buy tickets or to see the full Spot On autumn season, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk.