A new season of Spot On Shorts will premiere on October 22, and will be free to watch on Facebook and YouTube. Following an acclaimed first season in the Spring, this Autumn programme has been produced in partnership with Lancashire Libraries and The Space and will see one short film per week over six weeks. The programme features performances from professional writers, storytellers and actors and has been commissioned by Spot On Lancashire.
Starting on 22 October, a new film will be released every Thursday at 7pm for six weeks. The films will be free to watch on Facebook and YouTube as well as the Spot On website. Spot On Shorts are designed to offer a ten minute respite from the news or the stress of lockdown. Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, take ten minutes to enjoy a brand new performance made just for you.
This season includes new writing about women inspired by an old Scottish lullaby from poet, Ellen Renton; a retelling of an old Gujarat tale about the earth by storyteller Peter Chand and a humorous take on memorial benches by actor, Jake Oldershaw.
The first season of ten minute stories was Spot On’s response to the lockdown back in March. Funded by Lancashire County Council and Arts Council England, it was a way to keep contact with audiences and provide a much needed, if small, employment opportunity to freelance artists. What started as a mini project to occupy staff and entertain audiences resulted in 25 artists employed and over 30,000 views across platforms. Season Two continues to build on these needs for the Lancashire community with a focus on mental wellbeing.
Sue Robinson from Spot On Lancashire said, “This project has kept us busy and entertained thousands of people in these difficult times when we were all isolated. It has been good to make connections at a time when we can’t connect in person. Creativity is important to wellbeing – artists and audiences alike. We’ve been on a creative learning roller-coaster and with the help of our partners, Season Two promises to be even bigger and better”.
Lancashire Library Services have been involved from the start and see Spot On Shorts as a way of maintaining contact with their users while they can only offer a reduced physical service.
Spot On is planning a specially commissioned pantomime story for December and a series of stories for children and families will follow in January.
Spot On Shorts is one of a number of projects being managed by Spot On while it is not able to tour professional performing arts to libraries and village halls in Lancashire. These include Spot On At Home, a new tabloid magazine produced in partnership with Lancashire Libraries with articles and creative things to do at home and ‘Monument’, a brand new digital art commission by Burnley based artist, Elliott Flanagan. You can find out more about all these projects, and watch previous Spot On Shorts on their website.
Our Spring season of Spot On Stories can be found at spotonlancashire.co.uk/spot-on-stories
Season Two events will be added to the What’s On page over the coming weeks: spotonlancashire.co.uk/whats-on