Come and fill a forest with fun theatre this summer!

Once again, Spot On have teamed up with our good friends at Blaize to work with communities in and around Dunsop Bridge to create an original piece of theatre to be performed in the heart of Gisburn Forest. Read all about the upcoming community workshops and performances below.

‘Elemental, My Dear Watson’, Blaize Theatre

Dunsop Bridge & Gisburn Forest

Workshops: 10-14 August

Performances: 15-16 August

“There are mysterious goings on down in the forest. Is someone messing about with the climate? Do the bees know something that we don’t? Should we send in Sherlock to solve sylvan secrets? What’s going on, Watson?!”

Get involved with creative workshops alongside a professional theatre company and create a brand new show to be performed in the heart of Gisburn Forest.

Blaize Theatre will be holding workshops in Dunsop Bridge from 10-14 August for children, families and people of all ages to take part. The aim? To create ‘Elemental, My Dear Watson!’, a show to be performed in Gisburn Forest on 15 and 16 August.

If you want to sing, dance, act, make props, sew or just have some fun then you can join Blaize and help them make the show happen!

The workshops will focus on different elements on each day. They are completely free but places are limited so those wanting to take part are encouraged to book.

On Monday 10 August 6-9pm there will be a fun and creative workshop in Dunsop Bridge Village Hall to sign-up, find out more and write songs, make props, act, dance or make costumes. Then from Tuesday 11 August through to Thursday 13 August there will be two sessions on each day. The first will run from 3-6pm and the second from 7-9pm, and they will continue the work that was started on Monday.

Friday 14 August will involve an afternoon rehearsal followed by a dress rehearsal in Gisburn Forest in the evening. There will then be three performances of the show over the weekend, at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 15 August and 2pm on Sunday 16 August.

For the past few summers, Spot On Lancashire has worked with Blaize and local young people to produce an outdoor promenade theatre performance in the heart of Gisburn Forest. The show is always written and performed by the local community.  Previous years have produced the shows, “The Gisburn Forest Guy”, and the “Ballads of the Beasts of Bowland”.

Blaize Theatre believe that everyone should have the arts in their lives – no matter who they are or where they live. With a long history in community arts and touring theatre, Blaize bring the excitement to the project by running the workshops and leading the adventure through the forest.

Spot On Lancashire are the county’s rural touring network. They exist to enable people living in rural communities to enjoy live arts on their doorstep. They have worked with local people within Gisburn Forest every year since 2012.

Speaking ahead of the week of workshops, Spot On’s Scheme Manager, Sue Robinson, said:

“There is nothing more fun than messing around in the woods. “Elemental my dear Watson!” offers a chance for people of all ages to help write a show, sing the songs, and play as many characters as they like.  It’s also a great adventure for audiences to come and watch, involving plenty of surprises along the way, and some cake for all at the end.”

For more information or to book your place in the workshops please contact Spot On’s Sue Robinson on sue@spotonlancashire.co.uk or call either 01254 660360 or 07906009084.