Fracking play lands on Lancashire soil

A brand new play that aims to open up the debate on fracking will land on Lancashire soil this April.

“This Land” from acclaimed theatre company, Pentabus, will travel to Bleasdale Parish Hall on Friday 1 April at 7.30pm before moving on to The Bureau, Blackburn on Saturday 2 April at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 12 and above, are available directly from the venues. The numbers for the Bleasdale show are 01995 606511 or 01995 643499, while the Blackburn number is 07845 964802.

“This Land” explores what happens when a family face the threat of a fracking company setting up metres from their house. The play hurtles through thousands of years of history, exploring the layers of lives lived on one patch of land – everything that has happened there and what is to come.

How far down do you own the land beneath your feet, how much does where you live inform the person you become and what happens when someone else comes along and stakes their claim? For young couple Bea and Joseph this is a story of fractured hearts, lives and lands.

Audiences will be taken on a theatrical journey through an ever-changing landscape with this new play by Siân Owen, commissioned by Pentabus Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse. The cast features Rosie Armstrong as Bea and Harry Long in the role of Joseph.

Speaking ahead of the tour, director, Jo Newman, spoke about the play:

“The subject matter is incredibly important to me – it is a controversial issue which is happening right now across the UK and all over the world and the play is going to be touring to places where the prospect of fracking is a reality. We are heading towards some scary and challenging times in the continued search for power and more than ever need to be alert to what is happening and questioning, for ourselves, what is right”.

The Lancashire dates form part of Spot On Lancashire’s spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.

You can find our full spring 2016 season brochure here.