Happy birthday to us!

Spot On Lancashire commemorates 20 years of rural touring in the county, with a special anniversary show.

The rural touring scheme, who bring professional arts events to isolated rural venues across the county will celebrate the occasion at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall on Friday 20 November.

The festivities will centre around dance company SpiltMilk’s performance of their aptly named show “Blast From The Past”, which will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets for the show, can be booked by calling Teresa and Brian Taylor on 01772 877248 or The New Inn Tavern on 01772 877942.

Spot On began life with their inaugural tour in November 1995 with just two companies doing nine shows between them, promoted in a brochure created from one folded piece of A4.

Now, in 2015, the current autumn season includes 37 shows in 31 venues with 21 companies and, as of this year, also includes work in a number of Lancashire County Council libraries, thanks to the new Spot On Libraries scheme. The most recent brochure was a bumper edition comprising 16 pages from front to back!

SpiltMilk’s “Blast from the Past” was chosen to begin Spot On’s birthday celebrations due to the nostalgic nature of the performance.

From Elvis to Selfies, “Blast from the Past” is a fast paced race through seven decades of British pop, jam-packed with the hits, blockbusters and bestsellers we all remember, and the fads and fashions we might prefer to forget.

Set to a soundtrack of chart toppers from 1952 to the present day, the show honours British pop culture and it’s ability to unite us all in weird and wonderful ways. Somewhere between a dance performance, sketch show, TV game show and the ultimate compilation album, “Blast from the Past” will have you feeling nostalgic, singing along, laughing out loud and playing a swift game of pass the parcel!

As well as the Samlesbury performance, SpiltMilk will also take their show to another Spot On venue, Cliviger Village Hall, the following evening at 7.30pm on Saturday 21 November. Tickets for this show can be booked by calling either 01282 423743, 01282 786267 or 01282 455428.

Spot On’s scheme manager Sue Robinson, who has worked on the project for 17 years, spoke of her pride at the longevity of the service:

“I only set out to run the service for three years, but rural touring gets under your skin!  It’s lovely to look back through our archive and see all the great artists and volunteers we’ve worked with over the years.”

She added:

“Rural touring really is about a close-up connection between performer and audience. The artists are the guests in the community, supported by our promoters who are the backbone of it all; without them, it couldn’t happen. It’s why it’s worked so well, for so long.”

For more information about these shows or Spot On’s full autumn season programme visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.