Lancashire tales with a twist

A multi-media storytelling show, featuring Lancashire tales told with sculpture, projection and animation, will visit three of the county’s rural venues next month.

‘In Skriker’s Footsteps’, performed by storyteller Jacqueline Harris, will travel to The Barlow in Edgworth on Thursday 17 November at 7.30pm and The Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick on Friday 18 November at 7pm. Finally, the show will head to Mellor Brook Community Centre on Saturday 19 November at 8pm.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages seven and above, are available directly from the venues by calling either 01204 852216 or 01204 852848 for Edgworth, 01282 345 200 for Barnoldswick and 07908 518938 for Mellor Brook.

The show is a unique collaboration between storyteller Harris, sculptor Marjan Wouda and theatre projectionist Adam York Gregory.

Harris performs her own sharp and lyrical tellings of old and new tales, while sculptor Wouda’s mythical ‘skrikers’, ‘white dobbies’ and ‘spectral cats’ blaze into life and the audience become part of the story.

The company also tours with a small exhibition of mini boxes featuring characters from the show.

Speaking ahead of the shows, Harris said:

‘A few weeks ago we had a lot of fun taking “In Skriker’s Footsteps” to the Lancashire Encounter Festival in Preston. One man described the show as “atmospheric, strange, intriguing.”  “Intriguing” was a word that kept popping up so please do come and decide for yourself! A much younger member of the audience said they liked it “because it was like magic”. Clearly Harry Potter has nothing on us!’

She added:

‘The people and landscapes of Lancashire are the inspiration for all of the stories in this show, so it’s wonderful to take it out on tour, giving it back to the people and places from which it all began.’

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

For more information or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit our what’s on page, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.