Spot On spring into action with season launch

Spot On’s brand new season of arts events will be hitting village halls and libraries across Lancashire next month.

This season we have programmed 18 shows to be performed in 30 different venues across the county between February and the end of May this year.

The programme features an eclectic collection of music, theatre, dance and spoken word as well as theatre for children and families, including international work from New York, Canada, Switzerland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

We open with some thought provoking theatre from New York’s Aizzah Fatima. “Dirty Pakistani Lingerie” will visit Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St Annes on Wednesday 24 February before heading to The Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick in April.

There is a strong and varied musical offering this season featuring world music from The Baghdaddies in Clayton Green, Tosside and Arkholme, African roots dance from The Anna Mudeka Band in Tockholes and Melling, and “western swing” from Canada’s Woody Holler and his Orchestra in Mellor Brook and Scorton.

Anna Mudeka will bring her band to two venues in April.

Anna Mudeka will bring her band to two venues in April.

In addition, Bob Fox, star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse will perform songs from the play in Rawtenstall, Grindleton and Croston. Fox played the role of Song Man in the hit stage show and is now considered one of the finest exponents of storytelling through music.

For those looking for something a little different there will be fantastic family entertainment from Circus Berzercus, who bring their hilarious and highly-skilled circus show “A Mismatch Made In Devon” to Burnley and Tockholes in February.

Spoken word fans are in luck too as Debs Newbold’s powerful storytelling, combining the poetic and the irreverent, comes together in “Lost In Blue” at Ingol Library and Cowan Bridge.

Adding some further international flavour to the season will be the incredible Tribhangi Dance Theatre from Johannesburg, South Africa for one night only at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham during May.

Theatre features heavily in Spot On’s programme and includes Pentabus’ topical play about fracking “This Land”, which is certain to get audiences talking in Bleasdale and Blackburn.

The thoughtful and funny one-woman show “Becoming Hattie” travels to Arkholme and Aughton, Peter Macqueen’s charming one-man show “The Professor of Adventure” heads to Halton, Simonstone and Euxton, and Box of Tricks’ brilliantly immersive play “Chip Shop Chips”, in which audiences indulge in a fish and chip supper, visits Calder Vale, Lytham and Hoghton.

May will see a brand new piece of physical theatre from Animikii who bring their show “Origins” to Barnoldswick. This psychological thriller is based on the biblical tale of Cain & Abel and has been developed by The Lowry in Salford.

There’s a strong offering for young children and families throughout the season too with three different shows. Lancaster Library will host “Bardolph’s Box” on 2 April, which offers a nice introduction to Shakespeare for children over eight.

Little Angel Theatre will then take their show “Handa’s Hen”, for ages 2-6, to Bacup and Ormskirk libraries before Theatre Fideri Fidera’s Swiss show “Pitschi – The Kitten With Dreams” travels to libraries in Heysham and Preston.

"Pitschi - The Kitten With Dreams" travels to Heysham and Preston in May.

“Pitschi – The Kitten With Dreams” travels to Heysham and Preston in May.

The season draws to a close on Friday 27 May with Rebecca Perry’s “Confessions of a Red Headed Coffee Shop Girl” coming all the way from Canada for one night only at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Hoghton.

Speaking ahead of the season launch, Spot On’s Sue Robinson said:

“We’re particularly excited about the number of international artists we have performing this season as well as the incredible homegrown talent. We’re delighted to be able to bring such a wonderful array of shows to people’s doorsteps whether that’s in a rural village hall or a library. Roll on 24 February!”

For more information about any of the shows call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.

You can download our full season programmed here.