Spring is coming early this year for fans of live performance, as a brand new season of events running across Lancashire will launch this January.
Spot On Lancashire have announced their spring 2017 season, with 42 shows popping up in 33 different village halls and libraries across the county, beginning on Sunday 15 January.
The opening show is a tasty fusion of play and cookery demonstration, in the form of “The Chef Show” from Ragged Edge Productions. It features a local chef cooking live on stage and will open at The Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf this Sunday.
The play will then travel to Lytham, Halton, Barnoldswick, Dunsop Bridge and Blackburn consecutively from 8-12 February.
There’s more theatre on offer later in the month with an epic and entertaining one-man performance of “The Odyssey (Greek Stuff!)” from Rabbit Theatre, which travels to Mellor Brook, Clitheroe and Belthorn, 23-25 February.
Food fanatics can get their teeth into Box of Tricks’ hugely popular show “Chip Shop Chips” too. This immersive piece of theatre that allows audiences to enjoy a fish and supper during the performance will head to Fleetwood, Lancaster and Tockholes following a sell out run in Lancashire last spring.
There’s a strong music offering too, featuring artists from across the UK and abroad.
Scottish folk trio, North Sea Gas, bring their stunning three-part harmonies to Garstang, Croston, Accrington and Tosside from 23-26 February and there’s a live music and dance fusion from Canadian company Les Bordéliques. They bring “Blind Date” to Goosnargh and Barnoldswick at the beginning of March in which a dancer and musician embody three men and three women during a wacky and absurd blind date.
The France-based, Churchfitters, bring their array of instruments, many entirely home-made, to St. Anne’s, Melling and Belthorn later in March and Scottish singer-songwriter Elsa Jean McTaggart travels to Morecambe, Nelson, Tarleton and Samlesbury in April.
Then, in May, two of Canada’s finest musical exports tour the county. Firstly, guitar ensemble, Montreal Guitar Trio, play in Arkholme, Croston and Clitheroe, before The Fitzgerald Family Band perform in Nelson, Bleasdale and Clayton Green.
For those with small children and families, Dommy B brings his fifth nationally touring show “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, featuring live music, to Heysham Library and The Harris Library, Preston in February.
Then there’s a return to the theme of food and performance with Creative Scene’s “Dough!”, a fun show for ages 3 to 8 and their grown ups, coming to Chorley, Burnley and Arkholme in April.
Later that month, The Fabularium bring “Reynard The Fox” to Barnoldswick and Blackburn, with three shows a day, all performed upon their traditional wooden cart, for a truly original family experience.
As the season draws to a close there are two fascinating pieces of theatre coming to Lancashire. The first, “Lightning Under Their Skirts”, written by former Cheshire Poet Laureate, Joy Winkler, is set in the monochrome 50’s as they were pushed aside by a bright new world. The play will visit St. Anne’s, Edgworth and Calder Vale.
The final show of the season, “The Last Supper” from Reckless Sleepers, another performance centred around food, heads to Halton Mill for one-night only. This immersive performance piece, invites the audience to dinner and features the last words of the famous, not-so-famous, criminals, victims, heroes and heroines.
Throughout the season, there will also be a number of live screenings of National Theatre productions at Parbold Village Hall. The programme begins with “Amadeus” on 2 February, and continues with “Hedda Gabler” and “Saint Joan” in March and a recorded screening of The Australian Ballet’s “Coppelia” in April.
All shows have been brought to the county by Spot On Lancashire, supported with funding from Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council.
Speaking ahead of the season’s launch, Spot On’s Sue Robinson said:
“This season’s programme clearly appeals to food lovers and we’re really pleased that we can open with ‘The Chef Show’ and close with ‘The Last Supper’ five months later. We’ve got a particularly generous offer of live music this season too and we’re delighted to welcome three incredible companies from Canada. Once again it’s a lineup that we believe offers something for everyone with plenty of opportunity to try something new. We can’t wait to get started!”
For more information about any of the shows call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the full spring 2017 season and details on how to get tickets on the what’s on page of this website.