On Saturday 6 October, Lancashire pub goers are invited to try something a little different alongside their usual pint as The Dog Inn, Belthorn hosts John Osborne’s show ‘Circled In The Radio Times.’ The show will begin at 8pm, tickets are £8 Adults / £6 Children and can be bought by calling the pub on 01254 433188 or online at www.spotonlancashire.co.uk
The show is part of The Inn Crowd project which supports rural pubs to host spoken word, poetry and storytelling performances in their spaces and is the first show of the Spot On Autumn season.
Inn Crowd performances are specifically created for pub audiences and harness the unique atmosphere and setting of a pub. Requiring no special sets or space, the shows give landlords the opportunity to offer new experiences to their regulars, attract new customers and reinforce pubs as central to rural community life.
‘Circled In The Radio Times’, is a funny and heartwarming show about something that is very easy for everyone to relate to: television. The story begins when John is given a box of old copies of the Radio Times that once belonged to his grandparents. He pieces together their lives by the shows that they lovingly circled in each edition. However, the show is not just about that box of old copies of the Radio Times, but the role television plays in our lives and the changing ways all of us watch TV. It explores how TV is part of our national identity; all brits look at Inspector Morse or Eastenders or James Bond as a distinct part of their culture. The TV shows one chooses to watch can reveal much about a person and their current needs, whether they just want something consolatory and familiar, or the thrill of the champions league final. This performance focuses in on shows from the 80’s onwards and takes the audience on a nostalgic journey back in time to present day.
“Osborne is a master at creating captivating theatre out of quirky simple stories that make heroes out of everyday people and heightens normal tales into pure folklore.” Broadway Baby *****
“A keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life. I could have listened for hours.” The Independent *****
The show launches Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of touring, taking professional arts events to village halls and libraries, and now pubs, across the county.
Speaking ahead of the performance, Spot On’s Lyndsey Wilson said:
“We’re so pleased to be able to launch this new project at The Dog Inn. Making performances accessible to a wide range of audiences and trying out new spaces is so important to the work of Spot On. It’s exciting to see a nationally-renowned artist like John Osborne performing in such an intimate venue as The Dog Inn. This will be the first Spot On performance of the season and I can think of no better way to start than this brilliant one man show.”