Library apprentices help bring a modern twist to old fables

A new theatre show, commissioned by Spot On Lancashire with the help of library apprentices and reading hacks across the county, will see four venues bring a modern take on old fairy tales this month.

‘Common Lore’ by Stute Theatre will visit Longton, Heysham, Garstang and Blackburn between the 13 – 20 October as part of a national tour.

The show will take place at Longton Library on Saturday 13 October at 7pm and Heysham Library on Wednesday 17 October at 7pm, followed by Garstang Library on Friday 19 October at 6.30pm and The Bureau Arts Centre in Blackburn on Saturday 20 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are available directly from the venues by calling 01254 660360 (for the libraries) or 07845 964802 for The Bureau. More information including booking online is available via www.howard.local/spotonlancashire.

The play is inspired by Angela Carter’s fairy tales, and is the result of a year-long process of script development following interviews with library reading hacks and Lancashire´s library apprentices.

Speaking ahead of the Lancashire dates, Lyndsey Wilson, Programme Manager for Spot On, explained the reasoning behind commissioning the piece:

“This show is an ambitious solo piece that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved with one performer. Technology, live projections, live-looped music and physical theatre are all performed live on stage by one actor.

She added: “We wanted to really explore what a show specifically created for library venues could do, technically and theatrically. We’re delighted with the show that Stute Theatre have created and the audience reaction has been fantastic. It’s remarkable that one woman in a Citroen C1 can arrive at any venue and bring such magic. See it or book it while you can!”

Using music, original songs, a host of hilarious characters and a rich, poetic spoken-word script,

this fast-paced show explores folk tales through the eyes of an 18-year-old young woman called Scarlet. The show is written in rhyming couplets, the style of renaissance theatre, but in the mouth of an 18 year old from a Manchester suburb it brings a modern and contemporary twist.  

The show forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s Autumn season of touring, taking professional arts events to village halls and libraries, and now pubs, across the county.

For more information about any of these shows or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit www.howard.local/spotonlancashire, call Lyndsey on 01254 660360 or email hello@howard.local/spotonlancashire.

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