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Spot On Lancashire - Spring 2017 Season

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.

Time & Date: Thursday 23rd February to Sunday 25th June

(image: The Fabularium bring - Reynard The Fox)

Spot On Lancashire have announced their spring 2017 season, with 42 shows popping up in 33 different village halls and libraries across the county.

Spot On Lancashire is a countywide service which enables people living in remote and rural communities to enjoy high quality live arts events on their doorstep. Spot On do this by working in partnership with over 200 volunteers and appear in over 50 different small places each year.

There’s more theatre on offer this season 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).

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 (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 (5 & 15 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 (23-25 March), and Scottish singer-songwriter Elsa Jean McTaggart travels to Morecambe, Nelson, Tarleton and Samlesbury (19-22 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 (6-9 May), before The Fitzgerald Family Band (above), perform in Colne, Bleasdale and Clayton Green (30 May-1 June).

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 (5-7 April).

Later that month, The Fabularium bring “Reynard The Fox” to Barnoldswick and Blackburn (12 & 13 April), 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 (above), a 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 (Halton Mill - 25 June).

Throughout the season, there will also be a number of live screenings of National Theatre productions at Parbold Village Hall. The programme includes “Hedda Gabler” and “Saint Joan” (9 & 28 March), and a recorded screening of The Australian Ballet’s “Coppelia” in April.

Spot On is delivered by Blackburn-based Culturapedia, as part of the Cheshire Lancashire Touring Partnership with Lancashire County Council and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts.

“This season’s programme clearly appeals to food lovers and we’re really pleased that we can close with ‘The Last Supper’... 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!"
Sue Robinson - Culturapedia

All shows have been brought to the county by Spot On Lancashire, supported with funding from Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council.

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

See the full spring 2017 season and details on how to get tickets at www.spotonlancashire.co.uk.

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