Dilemmas of Millennials to be explored at Lancashire Encounter

Posted on - 13th September, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Commuters tells the stories of those aged 16 to 30
The Commuters tells the stories of those aged 16 to 30

A new show targeted at Millennials is to be performed at the Lancashire Encounter Festival.


From stressing about social media history, to battling nightmare bosses to working long hours the ‘bang up-to-the-minute’ new physical theatre show’ puts all the questions 16-30-year-olds are asking to the fore.

The Commuters is created by The Knotted Project and follows a group of friends stuck in a void between their bank balances and diminishing social lives.

Joint artistic director Simon McElligott said: ‘We premiered the performance at The Grand Theatre Blackpool and the feedback was very positive with the work being described as relevant, fun, well-executed, fast-paced and a true reflection of today’s lifestyle.’

“The authentic feel of the production reflects the research which underpins both the dialogue and performance. Simon added: ‘We were supported by partners at The Lowry and Institute for Social Futures to facilitate a number of workshops and interviews.

“We worked with groups of young people in Salford and Blackpool, discussing their ambitions and dreams. This led to the themes we explore in the show and also helped to create a powerful realism about contemporary life.”

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The show is being performed in the Harris on Friday 21 September at 6pm and Saturday 22 September at 12pm.

It’s free to attend but you do need to book online via Eventbrite.

Cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “Having seen the video trailer for the Commuters performance, I can’t wait to see it at Lancashire Encounter this year.

“The Knotted Project is a physical theatre company based in the north west with a fantastic reputation for quality performances. I’m sure our Lancashire audience will appreciate and relate to the Commuters message.”

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The show is part of the Lancashire Encounter, a three-day festival taking places at venues across the city.

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