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Play about Lancashire life in the words of Lancastrians is coming to Preston

Posted on - 26th April, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Plungington, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The three actors who play multiple characters in Lancastrians
Three actors play multiple characters in Lancastrians

A new play is using the words of people from Lancashire to capture the essence of life in the county.

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From three teenagers in Lancaster dreaming of the big city, to a Muslim woman in Burnley who wants to be Miss Lancashire, and a Blackpool bride-to-be who is having cold feet – Lancastrians uses the real words of 500 people interviewed about living in Lancashire.

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The people were interviewed by Chorley-based Junction 8 Theatre. Their stories and thoughts about Lancashire life will be told by three actors, including Lancaster-based Roberta Kerr.

The actors will take the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the county, playing a multitude of characters in a variety of locations, and creating a snapshot of Lancashire life.

As well as the Preston performance, Lancastrians is visiting Chorley, Burnley, Lancaster, Blackpool and Skelmersdale during the tour. Each of these towns and cities feature in the play, which has been created by the brother and sister who founded Junction 8, Nick and Liz Stevenson.

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Born and bred in Whittle-Le-Woods, Nick and Liz produce shows inspired by and reflecting local communities.

Read more: Preston to host supersized Lancashire Fringe Festival

Liz said: “We want to make brand new, locally-inspired professional theatre experiences performed in non-traditional theatre spaces in Lancashire.

“We strongly believe that the arts can transform people’s lives and that great theatre can and should be for everyone.”

As the audience arrive at the venue, they will be invited to add their own photographs, written memories and opinions about Lancashire to the set.

Food and drink will be provided by The Larder for purchase from one hour prior to the show.

Lancastrians comes to Plungington Community Centre on Friday 26 April at 7.30pm and Saturday 27 April at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 and can be bought from the Junction 8 website.

Will you be going to the show? Let us know in the comments below.

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