‘Switch off Eastenders’ and enjoy these UK indie theatre shows coming to Preston

Posted on - 25th September, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Broadgate, City Centre, Comedy, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools

Some of the UK’s most exciting independent theatre shows are coming to Preston this autumn.


Events company Enjoy The Show is bringing the shows to the city as part of Preston Arts Festival, and organiser Garry Cook is urging Lancashire audiences to make the most of it.

The season begins with Welcome to Paradise by A Ship of Fools – a five star rated anarchic comedy exploring traditional images of Christmas, greed and consumerism – taking place at The Stanley Arms on Tuesday 1 October.

The following night, Wednesday 2 October, The Continental hosts Avital Raz’s hard-hitting performance My Jerusalem. A solo performance that combines live music with storytelling and projected images, it’s a politically-charged tale of growing up in 1980s Israel.

Finally Maria Ferguson will perform her “funny, beautiful and moving” show Essex Girl, which is about a 16-year-old girl growing up in ’00s Brentwood, at The Stanley Arms on Tuesday 15 October.

Maria Ferguson
Maria Ferguson

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Garry said: “These diverse shows represent how exciting independent British theatre is at the moment and I’m particularly pleased to bring them to Preston so Lancashire audiences get a chance to see them.

“Audiences usually only get to see these shows in big cities like London or at the big festivals – often at over twice the price – so to have them in this city is fantastic.

“With all the shows I put on, the subject matter is diverse and sometimes controversial, but the one common factor is that all the shows are hugely entertaining. That’s what makes these events so good, that you sit there and have a memorable and unforgettable night.

“But because I’m working totally independently, the only way they can work is if we get big audiences – so I would urge the people of Lancashire to switch off EastEnders and come and see exceptional performers, amazing comedy and brilliant writing.” 

All the shows start at 8pm and cost £9, with concessions available for some performances. See the Enjoy The Show website for details or visit WeGotTickets to buy tickets.

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