Music and comedy show to launch 2022 theatre programme at Preston’s The Ferret

Posted on - 24th January, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Comedy, Music, Preston News, University campus, What's On in Preston
Ruth and Keith of Black Liver Pic: Claire Griffiths

Successful act Black Liver will launch The Ferret’s 2022 theatre programme with their hit comedy theatre show.


Labelled ‘The White Stripes with laughs’, Black Liver are musical duo, comedy double act and real-life couple Ruth E Cockburn and Keith Carter.

Their new show Support Your Local Library: A Gothic Pub Rock Opera! took the festival circuit by storm last year. The show is an hour-long comedic rock opera that invites audiences on an insightful and entertaining journey along the shelves of their local library.

It is inspired by their own personal library experiences, stories in books and the people that read them, the origins and history of the public library and why they want to remind everyone that the public library is just as relevant and vital to the community as it’s ever been.

Comedian Cockburn is already known to Preston audiences for her hit show Lover Letters From Blackpool which came to the city in 2018 as part of a national tour.

Black Liver are coming to Preston on Thursday 27 January at 8pm. The show is suitable for ages 12 and up, and tickets are available from Skiddle.

The Ferret’s hugely successful performance nights – Preston’s only regular theatre programme held on the last Thursday of the month – will also include hit show Skank and comedian Jonny Pelham’s Off Limits.

Skank, which came to Preston in 2019, was a huge hit at Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.


Clementine Bogg-Hargroves’ bitingly funny one-woman show sold out across the UK and comes to Preston as part of the show’s last ever tour. It will be at The Ferret on Thursday 24 February.

Meanwhile Pelham’s Off Limits show blew away audiences at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and led to the comedian securing a spot on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo. Off Limits comes to The Ferret on Thursday 31 March.

Jonny Pelham

The Ferret will also be a host venue for the Arts Council England funded Lancashire Fringe Festival, which will take place in May this year.

The festival was last held prior to lockdown in 2019 and welcomed some of the best performers and shows in the UK.

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