2015, a year in the world of Plugged In…


Festive Greetings everyone! We may have gotten into the holiday spirit a little earlier this year, but that only gives us all the more time to reflect on the year that has passed, right?


It’s been quite a year not only for Plugged In but Culturapedia in general. I feel as if 2015 has flown by at such speed that most of the things that have happened seem like a distant memory. I guess that can happen when you go straight from one exciting thing to the next! And who am I to complain about being in such a position?


Take the beginning of this year for example. Remember when we were filling your newsfeed with excitable posts about launching our second season with the fabulous Theatre AdInfinitum at King Georges Hall?  Or when we packed out The ACE Centre with Hansel and Gretel?


Remember when we had Circus Geeks in Darwen and the classic ‘An Inspector Calls’ at The Muni. Remember how we put puppets in the library, jugglers in the town centre and created a pop up box office in an empty shop? And that was just the beginning of 2015!


Matt got his hands dirty for Gorilla Gardening, we took poet Dominic Berry back to school and I’m still trying to work out one (actually, all) of Morgan and West’s magic tricks.


And then we did this little thing with a bus. Yup. ‘Back of the Bus’ happened only this year back in June (dates that will be carved into my memory for life) and yet it seems a lifetime ago since we introduced New Zealand company, Java Dance to the sights of Lancashire.


But it hasn’t been all about the shows this year, 2015 wouldn’t have been half as amazing without our community promoters. The group in Darwen continues to grow and they’ve seen huge successes this Autumn (remember that time Jack and Matt Morris danced?). We continue to work with SLYNCS in Blackburn and the wonderful Petra at The Pavilion Cafe in Nelson has become a dab hand at running a box office!


Nelson In Bloom brought us our first ever sold out show, Darwen Market stall holders hosted trolls and musicians and the Children’s University helped us work with 4 primary schools, and over 150 year 5 pupils, our Storytelling Festival last month wouldn’t have been half as much fun without them.


Now we’re coming to the end of 2015, our most successful season yet, and while we may have said goodbye to Matt along the way I’m excited to say hello to new and returning audiences in 2016.


So to everybody who has helped make 2015 not only a very busy but also incredible year for Plugged In, thank you, merry Christmas and a happy new year.


And Santa if you’re reading this… I’ll have more of the same please.


Stephie 🙂