The adventures of Lyndsey

Bringing high quality children’s work to rural Lancashire – Spot On Lancashire

Spot On Lancashire’s Company Manager Lyndsey Wilson talks to Big Imaginations about Spot On Lancashire, working with local volunteers and non-traditional venues, and the benefits that come with being a member of the Big Imaginations network  Spot On currently offers a curated menu of professional theatre to 48 rural venues and 58 libraries across Lancashire. The […]

 

A Dickens of a story comes to rural Lancashire

This month, Kindred Theatre bring ‘The Haunted Man’ a brand new adaptation of a Dickens classic to audiences in Lancashire through Spot On Lancashire. In this ghostly production, four versatile actors take the audience through a world of shadows and candlelight on a journey that moves between the modern day and 1850, and between contemporary […]

 

Two new storytelling commissions for Darwen and Burnley

We have two great opportunities for someone to develop a new piece of ‘storytelling’ work. One is targeted at young adults with learning difficulties and the other focusing on local stories and folklore. Both £3,000 commissions are to produce  scratch performances with the potential to develop them, with support in raising additional funding if suitable. The deadline for […]

 

Children’s Theatre – Why you should leave the cushions in the car

It’s weeks like this I really appreciate how much I love my job. There aren’t many people who can say they spent the week hosting children’s theatre in library spaces, playing with puppets, listening to giggling children and recording the joy on their faces as they totally immerse themselves in the thing they are watching… […]

 

Method and process v’s instinct and sheer luck – How to programme for rural touring

This week sees the culmination of over two months worth of work; hours of research, one to one phone calls, emails, youtube clips, soundcloud excerpts and good old fashioned paper post sifting. How did I celebrate completion of this HUGE piece of work?…. I sent an email. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely […]

 

Spot On Programmer selected as a finalist for Lancashire Business View Young Un’s Award

If you know me well, you’ll know that whilst I’m a rather outgoing and verbose individual I’m not all that good at giving myself much praise. There’s always something I could have done better, some experience I could have learned from and improved upon – I’m sure a lot of people will have similar feelings. […]

 

It’s behind you… oh no it isn’t

I’ve just finished a project which has taken five months of rehearsals, involved a cast of 40, a budget of £1000’s and has resulted in my working alongside a solicitor, a logistics manager, a speech therapist, health care professionals, a teaching assistant, and a personal trainer. It also involved managing 27 young people aged between 9 […]

 

Spot On’s sell out season

Pheww… well, we’ve just completed our Spot On season and it has been a fantastic roller-coaster ride of performance. I’ve had the opportunity to see a majority of the shows this season and they really have been entertaining, educational and enlightening. I’ve seen magic lanterns, Maori musicians, sea shanties and Canadian step-dancing. I’ve been transported […]

 

If you go down to the woods….

In August we worked with cultural producers Blaize Theatre, who are excellent at making theatre with communities. Continuing our celebration of the Forest of Bowland’s 50th anniversary; in one week they produced ‘The Ballads of the Beasts of Bowland’.  23 local people of all ages ventured into the woods in Gisburn Forest to enjoy being […]

 

Its a secret!

We’ve been working with Dutch location theatre company PeerGrouP since 2010 when we invited them over from the northern Netherlands to work with us on a Preston Guild 2012 commission (From Stephen to Avenham). During this time, they developed strong links with the young people from the Hodder Valley. This year they were commissioned by […]