It’s somehow officially spring already, even though I’m sure I was taking down my Christmas decorations only the other day. Not that I’m complaining about the upturn in weather by any means. Perhaps the reason we seem to have got here so quickly is that we’re already well into the Spot On “spring” season, which started way back at the beginning of February.
We’re flying through the shows like nobody’s business and we’ve had a load of sell-out performances already, which is fantastic news! So now seems like a good time to have a quick look back on what we’ve achieved so far this season…
We began slightly earlier than normal with three incredible events organised in conjunction with National Libraries Day 2016 on 5 February.
First up, we welcomed the legendary beat poet and author Roger McGough to Skelmersdale Library for a very special reading of his latest work “Poetry Pie”.
We brought Nick Hennessey and his storytelling/folk musician collective, Serious Kitchen to Lytham Library to perform their show “The Whispering Road”. Nick deserves a special mention here as he was rather poorly on the day but managed to make it through the show with a truly remarkable level of enthusiasm given the circumstances!
Finally we brought the fabulous children’s musical entertainer David Gibb to Morecambe Library for two performances of his show “Letters Through Your Door”, where he played to HUGE audiences! In fact, all three of the National Libraries Day shows were sell-outs in each venue, which set us up wonderfully to begin our spring season in earnest!
We opened the season with another sell-out, the brilliant “Dirty Pakistani Lingerie” straight from New York to the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham. The show returns to the county in April when it will be performed at The Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick. Details here.
Next up, we then reached full capacity in both Burnley Library and Tockholes Village Hall, when Circus Berzercus brought their brilliant comedy circus show to the venues, to round off a quite remarkable “full-house February”!
March has seen some wonderful shows with Debs Newbold bringing her powerful performance storytelling to Fraser Hall in Cowan Bridge as well as Ingol library and the Baghdaddies brought three venues to life with their wonderful energetic set, blending world, Balkan, middle-Eastern and Caribbean music. There’s nothing quite like seeing a conga in a library, so I hear.
Most recently, we welcomed Box of Tricks’ brand new play “Chip Shop Chips”, which virtually sold out before we had chance to advertise it! It’s been an astoundingly successful tour for them, with every single ticket sold. Rob and Stephie attended the show in Hoghton and you can see their entry to the newspaper hat competition on the left. Sadly they were not victorious but a valiant effort I think you’ll agree!
So as you can see it’s been a pretty fast-paced, but wonderfully successful opening to the season and now that spring is officially here we’re hoping for much more of the same. Hopefully the bleating lambs, blue skies and birdsong will tempt you out of the door and down the road to a village hall or library to catch a show. Merry springmas!
To find out what shows we have coming up, head over to the Spot On website.