A brand-new immersive outdoor theatre experience has brought an adaptation of a childhood favourite book to Bolton.
Set in a giant 10-metre dome across a woodland trail and surrounded by nature in the grounds of the historic Bolton School, The Lost Words: Told in Gold takes families and theatre fans on a journey like no other.
It features some stunning 3D installations and an impressive goldfinch nest auditorium.
Directed by Collette Murray, and adapted from Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ book, what makes this different than other theatre productions is that during the show, audience members are actively encouraged to seek, find, and speak the lost words of nature in the picturesque surroundings.
The family-friendly show is performed by UnderSong Productions, and led by three actors – a six-foot-four RAF heron (Pete Williamson), a folk-singing barn owl (Julie Power), and a breakdancing raven (Khagen Douglas), who all bring Macfarlane’s words to life through song, dance, and performance.
Not only that, but a selection of spoken word pieces also accompany the production, with recordings provided by some of North’s best-loved voices – including Julie Hesmondhalgh and Bolton’s very-own Maxine Peake.
Some of Bolton’s young artists have also been involved in the production by building a willow archway, and creating props for the set design too.
Jackie Morris’ original illustrations inspire all the artwork seen in the production.
The soundtrack features music from the Spell Song’s album, and has been created by some of the UK’s most0renowned folk music talents by interpreting Robert Macfarlane’s words.
Speaking on the immersive production, Director Collette Murray said: “There are swathes of activity across the country regarding The Lost Words – but mainly in rural counties and districts and our production aims to bring the same message of eco-responsibility to urban settings.”
Public performances in the grounds of Bolton School run until this Friday 22 July, and then after that, the production will then appear at several community spaces in the Bolton area in conjunction with Bolton at Home.
Printworks to unveil its £21m transformation with huge free party
Manchester’s landmark venue Printworks will be celebrating the completion of its £21m refurbishment with a massive free party.
The huge new-look venue will have TikTok sensation DJ SUAT headlining the launch party on 21 March.
SUAT will be live-streaming from Manchester city centre during the day, running around town on his signature portable DJ decks and handing out VIP tickets for the Printworks party.
He’ll be performing around Exchange Square and streaming live from the roof of Printworks, with a third location yet to be revealed.
SUAT now has more than one million followers on social media thanks to his viral public live streams, which have included him DJing while paragliding over a festival and kayaking down Amsterdam Canal.
When the launch party itself kicks off in the evening, SUAT, who has played at some of the biggest club nights and festivals in the world, will be delivering a crowd-pleasing dance party for hundreds of guests at the city centre venue.
He’ll be joined for the evening by Bohemian House Choir and a host of other performers and dancers.
It’s all to celebrate the new-look Printworks, which will be an immersive, digital-first leisure destination and entertainment venue.
As part of the refurb, Printworks will be home to the largest digital ceiling in Europe, bathing the internal streets in colourful light and sound.
Lydia Ellis from Printworks comments: “SUAT has been on a mission to change stereotypes in electronic dance music and has captured the hearts of fans across the globe.
“He’s the perfect star to celebrate the new, digitally immersive Printworks. The Centre will always be free to enter so everyone can come and experience the spectacular content, which has to be seen to be believed.
“We’re breaking new ground with our digital screens and SUAT is breaking new ground musically and with his style of performance. It’ll be a launch party like no other.”
The free Printworks launch party will take place from 7pm on Thursday 21 March, with SUAT headlining at 8.30pm.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Trafford town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents / Credit: Care UK (via Facebook)
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”