Power Trip: Fracking in the UK

Free Screening- Donations welcome

Power Trip: Fracking in the UK (63mins) takes you onto the frontlines of UK resistance in the battle to stop the controversial energy extraction process known as Fracking. Watch the Full Movie here

Undercurrents productions show what happens beyond the few seconds glimpsed on the mainstream TV news. We follow grandmothers who set up a campaign group (Lancashire Nanas ) and teamed up with younger activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the Fracking sites of Cuadrilla. Blackpool (Lancashire) and Balcombe (West Sussex) became the frontline of Fracking resistance as trucks are occupied and gates are blocked.

We also explore how social media is being used by both Fracking companies and activists. We hear from energy experts, journalists and key politicians amongst the voices of local residents and councillors.

The film has been supported by the Lush Film Fund
Interviews include (amongst others):

  • Prof. Andrew R. Barron, Director Energy Safety Research Institute
  • George Monbiot, Columnist and author
  • Caroline Lucas MP, Leader of Green Party
  • John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor
  • Tamasin Cave, Spinwatch
  • Tina Louise Rothery, Lancashire Nanas
  • Anna & others, Reclaim the Power
  • Paul Mobbs, Ecological Futurologist
  • Dale Vince, Founder Ecotricity
  • Kevin Blowe, The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol)
  • Ruth Hayworth, Drill or Drop
  • Jamie Kelsey Fry, New Internationalist
  • John Vidal, Environment editor The Guardian

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KALI: The story of the World’s Wildest Goddess- Emily Hennessey & Sheema Mukherjee

Saturday 28th April Doors 7pm for 7.30pm Start

Recommended age 14+

From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology
illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations.
Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of all. Demon-slayer, Life-saver, Supreme-Mother, Destruction-dancer; this goddess is truly Awesome.
When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali’s time has come…
Join storyteller, Emily Hennessey and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee, for a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed
palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous saffron-scented marketplace in-between.

Tickets  £10/ £8 and £6

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KALI - Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee Tickets are £10/ £8 and £6

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Big Bands meet- Off The Rails and The Jam Factory at The Bureau

Jam Factory and Off the Rails join forces to celebrate 20 years of Big Music.

OTR bburn final 3dIt’s Lancashire long-term community jazz institutions Jam Factory and Off the Rails’ 20th anniversary in 2017/8 so it’s time for a big band summit in the north. Over the years this 1997 initiative has enabled a lot of younger and older players to get further involved in music and generally just been out there building audiences and grass roots players in the Northwest.

30+ players performing World-Jazz with everything from Rai to Ragtime & Hip-Hop to Horas; not even The Bad Plus cover more ground, and there’s literally 10x more of us. Both groups with unashamed personality-filled interpretations and originals, and leading-from-the-front, hi-NRG, arm-waving and blowing along musical direction in the form Richard Ormrod and Ben McCabe. Time to celebrate 20 years of good times!

This will be a most special get together featuring a celebration of 20 years of material, players and projects. Over the years the bands have featured Andy Sheppard, Tim Garland, Lianne Caroll, Femi Temowo, Claude Deppa, Steve Buckley, Chris Batchelor, Ian Shaw, Gerard Presencer, Mike Walker, Iain Dixon, Mark Bassey, Corey Mwamba, John Paricelli, Nikki Iles, Pete Churchill… to name but a few.


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Black & Gold – Soul & Motown – POSTPONED!



***POSTPONED*** Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed. Black and Gold will however be with us later in the year, date to be confirmed. Please message us on facebook or email leonie@bureaublackburn.co.uk if you wish to be kept in touch with regarding a new date. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Chorley-based 10 piece Soul & Motown outfit Black & Gold make their first visit to The Bureau,  on Saturday 3rd March 2018 to play a set list packed with classics from the Motown era mixed with contemporary gems and a few Northern Soul favourites thrown in for good measure.

Their fast moving set list includes numbers by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Al Wilson and many more. You’ll be on your feet before you know it!

Doors at 8-00 pm

tickets £10 online HERE

or simply call 07961 940976.

National Youth Theatre Auditions

NYT Find your Stage


2018 auditions and backstage interviews are now open
(For ages 14-25)

Whether you’re looking for a place you can finally be yourself, or you’ve always loved escaping and being somebody else, we can help you find your next stage.

On March 17th the National Youth Theatre team will be heading to The Bureau to meet undiscovered young talent to join our celebrated company of talented individuals. Join us.

What can the National Youth Theatre do for me? Find out more about why you should apply and where the experience may take you at http://www.nyt.org.uk/auditions

Audition Requirements

– Take part in a three hour workshop led by an NYT associate theatre director
– Bring a 2-3 min speech of your choice
– Take part in a short informal interview about yourself

Monthly Circus Skill share

Ever wanted to run away and join the circus?!?!

Then we have really exciting news!

Circus skills share

Announcing the return of our monthly Circus Skill share with Dimitri from the internationally renowned FLAME OZ,  and special April session with the one and only fireman Dave!  First session Tuesday 13th February. £3 concession £5 full price. 7-8.30pm. Suitable for adults and older children. Come along and join in!

Trickster- Dominic Kelly

Saturday 3rd February sees favorite storyteller Dominic Kelly return with his fantastic telling of Trickster at 7.30pm . Doors open at 7pm. Age 12+

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15th July 1910

John Henry Williams walks out of school. His classmates, teachers, and the local doctor have already fallen foul of his trickery.

Ahead are fun, fortune and a hundred more serious ruses to try. Little does he know he’ll soon be hunted as the most wanted man in the country.

Harbouring deviously disguised global trickster tales and real-life story, Storyteller Dominic Kelly embarks on an audacious tale of trickery and deceit; a tale where truth and hearsay, history, folktale and myth flicker like shadows in sunshine. Come journey on a trickster’s side of the road…

“Wickedly Wonderful” Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

“Feedback has been absolutely glowing. Everybody who was there said it was amazing” Litfest,Lancaster


Dominic Kelly is an English performance storyteller with a dynamic and engaging style that has captivated audiences in hundreds of schools, theatres and festivals around the world. Appearances include London’s Barbican and National Theatre, and international festivals from Wales and Ireland to Stockholm and Delhi. He has helped countless young people tell stories through community and education projects.

Length 60 minutes, for adults and age 12 and above

 Need more convincing? – Read this review from Erica Wagner in The Times, Saturday 7th July 2012

“Then there was Dominic Kelly’s new show, Trickster, a compelling,funny and heartbreaking construction drawing on the life of Percy Toplis, who towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th seemed to fool everyone he met. Kelly’s performance gave this character from history aspects of Anansi, Coyote, and Crow, eternal, mythological tricksters without whom human culture can’t seem to survive. We need the tricksters, particularly in tough times.”


Please note Tickets on the Door are £10 full;  £8 concession and £6 under 16’s – save money and pre book now!



After a great first event with fantastic feedback from those attending we are happy to announce Chapter 2 NW DUB MINISTRY on Saturday 20th January.



NW Roots proudly presents #DUBMINISTRY#2
Reggae / Dub / Roots & Culture / Steppas – of the highest order.

Come dance, eat & drink with us at our new monthly venue the stunning Bureau in Blackburn ( formerly St John’s Church)
Sound System & Entertainment provided by “the northwest heavyweights”
#OPERATIONSOUNDSYSTEM in session with full crew: Nick Sasquash / Deeroid Deeriod / Ben Jaman / Ryan De Razzle + Special guests#SKYBANKS from
& #REDJAY #UndergroundRoots & #RunRedHIFI
Entry £5 Gate rate ….
9 until 3 AM
Food Available form the Bureau’s very own #StoneSoupCafe
Record & merchandise stall’s
A gathering of good vibes & good people
All at one of the most wonderful & unique venues you could ever wish for.
All Tribes Welcome ♥

#OperationSoundSystem] will be resident sound for these sessions, however, NW Dub Ministry will provide a platform for all like minded Dj’s, selectors, singers, artists & sound system to perform, alongside some of the biggest names in Dub & Reggae.
The intention, to create something magical again to rival the legendary sessions @ Tony Empress Ballroom in the late 90’s early 2000’s when Operation was the resident sound back then.
These sessions regularly drew large crowds of 300 & 400 + to Blackburn….
Its ALL about the PEOPLE & the MUSIC, the message… Time for Blackburn & the North West to rise! Wake the town & tell the people… tell a friend, bring a friend & lets make this a time to remember!
Bass & love ♥


Tales of Birbal- Children’s theatre for half term

Mashi Theatre, in association with The Spark Arts For Children and supported by Z-arts, presents Tales of Birbal by Sayan Kent from an original concept by Trina Haldar

Tales of Birbal

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Timeless and treasured fables from the Indian sub-continent
Step into the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar and his witty advisor, the legendary Birbal…
Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers, living hand-to-mouth with just a wooden cart, trinkets they have collected on their travels, and a family of mischievous crows for company.

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Stopping one day for lunch, they recreate mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion, Birbal. How can a man survive a night in a freezing lake? How many crows are there in a kingdom? Only Birbal knows!
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Using humour, puppetry, music and the occasional fake beard, Mashi and Bhanji bring to vivid life these famous tales that have been treasured for generations.
“Joyful, colourful, vibrant and funny.” Children’s Theatre Reviews

030_Tales of Birbal_Pamela Raith Photography“What a great show. If you are wanting laughter, to go into the imagination and connect with your inner child, then this play has it all!” Audience Member
Suitable for children aged 6+ and their families
Duration: 50 minutes

Tickets £7 adults, £5 Children

2pm start.

PLEASE NOTE – Art workshop time changed to Post show from 3pm £3 per person- make a crow mask or puppet.

Tales of Birbal