Exciting upcoming Theatre events!

We are fortunate to have two fantastic shows in one week at The Bureau- The Devil’s Purse  on Thursday 7th July at 7.30pm , and How to be a Man on Saturday 9th July at 7.30pm.

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Beguiling, tricksy, highly-strung, and suspiciously helpful – the Little People are waiting in the shadows, beneath your feet, under the tables, and even in the cracks in the walls – and they’re waiting to prove just how hard it is to tell that they are there. On hot summer nights their world is a breath away and on long winter evenings they have far too much time on their hands…

Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson fuse storytelling performance and music in a wild journey into the cinema of the imagination. A lost traveler finds himself guided through the mountain mists; a farmer marries an apparently perfect wife; a drunk gambles with a purse that is forever full, and an anxious mother watches her child turn into skin and bone… Come spend some time in the company of Themselves, the Gentry Below, the Good Folk, the sylphs, the sprites, the fairies, and a labyrinth of stories.

Age 10+ £ 8/6

HTBAM 2 (2)How to be a Man. Men are in crisis. They don’t know how to be men; they don’t know what it means to be a man anymore. Now they are trying to find the right path, if it even exists.

How to be a Man is a response to the crisis of masculinity, the realization that being a man can no longer mean what it used to.

Masculinity is examined from the perspective of a white, middle-class, straight western man as he picks at the history and culture that has made him who he is. Using a combination of fictional, biographical and autobiographical stories, one man attempts to navigate the uncertain terrain of modern masculinity.

The is the story of manliness; where it’s been, where it is now and where it could end up.

How to be a Man has been researched, written and is performed by Jon Coleman, a Manchester based artist. The performance has been directed by Josh Coates and Paper People Theatre. It has been made using public funding from Arts Council England and with support from Ovalhouse theatre and Contact.

The Devil’s Purse
The Devil’s Purse

How to be a Man
How to be a Man

Weaver’s Wheel Exhibition


This exhibition is open during the week and Saturday 25th June during the ‪Countryside Comes To Town‬ festival.


Please come along then and find out all about the new family friendly cycle route offering cyclists as well as walkers a fully signed interconnected network of routes crossing rich and varied landscape and circling the town including Witton Park and parts of the canal at Eanam.

downloadThe exhibition shows work that has already begun with local community groups and schools to develop a range of ideas that will help to promote the route, inform riders/walkers and create an attractive colourful multi user route.

Working alongside the Community Rail Partnership and a local artist Alastair Nicholson the route of the Weavers Wheel will be split into themes ranging from recycling, rural, technology, language and sound and a number of art installation will be produced resulting from the community participation.

There is a chance to get actively involved in some of the creative aspects of this whilst visiting the exhibition, and Alastair has his potter’s wheel in the gallery for pottery demonstrations as well as being available to discuss the ‪‎Weaverswheel‬ in general.

HUSH! Workshop exploring voice and gender identity.

This  FREE workshop exploring voice and gender identity  is on TODAY – Saturday 11th June, from 1-4pm and places are still available.


Tristan R. Whiston, award winning artist and performer, and Alex Bulmer award winning writer and lyricist, lead a workshop on the theme of The Journey of A Voice inspired by Hush….?, a new song project exploring voice and gender identity. The workshop will encourage participants to explore their own voice to create performance and text. The workshop will include vocal exercises, singing and writing. It is aimed particularly at LGBTQ communities but ANYONE is welcome to come along and join in. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
This workshop will culminate with a performance at June’s Artspace.

A cafe will be open for refreshments.

For the people who are interested in attending this event and so we have an idea of participants, please send your name to:


Alex Bulmer, lyricist, is a writer, performer, director and educator.
She has written for The Royal Court, London 2012 Olympics, Graeae, BBC Radio 4, winning an AMI award for her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Channel 4 series Cast Offs (nominated for BAFTA and Royal Television SocietyAward), Theatre Centre and Face Front.
Her stage play SMUDGE was Time Out’s Critics Choice during its UK premiere, and earned several theatre award nominations in Canada.
She is co founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Flash , co-creator of The Canadian based Republic of Inclusion, and one of the original singers with the Toronto based Boy Choir of Lesbos.
In 2014 she was named as one of the UK’s most influential disabled artists by Power Magazine, and was named a Fellow of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2015.

Errollyn Wallen, composer, Errollyn’s music includes many works for orchestra, ballets, fourteen operas, chamber music, films ‑ and albums as singer/pianist and The Errollyn Wallen Songbook. Recent large-scale commissions include two works featuring the London Symphony Orchestra for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games – PRINCIPIA, for massed choirs and orchestra, and Spirit in Motion, for soprano and orchestra. The event was broadcast to a billion people around the world. Recent premières include See That I Am God for St Paul’s Cathedral (to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the priesting of women in the Church of England), Full Fathom Five for Melodia NYC, the US première of All the Blues I See at MoMA, the London première of her Cello Concerto and the Scottish première of Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals? which was featured in the PRSF New Music Biennial and released on the NMC label.

Errollyn’s music was played in outer space on the NASA STS-115 mission.

Her new orchestral album — PHOTOGRAPHY— has just been released on the NMC label featuring her own Orchestra X.

Errollyn Wallen was awarded the MBE in 2007 for for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Other awards include the British Composer Award, FIPA d’Or and the Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music (the first woman recipient). Last year she was elected Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University.


Tristan R. Whiston, singer/dramaturg, is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto for over 25 years as a director, writer, dramaturge and performer. Tristan created five audio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio amongst others and has aired in 7 different countries. Recently, Whiston created trace, an interactive audio/performance installation that toured Canada in 2015. Whiston has been the Artist-in-Residence at Central Toronto Youth Services, directing Gender Play, a theatre project working with LGBTQ youth exploring issues and experiences of gender (2005 – present). As founder of Toronto’s renowned performance troupe The Boychoir of Lesbos, Tristan produced and performed in an original musical adaptation of Lord of the Flies. Whiston has a BFA from York University (1991 – specialty in theatre directing). As Artistic Co-Director of Red Dress Productions, Tristan has co-led 15 large-scale community engaged public artwork mosaic projects.

CANCELLED- Circus School :-(

BEatniks circus school cancelled


Unfortunately we have had to cancel this Circus school with The Beatnik Collective next week due to lack of numbers booked on.
We will be running one again in the summer so if you fancied it but were a bit slow, the timing was wrong or you just missed it, then get in touch- kerris@bureaublackburn.co.uk  and we’ll let you know direct when we have dates booked in.
We are really disappointed not to be having circus fun and send apologies to those who did book- we’ll refund you in full, and appreciate your support.
We hope you have a lovely week anyway, and maybe you could check out the FREE music activities on Friday at The Bureau with Blackburn Music Hub as some consolation.

Running Away with The Beatniks


This amazing opportunity is brought to you by The Bureau working with The Beatnik Collective from Preston.

Last chance to book on this fantastic children’s half term Circus School is this Friday. Drop your kids off at 9 am and collect at 3 pm and see what amazing circus skills they have learned!

There is the chance to complete a Discover Arts Award through this as well as collecting Children’s University stamps.

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Don’t miss out on your place! – Book now at http://bureaublackburn.co.uk/half-term-childrens-circus-sc…/






The Bureau has been a hive of activity for the last 2 weeks as numerous students prepare to show their best work at COLLECTIVE- the Art and Design Degree show.  The opening night is this Wednesday from 6.30pm, so come down to The Bureau, get a cuppa and some cake in our cafe and have a good look around!

Michael Whelan- If Not Now



This thought provoking series of portraits of older people by Michael Whelan is on display at The Bureau, in the Corridor gallery from now until 1st June.

Contact the elderly- a charity working to reduce isolation in elderly people are hoping to hold an event on Friday 27th as part of the exhibition. Please contact us if this is something you would like to attend.

Opening hours are Thursday- Saturday 12-4pm or by appointment.