Please note that this evening’s scheduled performance has been postponed. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Saturday 3rd November Doors 7pm starts 7.30pm
What is it that makes a community?
What is it that makes a place ‘home’?
For 25 years, Aidan Jolly has been creating songs that investigate and celebrate the idea of a sense of place. For the first time he has collected these songs together. Some are commissioned pieces, others were originally written for plays, and some are responses to places personally significant to Aidan.
Inspired by locations across the UK, from Dorset to Herefordshire, the Borders, Cheshire, Lancashire, the Peak District and beyond, each song tells a specific story.
‘1,000 Places’ looks at how the local becomes the universal. It’s performed as a trio, with Aidan singing and performing on guitar, melodeon and other instruments, supported by long-term collaborators Gigi Serafina (vocals, piano, accordion, flute, violin) and Jaydev Mistry (percussion and electronic soundscapes).
Suitability: Ages 5+
The bar will be open for refreshments before the show and during the interval.
Tickets – £10 adults/£8 concession/£6 child
The Great Austerity Debate is an interactive forum theatre play.
Follow the story of Megan K. as she juggles low-paid work, ever-deeper debt, two kids and that fancy new red handbag. Welcome to a world where the phrase, “We are all in this together,” rings hollow. Welcome to a world where austerity is the new normal.
But there is a way out. After watching the performance, you are invited to imagine different outcomes for the characters and see your ideas played out by the actors. You can give your views or simply sit and enjoy the play being re-told on the spot. Every audience brings new responses, new interventions and new endings, making each performance unique.
Entertaining, inspiring and always surprising, The Great Austerity Debate brings burning real-life questions to the stage, and you get to bring the answers. Brought to you by new writing pioneers, Menagerie Theatre Company.
Tickets here: £10 Adults / £8 Concessions / £6 Children under 16
“Where the Bear Sleeps” Stories from the Frozen North
In 2000 Nick Hennessey entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing the Kalevala (the Finnish national epic), to the Finns, in English….and he won!
As night falls, epic storyteller, Nick Hennessey, delivers us into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finland’s far North, where the river of the underworld flows dark and fast. Here magic is done and undone, and life is shot through with misguided passions, heroic battles, and wild transformations.
A man with a harp telling stories, complete with a nip of something strong – what’s not to like?
NICK HENNESSEY is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary storytellers. He is the only international entrant to win the Runolaulu singing competition in Espoo (2000) and was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to create a one-hour documentary about Kalevala in 2010. He has performed at London’s South Bank Centre and the Royal Albert Hall and extensively at folk, storytelling, and literature festivals throughout the UK and internationally (Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and two national tours of Japan). He has published three solo albums, the most recent of which, “A Rare Hunger” released on Harbourtown Records, received critical acclaim with airtime plays on BBC Radio 3.
Doors open at 7pm
Tickets here – £6 early bird tickets/£10 adults/£8 concession/£6 child
Common Lore By Sophia Hatfield Stute Theatre, in association with Northern Broadsides
Suitable for age 11+
20th October 2018
Doors 7pm, show starts 7.30pm
“It’s hard being young round here. Looking for a job. Trying to earn money. Wanting just to take my stake in the place that I live. But the old ways won’t give.”
Meet Scarlet, waiting for the bus… again. On the way to visit her Nan, she reinvents the childhood stories she knows so well, and finally discovers her future path, in her own unique way.
An inventive, fast-paced fusion of theatre, spoken word, projections and live electronic music, performed by one young woman (and her mobile phone). Fairy Tales and modern life collide in this exciting new show!
“Witty, engaging and interesting.”
“Original, fast and very engaging.”
Audience Members, January 2018
Tickets £10 adults/£8 concession/£6 child available here
Box Office: 07845 964802
Reggae / Dub / Roots & Culture / Steppas – of the highest order.
#OPERATIONSOUNDSYSTEM in session with SPECIAL GUEST & with full crew:
#NickSasquash / #Droid / #mightyRaz / #BenJamin
Our venue as always is the stunning Bureau in Blackburn (formerly St John’s Church the oldest church in the town)
Sound System & entertainment provided by “the northwest heavyweights”
Entry £5 Gate rate ….
9 until 3 AM
Record & merchandise stalls
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, #DUBMinistry 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 ♥
Chorley-based 10 piece Soul & Motown outfit Black & Gold make their first visit to on Friday 7th September 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 8-00pm
Tickets £7.50 online, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-soul-motown-with-black-gold-tickets-48064332713
www.bureaublackburn.co.uk, or simply call
or £10 on the door