Common Lore – Live Gig Theatre

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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

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Operation Sound System – Dub Ministry 8




Reggae / Dub / Roots & Culture / Steppas – of the highest order.
#Glorytosound #SupportYourLocalSoundSystem

#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 ♥

Black & Gold – Soul & Motown 10 piece band

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,, or simply call
or £10 on the door

The Bureau Open Day

Wednesday 25th July – 1- 4pm . Free Entry

Come and join in the fun at the Bureau on our Open Day. Music, performance, workshops, activities, open studios, facepainting and more!!!
The cafe will be open, and there is plenty of chance to try out all the wonderful activities we have going on here on a regular basis. Tai Chi, steel pan drums, photography, drama, art….. Free entry.
Supported by a fantastic team of young people from the National Citizen Service it is sure to be a great day of fun for all the family.


Great Get Together Weekend- Community FEAST! and The Jam Factory-world music evening.

**Free Events**

Come and join the second of our Community Feast Events at The Bureau between 2-4pm on Sunday 24th June 2018 as part of The Great Get Together, a national project which celebrates Jo Cox’s belief that there is more that unites us than divides us.

Our Feasts! are shared meals for the communities of Blackburn to come together, eat, talk and meet new people. For the Great Get Together we will be providing afternoon tea, so come and join us for food, conversation and fun.

Come along and meet new neighbours, make new friends and find out about the people you share the town with. The world is full of friends you haven’t met yet!

From 4.30pm onwards we also welcome community jazz band The Jam Factory.

Join us after our Community FEAST event  on a whistle-stop musical tour of the globe. The 20+-piece Jam Factory Community Orchestra touches down in Jamaica, India, Brazil, Cuba, South Africa, Ethiopia, The Balkans, Japan, Trinidad and New York to sample the finest sounds around and deliver them in their own inimitable way; world rhythms with jazz vocabulary, improvisation and celebration. Now in its twelfth year, the Jam Factory is an independent and inclusive organisation that anyone can join and everyone can enjoy – bring your dancing shoes and prepare to be amazed…


The Invisibility Hat- Swedish Troll Tales by Dominic Kelly 

Saturday 2nd June 

Pre Show workshop 1pm – Performance starts at 2pm 

e-poster_hat-web-(1)The Swedish forests are filled with the strangest things…
When a brother and sister find an extraordinary hat, they are plunged into the world of the trolls, where things quickly spin out of control. But help sometimes comes from the most unexpected places….
Join Dominic on a storytelling journey into the vast northern forests: through mystery, suspense and a great deal of fun. On the way you’ll find out what to do should you ever come face to face with a troll!


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Dominic’s dynamic, warm and witty e-flyer_-invisibility-hat-(1)-2.webperformance style has enthralled school, festival and theatre audiences in fifteen countries on three continents. He has lived in Scandinavia for six years, teaching storytelling at Sweden’s Royal College of Music and directing storytelling performances for Norway’s national stage for folk arts. Dominic personally translated from Swedish the legends on which the show is based.

Suitable for all ages over 7 years to adult.

Pre show workshop from 1pm £2 per person- Make a troll


Tickets £10 Full, £8 Concession, £5 child.

Special Family Ticket (2+2) £25

“A master storyteller” BBC Radio

“Breathless and enthralling” The Hindu

Captivating… consistently engaging” A Younger Theatre
Created and performed by Dominic Kelly


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Festival of Making at The Bureau


festival of makingWe have lots and lots of fantastic things going on over the Festival of Making weekend- here’s a bit of a run down, but there will be more so come along and join in the fun and look out for posts and updates on Facebook and Twitter. 

Find out about all the other events at the Festival of Making HERE



waste less taste more

Get stuck in with the award-winning Cracking Good Food team and cook up a festival feast-for-all.

We invite you to the The Bureau for an extra-special cook up – learn how to get the best from healthy ingredients and cook up taste sensations that won’t break the bank with our sustainability experts Cracking Good Food.

Learn top tips on:
How to avoid food waste
How to transform dinners with distinguished flavours
How to add your own magical imagination to meals!
There’ll be plenty of food to go round and you can walk away at the end of the day with an armful of healthy ingredients and a wholesome recipe.

Join us on a journey of cooking & eating good tasty affordable food together. Delicious!

Creative eating and meeting space
The Bureau FEAST
Come along and meet new neighbours, make new friends, find out about the people you share the town with, dress up and have your photo taken in our photobooth,  join in with the fun and games in our outdoor eating area,  just hang out and listen to the sounds from our People’s Platform, or book a slot to play, sing, or perform!
The world is full of friends you haven’t met yet!
Community FEAST!
IMG_20170611_121501With funding from a  Near Neighbours grant, The Bureau will be holding three community FEASTs over the coming months, and the first one will be on this weekend for the Festival of Making in our outdoor creative dining area !
Our Feasts! are shared meals for the communities of Blackburn to come together, eat, talk and meet new people, and at the Festival of Making you can make some food with Cracking Good Food inside The Bureau, bring some food to share or just come and join us in conversation and fun.
The FEAST itself will run on Sunday from 2-4pm


photobooth2Local photographer Matt Ainsworth is bringing along a pop up photo studio to our Creative Dining area for the weekend.

Come and join the fun – we will have some dress up stuff available or bring your own!

Have your photo taken with new friends or old friends.




  People’s Platform


Want to have a moment in the limelight? Get in touch with us to book a slot on our People’s Platform at the Festival of Making. Sat 12 & Sun 13th May 11-5pm . Sing a song, tell a story, recite a poem, do a dance- the stage is yours!
Basic PA, small stage platform and event shelter.
Sign up board available on the weekend, but let us know sooner to book your ideal time, and give us some idea of what you want to do. Time slots will be limited.

Film Screenings


Films from local artists and about local makers are on a rolling programme throughout the weekend in our community cinema. Come and have a relaxing break watching some fantastic short films.


2 Man Exhibition-presented by Francis Charlton. 

exhibitionAn exhibition of works from Chris Crawshaw and James Lawrence- Surrealist meets illustrator, in the Gallery at The Bureau is open for viewing over the weekend.






cakeOur cafe will also be open over the weekend serving delicious fresh homemade cake, and a range of teas, herbal teas and coffee.

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

power trip

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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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