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May '17

Life Beyond Diagnosis


During Alzheimer's Society Dementia Awareness Week, visitors to  all St Helens Borough libraries were able to see a unique temporary 'newspaper' art exhibition, and pick up a special newspaper of their own. Life Beyond Diagnosis was initiated by Open Eye Gallery as part of the Culture Shifts programme and was a collaborative project between photographer Tadhg Devlin and the Merseyside-based Service User Reference Forum (SURF) Dementia Network Group.

Artist/Company: Tadhg Devlin, SURF

Location(s): All St Helens Borough libraries

Dates: 15th May

Other Information: Presented as part of Alzheimer's Society Dementia Awareness Week, in partnership with Open Eye Gallery.


Buckle My Shoe


During Alzheimer's Society Dementia Awareness Week, local artist Jacqui Priestley showcased her new audio-visual sculpture Buckle My Shoe. This new piece of work extended Jacqui's interest and exploration of human memory. Jacqui's work brought together animation based on the Addenbrooks Cognitive Dementia Assessment tool, archival footage, and sound from Rossendale Memory Choir.

Artist/Company: Jacqui Priestley

Location(s): Newton-le-Willows Library

Dates: 15th May

Other Information: Presented as part of Alzheimer's Society Dementia Awareness Week.




Lewis Bray presented a story of two brothers, one family, goodies, baddies, and autism. Told alongside this theatrical fantasy world is a real story about living with autism, and how, alongside his Mum and Dad, Jack sees the family's highs and lows and their ability to pull together through adversity.

Artist/Company: Lewis Bray

Location(s): Chester Lane Library

Dates: 25th May


Jun '17

Theatre Book - Macbeth


Theatre Book - Macbeth was an augmented reality pop-up book bringing the Scottish Play to life with miniature projection mapping. Created by Davy and Kristin McGuire, the multimedia book featured six pop-up pages designed like stage sets. Davy and Kristin are British/German multidisciplinary artists famous for their experiments in digital projection and storytelling. 

Artist/Company: Davy and Kristin McGuire

Location(s): Haydock Library

Dates: 1st June


Wealth is Health


Wealth is Health was a variety production performed by Collective Encounters' Third Age Acting Company, written by Sarah Thornton and directed by Amanda Redvers-Rowe. The production used comedy, songs, music, tableaux, and naturalistic sketches to engage the audience in the debate around health and wealth inequalities.   

Artist/Company: Collective Encounters

Location(s): Parr Library

Dates: 9th June

Other Information: Theatre Performance


Wilde Without the Boy & The Ballad of Reading Gaol


Gerard Logan performed a dramatization of 'De Profundis', the letter Oscar Wilde wrote in 1897 to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. This work was performed alongside Wilde's heart-rendering poem reflecting on his two years hard labour at Reading Gaol.

Artist/Company: Gerard Logan

Location(s): Parr Library

Dates: 30th June

Other Information: Solo Performance


Jul '17

First person


Created for public spaces and influenced by video games and reality tv, First Person was a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre, and silent disco technology. Audiences were invited to grab their headphones, predict a winner, and cheer them on to the finish line! 

Artist/Company: Zest Theatre

Location(s): Newton-le-Willows Library, (Outside) St Helens Central Library

Dates: 15th July

Other Information: Theatre Performance


Much Ado About Puffin


Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old-fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin was a family friendly tale about old habits, new friendships and stepping out into the unknown.

Artist/Company: Open Attic Company

Location(s): Chester Lane Library

Dates: 22nd July

Other Information: Presented as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.


Horny Handed Tons of Soil


Inspired by the eclectic work of Adrian Henri, this work explored the myth, the magic and the reality of Liverpool over the past fifty years as it was transformed by destruction, construction, rebellion and grass roots creativity.  

Artist/Company: Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim

Location(s): Peter Street Library, Rainhill Library

Dates: 27th July

Other Information: Comissioned by Unity Theatre and Phrased & Confused.


Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories


With live music, songs, puppetry and host of curious characters, the classic tales by Rudyard Kipling were brought to life for all the family in this new adaptation developed for children aged 4-7.  

Artist/Company: Just Soph

Location(s): Newton-le-Willows Library, Thatto Heath Library

Dates: 29th July

Other Information: Presented as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2017