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Oct '17



Award-winning theatre company 20 Stories High returned to St Helens with a series of funny, gritty and heartfelt monologues about the everyday lives of a group of extraordinary young people.

Leanne Tole (What's on Stage) wrote: "An almost perfect balance of intense, heart rendering moments and well-timed wit."  

Artist/Company: 20 Stories High

Location(s): Parr Library

Dates: 10th October

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Handa's Surprise


Based on the much-loved books by Eileen Brown, Handa's Surprise let audiences travel to Kenya to follow in Handa's footsteps as she journeyed to meet her best friend in the next village. This was an intimate spell-blinding show with vibrant performers, singing, stomping and Swahili rhythms.  

Artist/Company: Little Angel Theatre

Location(s): Chester Lane Library

Dates: 26th October

Other Information: Programmed in partnership with Citadel Arts. Family Friendly event. 


Nov '17

An Austentacious Murder


Highly Suspect presented an interactive murder mystery, and contemporary re-imagining of the works of Jane Austin. Audiences were invited to grill the suspects, crack the codes and discover the wit and wisdom of one of the UK's finest writers.

Artist/Company: Highly Suspect

Location(s): Eccleston Library

Dates: 2nd November

Other Information: Part of a series of events marking 200 years since the death of Jane Austen.


The Travelling Letter Exchange


The Travelling Letter Exchange was a touring letter writing bureau, inviting audiences to sit and write a letter, creating a new record of life in the Northwest in 2017. This celebration of letter-writing marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Every participant received a letter back from artist Laura Jamieson.

Artist/Company: Laura Jamieson

Location(s): Newton-le-Willows Library

Dates: 9th - 11th  November

Other Information: Part of a series of events marking 200 years since the death of Jane Austen.


Who Do You Think You Are?


Audiences met unlucky-in-love, darkly funny and 'unsuccessful lesbian poet' - Barbara Brownskirt as she attempted to find out who she! We shared in the highs and lows of her survival in 21st century Britain, through poetry, slides and study of Judy Dench done three-ways.

Artist/Company: Barbara Brownskirt

Location(s): Rainhill Library

Dates: 10th November

Other Information: Programmed as part of Homotopia 2017.


Thrills and Quills: Jane Austen's Life in Letters


Lip Service Theatre Company took a comic look at Jane Austen's letters. From Quill to Snapchat: with extracts from Austen's novels, letters to family members and wickedly funny observations on her neighbours, they looked at Jane's vivid account of everyday life. 

Artist/Company: Lip Service Theatre Company

Location(s): Newton-le-Willows Library

Dates: 13th November

Other Information: Part of a series of events marking 200 years since the death of Jane Austen.


No Petticoats Here


Award-winning musician Louise Jordan brought to life the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations and left a lasting legacy by telling the true stories of women in the First World War through her original songs. 

Artist/Company: Louise Jordan

Location(s): Eccleston Library

Dates: 17th November

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Dec '17

Another Wintery Tale


Audiences joined story-telling explorers on their tent as they took shelter from the cold. Snowy fables, wintery songs and heart-warming stories were shared. Liverpool Sound and Vision called this show 'a charming and positive production that will brighten any young person's day'.

Artist/Company: Altered Scale & Petite Ullaloom Theatre Companies

Location(s): Newton-le-Willows Library

Dates: 2nd December

Other Information: Autism-friendly performance