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King George’s Hall to host free mini storytelling festival

13th November 2015

Categories: Town Centre News

                                                     Storytelling Festival

King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Saturday 21 November, 11am-3pm


Audiences will be able to experience a Blackburn theatre like never before when a free storytelling mini festival comes to town.

King George’s Hall will host the one-day event on Saturday 21 November from 11am-3pm, with admission absolutely free.

The public are invited to indulge their imagination and witness some of the best storytellers in the business bring their enchanting tales to life in a variety of different spaces in the venue.

The day will feature folk tales in Blakey’s cafe bar, puppetry in the lounge and, for those who dare, ghost stories backstage!  Providing the entertainment will be three of the most respected storytellers in the business Nick Hennessey, Vanessa Card and Cat Weatherill. 

Hennessey is a renowned storyteller and singer songwriter whose passionate performances have earned him much recognition. He will also be performing as part of his collective Serious Kitchen at Darwen Library Theatre, the evening before on Friday 20 November at 7.30pm.

Card is a freelance artist and puppeteer who makes all her own puppets herself. She will be performing her show “The Praline Moment” in the lounge area of King George’s Hall, which also includes free chocolate!

Weatherill is a professional performance storyteller and author from Liverpool who specialises in ghost stories. She will be telling spooky tales backstage at King George’s Hall for those who like a fright. Weatherill has been asked to perform in a variety of unusual spaces in the past including a ‘haunted’ hotel bedroom, a ruined bishop’s palace and even a consecrated church on Halloween!

The day will also feature a colouring competition for children, with the chance to win tickets to see this year’s pantomime, “Aladdin”, which opens on Wednesday 9 December at King George’s Hall.

The Storytelling Festival has been organised by the Plugged In theatre project, who work with community groups across Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle to help them choose the shows they want to see in their local theatres. 

Speaking ahead of the festival, Plugged In’s Stephanie Jessop said:

“We wanted to bring something a little bit different to Blackburn and give people the opportunity to see the amazing versatility of their local theatre. King George’s Hall has never hosted anything like this before so it’s a real one-off event. It’s open to everyone and it’s absolutely free so there’s really no excuse for not popping in and taking a look!”

For more information or to see more shows programmed by Plugged In and community groups in your area, visit www.itspluggedin.com or call 01254 674777.

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