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Arts in Libraries January - March 2018

Cultural Hubs Programme #10


Š Edward Moore

Cultural Hubs is an exciting arts in libraries project that allows us to bring a fantastic range of arts events into all St.Helens Libraries. We try to keep ticket prices low to ensure as many people as possible can attend. From our point of view, a concession is anyone under the age of 21 or over 60, a student, somebody with a disability or anyone who is out of work for whatever reason. To buy tickets or for further information about access please contact your local library or email: We look forward to welcoming you.




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Holocaust Memorial Day & Related Events

Community Event

Rainhill Library Haydock Library

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St Helens Lens Exhibition

Newton-le-Willows Library

Award winning Arts on Prescription Programme for adults Visual Art Exhibition

Page 5 Gerard Logan Newton-le-Willows Theatre The Rape of Lucrece Library Adults & Teens 14+ Eccleston Library


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World Book Day Arts Events

Eccleston Library

Arts Events

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The Friends of Cannington Shaw A Day In The Life of a Bottlehand

Garswood Library Rainford Library Thatto Heath Library

Theatre Performance

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Box Of Tricks Parr Library Chip Shop Chips

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Laura Mugridge Newton-le-Willows Theatre/Comedy & Tom Adams Library Adults, Teens, Families 10+ Bookish Billinge Library

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Get Creative Day

Haydock Library

Back Cover

United Artists Library Lion

Moss Bank Library Theatre Show Chester Lane Library Family Friendly

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2018 Join us in St Helens Town Hall on Friday 26th January at 10am for the St Helens formal commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day. There will be performances and readings from school children who will invite us to reflect and consider that The Power of Words - words that we hear and see all around us today, online, in newspapers, in conversations; the words that we choose to use - all have an impact upon us and those around us.

“Words can make a difference - both for good and evil”

FREE but online bookings only at:

Theatre Show Adults & Teens 14+

Voluntary Arts Celebration



Please join us in our community Holocaust Memorial commemorations at both Rainhill and Haydock libraries. A unique musical composition written by local musician and music teacher Julia Cadman will be performed with choral and dance accompaniments with a selected Primo Levi poetry reading and candle lighting.

Where & When is it on Monday 22nd January, 4.00pm - Rainhill Library Monday 29th January, 4.00pm - Haydock Library Who is it for Everyone Cost & Booking Info FREE - just turn up Access Rainhill Library - Ramp and parking Haydock Library - Wall mounted pushpad entrance to library, accessible toilet and parking



© Alef Trust


ST HELENS THROUGH THE LENS © St Helens Local History & Archives

You can take part in Creative Alternatives if you are: • Aged 18+, • Living or accessing healthcare in St.Helens, • Experiencing mildmoderate stress, depression and/or anxiety, • Keen to improve your wellbeing and feel able can make a regular commitment to a weekly group, • Prepared to attend the workshops independently and work within a group setting.


Activities Include: Creative writing, Drawing, Woodwork, Painting, Sculpture

Interested in exploring creativity for your wellbeing? Want some time out just for you? Then Creative Alternatives may just be the thing... Creative Alternatives is an award-winning arts and wellbeing programme for people living in St Helens experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. Creative Alternatives offers a regular programme of visual arts and creative writing activities that can help to rebuild your confidence and improve your mental wellbeing. Whilst creativity is at the heart of what we do the emphasis is on enjoying yourself, meeting new people and having some time to relax. Once referred on to the Creative Alternatives programme you can take part in a weekly group for up to 12 weeks. Our workshops are led by trained artists who will support and guide you through a creative process using a variety of artistic techniques, creating a relaxing space with friendly faces and a time that’s just about you.

In 2016 a Heritage Lottery Fund grant was awarded to St Helens Local History & Archives to digitise, preserve, share and explore a collection of over 3000 glass plate negatives discovered in a pet shop in the 1980s. The photographs were taken by Geoff Williams of Central Studios and included images of people, weddings, sport, events, buildings, works and more - a real snapshot of life in St Helens in the 1950s.

Artist Debbie Adele Cooper was commissioned to create a unique artwork using the glass plate negatives as inspiration. Debbie’s practice revolves around public engagement, photography, sound and light. Over the last few years she has extensively drawn from local heritage and archive imagery to feed into her aesthetic, moving between digital and analogue to create new conversations between the past and today. Her artwork is on display for you to view and discuss.

Where is it Newton-le-Willows Library Who is it for Everyone When is it on February onwards Cost & Booking Info FREE - just turn up Access Ramp, wall mounted pushpad entrance to library, accessible toilet



WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE RAPE OF LUCRECE Returning to St.Helens after his SOLD OUT performance of Wilde Without The Boy and The Ballad Of Reading Gaol Gerard Logan (Olivier Award nominee and RSC actor) stars in the first ever solo adaptation of William Shakespeare’s brilliant, brutal narrative poem about the dreadful crime of rape and its aftershock.

“Lucrece” quoth he “this night I must enjoy thee. If thou deny then force must work my way: For in thy bed I purpose to destroy thee...”

Shakespeare goes beyond the obvious, shining a light on a band of human behaviour, encompassing the bestial and the beautiful.

All original works contribute to the merriment of this year’s World Book Day.

Where is it Newton-le-Willows Library, 2.00pm Eccleston Library, 7.00pm Who is it for 16+ When is it on Friday 23rd February Cost & Booking Info £6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders) £3 (concs) Book online at: or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets.

“If you love poetry, Shakespeare, or just a good story brilliantly told don’t miss this show.”

Show Length 1 hour

Edinburgh Fringe Review

“Unmissable for all Shakespeare fans”


WORLD BOOK DAY 3 unique creative events made by local artists and performers who have developed their work with funding from an St.Helens Arts in Libraries commission.

Winner of The Stage Newspaper’s Award for “Best Solo Show of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival”

Theatre Guide

© Joan Birkett

© Gerard Logan

Access Newton-le-Willows - Ramp, wall mounted pushpad entrance to library, accessible toilet Eccleston - Hands free access and parking

J. Birkett, C. Weetman, J. Priestly, J. McConnell, J. Barwood, A.J. Malone, P. Cousins, C. Miller, Y. Tinsley Handmade Artists’ Books The books displayed here reflect the varied practices of nine local artists together with artists living and working in Tokyo Japan. The diverse skills of these artists influence their work and invite us to challenge our definition of what a book is and what an artist’s imagination can do with it.

Meet the artists and book handling session - 1.00pm

Michelle Wren Pop Up Book Installation Throughout January, Michelle will be asking library visitors across the borough to write down the stories, scenes and people from books that have inspired and helped shape the way they understand things. Responding to those descriptions, she will turn them into a unique interactive piece of art that you will be able to immerse yourself in. Unmissable! Ian Greenall & Michaela Anders Read On - 6.00pm With the whole of Eccleston Library as a stage, this special performance uses

dance and storytelling to explore how we develop a love of reading from our parents and carers, and how this is passed on through the generations. Where is it Eccleston Library Who is it for Everyone When is it on Thursday 1st March Event length Art installation and exhibition all day. Dance performances 1 hour Cost & booking info Free Access Hands free access and parking



A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOTTLEHAND Every Bottle TELLS A Story. Every Story Has A Memory. Every Memory Holds A Truth.

Everyone knows the sacred grass of the new Saints RLFC stadium but do you know what came before? Set against the backdrop of St.Helens life in the late 19th Century, A Day In The Life Of A Bottlehand digs beneath the earth to celebrate the lives, stories and histories (some real and some imagined) of the people who worked in the largest glass bottle-making factory in the world. This new performance has been commissioned by the The Friends Of Cannington Shaw and St.Helens Council’s Arts and Libraries Services in St.Helens’ 150th year to celebrate the history of the site and its rich Heritage. Where is it Garswood Library, 11.30am Rainford Library, 2.30pm Thatto Heath Library, 7.00pm Who is it for Everyone When is it on Thursday 15th March Cost & Booking Info FREE. Book online at: www.culturalhubs or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets or call 01744 677446. © St Helens Local History & Archives


Show Length 1 Hour Access Rainford Library - wall-mounted entrance to library, ramp Garswood Library - step free access to library Thatto Heath Library - ramp and parking

© Box of Tricks



ds, “Go with friends, lots of frien have a laugh, a chippy tea and a night to remember.” **** Reviews Hub

It’s the grand reopening of Booth and Son’s Fish & Chip Shop. Eric has returned home, forty years after he left, and it’s time for a fresh start. But old flame Christine has other ideas. Transported back to a time of chippy teas and Northern Soul, there’s unfinished business for these old lovers. As they watch teenage love stumble as hapless Lee makes a pass at the beautiful Jasmine, is it all just history repeating itself? Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, Chip Shop Chips heads nationwide following a completely sold-out Northern Tour in Spring 2016. Brace yourself for an immersive love story set to a soundtrack of Northern Soul and served with a fish and chip supper.

This is theatre, but not as you know it: dinner, quiz and a show all rolled into one! Where is it Parr Library Who is it for 14+ When is it on Saturday 17th March, 2.00pm and 7.00pm Cost & Booking Info £8*, £7* (St.Helens Library Card Holders), £5* (Concessions) *All prices include Fish and Chips*. Book online at: or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets. Access Accessible toilet, hands free access, ramp and parking




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Bookish is a collection of five brand new comedy shows from performers and comedians Laura Mugridge and Tom Adams: each mini show is inspired by a different book and you get to choose which ones you see! Each performance is a blend of comedy, live original music, a quiz and the stories of what happened when Tom and Laura tried to find out more about the books. There will be a live vote on the night for two shows (books) to be performed.

The five books are:

• The London A - Z • Ginger: My Story - the autobiography of Ginger Rogers • The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro • The Dairy Book of Family Cookery • Tales of the Unexpected - Roald Dahl 9

Five books. Five shows. You decide on two!

© Edward Moore

Where is it Newton-le-Willows Library, 2.00pm Billinge Library, 7.00pm Who is it for Adults, Teens, aged 10+ When is it on Thursday 22nd March Show length 2 hours Cost & booking info £6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders) £3 (concs) Book online at: or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets. Access Billinge Library - ramp Newton-le-Willows - ramp, wall mounted pushpad entrance to library, accessible toilet

© Andrew Abrahamson

Get Creative Festival will be taking place all over the UK. It’s an annual celebration of the Arts and a great way for people to find out how to “get creative” on their doorstep and try something different with the hundreds of hands-on events on offer. In St.Helens, we are looking for voluntary arts groups, performers, artists and creative folk to bring forward ideas for sharing their skills or performing within the library. Please contact Jess in the Arts Service on 01744 677076 if you’d like to get involved.

Where is it Haydock Library Who is it for Everyone When is it on Saturday 24th March Cost & Booking Info FREE. Show Length All Day Event

Access Hands free access to library, accessible toilet and parking



LIBRARY LION Don’t judge a book by it’s cover And never judge a lion by it’s ROAR!

Everyone knows rules have to be followed, especially in libraries. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But what would happen if a lion came to storytime? There aren’t any rules about lions in the library, are there? This beautiful story invigorates an endangered species - the local library with songs, laughter, lots of joining in, and maybe even a big furry hug. But NO ROARING! Adapted by Untied Artists from the award winning book by Michelle Knudsen & published by Candlewick.

Who is it for Children aged 4 - 7 and their families Where and when is it on Moss Bank Library, Wednesday 14th February Chester Lane Library, Thursday 15th February 11.00am & 2.00pm

Cost & Booking Info £3 or £8 for a family/group of 4. Book online at: or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets. Show Length 50 minutes

© Untied Artists

Access Moss Bank - hands-free opening door into the library, accessible toilet and parking Chester Lane - accessible toilet, ramp and parking

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