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This November 20th and 21st, St. Helens will host a weekend like no other, a programme of exciting projects and events for ALL ages, including artist led guided tours, explorations of impossible dreams, imaginary animals, mass manifestos, and a night of vanguard variety. The programme curated by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) for Heart of Glass has assembled some of the most exciting performance artists to develop a programme with, about and for St. Helens.
Through The Looking Glass takes place on Friday November 20th & Saturday November 21st at various locations with the majority of events free to attend for the public.
Fri 20th November, 8pm to late
Location: The Citadel Theatre
Who’s it for: Over 18 year olds
Show business and vanguard variety!
The Duckie crew arrive in St Helen’s to present an evening of up-to-the-minute show business and vanguard variety. Mistress of melody Miss Amy Lamé introduces a hit parade of short sharp performance including cabaret superstar Ursula Martinez, and in-between the acts plays pure pop, rock’n’roll and northern soul. Looking for a great night out, you have come to the right place! Come and watch shows, chat to your mates and schlep to the beat.
Sat 21st November from 12pm to 4pm
Location: The Hotties, Sankey Canal (Nr The Range)
Who’s it for: Anyone
An alternative walking tour through the legendary, the lost and the living histories of St. Helens!
Join Marcia Farquhar on her outsider’s journey from the warm waters and tropical fish of England’s first canal and the lost industries of glass and pills, to the pub, the music shop, and the music hall. Marcia Farquhar works in performance, installation, video and object making, and much of her practice revolves around the stories and interactions of everyday life.
Saturday 21st November, 12pm to 1.30pm
Location: St. Helens Family Art Club, St Mary’s Market
Who’s it for: Everyone aged 4 and up, but children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
The world’s weirdest pet show!
Renowned psychozoologist and disciplinarian, Madame Bona and her best friend Strokey the dog, invite you to team up with a friend, family member or stranger and transform them into the pet you always dreamed of.
Sat 14th November, 11am to 2pm – workshop
Sat 21st November 12noon and 3pm –performances
Locations: Workshop at Beecham’s Building, Water Street, St.Helens, performances tbc
Who’s it for: Everyone
A festival of manifestos
Join Liverpool’s legendary family activists for a workshop on making manifestos and then presenting them around town. Exercise your voice and make your mark with Manifestoval. The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home are a family of artist-activists committed to social justice for all ages, races, creeds and colours.
Sat 21st November, 4.30pm
Location: St. Helens Town Hall
Who’s it for: Everyone
Imagining impossible ideas for St. Helens.
A group of artists have been dreaming up impossible artworks for St Helens, transforming the town and its people. Come and see them reveal their inspired ideas in a whirlwind of presentations. Joshua Sofaer is an artist concerned with ideas of public participation and collaboration, whose most recent work was Your Name Here in St. Helens. Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her practice includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet.
Patrick Fox, Director at Heart of Glass Director, said: “We’re working with Live Art Development Agency, an incredible line-up of artists and a variety of local partners including The Citadel Theatre to bring you this programme. This will be a weekend like no other with something for everyone to get their teeth into. This is playful, political and socially aware work, and we’re excited to see how audiences respond!”
Lois Keidan, Director at Live Art Development Agency, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Heart of Glass and to have the opportunity to show the wide range of forms that Live Art can take, the kinds of places it can occupy, the kinds of ideas and issues it can explore, and the kinds of conversations it can have with audiences.”
Simon Casson, Promoter of Duckie, said: “We are looking forward to putting together a brilliant bill of performers in a series of short, sharp performance sets. We will also be mixing this with dancing to rock ’n’ roll & northern soul so you better get your dancing shoes on St. Helens.”