Lancashire Briefs: Monologues at Lancashire Fringe Festival over two nights

Lancashire People’s Theatre in partnership with members of Just Write presents ‘Lancashire Briefs’. Two evenings of short monologues about Lancashire life. Written and performed by Lancashire-based actors and writers.

A new Lancashire-based theatre company will debut their first original pieces of work at Lancashire Fringe Festival.

Lancashire People’s Theatre have brought together over a dozen writers and paired them with professional actors to produce a series of monologues which will be performed over two days during the festival.

The monologues will feature hugely diverse topics and subject matter, all performed by actors with a wide range of experience and credits in TV, film and stage.

The teams have been meeting weekly since the start of March to develop their monologues ready for the two festival dates.

Neil Procter, who launched Lancashire People’s Theatre with wife Anthea Carpenter Procter, said: “We have been working hard alongside members of Preston-based writing group Just Write to devise five-minute monologues. They have paired up the writers with professional across who are based across Lancashire.”It’s quite a unique project as there was one stipulation – everyone involved had to be based or come from.

“The project sees amateur writers get to see their work critiqued by a profession director and professional actors. Once the writing was at its optimum the directors and actors set about creating short theatrical pieces whilst the writers watched their words come to life.”

Anthea Carpenter Procter directed the hugely successful Preston Passion Play, staged across the city in 2017, which also starred Neil as Jesus.

Each event will last just over an hour and will follow the festival’s Pay What You Decide model – but with all money raised going to art group The Art Bureau which recently saw it’s premises at the former St John’s Church in Blackburn destroyed by fire.

See Lancashire Briefs: Monologues by Lancashire People’s Theatre Stanley Arms, 24 Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 1DA on Thursday, May 16, at 7.30pm and Tuesday, May 21 at 7.30pm.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!

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