Face of Preston – faces wanted for photography project

The Face of Preston – Drop-in sessions

For anyone who lives or works in Preston who wants to be photographed for an arts project.

Photo will be of face only.

I’m particularly interested in representing all communities in Preston – so please step forward to help me represent Preston’s diverse multi-cultural community.

Friday, June 4

11am-1pm – Preston Market (outdoor market, near the hoardings)

2.15pm-2.45pm – outside St Stephen’s Church, Bird Street, Broadgate

Saturday, June 5

11am-12pm – Preston Market (outdoor market, near the hoardings)

12.30pm-1pm – former BHS hoardings, Fishergate (opposite M&S)

These are free sessions – anyone can come along and have their photograph taken.

Reminder of the project:

The Face of Preston is a project to display four large-scale faces (approx. 2.4m high) of people who represent Preston.

The images will be displayed outdoors on the hoardings of the former BHS building on Fishergate, Preston.

There is no guarantee that your image will be one of the four chosen (but it is possible that your image could be part of a future project in Preston – I really hope this is possible).

I will have consent forms to sign before I take your photo (so that I have permission to use the photos in the project and to promote the project).

I will publish the photographs online so that you can get a copy of your image, free of charge.

I will be contacting everyone who has already expressed an interest in taking part in this project.

If you have not previously contacted me you CAN still come along to the photo sessions.

If you can’t make these session on Thursday and Friday it’s still possible I can photograph you – so do get in touch!

List of Lancashire Festivals 2021

With loads of live events beginning to take place, I’ve made a Lancashire list of festivals taking place in 2021.

There will be festivals I’ve missed out – please feel free to get in touch if you would like your festival added (personally, I would love to know about it!)

Please note – I’m not involved in any of these so contact festivals directly for more information.

June 21-30 – Preston Live Arts Festival

July 17 (Sat) – Making a Mark (Harris Museum, Preston)

July 23-25 – Cloudspotting (Gisburn Forest)

July 24 (Sat) – Fleetwood Moves (Marine Hall)

July 24-31 – Waterfoot Wakes (Rossendale)

July 25 (Sun) – Preston Moves (Avenham Park)

Aug 1 (Sun) – Caribbean Carnival (Preston) [VIRTUAL ONLINE EVENT]

Aug 14 (Sat) PrestFest (Flag Market, Preston)

Aug 14/15 (Sat/Sun) – RockPrest (Moor Park, Preston)

Aug 15 (Sun) – Windrush Festival 73 (Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham)

Aug 20-22 – Preston Pop Fest (New Continental, Preston)

Aug 26-29 – Glastonferret (Preston)

Aug 30 (Bank Holiday Monday) – Burnley Canal Festival

Sept 3-5 – HAZ Festival (Burnley)

Sept 3-5 – British Country Music Festival (Blackpool)

Sept 4 (Sat) – Preston Mela

Sept 9-12 – The Collective Weekender (Brewtime/Get Creative) (Preston)

Sept 11 (Sat) – Confessional festival (Blackburn)

Sept 17-Oct 2 – Lancashire Encounter (Preston)

[Sept 26 (Sun) – Preston 10k]

Oct 1-31 – British Textile Biennial (East Lancashire)

Oct 2-12 – Preston Arts Festival

Oct 15-30 – Lightpool (Blackpool)

Nov 5-6 (Fri/Sat) – Light Up Lancaster

[Nov 14 (Sun) – Remembrance Sunday]

Nov TBC – Derelict LIVE (Preston)

Enjoy the Show’s Autumn season in Preston

Tuesday, Sept 3, 8pm
Skank by Clementine Bogg-Hargroves
Girls just wanna have a clean bill of health. Kate could be a successful writer, if she could just concentrate. Instead, her head is filled with recycling concerns, genius ways to ensnare Sexy Gary, and the persistent fear that her internal organs are against her.
“skank is laugh-out-loud funny, and Bogg-Hargroves reveals a talent for both comedy writing and performance” Hannah Kate, She-Wolf
“Wickedly funny, yet touching, Skank is a play that is a magnificent debut, brilliantly constructed and impeccably performed by Clementine Bogg-Hargroves” Nicola Brierly, The Play’s The Thing
“A constantly funny play” David Cunningham, British Theatre Guide
The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road
Tickets £8 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479586

NOTE: This show is also in Blackpool at Bootleg Social on Weds, Sept 4 – tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479587


Tuesday, October 1, 8pm
Welcome to Paradise by A Ship of Fools
A playful, hilarious and anarchic comedy explores traditional images of Christmas, greed and consumerism.

★★★★★ Northern Soul
★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Master’s of their craft” Porl Cooper – Slung Low
“The cleverest, darkest funniest comedy I think I’ve ever seen” Jonny Unknown
“This shocking and energetic piece of theatre shows bravery and talent.” **** WhatsOnStage 

The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road
Tickets £9 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479588


Wednesday, October 2, 8pm
My Jerusalem by Avital Raz
A solo performance combining live music with storytelling and projected images. A politically-charged tale of a drunken one-night stand, infused with stories of growing up in the turmoil of 1980s Israel.
“Nothing short of astonishing” Exposed Magazine

The Continental, South Meadow Lane
Tickets £9 (concession £6) http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479645


Tuesday, Oct 8, 8pm
The F**k It Button by Ali Kahn
What makes you press yours? Comedy actor and writer Ali Kahn reveals her f**k it list; how she lost herself in weed and w*nking until she found her spiritual erection. She’ll make you want to f**k it in a whole new way.
Winner – Best Comedy Greater Manchester Fringe
“F**king wonderful show….Kahn lays herself bare…she’s brutally and hilariously honest..” ★★★★★ North West End

The Continental, South Meadow Lane
Tickets £9 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479649


Tuesday October 15, 8pm
Essex Girl by Maria Ferguson
Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in 00s Brentwood. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else. Follow Kirsty’s as she tells you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl ★★★★ ‘a valuable addition to the current feminist dialogue’ Spy in the Stalls ‘A hilarious nostalgia fest!’ The Play’s The Thing. Show of the Week at Vault 2019.

The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road
Tickets £9 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479589


Oh! Suburbia – Bob Karper at Lancashire Fringe Festival

14 Trouble films

Oh! Suburbia! is a one-man avant-garde theatrical review by multi-award winning Bob Karper, mixing film, songs, experimental dance and painfully true stories about unjust childhood punishments, playground heroism, meticulously planned escapes, tragedy and comedy, life and death and everything in between. You’ll love it! Come and see! Bob is not a dancer!

Where are the suburbs of our consciousness? What are the suburbs of ourselves? Multi-award winning raconteur/performance artist/musician Bob Karper has made a brand new, inidividually idiosyncratic show about growing up in the suburban American Midwest*.

When he was a boy, Bob’s world turned upside down. His buttoned-up anti-social plumber father joined the Palos Village Players amateur dramatics company, just as they were workshopping the 1970s phenomenon, Oh! Calcutta!  According to Wikipedia: ‘The 1970s phenomenon, Oh! Calcutta! was an avant-garde theatrical revue filled with sketches on sex-related topics and featuring extended scenes of total nudity, both male and female.’ Nine-year-old Bob Jr’s** sheltered suburban life was never the same again…

Oh! Suburbia! presents funny, intriguing, surprising tales of life in our residential outlying districts in the form of an avant-garde theatrical revue, a one-man avant-garde theatrical review, mixing film, songs, experimental dance*** and live musical stories about unjust childhood punishments, playground heroism, meticulously planned escapes, tragedy and comedy, life and death and everything in between. You’ll love it. Come and see.

*In Palos Heights, a southwest suburb of Chicago. **Bob’s father is also called Bob.  ***Bob is not a dancer.

Bob Karper is a performer, filmmaker and composer whose solo work features true stories mixed with film, song, projected images and a variety of instruments. Work he’s created has won the Herald Angel, Anti-Fest Best of the Best, Live Theatre New Writing and Empty Space Bursary Awards.


“Like Tom Waits soundtracking The Waltons, Karper is part performance artist, part one-man cabaret.” Neil Cooper, Glasgow Herald

“An unsentimental storyteller with an idiosyncratic and beguiling style” Maddy Costa, Guardian

“His musical talent is immense, his gift for expression impressive… Spare no effort, watch him work” John Lydon, FEST

“A profoundly interesting storyteller” Scotsman

“Karper is a Maestro” Mark Shenton, Stage


See Oh! Suburbia by Bob Karper at Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP  on Saturday May 18, at 8.15pm.


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!

Twitter:  @BobKarper

Instagrma: bub_k

Louise Orwin’s Oh Yes Oh No comes to Lancashire Fringe Festival

oh yes with text

A playful, provocative journey through female sexuality and who gets to have a say in it, featuring Barbie’n’Ken role-play, a heady mix of pop culture references and dramatic sound design. Conceived, written and performed by Louise Orwin.

“Bold, brave work, and all the better for being filled with the voices of real women who, by speaking out, are staking a claim for their own erotic agency” The Guardian

And it’s part of Lancashire Fringe Festival. I know, I can hardly believe it either.

Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex life, Oh Yes Oh No explores having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics.

Asking difficult questions about sexuality, Oh Yes Oh No interrogates identity, consent and power play, encouraging audiences to rethink their views on desire. Daring to speak about a subject which is rarely addressed publicly, especially in the wake of #MeToo, Oh Yes Oh No is for anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in.

Louise Orwin said of Oh Yes Oh No: “I am a survivor of sexual violence and I am obsessed with sex. Why does it feel like those two things shouldn’t exist in the same sentence? Oh Yes Oh No began its journey when I began to attempt to untangle these things from one another, in an effort to reclaim my sexuality for myself once and for all.

“I wanted to understand my desire, its complexities, the politics of being turned on by things that were possibly at odds with my politics. And I wanted to know whether other people had the same sort of neuroses surrounding their orgasms.

“The show is based on interviews I conducted all over the UK with those willing to openly and frankly discuss their sexuality and, in particular, with survivors of sexual violence. In it I ask what the price may be of living in a climate which prizes heteronormative desire and pornified punish-fucking, and what we can do to begin to own our turn-ons and celebrate them.

“Making the show in the tidal wave of #MeToo, I began feeling that, more than ever, those of us who have struggled with our sexuality have a responsibility and even a duty to be reclaiming our lives and bodies for ourselves. Oh Yes Oh No is playful, dark and very, very real.

“By putting the voices and stories of those who have never had a say in their own desire centre stage, it is a sucker punch to the gut, and a battle cry to uncovering the true power of asking for what you want.”

Louise Orwin is an award-winning writer, researcher and performance maker. She makes research-driven theatre projects about subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about.

She makes work about what it means to identify as female today, in a fast-moving, media-saturated world that prizes patriarchal, heteronormative narratives. Louise likes to make work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture.

Her work has received great critical acclaim. Pretty Ugly, which delved into how teenage girls interact with the internet today, caused a bit of a media stir in 2014 as it went viral, and was featured national and international press all over the world: on the radio (Woman’s Hour, BBCR4), TV (Fusion News, ABC, US), and broadsheet press (Vogue, The Telegraph, The Independent, El Pais etc).

A Girl and A Gun, which explored women and violence on film, has been featured in The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and on the BBC Radio. She has toured work throughout the UK and Europe.

See Oh Yes Oh No by Louise Orwin at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP on Sunday, May 19, at 7.30pm.

Age Guidance 16+

Trigger Warning: Show contains description of sexual violence


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!


Website: http://louiseorwin.com/
Twitter: @louiseorwin

From The Message Boards by Dan de la Motte at Lancashire Fringe Festival

dan de le motte (Natalie Mitchell 2)

Who doesn’t love a good comedy-lecture about the Royal Family and Daily Mail message board comments?

Lancashire Fringe Festival is proud to present From The Message Boards by Dan de la Motte.

When everything else in the world seems so uncertain, there’s only one news story that remains constant: the media’s infatuation with the Royal Family.

The show will be staged at the Harris Museum on Saturday May 18, starting at 7pm.

Dan picks this apart in an interactive comedy lecture which gets to the nub of what drives people to make the most banal, irrelevant, or downright weird, anonymous comments on the Mail Online message board.

In this interactive comedy piece, Dan picks apart our Royal family, and the Mail’s infatuation and fascination with them, through the Queer lens, as well as an exploration of what drives people to make the most weird, aggressive, or worse, banal comments anonymously on a message board.

Dan de la Motte is a comedian, performer and curator. As part of the Arcola Queer Collective, he was part of They, Them, We, Us, at the Arcola Theatre in April, and performs as part of the Soho Theatre Comedy Lab+.

Dan is a tour guide and host for Queer Tours of London, and a Resident Artist at Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, where he performed a version of this show in January. Dan is the voice of Off Book, the Young Vic Podcast.

See From The Message Boards by Dan de la Motte at Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP at 7pm.

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!

Twitter: @Dandelamotte

Natalie Wardle’s Control Pant Symphony at Lancashire Fringe Festival


Love a bit of live art, me. And I’ve got this lovely, engaging, funny piece about beauty standards and body positivity by Natalie Wardle in Lancashire Fringe Festival.

Control Pant Symphony is a performance which looks at how women constrict their bodies to fit in with society’s ideal body types, exploring shape wear and tape that is placed over nipples to both cover and repress their form.

It’ll be amazing to see the work performed in the historic, beautiful space of Preston’s Harris Museum.

Natalie is a performance and visual artist from Manchester who has been selected to work with Random Acts North (Tyneside Cinema, True North, HOME) to develop Control Pant Symphony.

Her work has been seen on Channel 4’s Random Acts and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. And this performance is part of developing her work into live-art performance, which has been performed at HOME (Manchester), Word of Warning – hÅb events, Live Art Bistro (Leeds) and is scheduled to perform at Camden’s People Theatre (London) in June.

See Control Pant Symphony by Natalie Wardle at Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP  on Saturday May 18, at 7.45pm.

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!


Website: www.nataliewardle.com
Twitter: @nashywardle

A Rock N Roll Suicide! – Lee Mark Jones at Lancashire Fringe Festival

A Rock N Roll Suicide poster & flyer

Lee Mark Jones’ outrageous performance A Rock N Roll Suicide! is ready to rock Preston as part of  Lancashire Fringe Festival.

The in-your-face performance – which has had amazing reviews from a stint at Edinburgh Fringe -will play at Preston’s leading music venue The Ferret on Monday, May 20.

It’s a Ziggy Stardust-inspired tragical tour through the life of a nearly-rockstar, where darkness meets anarchy against a live music and video backdrop.

The show follows the bizarre life choices of Mark’s character, backed by a line-up of legendary music references including Lemmy, Slash, Axl, Blondie, Joey Ramone and Joan Jett.

The Theatre of the Wild, Beautiful and Damned specialises in chaotic and surreal contemporary theatre and performance, as a response to surrealism becoming mainstream.

Lee said: “I intend to attract a new kind of audience which does not usually go to the theatre; an audience craving strange journeys of darkness, horror, suspense, and wonder. All these thrills we will provoke into life, in the flesh, breathing and bleeding on stage, and right in your face.”

Good reviews:
“I love Lee, he’s dangerous and doesn’t give a f**k and I love that.” Chris Thorpe

“Among the most blisteringly bold theatre I’ve seen at this year’s Fringe. Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, one thing is certain: you will never forget it.” Miles Jackson EDFringe review 2018 ****

“It also has the gloriously anarchic edginess of the likes of ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘The Mighty Boosh’, while still absolutely creating its own persona. This is gloriously silly, wonderfully twisted, and from the mind of a very clever ‘boy’. We absolutely loved it. More please!” The Write Angle, Max Lantone

“Bold artistic instincts and vision.” Pippa Frith, Fierce Festival Producer.

Bad review:

“The show’s singular highlight was when Jones, dressed as Jesus, offered audience members the Holy Eucharist consisting of Monster Munch and cheap red wine? Take this advice literally and avoid this nightmare at all costs.” Lauren James EDFringe 2018 review  *

See A Rock N Roll Suicide! by Lee mark Jones at The Ferret, 55 Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2XQ on Monday, May 20 at 8pm.

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!


Website: http://theatreofthewildbeautifulanddamned.co.uk/
Twitter: @TheatreDamned

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras – Kate Fox at Lancashire Fringe Festival

where theres muck square

The wonderful Kate Fox will perform her hit show Where There’s Muck There’s Bras at Lancashire Fringe Festival.

The stand-up poet has performed her poetry on BBC1 and BBC2 as well as numerous radio shows. For Radio 4 she has made two comedy series The Price of Happiness.  She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Radio 4’s Saturday Live

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras is a hilarious and thought-provoking show which sees Kate and actor Joanna Holden explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t).

This performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see.

In 2018 Kate completed a PhD at the University of Leeds about class, gender, Northern Englishness and stand-up and has published several academic papers and book chapters on comedy and performance. Her poetry collections have been published by Burning Eye Books, Smokestack and Valley Press.

She is a headline act in her own right who has also supported acts such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hollie McNish, John Cooper Clarke and John Hegley.

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras, on at the Harris Museum at 7.30pm on Weds, May 22, was commissioned by Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

“Funny and endearing with a cynicism that cuts through the whimsy” Sunday Telegraph

“A wonderful storyteller” Three Weeks

“Reminds us of Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and Willy Russell” Whatsonstage.com

“The wordplay was linked by jokes and hilarious recollections” Fringe Guru

“She really is a true original” Cuckoo Review

“Captivating, funny and warm. Humble without being self-effacing” The F Word

“Carefully crafted hilarious chaos…Kate definitely gone on my must see again list” York Mix

‘Kate Fox is funny, quirky and a wonderful writer’ Sarah Millican

See Where’s There’s Muck There’s Bras by Kate Fox at the Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP on Wednesday, May 22 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!


Website https://wheretheresmucktheresbras.com/
Twitter: @katefoxwriter

Catch 22 Years at Lancashire Fringe Festival


Lancashire Fringe Festival is over the bloody moon to have award-winning actress and comedienne Katie O’Brien perform her provocative one-woman show Catch 22 Years in Preston.

The show, happening on Friday, May 17, is a hugely alternative take on well-established taboo tales of addiction, challenging perceptions of recovery.

And I’m delighted that it will take place in the wonderful venue of Preston Central Methodist Church on Lune Street.

Katie has had flipping brilliant reviews for her past work – both in film and on stage. Her show Trishelle: Out Of Order was hailed as character comedy at it’s very best – but this new show takes the genre into a new direction, where Katie’s character-acting performance unravels into a confessional about her own life.

Catch 22 Years in an autobiographical show revealing what it is like to be a 37-year-old who is 22 years sober, meaning she gave up alcohol before she was even legally allowed to purchase it.

Hilarious, brutally honest, heart-warming and provocative, the show challenges perceptions of recovering from addiction, pathologising humanity and the quest for self-discovery.

It sees Katie transmute from her performance alter egos, in particular Trishelle – described as a “beautiful hot mess” by Bryony Kimmings – into other versions of herself until she is liberated on stage dropping all character.

Katie O’Brien is an Irish-born Londoner trained as a fine artist. She studied at Philippe Gaulier’s Paris-based Clown School and in 2016 won Best Supporting Actress at the British Independent Film Festival for her role in Is It Dead Yet.

This confessional performance is a big leap for Katie, revealing a secret she has kept from most people in her life for a long time: she is 22 years clean and she is challenging herself as a “recovering addict”, artist, performer and theatre maker with stories of crack cocaine to finding connections in a yoga class.


“Character comedy at it’s very best – brave, committed, brilliantly performed and – most importantly – completely hilarious!” ***** ToDoList 

“O’Brien’s performance defies both logic and explanation…. there’s definitely something captivating
about the way O’Brien brings these vivid characters to life.” The List

“Beyond twisted and side-splittingly funny… tantamount to a work of genius.” ***** Everything Theatre 

“The girl’s got balls… skill and charm… one to watch!” London Is Funny

“This lady is a stylish talent, & like all the best comedy storytellers has the ability to transport us into an unshakable reality of hilarity.” Laughs:  *****  Material:  **** Delivery:  *****  Mumble Comedy 

See Catch 22 Years by Katie O’Brien at Preston Central Methodist Church, Lune St, Preston PR1 2NL 8.15pm on Friday, May 17.

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!


Website: http:/www.kbob.co.uk
Twitter: @Katiedoescomedy