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New season of performance at Touchstones Rochdale
- 19 April 2017
A new season of performance perfect for children and young adults is beginning at Touchstones Museum & Gallery in Rochdale.
The season brings together three intimate performances from the award winning JOAN, a refreshing new take on the Joan of Arc story challenging gender stereotypes, to Boys Don’t, which explores the bottling up of feelings by young men.
Designed to give audiences a new reason to visit Touchstones the season offers a series of Saturday performances which are designed to get people thinking about a range of topics while discovering the joy of live performance.
Tom Besford, Arts & Heritage Manager at Touchstones, said: “We are really excited about our new season of performance here at Touchstones and about the ways it can connect children and young adults with the arts.
“Live performance is an incredibly powerful art form which makes people laugh; cry and everything in between so we’re thrilled to be giving people the opportunity to try it out for themselves.
“The shows that are part of the season are of an extremely high quality so we are delighted to be able to bring them to Rochdale for people to experience.”
The season begins when Milk presents JOAN in association with Derby Theatre on Saturday June 3 at 7.30pm. The show is an earthy story of courage; conviction and hope, taking a refreshing new look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog.
Fusing lyrical new writing and anarchic cabaret, all performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, this award-winning show follows gutsy gender warrior Joan as she drags up as the men she defies in this smash hit show. Joan is suitable for ages 12+.
Saturday June 24 at 2pm and 4pm Rochdale based M6 Theatre present One Little World, a beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play. The show focused on two characters that play together exploring new space, objects, dressing up and taking turns – but a struggle arises when one of them wants to be the only captain of the ship.
One Little World is a captivating piece which opens up children’s imaginations with its moving story and original musical, all told with just one spoken word. One Little World is suitable for ages 3+.
Rounding up the season on Saturday July 15 at 3pm Half Moon Theatre present Boys Don’t, a moving series of poetry and spoken word performances exploring the consequences of boys hiding their feelings.
Examining this topical theme, Boys Don’t features some of the UK’s leading poets and performers including Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane. Boys Don’t is suitable for ages 8+.
For afternoon performances the Touchstones Café will be open offering food and drinks and for evening performances a bar will be provided for those aged 18 or over.
Tickets to Touchstones Theatre are priced from £3 and are available from www.link4life.org/touchstones or by calling 01706 924492.
Follow the links or visit the Eventbrite website to buy tickets online.