Summer Update

April 30th

Hi everyone,

Lancaster Arts is very excited to announce our Summer Season of live and online shows at long last! This is our first season on Water, this year’s theme. We have programmed a season that enables you to get involved in many different ways, whether this is taking part in imaginative online experiences in the comfort of your home or taking part in live post-show conversations – all giving us the chance to get together again to experience amazing theatre, dance, concerts, audio installations around Lancaster and our summer exhibition in the Peter Scott Gallery. Our live presentations will begin after the next stage of the Covid recovery roadmap which allows indoor theatres and galleries to reopen after May 17th – please see our precautions here.

This week we begin with a remarkable online show that is the perfect choice to kick off a season on water: Swimming Home brings Silvia Mercuriali’s unique online aural show into your home, transforming your bathroom into a water-world. We know that so many people in Lancaster and Morecambe and across the U.K. have become enthusiastic swimmers, whether this is open water, cold water or in the newly reopened swimming pools. This show is only available for another week, so be quick!

We follow this with Protein Dance’s popular and witty May Contain Food, choreographed by Luca Silvestrini and composer Orlando Gough and is inspired by social occasions and life at mealtimes. When you book a ticket, you’ll be sent a recipe card to create your own tasting menu or you can pick up ready-made box from the campus for show.

Manchester-based theatre company ThickSkin bring their virtual reality show Petrichor to open the new University Library extension. Combining live-action theatre and animation, this is a brand new, one-of-a-kind immersive theatre in VR exploring the hopes and fears of our current and future existence.

Our live theatre programme starts with two thought-provoking and humorous one-woman shows that we had to postpone twice due to lockdown restrictions: The Class Project with Rebecca Atkinson Lord and My Jerusalem with Avital Raz. We are trying out a new venue in Lancaster for these shows and working closely with The Dukes to present at the new Moor Space. Both shows will include discussions with the artists afterwards.

We bring two free of charge audio works to enjoy outside; Waterborne with French & Mottershead as part of their renowned Afterlife series and A Home for Grief Soundwalk with Fabiola Santana, who many of you may remember from her remarkable work at the Cottage Museum in 2019. Both are accessed through your smartphone to enable everyone to have a personal and safe experience. 

We have two very special concerts this season that we know will bring much needed joy and inspiration to our lives: At the Priory, we have Water, Myths and Change with Michal Rogalski and Petr Limonov offering an unusual musical combination of oboe and piano in a water-themed programme of Debussy, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Britten and includes readings from Ovid’s epic poem, Metamorphoses. Our season closes with a bang on June 30th when the Brodsky Quartet return to the Great Hall. We expect this will sell out quickly with the necessary limited seating, so please book soon!

It is fantastic to be able to offer a public programme again and look forward to seeing you join us.

Jocelyn Cunningham and the Lancaster Arts team.

Image: Drifting down the Derwent River, at Dark Mofo, Hobart (2018) (Detail). Photo: Jessie Hunniford