Autumn Update

September 1st

Hello everyone and welcome to our Autumn season,

We are delighted to announce our Autumn 2021 season, full of warmth, and laughter, wonderful music and thought-provoking performances. We are so happy to be able to offer you a fully live season and will continue with socially distanced seating with the same Covid precautions as we have over the last year which you can see here.

This will be our final season on the theme of Water which focusses on the environmental crisis we are all facing, all the more urgent with the upcoming COP26.

Right at the top of our season are two amazing concerts; Voice of the Whale, a new piece from the Manchester Collective, followed by the Brodsky Quartet! In December, we welcome for the first time the Echo Vocal Ensemble to The Priory for their stunning programme, Already Gone which takes listeners on a journey that celebrates nature’s abundance but warns of future scarcity. Part of this concert features newly commissioned
pieces that respond to Alice Oswald’s Dunt: Poem for a Dried Up River.

Responding to a poem also features in our exhibition, Shifting Currents where we bring you dance! When You Light a Candle, You Also Cast a Shadow is a new dance work for gallery spaces by Company Carpi, with a trio of dancers and a string quintet, with specially written poetry by Costa Award winner, Mary Talbot.

In the Nuffield we bring you Cupid’s Revenge with New Art Club and The Vicked with stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas, both of which are also postponed shows from the last 2 years so we are especially pleased to be able to bring you shows full of joy and laughter. Also in the Nuffield is a Double Bill of Sea Change; two shows with really exciting new artists, Mandla Rae with not-to-be-missed As British as a Watermelon and Ergon Theatre’s immersive and engaging The Wicked Problem.

The Wind as it Rushes through the Turbine is a new choral sound installation created by music-theatre collective Leo&Hyde in our Nuffield Residency last year. Inspired by the motion of the wind turbine nearby, Dan Mawson’s swirling sound design and Amelia Gabriel’s live vocals, create a secular cathedral where you are enveloped by sound.

There is much more that we are planning so stay in touch on our website. We are very proud of this inspirational season and look forward to welcoming you to our venues here on the Lancaster University campus and across the city.

Jocelyn Cunningham and the Lancaster Arts team.

Image: Ergon Theatre’s The Wicked Problem, Image Credit: Drew Forsyth