Travelling players book a place at the library

All-female theatre company The Gramophones are coming to Blackpool with their latest self-devised show, Wanderlust – but rather than performing in one of our many theatre and performance venues, they will be setting up shop in the Central Library.

Hidden in the deepest, darkest depths of rural England, in the corners of dusty libraries, are people with a burning secret. A story to tell – if only someone would ask… It’s an intriguing thought that fires the imagination of three women, who set out on a quest. Each armed with a dictaphone and a pair of Wellington boots, they began a search to satisfy their lust for adventure. Hunting in forgotten corners of the country, the trio made it their mission to bring back the most exciting tales.

Wanderlust brings together a touching assortment of remarkable stories which have been collected from people all over Britain. A lady with twinkling eyes tells an heroic journey of survival, an adventurer is lost on Ben Nevis battling against the snow and a man in a wicker chair fondly remembers his dancing days. The production weaves stories together using humour, tales told verbatim and exquisite live music to take the audience on an uplifting and never-to-be-forgotten journey.

The Gramophones are based in Nottingham. They devise witty, honest, interactive theatre with a twinkle in its eye. They like to place the audience at the centre of their performances, regarding them as players in their work, and have developed a type of visual storytelling theatre based on real stories.

Wanderlust is at Blackpool Central Library on Wednesday, May 6 at 7pm. Tickets are £6, or £5 if you are a library member, and are available from the library. Booking is essential.

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