Every January, like a sparrow Mark and Jo migrate to warmer climes. This year we have travelled to Tenerife, the largest of the Canary islands off west Africa.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
As 2018 begins we have sat down and thought about the future and we’ve come to the conclusion that all those thoughts and conversations have been about work in the past. Bringing stuff back. Well, bugger that. I have very little time to leave a lasting memory on this planet and I’ve got to start, as ever, by looking forward, not back. Back is comfortable and fuzzy and warm, but tied. Forward is frightening, poverty potential, lunacy, but exciting.
So it’s January 9th 2018, we as ever are skint, but me as ever has a million and one ideas about telling tales.
Stay tuned friends, it’s going to be an exciting, roller coaster of a year and I want to put you at the centre of it.
See you soon
Sunday, 26 November 2017
Monday, 6 November 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Well, another Halloween passes and we at hard graft are as chuffed as punch with the massive turnout once again. We have been producing innovative walks at halloween since 2012 in Oldham, Uppermill, Burnley and now in our home town of Rawtenstall.
What we love are the faces of the audience when we deliver the history of their streets, they had no idea about. Stories of witches, madmen or murders. People always ask ' Are they true'? And we always say, if you believe, then yes. We research online, in libraries and get lots and lots of stories from the public, in fact the majority of our stories are your stories retold by our award winning team.
As a theatre company we feel it is our job to entertain at times like Halloween, who else has the access to professional storytellers, writers and producers. Halloween walks are part of a community development scheme to get everyone to enjoy theatre without even knowing they were part of it.
Stories are the most important part of human existence and being scared, safely, is a normal healthy part of living.