Sat 16 Jul, 2022 - Sun 17 Jul, 2022

Open Up

This is it, the doors are open. This place IS YOURS so TURN UP and OWN IT. 

Our open weekend is filled with free workshops, activities and opportunities for you to explore Shakespeare North Playhouse. Some of our workshops and events can be booked in advance but the majority you can turn up and enjoy on the day.

Dive into a weekend of joyful moments, made just for you. Come when you want, stay til you want and tell us what you think.

On Saturday there will be dancing and DJs, drama, drums and drawing. There will be raves and rappers, talkers and stilt walkers. On Sunday there will be tours, crafts and the chance to explore. All the doors will be open, go wherever you want. Have a good nosey round. Everyone is welcome; welcome to be who they really are and what they would like to be.

Across the weekend you can be a part of…

  • Workshop: Cast your words inside a candle with Abigail Conway
  • Candle Burning Ceremony in the Cockpit Theatre (Sunday only)
  • Assisting Faith Bebbington in the creation of a Syorax cloak using waste materials from the weekend.
  • Capoeira on the Piazza (Saturday only)
  • Drumming in the Sir Ken Dodd Performance Garden (Saturday only)
  • Ruff Making with Tamasine Seibold
  • Taking Flight Dance workshops with Movema (Saturday only)
  • A Snapshot Tour of the building with team members from Shakespeare North Playhouse.

Plus so much more!

The whole weekend has been co-curated by Ashleigh Nugent, a local lad who suffered police harassment in Prescot and spent time in a Jamaican prison, but was inspired by the arts to become the person he really was. Now an award winning author, playwright and rapper, Ashleigh works in prisons and in communities delivering authentic and cutting edge arts programmes that change lives for the better. The whole weekend is bold, daring, honest and a protest against anyone who ever doubted us.

You can share your hopes and dreams, seal them in a candle and then on Sunday night, artist Abigail Conway will bring us together for a beautiful and mesmerising moment. The Candle Project culminates with a candle burning ceremony accompanied by community choirs. The candles are set alight with your dreams for the future inside, participants will be welcomed back the following day to chip out the messages of hope as a memento of the weekend.

It’s going to be a very special weekend. We hope you’ll be there.



Venue Space

Across the building. Saturday 16 July, 10am – 10:30pm. Sunday 17 July, 11am – 9.30pm.

Ticket Prices

FREE – just turn up from 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday