Our Summer of Dreams 2021

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During the Summer of 2021 A Place For Us worked in partnership with Norton Priory Museum and Gardens on a number of outdoor theatre projects. This included performances on the museum outdoor ruins, in the walled garden and a brand new identified woodland theatre space in the grounds of the historical and heritage site.

Made possible with funding from Arts Council England 

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Below is the story of our magical Summer of Dreams

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Electric Dreams @ The Priory Open Air Theatre

17th - 19th June 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

The idea of fusing Shakespeare and '80s music was conceived by Kate Allerston almost a decade ago. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and presented as part of Halton's Borough of Culture Year 2021 - Kate and Chris were able to develop the idea in to a hugely successful musical extravaganza. Between them they edited and developed the script, chose and arranged all of  the musical numbers and directed & produced the show to critical and popular acclaim. 

Due to the success of the run at Norton Priory we were invited to part in the prestigious Liverpool Theatre Festival in September. We hope to bring the magic back to Norton priory again for Summer 2022.

 ".......a truly refreshing piece of Shakespearean theatre" - "..... a hugely entertaining and hilarious show" - Donna May: North West End - review 5th Sept 2021

"Live theatre is officially back and back with a huge bang!" - "I wish this was on longer so I could come back to see it." - Luke Stephenson: North West End - review 17th June 2021

"Electric Dreams feels like a special show, and that is a major compliment. Few could combine Shakespearean theatre with 1980s rock music and make it work. And not only make it work, but make it thrive, and create a magical experience for everyone on hand. But that’s what we get from this must-see show. I look forward to seeing how this format could apply to other plays in the future!"  Mark Armstrong: Writebase review 6th September 2021

Lord what fools these mortals be!’ 

Its Midsummer Night in 1980s Athens, four young lovers and a group of amateur actors find themselves entranced and entrapped in an enchanted forest where Rock Diva Fairies rule and a mischievous sprite is hell bent on causing havoc…what could possibly go wrong?

Exploding with a ‘totally awesome’ 80s inspired soundtrack, (featuring West End stars Zoe Curlett and Keiron Crook as the warring Queen and King of the Fairies) this retelling of ‘A Midsummer Night’s dream’ - Shakespeare’s comedy of love, secrets and mistaken identities -  will have audiences ravin’ with nostalgia and basking in ‘a kinda magic’, in the stunning setting of Norton Priory Open Air Theatre!’

‘…you have but slumbered here… While these visions did appear’

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Macbeth @ The Priory Open Air Theatre

23rd & 24th July 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

The inaugural production in the newly created Woodland Theatre Space at the Priory Open Air Theatre.  

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"It's brilliant to see these amazing events like these in Halton. These events have the power to change local people’s opinions on culture in Halton." - Audience member  23rd July 2021

It makes quality performances available and affordable for everyone. The work fosters and promotes local talent. It inspires young people and helps to develop a love of the arts. Audience member 24th July 2021

It's excellent that there is innovative, high quality, and accessible art presented at Norton Priory. Audience member 24th July 2021

I didn't understand Shakespeare at school....However I have been to two productions recently by A Place For Us and my interest has been reawakened by the way they're produced and presented. if you get a chance go and see their shows - they are FANTASTIC - K Johnson - Audience member 23rd July 2021

Something wicked this way comes...

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
This epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy was the inaugural production at The Priory Open Air Theatre. The theatre space is wild and open to the elements which enhances and contributes to the atmosphere of this dark and tragic tale.

Produced by A Place For Us.

"I was blown away by the performances of this theatre group" - Amy Swag: North West End

Presented as part of Halton's Borough of Culture Year 2021.

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Avenue Who Live! Time Quake! @ Norton Priory

11th & 12th August 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

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As Part of the ACE Funded 'Igniting Imaginations' project we worked with the new and emerging Puppeteer - JJ Le Hey - to produce and develop his show 'Avenue Who Live! Time Quake!'

This was JJ's first experience of a large scale show and we nurtured and supported him through script and character development, staging, and the technical aspects of lighting and sound design. This was also the first time that JJ had performed alongside actors to put on a 'live action' version of Avenue Who. Following on from the sell out success of Time Quake! JJ has gone on to perform at a number of Dr Who conventions and been invited to America with a one man version of Time Quake!

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Audience Feedback

"It was the best show in the world.  I've never seen anything like it." - Emily age 5

Superb show.  Very professional.  Lovely staff & actors.  Great.  Good to see a BSL setting interpreter.

Very creative and a great way to teach people about history.  Good use of props and sound effects.  

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Gav Cross, Story teller & weaver of tales, brings to life, the captivating children's stories of the peerless Oscar Wilde and weaves them into retelling of Traditional Tales, perfect for the setting of the magical woodland theatre space at Norton Priory.

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Experience a thrilling family adventure through time as Muppets and Doctor Who collide in a brand new live experience at Norton Priory!

A Time Crystal has been shattered and lost in history. The future is unravelling and soon the present and the past will be destroyed in a TIME QUAKE!

Join the puppet Doctors and their trusty TARDIS to travel back in time. Experience first hand, the rich and interesting past of Norton Priory, and discover how horrible history could be for the people that lived there. From the deadly cosmetics of Georgian England and the Jacobean witch hunts, return to the original medieval Priory to save the world.
The Earth is running out of time. Can you help the Doctors recover the fragments of the Time Crystal and stop the TIME QUAKE?

The show is a promenade performance so the audience will move around on different path terrains to various venues on the grounds throughout the show. The route will be wheelchair and pushchair accessible.
Only 30 tickets per performance. Recommended age 4 and upwards. 

Made possible with funding from Arts Council England and presented as part of Halton's Borough of Culture Year 2021.

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West End Stars in the Atrium

30th May 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

For one night only join West End Stars in the stunning atrium of Norton Priory Museum.
A Place for Us & Norton Priory are delighted to announce an evening with West End Performers Zoe Curlett & Keiron Crook, as they perform songs from the musicals in an evening of theatrical celebration.

Performances will include music from many popular and beloved shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Evita, Cats & many more. Accompanied by pianist George Strickland. Book now for this exclusive and limited ticket  event. Only 40 tickets available. A Covid safe event supported by The Culture Recovery Fund. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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Wilde Stories and Tales from the Forest @ The Priory Open Air Theatre

2nd June 2021:Stories begin at 10:00 & 13:30

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

Expect to laugh, to cry, to shout out, to join in and listen together to these stories we treasure.Two completely different story shows for all the family from Gav Cross, friend of Norton Priory, last seen with his story telling show 'Terrible Tales for Twisted Children'. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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