Heritage Projects

As well as our work in mainstream theatre we have been working with Heritage organisations on site specific events. These include the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Elizabeth Gaskell House, The National Trust at Quarry Bank, Manchester Histories Festival, European City of Science. Exploding Women (commissioned by European City of Science) – We explode the myth of women scientists, exploring the lives of five of Manchester’s finest female boffins: Kathleen Drew, Queen of seaweed, Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Rubix cube expert, Caroline Birley, fossil hunter, Marie Stopes, palaeobotanist and Dame Margaret Beckett, metallurgist. Goggles on and pipettes prepared for a bumper Bunsen burner of an afternoon, which will make you explode with laughter. Introducing Ali Briggs as Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Manchester’s maths genius who was Deaf from aged 8. This performance is BSL interpreted for Deaf audiences. The Hysterical Historical Show – (commissioned by Creative Tourist) Part stand up, part pub quiz and 100% passionate tribute to 6 women who made Britain famous. Featuring Elizabeth Raffald, the Georgian Delia Smith, Annie Horniman, Marie Stopes, the Pankhursts, Mrs Gaskell & Charlotte Bronte. Suitable for studio theatres, WI’s, pubs, clubs, private functions. Giddy about Gaskell – A site specific show performed in and around the newly refurbished Elizabeth Gaskell House in Manchester. Audience members are given chance to look around this heritage property at the same time as the performance.

Thrills & Quills - Jane Austen's life in letters - commissioned by Time to Read, a consortium of North West libraries, this 50 minute performance takes a comic look at Jane Austen's letters, examines the vagaries of the Georgian postal system and wonders what witty words Jane could have conjured up with a Twitter account. Suitable for libraries, literature festivals, WIs, studio theatres.

The Gregs of Quarry Bank – A site specific performance at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire exploring the family who founded this water powered cotton mill, their history, the Industrial Revolution, the Irish rebellion, and much more.

Withering Looks, the movie! – Commissioned by the Bronte Parsonage and funded by Arts Council England, LipService award winning show moves to the screen. Shot in location at the Bronte Parsonage, in Haworth and on the wild and windswept moors. Directed by Noreen Kershaw, Director of Photography Tim Pollard, edited by David Starke, On line editor Eben Clancy at Phantom Sun. Available on DVD price £10 plus £1 postage
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We have also created bespoke projects for the Pankhurst Centre, Creative Tourist and The Green Room. To get in touch with us about our heritage work email info@lip-service.net

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