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Calling Prescot Makers and Players

Calling all Makers and Players of Prescot

by Lisa Bennett

Prescot based Imaginarium Theatre is inviting local people, groups and businesses who ‘play’ or ‘make’ to get involved in a community celebration to showcase their talents.

Creators, crafters and community-based groups across Prescot are being asked to show off their skills and become to be part of a cultural celebration of the vibrant and varied trades across the town.

Whether you’re a jam-maker, poet, florist, baker, carpenter, care worker, opera singer, knitter, painter, gardener, actor, hairdresser or even a blacksmith – Imaginarium are calling for you to get in touch, explain what you do and why it makes Prescot the town it is today.

To celebrate the skills and crafts already bringing Prescot to life, a minimum of ten individuals or groups will be selected to create something unique to showcase their talents. This could be a piece of art, a performance, or a sample of craft, which will be displayed in the town centre. The work will also be available online with supporting videos and a professional profile.

How to get involved

For more information on how to apply, visit Imaginarium Theatre.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Tuesday 29 June 2021.


Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“Prescot is a really special town with a unique history of makers, through its industrial past, and players with its connections to Elizabethan theatre. It’s great to see the town’s past being celebrated with a new generation of makers and players and creating something really special for the local communities and adding to the vibrant and lively town centre.”

Laura Collier is the Creative Director and Programmer at The Shakespeare North Playhouse and also Chair of the Prescot Cultural Consortium. She commented:

“The Shakespeare North Playhouse takes huge pride in being a part of this consortium of local businesses and cultural organisations as together we look for ways to collaborate and celebrate the creativity of Prescot. Imaginarium, who are Associate Artists of Shakespeare North Playhouse, are a fantastic creative lead for this pilot project.”

Gaynor La Rocca, Artistic Director and CEO of Imaginarium Theatre commented:

“As a Prescot based community arts organisation we are delighted to lead this project on behalf of the Prescot Cultural Consortium and Historic England and shine a spotlight on the wonderful creative work happening in our local community. We look forward to discovering new and existing talent in the four corners of our town.”

About the project

The project, Act One: Prescot’s Players and Makers, is part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme, developed by the newly established Prescot Cultural Consortium which is led by The Shakespeare North Playhouse and representatives from Prescot Business Club, Knowsley Community Curators, Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts, Prescot Parish Church, Imaginarium Theatre, Prescot Museum and Knowsley Council. Knowsley Council was awarded a grant of £10,000 from Historic England for this Pilot Project in January 2021.

Prescot High Street Heritage Action Zone

This is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Cultural Programme aims to make the country’s high streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time. It is part of Knowsley Council’s £3.1 million Prescot High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme which will run until March 2024.