Imaginarium is a theatre and community arts organisation based in Prescot in Knowsley, led by Artistic Director Gaynor La Rocca and a dynamic team of creative professionals. We are an Associate Company of the Shakespeare North Playhouse, and as part of our collaboration, we have been actively bringing Shakespeare to the people of Prescot, Knowsley, and across Liverpool City Region for the last 6 years.
Our annual outdoor touring productions, which take spectacular performances of Shakespeare's plays and adaptations of literary classics to the parks and gardens of Merseyside and to the Edinburgh Fringe, are critically acclaimed. As well astounding audiences and press, the shows create the opportunity for anyone to get involved as actors, musicians, makers and volunteers to express themselves creatively and join our supportive, creative community of friends and artists.
In addition to the large touring shows, we deliver an extensive programme of community and youth engagement and educational programmes. Check out our pages to learn more and to get involved.
With Covid-19 limiting our ability to stage productions this year, we have worked with our community actors and professional practitioners to deliver projects remotely and develop a range of online content.
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Imaginarium Christmas Online
Imaginarium Theatre are excited to be working in partnership with the cultural education charity Curious Minds, to provide free performing arts workshops in 3 local secondary schools. Professional practitioners in Dance, Music, Drama and Design will be leading a thrilling Supernatural Shakespeare project in the spring term of 2021. Everyone involved will be entered for Arts Award, a recognised qualification from Trinity College London, and invited to perform at the Imaginarium Roundhouse (our new big top creative community venue) at Prescot’s Elizabethan Fayre on the 1st May 2021.
Christmas is coming! And to prove it, Imaginarium Youth Theatre have been as busy as Santa’s Elves making an Online Advent Calendar of daily festive fun to share with everyone in the run-up to Christmas. Our community actors and volunteers past and present have been recording poems, songs and sketches for online Stocking Fillers and a few of our practitioners have recorded Christmas Crackers workshops making window decorations, pop up Santas and dancing stick puppets – tune in to Imaginarium Theatre Facebook page daily for Christmasy fun for all the family!
Exciting plans for our main company in 2021 include a summer outdoor tour of Much Ado About Nothing and a winter walkabout production Janice in Winterland. We will also be forming a core acting company to participate in a series of script development workshops for Strange Tale - our 2022 large scale community production for the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse. Strange Tale will be a new work by playwright Rob Brannen exploring Shakespeare’s links to the Earls of Derby of Knowsley Hall, Lord Strange’s Men and Prescot.
National Theatre Connections
A Dream for Young People
Imaginarium Young Actors Company (16-19 years) are auditioning for a National Theatre Connections production of A Series of Public Apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories) by John Donnolly. Performances in Knowsley, Liverpool and HOME in Manchester as part of the NT Festival. Rehearsals will take place from January on Friday evenings at Cockpit House, Prescot. For more information or to book an audition slot email firstname.lastname@example.org .
This spring, following the Covid 19 lockdown, Imaginarium actors past and present were invited to participate in an online Shakespeare film project exploring monologues and presenting them in domestic or lockdown settings.
Tripods and microphones were dropped on doorsteps and actors recorded themselves performing their monologues. We provided online feedback and direction and the final films are presented here.
2021 will see the launch of our Young Shakespeare Company (11-18 years) with an outdoor touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in summer 2021. Directed by Imaginarium Associate and Royal Shakespeare Company Voice & Text Practitioner Michael Corbidge, and Julie Ashurst, Imaginarium Youth Director. Auditions will take place in January and rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings in Cockpit House, Prescot (next door to the Shakespeare North Playhouse). For more information and to register for an audition email email@example.com