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.
Get involved in our Creative Community programme for adults
ages 16 - 99+
Professionally directed Community Theatre led by a team of creative professionals
No experience needed
Our community of sewers are learning a lovely range of decorative hand sewing techniques and be a part of creating 24 stunning 'Tales of Tapestry' at the Imaginarium Community Sew! Online classes are about to begin, through April and May, until we can come together at the Imaginarium Roundhouse big top to create large textile panels themed around Shakespeare's Stories and Strange Tales of Prescot.
These stunning story panels will hang inside the Imaginarium Roundhouse - our fabulous new big top venue and provide a back-drop for our 'Summer of Shakespeare' performances and workshops. The story panels will also be exhibited in the Shakespeare North Playhouse as part of the opening programme in 2022.
Bookings are for this programme are currently closed.
Imaginarium Theatre are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the second round of the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. Thanks to Arts Council England, the DCMS and the Government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, we can continue to be #HereForCulture.
We are very grateful for this investment in our organisation at a time when the cultural sector is looking ahead to what we hope will be a summer of increased normality.
Paula Williams, Interim Assistant Executive Director (Culture and Regulation) for Knowsley Council said:
“This is fantastic news and we are delighted that Imaginarium has been awarded this essential support to help them to recover from the impacts of COVID. Imaginarium plays a valuable role in the cultural life of Knowsley, and Prescot in particular, as well as its contribution to the wider cultural ecology of the Liverpool City Region.”
National Theatre Connections
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 .
Exciting plans for our main company in 2021 include a summer outdoor tour of As You Like It. 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.
A Dream for Young People
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. Due to further lockdowns, we are continuing this project in 2021
Click the button below to see the films from the first phase.
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