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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 a Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages partner organisation.
Imaginarium is a small company with a big aspirations and a huge heart, and community is central to everything to do. We work in partnership with the Shakespeare North Playhouse and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council to provide an extensive creative community programme for local children, young people and adults and we produce spectacular artistic work of a professional quality that continues to push boundaries and never fails to surprise and delight.
Imaginarium is an associate company of Shakespeare North. As part of our collaboration, we have been actively bringing Shakespeare to the people of Prescot, Knowsley and across Merseyside for the last 6 years.
Our annual outdoor touring productions, which take spectacular performances of Shakespeare's most well loved plays to the parks and gardens of Merseyside, have been well extremely well received. As well astounding audiences, the shows create the opportunity for anyone to get involved as actors, 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 stage many local Shakespeare productions, pop-ups and educational programmes.
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.
Every life has been affected by Covid 19. Our thoughts and sympathies are with each and every person who has been bereaved, lost work, suffered physical or mental illness or had their lives turned upside down in these difficult times.
We are devastated that we have been unable to perform any live shows or host any physical group activities, however the health and safety of our staff and our community members will always take priority and we will remain physically closed until we feel we are able to safely open our doors.
Thanks to emergency funding support from Arts Council England and Knowsley Council the Imaginarium team have been working tirelessly on zoom to keep our creative community together and to develop a range of online activities.
We thank you for your patience as we work together to navigate this time of uncertainty in our industry. We know with our commitment and your continued support we will get through this.
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BLACK LIVES MATTER
We stand with all those who fight injustice and inequality, and we stand firmly with the Black Lives Matter movement. We will continue to listen and learn and make change; we must all do better.
Imaginarium will keep working to diversify our membership, our staff and our associate artists to ensure that people of colour are consistently represented in our industry, in our company and in our communities.