Sir Ranulph Fiennes in conversation with Sir Chris Bonington

Lancaster Arts and Lancaster Litfest welcome Sir Ranulph Fiennes for an evening of remarkable stories and anecdotes with friend and fellow explorer Sir Chris Bonington. The talk will commence at 7pm, Thursday 29th September, 2016 at the Great Hall, Lancaster University.

Ranulph Fiennes is a record-breaking explorer, whose on foot expeditions to the furthest reaches of the earth have pushed the limits of human exploration and challenged Fiennes to overcome his greatest fear: heights. A somewhat surprising fear for an experienced mountaineer, Fiennes admits his fear of heights is so great, he’d rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself.

As part of the launch of his latest book ‘Fear’, the talk will engage with Fiennes’ personal experiences of fear, what it is, why we experience it, and how he has overcome his own. During the evening he will be interviewed by renowned mountaineer and writer Chris Bonington.

Each ticket holder will receive a complimentary copy of ‘Fear’, along with the opportunity to have it personally signed by Sir Ranulph at the end of the talk.

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Bricking It

October 7, 2016 :: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Auditorium at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Cost: £8 to £10

Bricking It73-year-old builder Pat Griffin swaps roles with his 29-year-old comedian daughter Jo for this comedy infused, interactive theatre show about loss, family relationships, class and the generation divide
Developed with support from Battersea Arts Centre
Devised by Jo and Pat Griffin | Directed by Julian Spooner

Expect big laughs, lots of heart, builder’s tea and dad gags for this father and daughter caper fusing theatre with comedy and improvisation. Dad Pat thinks Joanna’s never done an honest day's work in her life. Daughter Joanna thinks you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Sparked by the death of Joanna’s mum and Pat’s wife, Josie Griffin, Bricking It has grown into a bigger, more urgent quest to ensure no question goes unasked to the ones we love the most. Together, Joanna and Pat want to understand each other’s worlds better.

As a working class builder, Pat’s never stepped foot on a stage in his life. As a middle class artist, Joanna’s never worked a cement mixer or laid a brick before. Over the coming months, alongside the making of the show, Joanna will be learning the tricks of the trade on her dad’s building site. In turn, Pat has been meeting a range of comedians from the UK comedy circuit for writing advice.

Upon Josie’s passing, the family home, quite literally, became a building site. Josie was the homemaker, the heartbeat of the house and when Pat set to work, renovating and excavating from the foundations up so arose questions about how to rebuild the home, when the heart is gone. From this personal starting point of the relationship between parent & child as age blurs the distinction between who is caring for who, Bricking It becomes a layered exploration of what theatre could do for those who might not feel it is for them.

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Python On The Loose In Market Square Lancaster

October 7, 2016 :: 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Market Square, Lancaster 

Cost: FREE - just turn up and watch the action

A giant Python will be on the loose in Lancaster's Market Square on Friday 7th October, at 1:30pm and again at 3:30pm.

It will be up to the zoo keepers to catch it! It's all part of Lancaster's monthly First Fridays mini arts festival, and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the show. 'Python on the Loose' is the latest street theatre show from Whalley Range All Stars, whose last show, PIG, had audiences squealing with delight when it appeared in Market Square back in April. Audiences of all ages can enjoy the antics of the 'zoo keepers' on the trail of the python with performances at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. There's no need to book, just turn up.

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First World War Voices Speak Again

October 7, 2016 :: 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm
City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster 

Cost: FREE - Just turn up

The Kings Own Royal Regiment Museum will be inviting people to step back in time and hear actors bringing to life local voices from the First World War as part of their current exhibition, 141 Days – The Battle of the Somme.

The performances are free and will take place at 1pm, 4pm and 5:30pm, allow 20 minutes and audiences can just turn up to one of the performances.

The Kings Own Royal Regiment Museum is located in the City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster and is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday, admission FREE.

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Boom Bike Bourrée Play A Free Gig

October 7, 2016 :: 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Print Room Bar and Café, Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

To finish the celebrations Boom Bike Bourrée will be playing a free gig in the newly opened Print Room Bar and Café from 8:30pm until 10:30pm. They will bring a joyous mix of medieval dance, traditional folk and hip-hop. Expect a great evening of entertainment.

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Lancaster Litfest 17 - 20 March, 2016

There’s plenty happening at the Litfest 2016 with poets, storytellers and science fiction writers.

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17 - 20 March, 2016, Litfest has discussions, talks and readings, something for everyone.

Thursday evening: 'Inspiring Stories' with Karen Lloyd and Adrew Hurley, talking about how the landscape and libraries of Lancashire have influenced their literature.

litfest bookshelfWin a ticket to Litfest 2016 plus some fantastic books as part of Arts City's Fridays programme, The Bookshop Trail. This runs Friday 5 - Friday 12 Februray 2016.

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