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Puppetry & Lancashire History

Funded on Spacehive 13 November 2023

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Puppetry & Lancashire History

Puppetry & Lancashire History

Goofus Theatre CIC By Goofus Theatre CIC

Locally inspired live puppetry theatre for libraries. Connecting families to the amazing local history collections across Lancashire. Celebrating history, people & places.

Preston Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 13 Nov 2023!

We will create a new live show for libraries! Partnering with Lancashire Archives & Local History & library venues. The idea for the show will be inspired by staff, volunteers & local communities & a fascinating book that can be found in Lancashire Archives, 'Puppets Through Lancashire'. Volunteers will research stories & history from the collections & families will be invited along to fun workshop days to share their stories & get creative with local history collections. Our style of theatre connects to people of all ages from 4-104! Blending puppetry, mask, circus, music & play families will enjoy a performance right in the heart of their community. Following each show, audiences can meet the performers & the puppets & explore the fascinating local history collections at the libraries. We will be creating a new interactive family 'case' that will remain at the libraries after the show for more families to enjoy. Project research will form a new local history resource.

What we'll deliver:

  • Live theatre performances
  • Family workshops
  • Interactive Family Activity Cases

Why it's a great idea:

Knowing more about your local history contributes to a sense of identity, community & pride in your town. Local studies collections hold all this information & more & is freely available to everyone to access. Through this innovative & creative project, Lancashire Archives & Local History would like to encourage a wider audience of people to come into these spaces in their communities to discover and use the local studies collections. By bringing free family theatre into community spaces we provide opportunities for audiences who may not otherwise engage with local history collections to learn more about this resource and encourage future visits. Benefits will include: - More local people will enjoy a shared experience - more opportunities for children & families to enjoy theatre & find out about their local history -increased awareness & use of local history collections - a platform for sharing stories with other generations - new volunteering opportunities

Steps to get it done:

  • 10 Sept - Partnership project meeting - agree timeline/activities/ plan for creation of cases
  • 16 Sept-22 Dec - Volunteer recruitment / training / research period (dates tbc)
  • 14-21 October - Family/Community Workshop week
  • 4-8 Dec - Volunteer, Staff, show development days (collating research/stories)
  • 8 Jan-23 Feb - script development, performer recruitment / creation of library interactive cases
  • 4 March - 22 March - performance devising/rehearsals
  • 17-25 March (tbc) library performance linking with Lancashire Literature Festival
  • 26 March (tbc) Chorley library performance linking with What's Your Story, Chorley
  • 4 April (tbc) Fleetwood Library performance linking with Easter School holidays
  • 15 June (tbc) Burnely Library performance linking with Burnley Words Festival
  • 17 -28 June - final project evaluation / sharing event

We will also be applying to the Heritage Lottery fund to support with the costs of our project.

Location Preston

About the space

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Lancashire County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £30,240

Producer - 10 days project management/rehearsal support/peformance & workshop days (14 days), travel - £4,650 (15%)
Director - play prep /rehearsals ( 2 wks) & delivery days (4) / workshop days (5), travel - £4,522 (15%)
Volunteer research/project deliver - £4,480 (15%)
2 x performers / 2 weeks rehearsals & 4 performance days / travel - £4,380 (14%)
LCC staff project support - £2,892 (10%)
Puppets, set, costume, script writing - £2,000 (7%)
4 x interactive cases - £2,000 (7%)
Filming/photography for promotion, evaluation , sharing project - £1,500 (5%)
Materials for performance /workshops - £1,200 (4%)
Room hire (rehearsals, workshops, performances) - £1,088 (4%)
Other - £1,527 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Producer - 10 days project management/rehearsal support/peformance & workshop days (14 days), travel
Director - play prep /rehearsals ( 2 wks) & delivery days (4) / workshop days (5), travel
Volunteer research/project deliver
2 x performers / 2 weeks rehearsals & 4 performance days / travel
LCC staff project support
Puppets, set, costume, script writing
4 x interactive cases
Filming/photography for promotion, evaluation , sharing project
Materials for performance /workshops
Room hire (rehearsals, workshops, performances)
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Volunteer expenses
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £30,240

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