The Boo

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Information on this page was last updated on 21/08/2018

The Boo is a performing arts venue based in Waterfoot. Since opening our doors as venue in 2005 The Boo has a full programme for families, children and adults that includes high quality children’s theatre, comedy, music and a workshops as well as regular cinema showing classic and new releases for families and adults.

We are also one of the main organisers of Waterfoot Wakes, new for 2018 this festival hopes to become an annual event and a key event on the Waterfoot calendar.

In addition to the opening times listed, we are open 30 minutes before events (adults) and 1 hour before family events for free craft sessions.

The Boo hosts a rich and varied programme of work, increasingly so after a major investment programme in 2015. It brings national and international shows to East Lancashire, and runs music nights, films, workshops and training courses in addition to its family orientated programme and an annual Puppet Festival. The work retains the same emphasis on visual storytelling, including puppetry, mask work, and animation, that it did when it was formed almost 40 years ago.

Horse + Bamboo was founded by Bob Frith in 1978; the first project involved erecting a carved stone high on the moors of Rossendale to commemorate a local legend – the story of Ellen Strange. The project also involved a street show, large fire sculptures, a specially devised midnight performance, and traditional ballads set to music. The Ellen Strange stone is still there, and is a popular landmark for walkers.

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