Horse and Bamboo Theatre

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

The main aims of the Horse and Bamboo Theatre are:

  • To create work which is artistically excellent; to make this work accessible to people who would otherwise not access the arts
  • To provide a focus for the continuing development of artists
  • To offer a range of placements and support to students in creating work, admin and management, contribute artistically and strategically to cultural development in Rossendale, enhancing & improving cultural activities in Pennine

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.

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.

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