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Autumn Winter highlights from your Director

Posted 29/08/22 by Calvin Wilson

 

After a busy Summer spent outside in the Unexpected Garden, we’re looking forward to opening up indoors and getting excited for our Autumn Winter programme. There’s so much to look forward to, including live theatre, music, film and the return of our ever popular festive season. 

Opening the season is ‘Ventoux’, a thrilling restaging of the famous 2000 Tour de France race. Originally devised by former LAC Co-Director Tom Barnes, the show tells the story of the epic competition between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani. It’s a total joy for any cycling fans but even for those not into the sport, it’s an incredible piece of physical storytelling with a Kraftwerk soundtrack and amazing real-life footage from the mountain.

 

Ventoux

 

More brilliant theatre comes later in the month in the form of ‘Though This Be Madness’. Performed by Skye Loneragan, the show follows Skye’s own journey into new parenthood alongside the challenges of coping with mental illness within her family. This is a really bold, solo performance that will speak to your heart and mind.

I’m really excited for Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl to return to Lyth to perform ‘Heal and Harrow’. These two top musicians developed the project during a residency at LAC back in January. Since then the project, which humanises the victims of Scotland’s 16th and 17th century witch trials, has received critical acclaim. Expect evocative new songs accompanied by fascinating visuals, which bring these untold stories to life.

 

Heal and Harrow

 

Stories of the North are the spotlight for Northern Stories Festival in October. Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, the festival takes place across Caithness inviting storytellers from Canada and Scandinavia to join us. With music, film, exhibitions and even a 60ft whale, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this unique festival.

Finally, we wrap up the year with the return of our (in)famous Christmas Ceilidh, back for the first time since 2019. We’re also excited to host a special family friendly Kids Christmas Ceilidh for the very first time. Also returning is the LAC Christmas Show which this year is bought to us by the team behind 2018’s ‘Flutter’. ‘Ginger’ tells the heart-warming story of a gingerbread person who doesn’t fit in. Using Tortoise in a Nutshell’s award-winning visual style, it will be full of festive fun and maybe even a biscuit….

We hope you can join us this coming season and celebrate what has been a great return to live performance in 2022!