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Award-winning Cultural Hubs arts programme to return with outdoor theatre performance

Article date - 02 August 2021

Residents are invited to head to Thatto Heath Library with a cosy blanket and chair this month (August) for a free outside theatre performance as part of an award-winning arts project led by St Helens Borough Council’s Library Service.
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Estimated Waiting Time - presented by Lauren Reed Productions - will be performed as part of the library service’s Cultural Hubs: Arts in Libraries programme, exploring our need for human connection and celebrates bonds formed in unlikely places.   

Set in the playground outside Thatto Heath Library, two local residents meet by chance one evening, both looking for a place to escape their home lives. Isolated and lonely, the pair find a commonality, forming an unlikely friendship through their shared frustration with family, the systems failing them, and a love of storytelling.    

They go on to share their mutual difficulties, their dreams and aspirations, and the things that hold them back, helping each other see a positive future.   

Encouraging residents to attend, Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said: “I’m delighted to see the return of our fantastic Cultural Hubs: Arts in Libraries programme which has reached thousands of residents over the years, many of whom may not have had the opportunity to engage with the arts before.   

“There’s always something really special about an outside theatre performance, and this show – the first live event since the start of the pandemic – is sure to be a great occasion.   

“The arts industry has suffered massively over the past 18-months or so, but now that most Covid rules have been lifted – it’s important that we show our support to events like this more than ever which have been put together to go ahead as safe as possible.”   

Estimated Waiting Time will be performed on Thursday 12th August, at 4pm and 7pm and is suitable for audience members aged 13 and over.  The 7pm show will be British Sign Language interpreted. 

Places for this show are free, but limited, so please book your tickets in advance, either by calling into Thatto Health Library, or by visiting www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk