Library takes to the stage

Amy Jo-Cloiugh in play at Poulton Library

Amy Jo-Cloiugh in play at Poulton Library

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Young people are taking over Poulton Library for a night to celebrate its role in the community and the variety of people who use it.

Shhh!, a play about a library, will be performed by Lancaster’s Dukes Senior Youth Theatre in Poulton Library on Blackpool Old Road at 5pm on July 21.

This performance follows a sell-out run in Lancaster Library earlier this year which was seen by a Poulton librarian who requested a performance at her library. Mary Sharples and Kriss Foster have directed Shhh!

Mary said: “I wanted to do something in libraries because they are such brilliant spaces. “Many in our group had never used the library so they’ve learned a lot about what it provides.

“What struck us most was the variety of reasons people visit libraries and how central they are to the community.”

The cast features around 20 teenagers. The central characters are a librarian played by Amy-Jo Clough and an IT technician played by Nathan Groves-Wilson.

Original music is featured in the play and each group member has been encouraged to learn an instrument.

Many local references to Poulton have been incorporated into the new version of Shhh!

The play’s title alludes to the traditional view of libraries – though this has been shattered in recent years by Lancaster Library’s pioneering Get It Loud in Libraries music project.

Mary said: “Our production will be all about energy, percussion and music as we tell the story of all the people and things found in a library.

“Locating the play away from Lancaster also gives the young cast a chance to experience what it’s like taking a show on the road and having to adapt it to different spaces.”

Tickets are £6 (£4 concessions). Call The Dukes box office on (01524) 598500, go to www.dukes-lancaster.org, or visit Poulton Library for more information.