Film highlighting the controversy of fracking

Matt Damon as Steve Butler in Promised Land.
Matt Damon as Steve Butler in Promised Land.
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Here on the Fylde coast we know a thing or two about fracking.

So the new Matt Damon film, called Promised Land and all about the controversial subject of underground drilling for gas, may well be of interest to you.

The movie, which stars Damon and Frances McDormand which is only showing at a limited number of cinemas, is being screened at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster on Friday and Saturday, and again next week on May 28 and 29.

It focuses on a gas company salesman who experiences life-changing events when he’s sent to persuade a small town to sell the rights to the natural gas from underneath their land, using fracking. When his company succeeds, the salesman is forced to face up to the impact this decision has on the locals and their hometown.

Tickets for the screening are £6 (£5 concessions). To book, or for more information, go to or call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500.

And while we’re talking about the Dukes, here - and apologies in advance for an awful pun - is paws for thought... An Eastern adventure story about a cat is heading to the Dukes theatre on Saturday, at 1pm and 4pm.

The Waving Cat of Japan is a new show for children, which uses puppets to act out some rather curious Japanese folk tales and legends.

The theatrical fantasy mixes in traditional Japanese images and features a wicked sorceress, a not-so-smart prince and three tricky tasks to perform before midnight. Luckily, Maneki Neko, the Waving Cat, is on hand, or paw, to help.

Confused? Yes so am I but you have to admit it sounds interesting if nothing else.

The Waving Cat of Japan is presented by Krazy Kat Theatre Company, who are unique in the UK for using sign language in all their performances. Their shows are accessible to all children and young people and are presented by an integrated company of deaf and deaf-aware performers.

The show is ideal for ages three-plus. Tickets are £7 (£5 concessions).