Spot On Stories

Lancashire Libraries and Spot On Lancashire have been working together to continue to bring great art and stories to you.

Spot On Stories are ten-minute micro shows filmed just for you by some of the fantastic artists that have, or should have, toured with Spot On. They aren’t full-length recordings of shows you might have already seen, and they aren’t trying to compete with the likes of NT Live or Killing Eve. These are bite-sized video moments, made for the people of Lancashire, so that for 10 minutes, wherever you are, you can lose yourself in a really good story.

Some will be for grown-ups, some will be for children. Some will be spoken, some will be sung. But all of them are made with love and a passion for telling you a story! From the artists home straight to yours!

Tuesday afternoons will be stories for children and families, and Thursdays will be something a little more grown-up. Once they are live, they’ll be available to watch on the Spot On website for 30 days. 

Meet Ogg ‘n’ Ugg

In the first of our Spot on Stories for families, Meet Ogg ’n' Ugg, two hunter-gatherers who would like to welcome you into their prehistoric world. Join in at home while they teach you their song and dance and go hunting for something delicious for tea!

Suitable for children aged 5-8.

Watch Meet Ogg 'n' Ugg on the Spot On website from 3pm Tuesday 21 April until Wednesday 20 May.

Written by Colin Granger, performed by Natasha Granger and Jack Faires.

A dog named Grim

A Dog Named Grim is a short story based loosely on Lancashire folklore with country and western style songwriting. It’s a silly cautionary tale, told with music and humour.

Age suitability: 10+

Watch A dog named Grim on the Spot On website from 7pm on Thursday 23 April until Friday 22 May.

Written & Performed by Black Liver (Ruth Cockburn and Keith Carter).

A Breakfast Walk

In a lovely little house, in the middle of a lovely quiet wood, things are shaping up to be a very good day indeed. There’s breakfast on the table, but it’s just too hot, so time for a family morning walk.

Age suitability: 4+

Watch A Breakfast Walk on the Spot On website from 3pm on Tuesday 28 April until Wednesday 27 May.

Performed by Gav Cross.

Long Lost Home

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria shares her intrepid quest to explore her family roots. This is a 10-minute glimpse into a unique culture and history from the very personal angle of a family’s journey through turbulent times.

Age suitability: Families

Watch Long Lost Home on the Spot On website from 7pm on Thursday 30 April until Friday 29 May.

Performed by Daria Kulesh.

Rolling Down The Road: Who’s At The Bus Stop?

David Gibb is the conductor of a very special, magical bus, and he’s waiting at the bus stop to meet his passengers. But who will be joining him today? Singalong and join in with all the actions as we go riding on the top deck of the bus.

Age suitability: 4+

Watch Rolling down the road from 3pm on Tuesday 5 May until Wednesday 3 June.

Performed by David Gibb

On Music and Marriage

Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran make up the dynamic a cappella duo, FreePlay. 

Traversing centuries of music and multiple styles, this couple revels in finding innovative ways to arrange music for two voices. The music included in this show includes classical favourites by Johann Sebastian Bach and Edvard Grieg, as well as original material.

Age suitability: adults

Watch On Music and Marriage from 7pm on Thursday 7 May until Friday 5 June.

Performed by FreePlay.

The Wizard Who Hated Music

Join Steven Brown in this musical adventure. There once was a wizard. A very grumpy wizard who hated music. A wizard who didn’t just want a little peace and quiet, he wanted SILENCE.

Age suitability: 4+

Watch The Wizard who hated music from 3pm on Tuesday 12 May until Wednesday 10 June.

Performed by Steven Brown

How I Came To Be Where I Never Was

Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in suburban nowhere. This is a story about being somewhere you don’t belong, about coming of age in the middle of nowhere, with excitement just out of reach. Like a child with their face pressed against a sweet shop window. Or, rather, it’s the beginning of a story just like that.

Age suitability: adults

Watch How I came to be where I never was from 7pm on Thursday 14 May until Friday 12 June.

Performed by Jonny Fluffypunk

Dommy B’s Best Adventure Ever!

What’s the best adventure you’ve ever been on? Dommy B has been on a few but none as great, as incredible, as stupendous as the day he met the Goblin Wizard.

Age suitability: children aged 5-8

Watch Dommy B's best adventure ever! from 3pm on Tuesday 19 May until Wednesday 17 June.

Written and performed by Dominic Berry

The Gardener and the Butterfly

Meet Thomas, a retired head gardener, as he reminisces about times gone by and pots up his young strawberry plants. Frank lives alone in one room with his books, his notes and his butterflies. Each specimen is a memory and part of a much bigger story…

Age suitability: ages 10+

Watch The Gardener and the Butterfly from 7pm on Thursday 21 May until Friday 19 June.

Written and performed by Peter Macqueen

Snapshots of Arnold - working from home

We all know there are lots of grown ups working from home, but did you know that puppets are too? Arnold Oldfella has been working with Lempen Puppet Theatre for thirty years and his friend, Draco has come over for a visit. Luckily, Draco brought his camera with him! A day in the life of Arnold and his garden is never boring - even during lockdown!

Age suitability: families

Watch Snapshots of Arnold from 3pm on Tuesday 26 May until Wednesday 24 June.

Written and performed by Lempen Puppet Theatre