On Saturday 23 March, Preston Bus Station becomes the venue for an innovative promenade literature event, Journey to the End of the World. The building is the backdrop to storytelling by micro fiction writer David Hartley and poet Shamshad Khan, the performance of playwright and director Phil Ormrod’s new work ‘An Hour Before the End of the World’, and live music, with compositions especially created by Noize Choir to compliment the acoustics of the space.
Some might say that Preston’s much-maligned bus station is like visiting the end of the world. Yet it holds a certain place in the hearts of many. Even just a few days ago, an offer from a Preston businessman to save the building was declined by the council. However, arts engagement initiative They Eat Culture have assembled an exciting programme of live events to take place in and around the divisive building on Saturday. The event is produced as part of the Northern Elements commission from Arts Council England.
Members of Preston-based grime and drum n’ bass MC collective Shotta TV will lead the audience around the trail, specially commissioned by They Eat Culture.
On route, they will encounter The Noize Choir who use the human voice and innovative uses of microphones and props to create and shape sound. Acclaimed Manchester poet Shamshad Khan will be performing a live set of exceptional poetry as she examines our fascination and denial of death.
Author David Hartley will be challenging one member of the audience who will have the fate of existence on their shoulders – the right choices will save the world, but just one wrong choice will doom us all..
Finally, in a new commission, author Phil Ormrod brings drama to the station cafe as two elderly people watch apocalyptic events unfold in ‘An Hour Before the End of the World’. This spellbinding and moving piece of writing will be the focal point and centrepiece for the event.
This exciting site-specific performance is highly anticipated and further proof that Preston’s arts scene is developing highly innovative and unmissable pieces. Although I’d dress up warmly, just in case the apocalypse does happen..
Journey to the End of the World takes place at Preston Bus Station on Saturday 23rd March, with shows at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets are £7 / £5 concessions, available from The Continental’s Bar, Preston Visitor Information, and online from Seetickets and WeGotTickets.
With thanks to Clare Conlon.