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They Eat Culture’s theatre programme is joined by The Yappers Club! A new way of enjoying theatre and meeting like-minded people. Inspired by the classic book club format, Yappers Theatre Club is a new way to experience the many innovative and brilliant performances that are staged in Preston.
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Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me

Made In China


Wednesday 8th February

7.50pm doors open for 8pm show start 

tickets £8 / £6 concessions

Theatre returns to The Continental for 2017. A woman takes to the stage. A man watches from the wings. They both wonder if their love will survive what’s about to happen. Disarmingly honest and comically imagined, Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me is an arresting physical endurance act that crashes headfirst into an impossibly true love story. From Made In China Theatre.


‘slippery and teasing, murderously entertaining’

★★★★ The Guardian

‘Tantalisingly edgy…a stinging piece of entertainment’

★★★★ The Times



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Public Burning Theatre

Thursday 23rd March

7.50pm doors open for 8pm show start

tickets £8 / £6 concessions

When Disney-loving Aminah meets blood-soaked Kayla in after-school detention, neither expects to bring a whole community to its knees. Borderland is a provocative, urgent look at modern-day segregation; a story of race, class, sexuality and power. This play will challenge liberal and traditional values alike.

Praise for previous Public Burning Theatre productions:


“Excellent ★★★★★”

The Skinny


“Theatre at its best … flawless … award-worthy stuff.”

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Ticket Information 

All the performances in our programme are ticketed at the following price;

General Admission £8 | Concession £6 | 2for1 student deal £8

20% discount on Group Booking of 10+

Purchase tickets from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets, Skiddle or in person from The Continental‘s Bar (01772 499 425)



Past Autumn Programme



Paines Plough presents


Thursday 15th September, 8pm

* Running Time: 60 minutes
*Suitable for over 14s

★★★★ The Guardian ”Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see.”

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. 

So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. 

Everything that’s worth living for.

1. Ice Cream

2. Kung Fu Movies

3. Burning Things

4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose

5. Construction cranes

6. Me

You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. 

Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Based on true and untrue stories.

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by Alexander Wright & Phil Grainer

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 8pm

*Running Time: 60 minutes
*Suitable for over 14s

Dave is single, stood with his mates at the bar, and is turning 30 next week. 

Eurydice is a mythical dryad – a tree nymph. 

This is a tale of impossible, death defying love; a tale of this world and the underworld; a tale of soul music and late night karaoke.

Told through spoken word and soaring live music, Alexander Wright (The Flanagan Collective) and Phil Grainger (Gobbledigook) weave a world full of dive bars and side streets and ancient gods.

A new, modern telling of Orpheus & The Underworld.



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Breath Out Theatre presents

THAT GOLDEN AGE by Rob Johnston

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 8pm

* Running time 70 minutes (no interval)
* Suitable for 15+

Mary Read and Anne Bonny were two of the most notorious pirates ever to ply the waters of the Caribbean during the early Eighteenth Century’s ‘golden age’ of piracy. 

Commanding hundreds of men and hijacking dozens of merchant ships it took the dedicated Government agent Jonathan Barnett, sent out specially from England at the request of the Governor of 

Jamaica, to call a halt to their high-seas adventures. 

Breathe Out Theatre’s stage production ‘That Golden Age’ tells how Mary Read, an English publican’s wife, and Anne Bonny, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, became two of the most infamous women in maritime history, how they took men on at the dangerous game of piracy, and how they ultimately paid the price for bettering men in a world men had largely invented.



by Tin Can People

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 8pm

*Running Time: 60 minutes
*Suitable for over 14s
Welcome to our little soirée. Tonight, we will go down in history!

The smell of Rock & Roll is stained within the denim and thick within the smoke. The music is loud, the drums, even louder! Rock & Roll will never die and we will be remembered.

Presented somewhere between the stage and the backstage, 3 performers explore the layers of a live gig; the sweat, the anticipation, the noise, the competition, the ego, the rebellion, the mainstream and the image.

Tin Can People find the irony in Rock & Roll, referring to iconic albums and legendary bands. Remember Me is part-gig, part performance for an audience who like it loud!

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by Louise Orwin 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 8pm

* Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval)
* Suitable for 14+

Louise Orwin’s multi-layered show about stereotypical gender roles in film raises issues around our own collusion as movie watchers Lyn Gardner

This is a show about girls and guns. It’s a show that asks two people to take to the stage and play out a film script in front of you. It wonders what the difference might be in watching something on screen and experiencing something live. It is a show that asks what it means to be a hero, what it means to be a plot device, and what it means to watch.

This show is a challenge to Godard, every other film which star girls and guns as plot devices, and the audiences that watch them. It is also an admission and manifestation of ambiguity: Louise’s own confusion, as a woman, at being simultaneously repulsed and attracted to the kind of imagery and archetypes the show  explores.

Expect gun-twirlin’, play-actin’ and Nancy-Sinatra- dancin’.

And me. And you.

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by Josh Coates 

Thursday, 17 November 2016, 8pm

Running time 55 minutes (no interval)
* Suitable for 14+

Is it my fault I’m like this? 

Is it my fault I’m angry? 

…is it?

One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. This is a show about being ill and being fit for work. This is a show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.

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 Forward Theatre Project presents

GENESIS by Frazer Flintham. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 8pm

* Suitable for 14+
* Running time 1 hour 25 minutes (no interval)

Rachel’s a leading geneticist. A predicter, a planner, a rationalist. 

Rachel identifies gene mutations that increase the risk of developing breast cancer, allowing action to be taken against the disease before it’s even had a chance to develop. A mastectomy? A course of drugs? Whatever the choice, it’s all about prevention. 

But on discovering that she and her daughter might be carrying a gene mutation themselves, Rachel starts to wonder ifpredicting illness through science throws up more questions than it can answer. 

When science offers you the chance to look into the future of your own health, or your family’s, would you always want to know?

Developed in collaboration with Manchester-based charity Prevent Breast Cancer, this daring new play by acclaimed playwright Frazer Flintham explores their pioneering research, and the complex human dilemmas around preventative medicine.

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