The Lowry has released it’s schedule of activities and events for their Open Day on Sat 5 August. The venue will open its doors from 10am until 4pm for a day of free activities that enable visitors of all ages to explore the venue in a completely new way.

The most recent additions to the previously announced activities include a puppetry workshop hosted by the National Theatre and Pier Eight‘s ‘Design a Dessert’ competition – with the winning creation taking pride of place on the autumn kids menu.

Visitors will be able to take a look behind the scenes with backstage tours and workshops in lighting and sound.

There will be the opportunity to get involved in a variety of performance related workshops. Members of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures will lead a dance workshop inspired by their upcoming production of Cinderella; practitioners from Opera North will work with those interested in vocally exploring the music of Gilbert and Sullivan and representatives of Rambert will be located around the venue teaching movements influenced by one of their most-loved pieces, Ghost Dances. Other workshops include stand-up comedy, beatboxing, physical theatre, adult art sessions and stage combat.

The LS Lowry archive will pop-up at several locations around the foyer where visitors can view items such as photographs, interviews, letters to and from LS Lowry and even some of the painting tools used by the artist himself.

A makers market consisting of stalls occupied by a range of suppliers from Pier Eight Bar and Restaurant will allow visitors to sample food and drink offerings available at the venue. Pier Eight will also host live music throughout the day.

The range of activities will also spill out of the building and on to the plaza where Lost in Translation Circus will present Cirque Bordello. Visitors will be able watch a live open air performance that blends thrillingly spectacular circus skills seamlessly with charm, physical comedy, clowning, juggling, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in a colourful, loud and funny show.

All activities and events are free. Visitors can book places online for the workshops in advance. There will also be a limited number of places available for each ticketed event on the day, these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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