Some of you may be familiar with The Rose Theatre at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. However, you may not be aware of the recent changes, including a change of name, so we thought we’d provide you with a handy recap and update.
The Rose Theatre was built in the 1960s, originally as a venue for Edge Hill University’s drama students. It threw its doors open to the public for the first time in 1993, and since then has gone from strength to strength delivering a diverse professional programme including theatre, film, literature and dance. In 2006 folk and acoustic music were added to the menu, attracting artist such as Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Tim O’Brien, June Tabor, Martin Simpson, and Maddy Prior. They’ve also played host to up-and-coming folk singer-songwriters, including Bella Hardy on her first tour back in 2007.
Extensive refurbishment of the Rose Theatre during the summer of 2012 has been at the heart of the University’s newly-developed Arts Centre which now houses the Performing Arts Department, The Rose and Studio Theatres. The £2m overhal includes a new staging floor, audio-visual equipment and (hooray!) comfier seats, as well as a new bistro and an outdoor amphitheatre space.
Officially launched in October 2012, The Arts Centre (as it’s now known), in partnership with Friends of Folk, continues to promote folk music as part of its programming, and a number of their events are listed below.
The Arts Centre is fully accessible, with ample free parking. Tickets can be booked by phone on 01695 584480 or online at edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.