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The Lowry open day offers free workshops with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Opera North and the curator of the LS Lowry collection.

The Lowry will open its doors on Sat 5 August 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.

Visitors will be able to take a look behind the scenes with backstage tours and workshops in stage make-up, 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 but visitors will need to book places on the workshops in advance. Tickets will be available online from Monday 24 July.

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