This blog is:

This blog is:
A living sketch book for the ideas generated during our Creative Halton Project in 2011. On this blog you will get to see the ideas as they pop up and see where the inspiration has come from. These are the ideas of the artists Beth Barlow and Jason Sheppard, informed by those we have spoken to. It has also grown to include the ideas sent to us by local residents . If you want to contribute please e mail

This blog is not:
A finished product. Many of the ideas here will be tested and seen to be the wrong for the place, time and its people. We hope that the ideas we take forward will be the correct ones, giving Runcorn a taste of its rich past, the positives in its present and notions about its future.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


You would be excused for thinking that PMT stood for a female condition but in Runcorn it stands for People Making Theatre, a group of dedicated drama practitioners from age 8-80. We had the recent pleasure of meeting up with one of its key members Lilian. The group are all set to create 6 dramatic stories inspired by the stories of Maurice Littlemore and Roy Gough, two local historians. Do the titles give anybody any clues about who they might be about:
  • Mrs Two Scones
  • Sherry Lady
  • Gum and Oranges from the American boats
  • Walley and his Mum
  • Mrs No shillings
  • The walking Football supporter
The stories will feature in our empty shop tours some time during the second in July.

During our conversations we talked about how the past could inform the future. We hatched a few plans:
  • Now that the river is cleaner could we start fishing for shrimps again and sell Runcorn shrimps to the fish man on the market.
  • Could we get Maurice to unleash his special Littlmore's pie recipe one more time to let people try a bit of the past at out event in July?
If you have any plans of how the past commerce of the town could feed into a new future let us know either here or via e mail to

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