Blackburn Theatre Lab
Founded by Pegeen Murphy in association with Abooo Theatre

After a 10 week residency at the Bureau Centre for the Arts in Blackburn we shared our work to a full house as part of the Bureau's 2 year Anniversary Weekender in June 2017.

The  line up looked like this:

1) Poetry by Rachel Priest
2) Dreams for our Daughters by Pegeen Murphy directed by Amy Hailwood
3) Not Cut and Dry by Alison Barton-Simmons


The Blackburn Theatre Lab came out of an idea between actress/writer Pegeen Murphy and actress/producer Clare Cameron of Abooo Theatre. Pegeen was awarded a residency at the Blackburn Bureau Centre for the Arts to develop her ideas and build a theatre community. She is interested in making a space solely for women to come together to share and develop their creativity and skills.  Clare founded Abooo Theatre in 2016 to bring more stories of parenting to the stage, to facilitate the return to work for theatremakers who are new parents and to increase the number of day-time baby-friendly performances. Blackburn Theatre Lab was founded as a space for female theatremakers to try out ideas and collaborate on potential projects or to further existing ones.


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Pegeen & Clare