Southport Nights at The Atkinson

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The Atkinson Studio, Southport

7:30pm – Thursday 25th February

Tickets £15.00 available to book on-line at or call the box office on 01704-533333.

Avondale – a true story, told in song and narration A few words from the writer Len Pentin:
“A writer is lucky if once in a lifetime a true-life story drops into his or her lap, that not only is fantastic in its detail but has not already been claimed and written up by someone else.

AVONDALE is such a story. Beyond a casual mention on a local history site, the full extended story of Kate Fitzpatrick, a mysterious inmate of Ormskirk Workhouse, has never seen the light of day on any stage or any page – that in itself is remarkable, never mind the events of the story themselves!

The story involves the last tragic voyage of The Lusitania, a dramatic search for a lost relative and much more besides. As soon as I came across this story, I knew I had to write it up. Yes it’s a local story but its themes, like any great story, are universal. Set in both the UK (Ormskirk) and the USA (Illinois and New York), it’s a story that connects two continents and two women whose paths would normally, under other circumstances, most likely never have crossed.

If the story around these two women was fiction, it would never be believed – it would be deemed fantastical – but, nonetheless, the remarkable events depicted in AVONDALE really did occur. While some crucial information around the story remains lost to time, what remains manifests into a tale that demands to be told and remembered for all sorts of reasons.”

AVONDALE is performed by Len Pentin, Chris Nelson, Siobhan Nelson, Mike Huddart and Don Palmer. It is a two act performance of narration and 18 original songs.

The Blackheart Orchestra

The Atkinson Studio, Southport

7:30pm – Thursday 18th March

Tickets £15.00 available to book on-line at or call the box office on 01704-533333.

Inspirational electronic folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take music to a new, unexplored dimension. Described as “A mesmerizing powerhouse” “An avant-garde musical utopia” and “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today” vocalist Chrissy Mostyn along with multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington combine their classical influences with vintage synths and ultra contemporary electronica to create music that takes over the senses.

As emotionally charged as it is musically accomplished, expect sublime harmonies, virtuoso guitar, piano and synthesiser playing and songwriting and arrangements that take the audience ”from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song”. With awards including Best British Duo, Limelight Progressive Music Award Nomination and being voted in the UK’s Top 4 Best New Bands of 2018, The Blackheart Orchestra are two voices and thirteen instruments that create a unique musical experience that is truly ground-breaking.

“Ethereal” – Daily Express
“A great band” – BBC Radio 2
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” – Fatea Magazine

Feast of Fiddles

The Atkinson Theatre, Southport

7:30pm – Sunday 25th April

Tickets £22.00 available to book on-line at or call the box office on 01704-533333.

It was a massive disappointment when the 2020 night at the Atkinson had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus – it was almost sold out, so get your tickets booked early for 2021! More details on the Feast of Fiddles page.

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