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Shakespeare North to explore the Prescot sound thanks to lottery grant

Shakespeare North Playhouse will explore the unique dialect and language of Prescot thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Our Town’s Sound storytelling project is being boosted by £228,850 – a sum which will also enable the Prescot playhouse to improve wider access to its Prospero Place site.

Our Town’s Sound will work with audiences of all ages to explore at Prescot’s long history and the factors which help to shape language, including social structure, local culture, economic and industrial developments and migration.

And Shakespeare North is using the current First Folio exhibition to explore how Shakespeare himself influenced our language, including words and phrases he introduced which are still in common use today.

Theatre bosses hope the project will also add to a sense of pride of place in Prescot and the wider Knowsley borough.

Chief executive Melanie Lewis said: “We're immensely grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their generous support towards this project.

“This funding not only empowers us to delve into the rich culture of Prescot, but also allows us to preserve and celebrate the unique cultural heritage of our community.”

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