Pendle Borderline Theatre Company was formed in 1999 from its previous incarnation as Pendle Civic Players. The change of name heralded a change of direction for the company, which has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Uniquely supported by Pendle Council and Pendle Leisure Trust, the group set out to challenge the stereotypical image of a provincial amateur company, by staging plays that represent the best of historic and contemporary drama. Our back catalogue of productions includes Shakespearean classics – most recently we’ve staged The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale – as well as plays by modern dramatists such as David Hare, Rona Munro, Owen McCafferty and Shelagh Stephenson.
Showcasing new plays by local writers is a development we targeted at the outset and these productions have proved popular with our company and audiences alike. By giving playwrights the opportunity to workshop and stage their works, we have provided them with a springboard to a wider audience. Individual members have now established connections with North-West Playwrights, the Manchester 24/7 Theatre Festival and we have also had the pleasure of taking some of their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
We are also committed to nurturing and developing the performance skills of young people in this area, several of whom have gone on to study at drama schools and have successful acting careers.
Borderline is open to new members, audiences and contacts who are interested in working as part of a collective to bring quality drama productions to the Pendle Area. If you would like to know more about the group and our activities please visit our Contact Page, and send us an email. We will then add you to our listings and keep you in touch. Or check out our ‘On The Side‘ pages and come along to our ‘get togethers’.