The Moonwatcher

 The Different Moons programme is developing in exciting new directions.

One is the creation of a new touring theatre poetry production – The Moonwatcher – loosely based on the stories that have grown out of meeting and interviewing the first generation of Pakistani and Bangladeshi women who travelled to Rossendale to join their husbands, starting in the late 1970s.

A world of cotton mill chimneys, talking birds, Asian twists and tales.

We meet a young girl who came from Pakistan to join her husband in England.

We are led through a surreal landscape to observe one family’s fate on our fast spinning planet.

The Moonwatcher tells the story of global travel and the residues of settling.

A second generation daughter and determined truth seeker brightens our hearts with questions.

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Poet Shamshad Khan and Horse + Bamboo founder artist Bob Frith, (above) who together devised the Different Moons programme, are developing their creative partnership to write and create this new theatre show. It will tour locally and nationally, combining poetry and visual theatre with film, music (by Arun Ghosh) and puppetry, and will be available for touring in 2018.


Meanwhile APNA, the Haslingden drop-in centre that we opened in 2014 and was intended to last at most a few months, has moved to new premises at the Dave Pearson Building on Manchester Road. Apna will continue its work, led by Arry Nessa and a new management committee, as an independent creative training and well-being centre and meeting place with a focus on women from the local South Asian heritage communities.

Watch this space…!

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