The Moonwatcher

The Moonwatcher is a theatre show that combines poet Shamshad Khan’s insightful and thoughtful poetry with Horse + Bamboo’s trademark use of powerful narrative and imagery, using masks, puppetry, film and music.

The Moonwatcher tells the story of a young girl who came from Pakistan to join her husband in England. We are led through a surreal landscape to witness one family’s fate on our fast spinning planet. The Moonwatcher tells a story of global travel and the residues of settling. A second generation daughter and determined truth-seeker brightens our hearts with questions.

The Moonwatcher is by poet Shamshad Khan and Bob Frith, founder of Horse + Bamboo, with music by Arun Ghosh, clarinettist, composer and music educator, and film by Chinese animator Kain Leo. The production is based on stories and research undertaken by Shamshad and Bob as part of the Different Moons project, in which they interviewed and recorded the stories of first generation immigrants to Rossendale from South Asia, specifically Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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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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