Since we began our endeavour into virtual entertainment back in March, we've released over 50 episodes of The Old Courts Live containing hours of content for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. We wanted there to be something for everyone so you can find music, comedy, workshops, family content , poetry and more.
Not sure what would be for you? Take a look at our guide and recommendations below! Click the links to watch your chosen video on YouTube.
You: I’m interested in big ideas and radical thinking
Digital Edition 1 - Bird Street: Louise Fazackerley Book Launch
We are delighted to welcome the brilliant poet Louise Fazackerley for a virtual launch of her latest book ‘Bird St’ – a collection of standout poetry from her career to date. As a busy live performer touring The UK, Louise has built up a following of admirers with her no-nonsense, witty and heart-warming take on the everyday and beyond. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an in-your-living-room performance from an outstanding character. Join us at 8pm!
‘Bird St.’ is a collection of vivid, visceral and razor-sharp poetry which captures Louise at her best. It hints at kitchen-sink realism whilst also carrying an otherworldly charm to deliver a knock-out blow.’
You: I want to see more of people who make original music and theatre
Aziz Ibrahim is nothing short of a phenomenal musician. Held in incredibly high regard by peers and fans alike, he played guitar in The Stone Roses post John Squire and then continued to work with singer Ian Brown when he embarked upon his incredibly successful solo career. The success of this collaboration was highlighted in particular with Aziz's work on the brilliant album 'Unfinished Monkey Business' - in addition, it's worth mentioning that Aziz is one of the nicest people ever to play at The Old Courts.
You: I’m interested in local life and Wigan heritage
Imagine this, late 80's/early 90's Wigan, you start an alternative club night, it goes off, Green Day play, NOFX play, local punks absolutely adore it, the nights are explosive and you make incredible memories. Well it happened and you can hear about it here. With contributions from two key founding players in Alan Woods and Dave Arnold and glued together by the brilliant Louise Fazackerley, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear part of the story of the legendary Wigan club The Den and how it is making a return to the scene.......
You: I’m interested in a lively night in
Sandro Valentino is a dynamic, industrious and vastly experienced house DJ and Producer. A sought-after remixer and respected producer, Sandro has a fantastic ability to give new dimensions to classic records. Associations with all-time legends such as Marshall Jefferson have seen this Northwest-based, Naples-born DJ become in high demand.
You: I want a chilled night in
Wigan-based musician Mark Peters is best known as co-founder of the band Engineers and for his collaborations with German musician/producer UIrich Schnauss.
Creating dreamy, ambient soundscapes and effortlessly blending thought-provoking electronic music with stunning live guitars, Mark has established a deserved reputation at the forefront of sound design
You: I’m an artist who’d like some practical advice
I LOVE MY JOB ON THE ARTS - EDDIE BERG, FOUNDER AND FORMER CEO OF FACT LIVERPOOL, FORMER CEO OF RICHMIX LONDON
Working primarily in the digital lane of the arts and culture sector, there are few who have more experience than Eddie Berg. As founder and former CEO of FACT Liverpool and former CEO of Richmix London, Eddie and organisations he ran made giant leaps forward with art, film and technology. Now based in New York, Eddie offers some insights into his journey and why others can and should begin theirs.
You: I’d love to learn something new!
We are delighted to bring you international performer Conrad Murray for a brilliant beatbox workshop.
Conrad is an actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre maker based in Mitcham, South-West London and has led the Battersea Arts Centre Beatbox Academy since 2008.
Passionate about making work through hip hop and beatbox theatre and an incredible, engaging tutor, this workshop will teach fundamental techniques of the discipline for all to enjoy.
You: I want to do something crafty
Join Wigan artist Anna FC Smith for our watercolour workshop. Anyone can take part in this session as you will learn the techniques required to create your own watercolour scene and gain an understanding which will allow you to experiment with your new found skills.
You: I’m looking for something fun for my kids
Kid Carpet is on hand to bring you a special quarantine edition of 'Noisy Animals' - Aimed at kids but definitely entertaining for adults too, this brilliant creation of toy animals (who in this instance are dealing with quarantine together) will lift your spirits. Daft songs and plenty to chuckle at.