The Old Courts in Wigan may not be physically open due to lockdown, but they are still a big part of the celebration of independent music venues across the UK - Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. The Old Courts has five live streamed music and family events taking place between Monday 25th and Sunday 31st January. Tickets for all events programmed by The Old Courts as part of the Independent Venue Week strand are available to purchase via their website. Tickets are available as part of the ‘Pay As You Feel’ pricing structure with no minimum or maximum suggestions, enabling families and music fans to enjoy culture and entertainment to suit their budgets.


Merry Hell – Wednesday 27 January, 8pm, £Pay As You Feel

Merry Hell is a folk-rock band who base their songs on their own experiences including the high, lows and loves of their lives. This live stream event as part of Independent Venu Week will feature exclusive content and songs never performed before, as well as favourites revisited. This is a must for all Merry Hell fan and anyone missing live music.

Made in Wigan - Friday 29 & Saturday 30 January, 9pm, £Pay As You Feel

The Old Courts are all about giving grassroots musicians and bands an opportunity to showcase their talents. On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January from 9pm each evening, the arts centre will live stream music from Wigan bands and artists as part of Independent Venue Week. Keep an eye on for updates on who will be playing.


The Dragon Who Hates Poetry | Age 5+

Wednesday 27 January, 11.30am, £Pay As You Feel

The Dragon who Hates Poetry is a hilarious, slapstick poetry show, an interactive live stream, aimed at anyone age 5 and above. There is no dragon scarier in any earthly place. His face looks like his bottom… and his bottom like his face. This is a fun, solo show packed full of lyrics, laughter and lots of joining in! Armed with only pen and paper, poet Dommy B needs your help to bring this fearful dragon’s reign to an end.

When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish | Age 5+ | 60 Mins

Wednesday 27 January, 2.30pm, £Pay As You Feel

When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish is a comedy adventure poetry show, an interactive live stream, aimed at anyone age 5 and above. In the middle of the night there is a noise – a snuffling and a shuffling and a splintering of wood. A line of troll-prints lead out the door, across the lawn and into the deep, dark night. When a grotesque gang of greedy trolls steal all the village’s pets (including Nikki’s favourite goldfish, Great Bumbleduke the Third), who is going to come to the poor animals’ rescue?

Both these fun and interactive shows are written and performed by Dommy B - winner of the UK Saboteur Award for 'Best Spoken Word Artist 2020'. Directed and co-produced by Kevin Dyer and Action Transport Theatre with funding from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.