‘End of the world’ at Preston Bus Station

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It was the end of the world as we know it - but the audience at Preston Bus Station were feeling fine!

Artists transformed the doomed building into a cultural venue for a night of events with an apocalyptic theme on Saturday.

We're doomed: Crowds gathered to watch They Eat Culture holding an evening of live music, drama and performance poetry at Preston Bus Station

We're doomed: Crowds gathered to watch They Eat Culture holding an evening of live music, drama and performance poetry at Preston Bus Station

Journey to the End of the World saw the ground floor of the station, which is slated for demolition, taken over by actors, DJs, a choir and performance poets.

Producers from Preston-based They Eat Culture (TEC) and Lancashire Writing Hub hosted the live showcase.

Ruth Heritage, TEC’s creative director, said the group wanted to see more art events in new locations.

She said: “It went really well, despite the gales and the Baltic winds and the threat of snow. It was a sell-out for both events.

“It was very much a response to the changing times in Preston. We don’t really feel it was unusual to do - in other places this sort of thing happens all the time and our peers are doing this sort of work. It’s just great to be able to do it in Preston in a place like the bus station.

“Look out for more site-responsive work at sites in Preston in the future.”

The evening was centred around writer and director Phil Ormrod’s work, An Hour Before the End of the World.

Members of Preston-based grime and drum ’n’ bass MC collective Shotta TV led visitors around the different performance areas.

Poet Bruce Rafeek and edgy vocal group Noize Choir showcased a 10-minute piece, using their voices as instruments tuned into the acoustics of the brutalist building.

And Manchester performance poet Shamshad Khan and author David Hartley shared their live poetry and prose, before the audience ended up at the bus station cafe for a theatrical finale, in which two elderly people watched apocalyptic events unfold in the last hours of the world.