Royle Family writer to open new cafe in Southport
AWARD-WINNING social enterprise, A Great Little Place, has now opened its new venture in The Atkinson in Southport, and the new project space Encounter the Unexpected, is nearly complete.
To celebrate, the venue is inviting people to enjoy a She Sells Sea Shells family fun day on Saturday, September 30, which will be officially opened by Royle Family writer Henry Normal.
A spokesman for The Atkinson on Lord Street, said: “Join us along with actor, writer, producer and The Atkinson Development Trust’s newest patron, Henry Normal, who will officially open the new café and new project space that brings to life the story of the coast and all of its creatures to life.
“There will be a selection of coastal delights on display, including a marine aquarium, a touchscreen interactive display and a series of photographs taken by local residents exploring Sefton’s natural heritage. Plus, we have free arts and crafts activities for all the family as well as our Museum, Discover Ancient Egypt Gallery, Exhibitions and a production of Night Pirates!
“A Great Little Place, run by Autism Initiatives, opened at the beginning of September to record numbers. The award-winning cafe has revitalised The Atkinson foyer and created a welcoming and inviting place to spend time. Due to its popularity, there are plans to expand the capacity further and really make the most out of the space.
“This partnership is about more than just a café – it’s also about working together to improve the lives of people with autism and their families.
“Apart from his love of the arts and culture, Henry Normal shares The Atkinson’s passion for creating opportunities and access to the arts for children and adults with Autism and special educational needs, having written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows A Normal Family and A Normal Life combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up Johnny, his autistic son.”
Henry Normal is a comedian, TV producer, poet and writer. He was managing director of Baby Cow Productions Ltd, which he set up with Steve Coogan.
He co-wrote The Royle Family with Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, and was co-writer for the 2001 film, The Parole Officer, starring Coogan.
Visitors to The Atkinson on Saturday can also enjoy a special children’s theatre show taking place the same day.
The spokesman said: “Our children’s Theatre production also takes the coastal theme. The Night Pirates is an adaptation of the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright.
“It tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates.
There are two shows at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and tickets are £11 – £9, ages 3+.
For details about the family fun day, please visit www.the atkinson.co.uk/ events/sells-sea-shells/ or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333.
The award-winning social enteprise venture at The Atkinson, Southport, A Great Little Place, is now open for visitors
New Atkinson patron Henry Normal, above – co-writer of The Royle Family, with Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson, left – is officially opening the theatre’s family fun day on Saturday