The Lowry theatre hosted an open day full of free activities, workshops and shows on Saturday 11 August from 10am to 6pm. 

The open day also included a backstage tour every 15 minutes throughout the day, to allow the public to get a behind-the-scenes look into the everyday workings of the theatre. 

Families and people of all ages were welcome to book onto any of the ticketed events which included an under-5s first steps dance class and an over-55s dance workshop. 

Drop-in sessions were also available for multiple activities such as cupcake decorating, paper puppet making and gallery tours. 

Lynsey O’Sullivan, the learning and engagement director for The Lowry, said: “we want people to come down and experience the building.” 

She said: “The most popular event would be the backstage tours because it’s not usually something you’d have access to so they’re on every 15 minutes all day. Also, the stand-up comedy workshop is really popular this year as well.” 

Two showings of What the Ladybird Heard were also held during the open day for children and families to attend for a £16 ticket admission price in the Quays theatre. 

Along with a variety of entertainment outside in the Plaza, including face-painting with Smooth Radio, folk with Birmingham Royal Ballet and performances from the D&F Bros Grand Indian Circus. 

Last year’s Lowry open day was a huge success which saw more than 7,000 people attend, some of whom had travelled from other parts of the country.  

Due to high demand, this year saw the return of the very popular lighting and sound workshops. 

The lighting workshop included a 30-minute informative talk on the different types of lighting that is used at The Lowry, followed by a demonstration in the Lyric theatre. 

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