Mechanics Theatre Presents

About the Mechanics Theatre Presents project


We are passionate about Burnley people being able to enjoy affordable and accessible live events and fun activities. We know Burnley people love to be creative and have huge pride in the town. Funded by Arts Council England, during 2023-24 the Mechanics is going back to its community roots.

Over a period of 16 months, we are working with different communities to plan arts events that are relevant and accessible, in the buildings and spaces that they feel comfortable in. So, if you fancy an affordable great night out, or an afternoon of creating, it’s there, on your doorstep.

We’re giving communities opportunities and space to enjoy being creative and to feel welcomed and comfortable. We are working with our partners, Culturapedia, Burnley Together, and Calico to develop a programme that nurtures, welcomes, and connects; re-establishing the original ethos of the Mechanics as being for the people.


A combination of in-house and outreach activities are being designed to spark conversations and involve local residents in programming and engagement.


From the town centre to Valley Street Community Centre, Burnley Wood to The Chai Centre – we are aiming to work across the whole of Burnley. So far, we’ve organised Spoken Word nights, mindful crafting workshops, print-making pop-ups, and theatre shows.

Upcoming events

This spring, we have a range of free ‘Pay What You Decide’ and ticketed events coming up. Click the links below to find out more about each event.

Wednesday 28th February

Local Writers Night at the Mechanics

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Monday 8th April

Mechanics Family Fun Day

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Saturday 20th April, 8pm

Hags: A Magical Extravaganza at the Mechanics

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Thursday 2nd May, 7.30pm

IDLIB (theatre show) at Down Town

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Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

Rum Ragged at The Mechanics

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Want to get involved?


Creative events are a fantastic way to bring people together, start conversations, or just be an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two; we want to make sure everyone can feel the benefits of the arts. If you work with a local community centre or group and want to discuss bringing an event or an artist to your area, please contact Stephie at (just. co).















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