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‘Hall’ Aboard For the History Tour — Haigh Fever’s Here!
Thursday 23rd June, 2005

‘Hall’ Aboard For the History Tour — Haigh Fever’s Here!

It’s a tale that’s got everything… It’s been hundreds of years in the making but now everyone can see the full history of the magnificent Haigh Hall brought dramatically to life in just over an hour.

Haigh Fever is a unique and exciting experience that sees history and performance combined to re-tell the tale of one of the borough’s most enduring landmarks. The story of Haigh Hall is by turns, comic and tragic, historic and modern, factual and fantastic and best of all it’s free!

Wigan Council’s Study Support team has been working with the Wigan Pier Theatre Company to produce the Haigh Fever experience.

In January the teams were granted £20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring the project to life.

Martin Green, Development Officer with the Wigan Pier Theatre Company, explained:

“The performance takes the form of a tour around Haigh Hall where the visitors will meet many of the past owners of the hall and see scenes from their lives played out.”

“We have been lucky enough to work with professional scriptwriter Julie McKiernan from Leigh, who has produced a first class drama with all the right factual historical elements.”

The theatre company has been working with children from Abraham Guest, Golborne, the Deanery and St Mary’s high schools on the project. The children will play the major characters in the production.

There will be the chance to see the Earl of Crawford Alexander William Lindsay (1873) meeting the police to discuss arrangements for a royal visit; See Sir James Lindsay (1833) arguing with the builders over the hall’s new doors; Hear Roger Bradshaigh (1740) discuss problems with the elections for the Mayor of Wigan and witness servants greeting new colleagues when their new masters the Lindsay family move in (1802).

There’s even a glimpse of ‘haunted Haigh’ with a visitation from the medieval mistress of the manor Lady Mabel.

Martin said:

“The entire experience lasts for about an hour and there’s even a nice little twist in the tale to keep everyone on their toes.”

“It’s a fantastic project that has brought young people and history together.”

“The script, costumes and actors are all first class and we can promise an interesting and entertaining tour not just for history buffs but for everyone.”

“The whole experience will last for about an hour and will be at Haigh Hall for one night only so get your tickets now.”

Haigh Fever will run throughout the evening on Thursday July 7th, with the first performance beginning at 6pm. Visitors will be allotted times throughout the evening to take the tour in groups of 25.

The tickets are free and can be booked by calling Lisa Holland in Wigan’s Study Support Team on (01942) 828901.

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