19 Aug 2022 - 21 Aug 2022

Serious Nonsense Festival

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Admission Free
Start Time 12:00
End Time 00:00

Shakespeare North Playhouse and Prescot Town Centre will be packed with nonsense for this massive three-day adventure celebrating Edward Lear’s connection to Knowsley.

Lear lived at Knowsley Hall and wrote his world-famous poem The Owl and the Pussycat there. To celebrate his love of all things nonsense and the fact that Knowsley is the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture in 2022, the Serious Nonsense festival is coming to Prescot.

Experience Prescot as never before…

Flock to a giant birdcage where a tap-dancing canary is being chased by two feisty acrobatic cats. Explore the belly of a 50 ft sperm whale, mop the brow of a giant Hippochondriac Hippopotamus as he stumbles through the town centre nursing a toothache, or book into the smallest Hotel in the world featuring trumpeting bell boys and acrobatic chambermaids.

You can even watch a real-life owl and pussycat tell tales of the sea in their own pea green boat!

There will be live music and comedy and a very special programme of readings, performances and talks, curated in association with Writing on the Wall, featuring favourite authors such as Frank Cottrell Boyce, John Dougherty, Sarah Asuquo, Michael Rosen and Lemn Sissay.

This is a weekend not to be missed – for all ages!

Festival highlights include Storytime with Frank Cottrell Boyce, stand-up comedy with Shappi Khorsandi and a conversation with Brookside favourite Eithne Brown who will be considering the similarities between Shakespeare and soap!

How to book tickets

Tickets for the Festival Highlights will go on sale soon, but all other acts across the weekend are FREE to enjoy and no booking is required.

Visit Culture Knowsley ( for the full programme and to book your tickets.

The Serious Nonsense Festival is part of Knowsley’s year as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture and is delivered in partnership with Shakespeare North Playhouse, Writing on the Wall and Milapfest.

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