THE new season at the Rose Theatre, Edge Hill, Ormskirk, gets underway this month with a programme that includes drama, dance, poetry, puppetry, comedy and music.

June Gibbons, Rose Theatre Administrator, said: “It’s certainly going to be a busy season, with more performances than usual packed into a few short months.

“We have got many exciting productions by some of the best companies in the country.”

The season starts with Presto or the Secret Life of Swift and Gulliver, presented by Group K (led by Mat Fraser, presenter of Channel 4’s Freak Out), on 30 September.

Other highlights include a workshop and reading by the acclaimed writer Bernard MacLaverty on 6 November. MacLaverty’s second novel, Cal, was made into a film starring Helen Mirren and his third book was short-listed for the Booker prize.

Toby Foster, star of Peter Kay’s TV series Phoenix Nights, is compere at The Last Laugh Anniversary Tour on 12 November – one of three alternative stand-up evenings at the Rose this season.

Young theatregoers are well catered for once again with shows such as Rumpelstiltskin (23 October), presented by the Treasure Trove Puppet Company, Quicksilver Theatre’s Sea of Silence (8 November), a return visit for Tutti Frutti’s production of Humpty Goes?Splatt! (11 and 12 November) and Aladdin and Puppet Parade by Preston Puppets (4 December).

There is even a chance for visitors to the Rose to take to the stage themselves at an open mike event on 15 October to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Full details of the programme are available from the Rose Theatre Box Office on 01695 584480