Junction 8 Theatre is a company limited by guarantee registered in England, Company Number: 10493651

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Under the Market Roof

We are incredibly excited about making our first theatre production, Under the Market Roof by Becky Prestwich, which will take place on the much-loved Chorley Market from 11-21 October 2017.


Ever since she was a child, Lisa has spent her Saturdays working on her Granddad Len’s hardware stall. Everyone knows old Len, the man who turned up on Chorley Market as a lad with nothing but a couple of suitcases of stock and made a life out of it. But Len hasn’t seemed himself lately, and Lisa starts to wonder if the ‘L. Shaw’ sign above the cabin could be ‘L’ for Lisa. She loves the market and the people at the heart of it, but is her Mum right when she says there’s no future in the market?

This new play by Becky Prestwich (Chip Shop Chips, Doctors, Holby City) is inspired by a series of interviews taken with those who work and shop on Chorley Market. Under the Market Roof is a warm, funny, thought-provoking play about community, family, ambition and the connection we have to the place we live. Grab a barm, a pint or a brew and join us for a unique theatrical experience full of Chorley spirit!

Dates and Times

Weds 11 October - Sat 21 October (Note: No performance on Sunday 15 October)

Food and drink available from 7pm

Performance starts at 8pm

Running Time: 80 mins (TBC)

NB - the performance area will be sheltered to keep you warm and dry (See below)

What time should I arrive?

The performance space will open at 7pm. We recommend arriving from 7pm to allow you time to relax, have a drink and a bite to eat before the show starts at 8pm. 

can I buy tickets on the door?

Yes you can, but we'd advise pre-booking if possible to make sure you get a seat. 

Don't forget that you can book tickets online via our website, or pop into Malcolm's Music Land (Chapel Street, Chorley - 01257 264362)

Food and Drink

There will be food and drink available to purchase on the market. 

The Bob Inn - Lancashire's smallest pub will be open serving drinks before and after the show

Bee's Country Kitchen - The wonderful team at Bee's are serving up a 3 course delight! 

  • Soup or Pate to start

  • Choice of 5 mains

  • Choice from a selection of cakes for dessert   

What is the seating like?

Even though the performance is 'outdoors', there will still be tables and chairs, and you will be sheltered under gazebos to keep you dry! We will make sure there are plenty of blankets to keep you warm too!

What to wear

Warm outdoor clothing and footwear will be best, and we'd recommend bringing hats and gloves. Don't worry - we will provide blankets to keep you warm, and hot drinks and hot food are available to purchase from the market. 

What facilities are there?

There are toilets (including accessible) and baby change facilities available on the Market from 7pm - 10pm. 

How do I get to chorley market?


Postcode: PR7 1AY

Use M61 Junction 8. Take the A674, then the A6 (Preston Road) in towards the town centre. Within 5 mins of the motorway the large flat iron car park will appear on your right hand side. Look out for Booths and Iceland which are both located on the main car park.   

Public Transport

The market is about a 5 minute walk from Chorley Train Station and Chorley Bus Station. It is easy to catch a train in to Chorley from Manchester, and buses and trains come in to Chorley from all over Lancashire. 


Chorley Taxis - 01257 232222

Cooper's Taxis - 01257 266666

Where do I park?

We would recommend parking on the "Flat Iron Car Park" (Postcode: PR7 1AY).

This will be free from 5pm.

The next best option is "St Mary's Car Park"

(Postcode: PR7 2BW).

There are plenty of other council car parks around the market, and lots of on-street parking too. 

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our supporters:

Thanks also to our sponsors:

Premier Trade Centre

Euxton Sports and Prestige

Abrams Ashton, Chartered Certified Accountants

Howdens Joinery Co. - Openshaw

We'd also like to thank everyone who supported our crowdfunding campaign:

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