Production company brings legends to life with creative moors project

Date published: 15 June 2024

Production company Breaking Barriers is capturing the spirit of Rochdale with a unique and enchanting outdoor production - set in the hills of Blackstone Edge.

The immersive experience, known as Elevation, is an innovative project transforming the moors and surrounding Rochdale’s Townships into a captivating stage, weaving together the rich stories of local people and the history of the moors which crown the borough.

Open to the public, the experience is a walk in the hills with a twist, with the use of binaural sound on headphones for a “audio 3D effect”. The idea is to take audiences on a guided tour through the green space that has accompanied Rochdale for thousands of years.

The experience, which is presented by The Culture Co-op with support from a number of partners including Public Health Rochdale and Littleborough Arts Festival, aims to “bridge the past and present”, whilst celebrating Rochdale and its people.




The show encourages audiences to slow down and take a moment to listen deeply to historic stories of the land (on headphones provided at the meeting point) while taking in the natural beauty of Rochdale, Greater Manchester and beyond.

Breaking Barriers’ Artistic Director Parvez Qadir told Rochdale Online: “This project offers a unique perspective of the past, present and future.

“It's a place for solitude, gratitude and allowing your mind to wander. I wanted to create this piece because it's a place for me that holds a spiritual meaning, and I know that each individual will have their own connection to the land.”

At the heart of Elevation is the idea of community. Community voices can be heard throughout the sound piece, and the Culture Co-op recruited 10 members of the public to learn the skills needed to host creative events, and after paid training sessions, will then be empowered to run the tours themselves throughout June.

Greg Bond, director of The Culture Co-op said: ““There is significant investment going into the Arts across the Borough at the moment. With all these exciting projects being produced, it is vital that we ensure we give as many opportunities for local people to get involved and take on leadership roles.”

Audiences from near and far are invited to join us for this spectacular outdoor art event, running this month until Friday 28 June.

Performance Information

  • Wed 22 May – Fri 28 June 2024
  • Performance days each week: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Performances times: 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 6.00pm

This is a free event, and all are welcome.

Book your free ticket here:


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