PREPARE for the bus ride of a lifetime next week as a show which wowed the Edinburgh Festival heads to East Lancashire.

For the show Back of the Bus, performed by the New Zealand-based Java Dance company, takes place on a bus an hour-long circular trip around the town.

Dancers will be handing from the straps, and literally dancing in the aisles while the 'audience' of bus passengers sit in the normal bus seats.

The performances - the only ones in the UK this year - have been organised by Spot On Rural Touring in conjunction with Plugged In and Super Slow Way.

Each performance lasts for around an hour with two shows each day leaving established venues at 2pm and 7pm.

The Lancashire Way bus, provided by Transdev, seats 35 people, so theatregoers are advised to book in advance to guarantee they will see the show.

Sacha Copland, artistic director for Java Dance Company who has choreographed Back of the Bus said: "It's really exciting to be touring Back of the Bus to the UK.

"It's a long way from new Zealand but very connected to us. We share the same sense of humour but there are a few differences too.

"You'll have to come to the show to find out what those are."

Tickets for each bus tour are the same price as a regular bus day ticket on The Lancashire Way- £6 for adults and £4.20 for under 19s and are available from participating venues.

The shows are: Monday, June 22, Burnley Library; Tuesday, June 23, Darwen Library Theatre; Wednesday, June 24, Colne Muni; Thursday, June 25, Accrington Library; Friday, June 26, Ace Centre, Nelson and Saturday, June 27, King George's Hall, Blackburn.