Theatre and Drama

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  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    Thu
    18
    Jun
    2020
    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535 Enquiries: 07534 920495

    Tickets • can be purchased on the door, subject to demand • can be booked in advance at cinemac.org.uk • can be purchased in advance at the box office in the half-hour before any performance

    Giftcards • can be purchased online at cinemac.org.uk • can be purchased from the box office  in the half-hour before any performance

    Cinebar Our auditorium Bar is open 30mins before screenings (subject to the film being shown, and at live by satellite events). Tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits are available and may be taken into the auditorium.

    Cinemac Meal Deal The Cinemac Meal Deal with Fina Bar & Grill starts on Tuesday 2nd of April! For just £14 enjoy a delicious Italian meal and a trip to Cinemac! Meal Deal vouchers are available to purchase from the Cinemac Box Office or Fina. You can take advantage of this amazing offer by visiting Fina after one of our early evening shows or before our evening performances. As numbers are limited, please ensure that you call Fina before you visit to reserve your table. Fina’s phone number is: 01625 618744 The Meal Deal with Fina is now ongoing! Please note that the meal deal is only valid for film tickets and it does not include live events.

    Coming soon to Cinemac... Arighi Bianchi Luxury Sofa Seats!

    After listening to customer feedback, we've set out to improve customer comfort and overall enjoyment and are currently installing a luxury seating area with 2 and 3 seater sofas by Arighi Bianchi. You will soon be able to sit back, unwind and relax as they watch the latest film releases on the big screen in ultimate comfort! An Arighi Bianchi 2 person sofa film ticket will be priced at £20, and the 3 person sofa at £30 which is only £2.50 more per person than a standard adult ticket (Tuesday-Saturday). Our new Sofa Seats will be available from 27/01/2020, tickets can be purchased online or atour box office, we strongly recommend booking in advance as these tickets are sure to sell out quickly.

    Silver Screenings Concessions aged 60 & over get a free tea or filter coffee on a Wednesday before 14:30pm. Our Silver Screenings start on Wednesday the 18th of September.

    FILM & EVENT LISTINGS

    Tuesday 21st January LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 11:40

    1917 (15) [2h] 14:40, 17:30, 20:20

    Wednesday 22nd January Cinema Closed

    Thursday 23rd January 1917 (15) [2h] 17:30, 20:20

    Friday 24th January 1917 (15) [2h] 14:45 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:30, 20:20

    Saturday 25th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Sunday 26th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Monday 27th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Tuesday 28th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Wednesday 29th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:00 1917 (15) [2h] 13:45 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 16:30 La Bohème (Opera) 19:45

    Tuesday 28th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Royal Opera House Season 19/20

    Tuesday 25th February: Marston & Scarlett World Premieres (Ballet) 19:15

    Tuesday 24th March: Fidelio (Opera) 19:15

    Wednesday 1st April: Swan Lake (Ballet) 19:15 Tuesday 24th April: Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci (Opera) 19:00 Thursday 28th May: The Dante Project (Ballet) 19:15 Thursday 18th June: Elektra (Opera) 19:45    

    Available to book now:

    February 4th: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL - 19:00 February 9th: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL - 14:00

    National Theatre Live

    Thursday 20th February: National Theatre Live: CYRANO DE BERGERAC 19:00 Thursday 21st May: National Theatre Live: THE WELKIN 19:00

    All listed films and live events now bookable at www.cinemac.org.uk

     

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshiren

    Transitions Dance Company returns with a brand new triple bill of short, innovative dance works by specially commissioned choreographers H2DANCE, Cameron McMillan and Elisa Pagani.

    Through an intriguing lens tinted by humour, beauty and physicality, this diverse programme explores matters which resonate with society today, performed by a company of outstanding, international dancers at the start of their stellar careers.  

    There will be a post-show Q&A.

    “Ferociously talented dancers.” LondonDance

    “A fine ensemble…if you get the chance to see them, grab it.” British Theatre Guide

    “Talented, meticulously trained and hungry for success. ” Culture Whisper

    https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/boxoffice/ticket/433392

    https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/creative-innovation/transitions-dance-company

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020
    Sat
    02
    May
    2020
    7:30 pmFallibroome School, Priory Lane, Macclesfield SK10 4AF

    In 1995 at Ryles Park High School in Macclesfield, two young people bonded over a passion for theatre and musicals.

    This friendship has lasted out over 25 years and 2019 found them both living back in their home town at the same time. Whilst they had both gone their separate ways, professionally and geographically during the last two decades, they had been brought back together and both in search of that old spark that had excited them all that time.

    What they both agreed was that they had both found that the theatre industry could be quite exclusive and that, as Northern actors, writers and directors, there was limited opportunity for them. They also agreed that there was definitely a gap in the market for a theatre company developed purely to grow Northern talent, especially new graduates.

    In 2020 Northern Rep Theatre was launched.

    May 2020 will see their flagship workshop production of a brand new play written by Macclesfield native Laura Genders. ‘Bysmal Boys is a drama with comedic undertones which focusses of the lives of Blue Watch, Macclesfield during the national Fire Brigade strike of 1977 and explores the effects of the strike on their relationships with their friends, families and each other.

    It is directed by Tuirenn Hurstfield, the other half of this dramatic duo, who grew up in Macclesfield and has worked as an industry professional for the last 20 years. This is the second new theatre piece that Tuirenn will be directing this year, the other being a production of Bosie written by and performed by local actor, Rik Barnett.

    ‘Bysmal Boys is cast entirely by actors from the region, many of whom can be seen on stage with other community theatre companies. It will be performed on Friday 1st & Saturday 2ndMay 2020 and tickets are available at bysmalboys.eventbrite.co.uk. Tickets are being issued on a Pay What You Can basis where the audience are not asked to buy them but to donate what they think that the ticket is worth, based on their experience of the play. The aim is to eventually take ‘Bysmal Boys on a professional tour.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2020
    Mon
    25
    May
    2020
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Treat your family to Geronimo fun at Arley Hall from just £3 per person!

    At Geronimo HQ we are always thinking of ways to make our festival as inclusive as possible for all of our families. Being the largest children’s festival in the UK, and one of the only events to include most activities within the price of the ticket, the challenge for Geronimo was on. Hold on to your hats, we are holding a groundbreaking social experiment and we are going to give your family the opportunity to be a part of it!

    Pay what you can afford

    Yes, you read that right: our social experiment is pay what you can afford. For limited time only, we will be offering a block of day-only ticketspriced from £3, £5, £10, you just choose the ticket you feel you can reasonably afford. The aim behind it is to allow every family the chance to come along to spend quality time together, we know that raising children can be expensive.

    The reduced-price tickets will be released for sale at 10am on Saturday 22nd February 2020, we are expecting these to sell out very quickly before the prices go back to the standard cost - don’t miss out. But be quick – when they’re gone they’re gone!

    You will be able to buy yours by heading over to our website www.geronimofest.com as soon as they are released. An additional car parking ticket cost of £10 does apply.

    What’s Geronimo Fest all about?

    If you haven’t heard already, Geronimo is the UK’s premier all-in-one children’s festival. We love Arley Hall, and every year we spend our late May Bank Holiday there with our Geronimites and their families. Our mission is to give all families an amazing fun-filled and magical weekend to enjoy with their children and we have put together a festival which creates memories for a lifetime and you don’t have to just stay for a day, if you want to make a weekend if it, check out our camping package on the website. Please note that these tickets aren’t included in the social experiment prices.

    Amazing fun and activities in the Cheshire countryside

    With over 100 activities included in your entrance ticket you’ll need to arrive early. Do your kids love crafting? We’ve got that. They love climbing and parkour? We’ve got that too. We have 2 amazing circuses with a 1,600-seater arena, fantastic bands and TV superstars headlining our main stage, skilled motorcycle displays, jousting, kids’ entertainers, dancers, music, archery, a brass band, graffiti skills, dinosaurs, dolls, shetland pony racing, fort building, the Gruffalo, just to name a handful. You can find the itinerary on the website www.geronimofest.com

    Our Geronimo families love it and every year there is more to discover, and more memories to make! Keep checking back at our website to find out what new activities we’ve added - there is always something for everyone!

    Are you an artist? Would you like to join Geronimo?

    We are looking for artists from around the UK who are family-friendly and would like to join us in creating the biggest Geronimo Fest yet. If you would like to be part of our social experiment, get in touch with us now through our website. www.geronimofest.com We would love to hear from you!

    Where can I get my tickets to Geronimo Fest 2020?

    Simple. Head over to www.geronimofest.com at 10am on Saturday 22nd February 2020 when the tickets are released. They are strictly limited so if you snooze, you lose. We don’t want you to miss out - put the date in your diary now!

    See you in the fields - Geronimo Chief

    www.geronimofest.com

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2020
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Crewe Town Council are the main sponsors of the LGBT+ community in Cheshire East which will take place at Queens Park, in Crewe, on Saturday 20 June 2020.

    Pride in the Park welcomes people from Cheshire East and beyond, offering family-friendly entertainment and activities, a vibrant parade and a dedicated marketplace of LGBT+ organisations to help offer advice and information for visitors.

    This celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for visitors to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, will also attend.

    Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “We are delighted Crewe Town Council has made the decision to again get involved with Pride in the Park 2020. Putting on such a major event for the LGBT+ community, which last year attracted 5,000 visitors, would not be possible without the generous and enthusiastic support of Crewe Town Council and other sponsors, partners and community organisations.”

    “Pride in the Park continues to grow and already there is a real sense of excitement among all those involved for the event next year. Everyone is really looking forward to the big day.”

    Councillor Tom Dunlop, chair of Crewe Town Council's community plan committee, said: “Crewe Town Council is incredibly proud to once again be a part of Pride in the Park coming in to 2020, as we celebrate both the equality and diversity of our local communities, by continuing our support for the LGBT+ community - not only in Crewe but around the country.”

    “I attended the event in 2019, and had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people who had travelled from far and wide to attend the event, which was held in our beautiful Queens Park - and I am so pleased that the event will be returning to the park this year. The atmosphere was fantastic, the parade was awash with vibrancy and colour, the performers all did an outstanding job, the crowd were happy – and the weather was mostly good too!”

    Other sponsors who have signed up to support Pride in the Park include Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, HSL Compliance and Cheshire East Council's arms-length company Ansa Environmental Services.

    To find out more about this event, visit: www.prideinthepark.com or for details of sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathryn Bradley at kathryn.bradley@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Wilmslow Guild Players
Wilmslow Guild Players are an amateur theatre group formed in 1926 at the Wilmslow Guild, an independent adult education centre.
Location: Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5HD
www.wgp.org.ukWeb
info@wgp.org.ukEmail

 

M.A.D.S. Little Theatre
Plays through the season
Location: Lord Street
Macclesfield
http://www.madstheatre.org.uk/  Web

 

Buxton Opera House
Varied events from opera to popular acts and musicals
Location:
Buxton
Derbyshire
http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/  Web

 

Wilmslow Green Room
Wilmslow
http://members.aol.com/wgrsoc  Web

 

Bollington Festival Players (01625) 875326  Telephonevalpostance@btinternet.com  Email

 

Bollington Children’s Music Theatre http://www.marple55.freeserve.co.uk/  Web

 

Keating Centre of Dance and Drama http://www.kcdd.i12.com  Web

 

Bollington Arts Centre
Wellington Road
Bollington
Cheshire
01625 573863  Telephone

bollingtonartscentre.org.uk

 

Bollington Festival Players
Bollington
Cheshire
01625 574085  Telephone

 

Stagecoach
Wilmslow
Cheshire
01606 784 219  Telephonehttp://www.stagecoach.co.uk  Web