Theatre and Drama

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  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Sweet smell of the Tudors! Gentlewoman Anna Fielding with a nosegay of lavender, rosemary and bay, at Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

    Not just the sights and sounds but the smells of the 16th Century will be featured at Little Moreton Hall during 2018.

    When the hall re-opens on 10 February, ‘Welcome to the 16th Scent-ury’ will focus on the aromas of Tudor times, with a special ‘You Smell’ trail appealing particularly to families. You will be able to sample the aromas of herbs such as tansy, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet; rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ‘grains of paradise’, and some exotic Tudor perfumes.

    But not everything will be idyllic.  Odours of sweat and damp wool, the smell of the privvy and the stench of rough, harsh tobacco will also be part of the experience.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

    Anna Fielding, from the Hall, explained, ‘Country life in Tudor times involved a lot of hard physical toil. And you were dressed in heavy wool clothes. So some perspiration would be inevitable. You also tended your animals, undertook gruelling work in the dairy and had ‘interesting’ ideas about waste disposal.

    We would probably not be very happy about some of the smells wafting round. Even some of the perfumes favoured by the Tudors would not be to our taste.

    On the other hand, the Tudors would feel people today give off the scent of harsh chemicals. Sixteenth century ideas of keeping clean and of the way bodies interacted with the environment were not the same as ours. The smells we like or dislike would be different to those the Tudors felt strongly about and the reactions people had to various smells of everyday life in the past can give us a real insight into their way of thinking.

    ‘This wonderful old house is the ideal setting to explore those different attitudes and discover the way people really lived in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Last year we looked at the way the Tudors slept. Visitors had a great time discovering the rules and guidelines the Tudors followed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Once again, their ideas were different from ours.’

    Another feature of the new season at Little Moreton Hall will be Candlemas, a religious festival which centred on taking a candle to church to have it blessed.

    From 10 February you will be able to make your own candle and take in the aromas of beeswax and incense. Then, from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February dozens of artificial candles will bring a warm glow to the principal rooms of the hall.

    Little Moreton Hall is open seven days a week from 10 to 25 Feb, then Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    April
    15th, Sunday Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity Dog Walk – to register Click Here
    22nd, Sunday Spring Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    28th & 29th, Saturday & Sunday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    May
    6th & 7th, Sunday & Monday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks
    – to book tickets Click Here
    11th, 12th & 13th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, 27th & 28th, Saturday – Monday Geronimo Family Festival – to book tickets Click Here

    June
    2nd & 3rd, Saturday & Sunday NGS The Old Parsonage tickets will be released soon
    8th, Friday Houghton Weavers Summer Picnic – to book tickets Click Here
    16th & 17th, Saturday & Sunday Rough Runner – to book tickets Click Here
    23rd & 24th, Saturday & Sunday Garden Festival – to book tickets Click Here
    28th – 1st July, Thursday – Sunday Spirit of the Horse – to book tickets Click Here

    July
    8th, Sunday Fairy Tales & Trails Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Saturday NMC Outdoor Concert on the Park – to book tickets Click Here
    19th, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, Thursday The Arley Summer Soiree – tickets will be released soon

    August
    5th, Sunday NGS Arley Hall & Gardens normal daily entry price applies
    23rd, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Tempest – to book tickets Click Here
    25th, 26th & 27th, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Caravan & Camping Rally – to book tickets Click Here

    September
    9th, Sunday Autumn Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    15th, Saturday Firework Champions – to book tickets Click Here
    22nd & 23rd, Saturday & Sunday The Great British Food Festival  – to book tickets Click Here
    28th, 29th & 30th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here

    October
    7th, Sunday Wedding Open Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Sunday Mushroom Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    November
    13th & 14th, Tuesday & Wednesday Shopping Spectacular – to book tickets Click Here

    December
    1st – 6th, Saturday – Thursday Christmas Floral Extravaganza - tickets will be released soon

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535

    Enquiries: 07871 422937

    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.

    Monday 16 to Sunday 29 April

    Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 April
    ISLE OF DOGS (PG) [1hr 41mins]  5.30
    A QUIET PLACE (15) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Thursday 19 April
    ISLE OF DOGS (PG) [1hr 41mins]  3.00
    A QUIET PLACE (15) [1hr 30mins] 5.30
    GREASE (PG) [1hr 45mins] 8.00

    Friday 20 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  5.30
    LOVE, SIMON (12A) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  3.00, 5.30
    LOVE, SIMON (12A) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  5.30
    LOVE, SIMON (12A) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Thursday 26 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  5.15
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 7.30

    Friday 27 April
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 4.15, 7.30

    Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 1.00, 4.15, 7.30

    Coming Soon:
    SHERLOCK GNOMES
    THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
    DEADPOOL 2  
    Advance tickets available from Thursday 19 April

    Live by Satellite:
    Royal Ballet Live: MANON Thursday 3 May, 7.15
    National Theatre Live: MACBETH Thursday 10 May, 7pm
    Royal Ballet Live: SWAN LAKE Tuesday 12 June, 7.15

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

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    English singer-songwriter Kate Bush has a unique sound that has been an inspiration to many artists across the years. Since her debut single Wuthering Heights, topped the UK single charts in 1978, Kate Bush has had a devoted fan base and has now inspired the impressive tribute show Wuthering Heights: The Music of Kate Bush.

    Featuring the exceptional vocal expression of Rachel Sinnetta, who’s voice is shockingly similar to Kate Bush supported by an incredible band of five talented multi instrumentalists The Rubber Band.

    Wuthering Heights captures the magic of Kate Bush’s work from her early albums such as the Kick Inside through to Ariel, recreating the atmosphere and ethereal qualities which surround many of Kate's compositions.

    Celebrating 40 years since the release of Kick Inside,Wuthering Heights is the ultimate salute to the widely respected and revered Kate Bush

    Wuthering Heights is here Friday 27 April at 7.30pm Tickets are priced at £28. Discounts are available. To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    10 am to 4 pmMaccesfield town centre

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018
    Sat
    19
    May
    2018
    HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

    HOME is delighted to announce the Northern Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning, acclaimed American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train. Directed by Jake Murray, who makes a welcome return to his hometown of Manchester with his very own Elysium Theatre Company, this production marks the play’s regional premiere and the first time Guirgis has been performed in Manchester.

    Angel Cruz is standing trial for shooting the Reverend Kim in the ass; Reverend Kim later died. Lucius Jenkins is on appeal, trying to avoid the death penalty for the murder of eight people. For one hour each day, both men share adjacent cages on Rikers Island, New York’s top security prison. Then one day they get talking.

    Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train premiered in New York at LAByrinth TC in 2000, in a production directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It then transferred to the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2002 where it was nominated for an Olivier Award. Since, it has been revived in London only once at the Trafalgar Studios in 2010.

    It is a funny, powerful, adrenaline-fuelled drama of good and evil, penalty and redemption, by one of America’s most exciting and admired new writers - Stephen Adly Guirgis. He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2016; the Pulitzer Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and a Lucille Lortel Award (all for Between Riverside And Crazy in 2015).

    Multi-award winning director Jake Murray is no stranger to Manchester, having spent seven years at the Royal Exchange Theatre, progressing from Michael Elliott Foundation Bursary Trainee Director to Associate Artistic Director before leaving to go freelance. He was co-artistic director with Sarah Frankcom of the Exchange Studio, during which time the space was nominated for a Peter Brook Empty Space Award. Days Of Wine And Roses and Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train see his return to the city in which he grew up and worked.

    His production of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange in 2005 starring the young Andrew Garfield, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Andrew Buchan broke records for first time viewers and young audiences. His production of Tom Murphy’s A Whistle In The Dark in 2006 transferred from the Exchange to the Tricycle Theatre in London, swept the board with rave reviews from the critics and was the Evening Standard’s and Time Out Critics Choice for several weeks. He has worked all over the UK as a freelance director, and set up Elysium Theatre Company in 2016.

    Elysium is dedicated to bringing the best new plays and world theatre to the North. Founded by Jake, northern actor Danny Solomon and actress/ producer Hannah Ellis Ryan, the company is currently Company In Residence at the Assembly Rooms, Durham. Their debut production of Owen McCafferty’s Days Of Wine And Roses, played at the Assembly Rooms in Durham and 53two Manchester last year to great critical acclaim – earning its lead actor, Danny Solomon, a nomination for Best Fringe Performance at this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards.  Danny returns with Elysium to Manchester this year, performing the role of Angel Cruz in Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train.

    Danny is joined in the cast by Alice Frankham as Mary Jane Hanrahan, Faz Singhateh as Lucius Jenkins, Garth Williams as Charlie D’Amico and Alistair Gillies as Valdez.

    Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, said: “We are very pleased to present another Northern premiere of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, continuing HOME's relationship with the best of contemporary American drama. I look forward to seeing Stephen Adly Guirgis high energy, bold, political and darkly comic play in our T2 space, and I am delighted to welcome Jake Murray and the Elysium theatre company to HOME.”

     

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018
    Sat
    19
    May
    2018
    2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

    HOME is delighted to announce the Northern Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning, acclaimed American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train. Directed by Jake Murray, who makes a welcome return to his hometown of Manchester with his very own Elysium Theatre Company, this production marks the play’s regional premiere and the first time Guirgis has been performed in Manchester.

    Angel Cruz is standing trial for shooting the Reverend Kim in the ass; Reverend Kim later died. Lucius Jenkins is on appeal, trying to avoid the death penalty for the murder of eight people. For one hour each day, both men share adjacent cages on Rikers Island, New York’s top security prison. Then one day they get talking.

    Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train premiered in New York at LAByrinth TC in 2000, in a production directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It then transferred to the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2002 where it was nominated for an Olivier Award. Since, it has been revived in London only once at the Trafalgar Studios in 2010.

    It is a funny, powerful, adrenaline-fuelled drama of good and evil, penalty and redemption, by one of America’s most exciting and admired new writers - Stephen Adly Guirgis. He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2016; the Pulitzer Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and a Lucille Lortel Award (all for Between Riverside And Crazy in 2015).

    Multi-award winning director Jake Murray is no stranger to Manchester, having spent seven years at the Royal Exchange Theatre, progressing from Michael Elliott Foundation Bursary Trainee Director to Associate Artistic Director before leaving to go freelance. He was co-artistic director with Sarah Frankcom of the Exchange Studio, during which time the space was nominated for a Peter Brook Empty Space Award. Days Of Wine And Roses and Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train see his return to the city in which he grew up and worked.

    His production of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange in 2005 starring the young Andrew Garfield, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Andrew Buchan broke records for first time viewers and young audiences. His production of Tom Murphy’s A Whistle In The Dark in 2006 transferred from the Exchange to the Tricycle Theatre in London, swept the board with rave reviews from the critics and was the Evening Standard’s and Time Out Critics Choice for several weeks. He has worked all over the UK as a freelance director, and set up Elysium Theatre Company in 2016.

    Elysium is dedicated to bringing the best new plays and world theatre to the North. Founded by Jake, northern actor Danny Solomon and actress/ producer Hannah Ellis Ryan, the company is currently Company In Residence at the Assembly Rooms, Durham. Their debut production of Owen McCafferty’s Days Of Wine And Roses, played at the Assembly Rooms in Durham and 53two Manchester last year to great critical acclaim – earning its lead actor, Danny Solomon, a nomination for Best Fringe Performance at this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards. Danny returns with Elysium to Manchester this year, performing the role of Angel Cruz in Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train.

     Danny is joined in the cast by Alice Frankham as Mary Jane Hanrahan, Faz Singhateh as Lucius Jenkins, Garth Williams as Charlie D’Amico and Alistair Gillies as Valdez.

    Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, said: “We are very pleased to present another Northern premiere of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, continuing HOME's relationship with the best of contemporary American drama. I look forward to seeing Stephen Adly Guirgis high energy, bold, political and darkly comic play in our T2 space, and I am delighted to welcome Jake Murray

     

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Justin Fletcher and Mr. Bloom return to the biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

    Geronimo Festival has announced their exciting 2018 headliners and families are in for an entertainment packed weekend.

    Children’s TV Megastar, Justin Fletcher returns to Geronimo this year and will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 26th May. The ever-popular C-beebies star will be on-hand to keep young children and their families entertained on stage during his afternoon performance.

    Youtube teen stars, Max and Harvey will be joining the star line up for 2018 and cementing Geronimo’s place as the premier children’s UK festival.

    On Sunday, children are in for another treat as Mr. Bloom takes to the stage introducing his 40 minute show which features his amazing four-piece band. The hilarious duo, Cook and Line will also be hosting their brilliant slapstick Pirate Show and don’t forget that there is a whole host of other performers and activities to enjoy!

    For the very first time at Geronimo; the world famous Gandey’s Circus with their 1,200 seater big top, will definitely be one of the attractions you shouldn’t miss! In addition, there'll be a 130 ft big wheel, we look forward to seeing your pics from the top!

    Simon Goldman, Geronimo Festival organiser commented:

    ‘Announcing our headline acts is always a really exciting time for us this year we have our best line-up yet. Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom are Children’s TV royalty and always keep the children (and their parents!) enraptured. This year acts will take to the stage in the afternoon so that everyone gets a chance to come along and have fun at the main stage.’

    Taking place from 25th - 28th May 2018, Geronimo is returning to the stunning Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire which is set over acres of land ensuring not only more attractions but also a top-notch campsite. The duration of the event has also been extended to four days so that more families can take advantage of everything the show has to offer.

    Dubbed ‘Glastonbury for Kids’, Geronimo has something for every member of the family whatever their age and full details of attractions can be found at the website www.geronimofest.com. We haven’t forgotten the adults either, Bathing under the Sky are providing excellent spa facilities and we have also provided a crèche so that parents can have some “me time”.

    Simon continued:

    ‘Our Early Bird Tickets offer is available until the end of January and it’s the perfect time to book – not only can families can take advantage of lower prices but they can also make sure they get to see their child’s favourite TV stars.’

    Tier 1 family tickets available from just £25 per person throughout January. As an added incentive, early birds who purchase Tier 1 tickets will receive a free wristband for the Victorian Fun Fair.

    You can bring your own tent, caravan or motor home or simply let Geronimo take the hassle out of camping with their range of themed tents available to suit families whatever their size.

    For further information about the Geronimo Festival and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com

  • Tue
    29
    May
    2018
    Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Following an outstanding West End Run, this unforgettable theatrical tour de force comes to Buxton.

    Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel The Kite Runner, this moving story has been adapted into a stunning new production. A haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, it follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

    Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.

    Following its first performance at Nottingham Playhouse and an outstanding run in the West End, The Kite Runner has gone from strength to strength leaving critics spellbound. This story which travels from war torn Afghanistan to Amir’s new life in America alongside carefully chosen set pieces and music keeps the audience in the grasps of this powerful narrative.

    The Kite Runner is here 29 May – 2 June. Tickets are priced at £20-£30. Discounts are available. To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    Waterside Arts Centre, Sale M33 7BS

    Following the success of its first ever Refract festival last summer - Waterside is today delighted to announce the exciting and eclectic line-up for Refract:18.  Promising ten jam-packed days of the very best in summer programming, Refract:18 is bursting with experiential performance, live music, comedy, theatre and family events inviting you to see things differently at Trafford’s vibrant arts venue.

    Refract:18 runs from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 July, bringing together a carefully curated programme, jilted from convention, for audiences of all ages.  Expect the unexpected, from miniature theatre in a magical canvas dome, a pop-up cabaret club, mini music festival for kids and arts and craft meets silent disco as well as music from cult British band Tankus the Henge, an immersive gig from multi-instrumentalist Minute Taker and Manchester’s finest Reggae pop outfit Jeramiah Ferrari.

    Kicking off Refract:18 is award-winning PanGottic’s catupultastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage in Long Shot while later in the festival Cabaret From The Shadows sees the theatre transformed into a pop up cabaret club for one night only to present this hilarious, mischievous, sexy and unnerving show.

    Music lovers are in for a treat with Manchester’s most exciting genre weaving group – Jeramiah Ferrari. The North West based band has forged a superb reputation for live sets, fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and pop to make a truly memorable and essential new sound. Singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Minute Taker (Ben McGarvey) also makes his Refract debut with his immersive show. Inspired by imaginative artists such as Kate Bush, David Bowie, Tori Amos and Bjork, McGarvey creates haunting piano songs with multi-layered ethereal vocals, distorted electronic beats and otherworldly synthscapes. Rock, Funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms unite on stage with Tankus the Henge.  Combining wild showmanship, stories of wonder and musical dexterity, this live musical experience is something to behold.

    Laughs a plenty are also on offer at this year’s Refract:18 with all tastes catered for. Queer cabaret mayhem is guaranteed with Mother’s Ruin and we will see comedy mixed with musical madness in Showstopper!  – The Improvised Musical, a brand new musical created from scratch and performed live from audience suggestions.

    Families with kids big and small can enjoy a bumper programme of theatre, crafts, puppetry, music and more, including Our Kids Social’s Make, Do & Bop who will bring us silent disco fun to let imaginations run wild!

    For arty adults with a penchant for doodling, grab a pen, or a brush and get your creative juices flowing in Overdrawn , a free and one-off interactive art event.  Lovers of art can also experience re:cast - a series of art installations around Waterside’s spaces during the festival.

    Darren Adams, Producer of Refract and Manager of Waterside comments: We are absolutely thrilled to present our second Refract festival bringing more artists and performers to our venue, presenting a bold and ambitious programme. Our inaugural festival last year drew in over 20% of new audiences and welcomed many of our loyal visitors to experience unexpected and innovative work. Building on last year’s success we’re delighted with the quality and diversity of the Refract:18 line-up.

    Waterside are offering a lucky few the chance to join the Refraction Club to enjoy discounted tickets, special offers on drinks and other special events.  More information at refract.org.uk.

    Tickets go on sale from today, Thursday 5 April 2018.

     

    Thursday 19 July  –  Saturday 28 July

    Ten days of experiential performance, music and events that challenge you to see things differently.

     DAY ONE

     PanGottic presents

    LONG SHOT

    Thu 19 July 19:00

    £10 / £8

    Join us for a catapultastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage, as one man’s belief in the near impossible is put to the test. Part non-verbal circus performance, part behind the scenes ‘making of’, Long Shotwill have you on the edge of your seat. Or hiding behind it. Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

    Age 7+ | 55 mins

    DAY TWO

    MESSY PLAY

    Fri 20 July

    11:00 – 12:00 for toddlers; 1.30-2.30 for babies 3 months +

    £5 / £4 Family Club members

    Art-based messy play babies and toddlers.

    Age 3 months – 3 yrs

    MOTHER’S RUIN

    Fri 20 July 20:00

    £12 (with gin & tonic) / £10 (ticket only)

    Outrageous and fiercely entertaining night of cabaret mayhem. A top bill of subversive Queer artists present everything from comedy, music, drag and poetry to the unpredictable!

    Age 16+

    In the Chambers

    TANKUS THE HENGE

    Fri 20 July 20:00 doors

    £12 adv / £10 OTD

    Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe.

    A standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY THREE

    REFRACT ART CLUB

    Sat 21 July 10:00 – 12:00

    £2.50 / £1 Family Club members

    Have fun with optical illusions. Cut out and colour a collection of optical illusions and create your own, on paper.

    Age 4+

    Knaive Theatre presents

    WAR WITH THE NEWTS (PREVIEW)

    Sat 21 Jul – Sun 22 July 18:30

    £12 / £10

    Produced in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre & Waterside.

    Based on an original 1930s novel, set in the hull of a fishing vessel, the plot follows the unfurling of events after the discovery of an intelligent race of newts, who are shipped around the globe as cheap substitutes for human labour.

    This piece is site-specific - the venue will be announced ahead of the show

    MINUTE TAKER

    Sat 21 July 20:00

    £10

    Alternative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben McGarvey creates haunting piano songs with multi-layered ethereal vocals, distorted electronic beats and otherworldly synthscapes in an immersive show.

    In the Chambers

    CABARET FROM THE SHADOWS

    Sat 21 July 21:00

    £12

    Political, comic, sexy and strange, Cabaret From The Shadowsis a kaleidoscope of dark comedy, satire and live music, pulling you through a crazy hall of mirrors. Tonight no subject is taboo.

    Age 16+ | 60 mins

    Cabaret in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY FOUR

    Artful Playground presents

    MINIFEST

    Sun 22 July 13:00 & 14:30

    Free event

    Minifest will have family members of all ages up on their feet having a lovely, jolly, musical party together! With original songs written especially to stimulate young imaginations and encourage physical activity, played by the brilliant Artful Playground Band, you are treated to a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Rock and Roll, to Gypsy Jazz, to Rap! So bring your Mini ones and get some festival vibes – no wellies required! – and we’ll do the steam train conga ‘till we drop!

    On the Plaza

    Mumblecrust Theatre presents

    THE TALE OF THE COCKATRICE

    Sun 22 July 13:30 & 15:30

    £9 | £7

    “Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens. The deadly Cockatrice is born”. Breath-taking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.

    Age 5 – 12 years (and upwards) | 60 mins

    In the Chambers

    DAY FIVE

    Tmesis Theatre presents

    HAPPY HOUR

    Mon 23 July 19:30

    £14 | £12

    The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? A poignant, fast paced, comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success. Can we learn to be happy?  The ‘happiness industry’ would have us think so...

    Age 13+ | 70 mins

    In the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY SIX

    Superfanpresents

    STUNTMAN

    Tue 24 July 20:00

    £14 / £12

    A new performance about movie violence and masculinity. It is an intensely physical, funny, and tender duet by two men who wrestle with their relationship to violence – both onscreen and off. Stories of real-life experiences of violence are interwoven with exaggerated, high-octane stunt fights, movement, and (fake) blood.

    Age 14+ | 55 mins

    In the Chambers

    DAY SEVEN

    Mimika Theatre presents

    SMALL WORLDS

    Wed 25 July 10:15, 11:45, 13:15, 14:45

    £7 / £6

    Extraordinary theatre inside a magical canvas dome. Meet five characters - a bug, a goose, a fox cub, a cat and a six year old girl - and watch their wordless stories unfold. Unforgettable visual theatre, using puppetry, miniature landscapes and original animated film and music.

    Age 5 – 11 | 60 mins

    DAY EIGHT

    OVERDRAWN

    Thu 26 Jul 19:00 – late

    Free

    An interactive art event with established artists, illustrators and designers from Manchester.  Expect pound portraits, calligraphy, local artists drawing live, humorous prompts and much more! Grab a pen…we’re getting creative together!

    In the Chambers

    SHOWSTOPPER – THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL!

    Thu 26 July 19:30

    £18 / £15

    Direct from the West End, a brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results.

    Age 12+ | 90 minutes plus interval

    In The Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY NINE

    MAKE, DO & BOP

    From Our Kids Social

    Fri 27 July 10:30 & 13:30

    £6

    A two channel silent disco will have all your favourite summer time hits to set the mood with all the latest kids’ pop for them to bop along to.  Plus there is creative arts and crafts to whisk your imaginations away to the sea-side, let your family innovation flow and your community relationships grow!

    All Ages | Each session lasts 90 mins

    Standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    Gag Reflex Management presents

    ROB KEMP: THE ELVIS DEAD

    Fri 27 July 20:00

    £12

    The multi-award-winning EdFringe cult hit is back. Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in Tennessee, to witness the classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley.

    Age 14+ | 60 mins

    In the Chambers

    JERAMIAH FERRARI

    Fri 27 July Doors 20:00

    £10 adv / £12 OTD

    ‘A unique force and a live sensation that never disappoints’ The Mancunion

    Manchester’s most exciting genre weaving group!  North West based Jeramiah and have forged a superb reputation for live sets, fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and Pop to make a truly memorable and essential new sound.

    Jeramiah grew up on a diet of Bob Marley, The Police and Michael Jackson. Expect a great calypso-ska style dancing party at any Jeramiah Ferrari Show!

    Standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY TEN

    Tessa Bide presents

    PERFECT

    Sat 28 July 11:30 & 14:30

    £9 | £7

    A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister... He can’t wait to run and jump with a new playmate. The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with puppetry, live music, animation and physical theatre from the award-winning Tessa Bide.

    Age 5 – 9 | 50 mins

    In the Chambers

    THROUGHOUT REFRACT

    Until Sat 18 August

    RE:CAST

    A series of art installations have been specially commissioned for Refract:18. Katie Nelson’s and Grace Igoe‘s exhibition showcases new and recent ceramic work posing questions on social and political issues in the Lauriston Gallery, while other sound and digital art commissions will be installed in around different spaces at Waterside from 19 July.  The call out for these commissions opens on Thursday 5 April.

    Lauriston Gallery and other spaces at Waterside

    Waterside

    Waterside is a thriving and vibrant destination for performance, culture and events in the heart of Sale in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

    Waterside opened in 2004 and has built a strong reputation for delivering high quality and engaging work, ranging from family theatre, interactive arts activity, performance, live music and regular comedy as well as high profile visual arts exhibitions.

    The space houses a main auditorium (the Robert Bolt Theatre), a versatile conference and studio performance space (the Chambers), three exhibition spaces and a number of studios, meeting and workshop spaces, all used by a variety of different groups.

    The Lauriston Gallery (our main exhibition space) is open to the public six days a week and is free to visit.

    The venue is funded by Trafford Council and supported by Arts Council England, Manchester Airport, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lauriston School Trust.

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