SATURDAY 28th DECEMBER 2013 4pm

SADDLEWORTH MORRIS MEN 
THE LORDSMERE LONGSWORD DANCE
 
For the first time in many years the traditional Lordsmere Longsword dance returns to The Swan this festive period. Expect the skilled dancers with their mighty swords at around 4pm. Morris time applies. 
 

The dance is performed in a circle, each holding the end of his neighbours sword. They perform circling and intertwining “figures” without breaking the circle or letting go the swords, except at the climax of the dance when the swords are interlocked to form the “lock” which is then held aloft. It is only possible to see the Saddleworth Morris perform this at Christmas time.


SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2013 at 8pm

MUSICAL MAGIC AT CHRISTMAS

 

A magical christmas gathering featuring four soloists from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.

 

Solos, ensembles and duets wil be interspersed with audience sing-alongs.

 

All proceeds will go to 'Headway - The Brain Injury Association,' a charity close to the heart of soprano Claire Lees.

 

So dust off your christmas jumpers and vocal chords; join us for some Magical Music at Christmas.

 

Interval raffle kindly donated by personalgiftstoyou.co.uk

 

WHITE CHRISTMAS

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

STILLE NACHT

WE THREE KINGS

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

and many more...

 

Soprano : Claire Lees

Mezzo Soprano : Letitia Keys

Tenor : Adam O'Shea

Baritone : Frazer Scott

Piano : Elizabeth Legroux

 

TICKETS £7.50 include mince pie and mulled wine.

ON SALE FROM TUESDAY 19th NOVEMBER at 12 NOON 

(also available online at www.wegottickets.com/Dobcross subject to a 10% online fee)

*** SOLD OUT *** (updated Tues 19th Nov 2.30pm)


Christmas Jazz in Dobcross with Anikó Tóth Jazz Trio

SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ

CHRISTMAS JAZZ with the ANIKÓ TÓTH JAZZ TRIO

Singer Anikó is joined by Steve Kilpatrick & Alan Williams on guitars

 

The delightfully talented singer Anikó returns to The Swan with her trio for a sumptuously festive Christmas musical evening which includes jazz arrangements of fun and cheeky Christmas songs, such as 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' and 'Santa Baby,' as well as Christmas carols with the trio's unique jazz twist - from a bossanova 'Silent Night' to their own arrangements of classic carols, like Quem Pastores Laudevere!

 

Sweet, slow, soulful, sultry, and swingin'!

 

Swan audiences gave Anikó rave reviews when she appeared here with her trio  and again performing an evening of Cole Porter songs earlier this year.

 

Anikó has a sweet tone that goes from breathy and light to sultry to powerful.

Trained in Los Angeles, at Hungary’s Franz Liszt Music Academy and in the UK, Anikó has performed in LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Millennium Theatre of Budapest, and London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and The Sage in Gateshead and The Swan, Dobcross.

 

Performing with a variety of collaborators, from Meredith Monk to Manchester’s Hallé Choir, she has been broadcast on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 & 4, PBS (USA), and Bartók Rádió (Hungary).

 

Tickets £6 available (Weds 4 Dec) from the bar or online www.wegottickets.com/Dobcross 

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm

SOLD OUT


Comedy at The Swan Dobcross
Christmas Comedy and Curry Night at The Swan

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2013

CHRISTMAS COMEDY AND CURRY NIGHT AT THE SWAN

WITH COMEDIAN LEA ROBERTS

 

One of the few comedians able to work in both “mainstream” and “alternative” environments, Lea’s comedy is based on traditional Northern humour, but with a more modern approach. Lea appeals to audiences young and old.

With a sporting background in professional rugby league, Lea is an obvious, and very popular choice, for sporting functions which has meant Lea becoming a well known face on the after dinner circuit around the the country.

SOLD OUT

 


The very welcome return of the Pint-Sized Opera Company
The very welcome return of the Pint-Sized Opera Company

FRIDAY 6th DEC 2013 at 8pm

The Pint-Sized Opera Company presents

APPETISING OPERA

 

In July this year, we were honoured to have three distinguished singers from the Pint-Sized Opera Company perform here at The Swan. The evening was such a resounding success that we could not wait to invite the company back again and this time we are delighted to have what looks like being another spectacular evening with not three, but FIVE singers and their accompanist.

 

Charlotte Trepass, soprano

Andrea Tweedale, soprano

Lucilla Graham, mezzo

Tom Morss, tenor

James Fisher, bass

James Vaughan, pianist

 

The entertainment will take place upstairs in the function room and is described as a cabaret of short scenes and arias. This will provide an "appetising taste" of a variety of the world's greatest operas. If you've never been to a full-blown opera before, but you appreciate talent in all forms, then this could be for you. Give it a go; it's right here on the doorstep. What's to lose? You don't often get the opportunity to hear top class singer such as these at such close quarters.

 

Some of the highlights we can expect to hear will come from operas such as Bizet's 'Carmen', 'La Bohème' by Puccini, 'Don Giovanni' (Mozart), 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella) by Rossini, and Verdi's 'Rigoletto'. Many songs will be familiar, but we be sure of some less well-known pieces as well. Members of the company will explain the significance of the pieces of music in the context of the operas they come from. 

 

Tickets £20 SOLD OUT

Also online at www.wegottickets.com/Dobcross (10% online booing fee applies).


SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER 2013

after the Dobcross Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm

WEST GALLERY CAROL PARTY

 

by the re-formed SADDLEWORTH SOCIETY of SINGERS 

 

Led by

The Saddleworth Consort

directed by Alan Williams

 

Join in the carols and dancing. There will also be a performance of costumed period country dances by Greaves Early Dance, with the opportunity to join in, including one identified as unique to Saddleworth, and possibly other entertainments. Anyone who wishes is welcome to also dress in period costume. All Saddleworth resi- dents and friends are invited to come along to join in and enjoy yourself in the manner of our ancestors.

 

Although at that time there were choirs in the great cathedrals, in local churches singing was usually of a very poor standard. To improve matters our forebears formed Societies of Singers, who used both local material and that sold by travelling singing-masters. To avoid distracting the congregation the Singers together with their musicians sat behind them in the West Gallery of the church, hence their colloquial name, and led the congregation in the singing of psalms on Sundays and carols at Christmas. Unfortunately, the singers did not meet with the approval of the Victorians, who replaced them with the formal chancel choir and organ accom- paniment using the printed hymn book we know today. Fortunately the tradition did not die out completely, as the Singers promptly moved across to the non-Conformist churches and chapels and continued on their merry way. During November and December many hundreds of people converge on well-known public houses to join in full-throated renditions of what would otherwise be forgotten carols.

 

To restore this Yorkshire Christmas tradition back to Saddleworth the Society of Singers, will mount a participative performance upstairs at The Swan.

 

If you would like further information please contact Alan Hartley-Smith

telephone – 01457 874548

email – alanhs@alanhs.plus.com

 


SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2013 at 7.30pm

"THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLS" FILM DOCUMENTARY

presented by the Saddleworth Society of Singers

 

A special showing of a documentary about the history of this especially British celebration. This is being shown in preparation for the West Gallery Carol Concert to be held Upstairs at The Swan after the Dobcross Christmas Lights Switch On on Sunday 1st December. Come along and learn more about the history behind this part of the event.

 

For further information about any event please contact

Alan Hartley-Smith 01457 874548 alanhs@alanhs.plus.com

 


Sunday Night Jazz at The Swan Dobcross with Jeremy Sassoon
Sunday Night jazz

SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2013 at 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ

JAZZ & BLUES with JEREMY SASSOON & FRIENDS

 

Jeremy Sassoon’s distinctive and evocative style encompasses Jazz, Blues and Soul. He is much demand internationally, regularly headlining at the world’s top jazz venues - New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Berlin and Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London. We are delighted to be able to add Upstairs at The Swan Dobcross to this distinguished list!

 

Jeremy’s musical beginnings were rooted in classical music, having been selected as a child for a place at the Royal Northern College of music junior school where he studied piano and trumpet for 11 years. At 18 he rebelled against the expected musical career by choosing one in medicine, qualifying as a doctor and later going on to complete postgraduate training as a hospital psychiatrist in Manchester.

 

In 1995, Jeremy left medicine to pursue a full-time career in music; initially as a trumpeter, then later as a pianist/keyboard player and band leader. For this evening’s performance, Jeremy is joined an accomplished set of jazz musicians: bass player Richard Hammond; saxophonist Sam Healey and Ben Gray on drums.

 

Tickets £7.50 on sale now at the bar

(Tickets also available online at www.wegottickets.com/Dobcross - 10% online purchase fee applies)


FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2013 at 7.30pm

OPEN REHEARSALS

for the singing of West Gallery 18th Century Carols

by the re-formed SADDLEWORTH SOCIETY of SINGERS 

see also

Friday 1st November 7.30pm

 

Led by

The Saddleworth Consort

directed by Alan Williams

 

This is an opportunity for interested singers to become involved in a new Christmas event on 1st December following the Dobcross Christmas Lights Switch-on at The Swan Inn.

 

Full details will be given on the rehearsal nights but if you would like further information please contact Alan Hartley-Smith

telephone – 01457 874548

email – alanhs@alanhs.plus.com

 


WEDNESDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2013 8pm

LIVE THEATRE
UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The Freerange Theatre Co. presents

SPOONFACE STEINBERG by LEE HALL (writer of Billy Elliot) 

 

Back by popular demand after two sell-out performances here this June. Highly recommended - funny, thought-provoking, moving and superbly acted. (Tim & Michael)

 

Spoonface Steinberg is both hilarious and heartrending. This play is about faith, love and the meaning of life as viewed through the eyes of Spoonface, a seven year old autistic girl diagnosed with cancer. It is a monologue that is in turn extremely funny, intensely moving and profound. Spoonface Steinberg was originally written as a play for radio and includes recordings of Maria Callas.

 

Initially broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and winning Lee Hall several awards, the piece was subsequently adapted for the stage.

 

'...funny, intense and poetic.' Daily Telegraph.

 

'A hard, sad, beautiful play.' Sunday Times.

 

'Spoonface Steinberg is an amazement, a play at once simple and complex, multi-layered and accessible ... from the first, it plunges us into the puzzle of the autistic mind and makes us experience it as if our own.' Financial Times.

 

A ‘Questions and Answers’ session will run after each performance when the Director (Hugo Chandor) and Actress (Rebecca Fenwick) will be on hand to discuss and help unpick any aspect of the experience directly with members of the audience.

 

This Freerange Theatre Company production is supporting CHILDREN with CANCER UK (Registered Charity No. 298405).

 

Lee Hall is perhaps better known for writing 'Billy Elliot' and more recently the screenplay for Warhorse. These writings earned him The British Independent Film Award, The Laurence Olivier Award, The Evening Standard Award, Tony Award and an Oscar nomination among others. However, it was Spoonface Steinberg that launched his career.

 

NOW ON SALE AT THE BAR. £10.

 

SPOONFACE STEINBERG

BY LEE HALL 

The Freerange Theatre Company  2013 Tour

REVIEW * * * *

Spoonface Steinberg is an extraordinary little girl. Not only is she dealing with terminal cancer, but she’s also autistic, or as she puts it “backward”. And she’s only 8. Originally broadcast to great critical acclaim as a radio play written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse), award-winning Freerange Theatre Company are taking it on tour throughout the summer. We caught up with them during their stop at Chapel St. Studios.

This is a demanding part for any actress. Maintaining a monologue of this length exploring the childlike wonder of the dying Spoonface whilst containing all the tics and quirks of her autism must be a frightening prospect for any actress. Fortunately Rebecca Fenwick, playing Spoonface, is more than up to the task.

Fenwick puts her all into it to give an astonishing and touching portrayal. A complex, multi-layered performance, Spoonface is fractured by existence, possibly even failed by it. Fenwick plays this with a fervent intensity that is immensely watchable – and makes you forget you are watching an actress playing a part. Intensely personal, Fenwick puts in an immaculate performance that should take her far.

This is a play that will evolve with every performance. The audience that I watched it with were not entirely sure how to take the humour evident in the script. As one audience member put it, it seems churlish to laugh at the actions of a girl dying of cancer. But Fenwick’s performance is such that she seems to be seeking support or contact, possibly even validation (on behalf of Spoonface) from the audience. Her reaching out to the audience only serves to strengthen the emotional bond between you and character.

Some of this comes from Lee Hall’s writing, writing that isn’t mawkish or overly sentimental even. Spoonface’s exploration of a world she is about to leave is overwhelmed by a childlike sense of wonder as the pieces of her puzzle begin to slot together. Backed by Maria Callas’ haunting melodies, it manages to engage with you in such a simple and moving way.

Director Hugo Chandor has kept things interesting with the use of a minimal but versatile set. Indeed, the set up where the main stage is separated from your view as you enter almost gives some dignity to the sleeping Spoonface. A dignity that then you interact with as Fenwick directly addresses the audience. There a lot of lovely moments that Chandor and Fenwick have worked hard with and I’m not going to spoil here – it’s worth keeping your eyes on what’s she’s doing throughout the performance as she inhabits Spoonface’s character.

This isn’t the first time that Freerange have performed Spoonface Steinberg, but it’s easy to see why it is one of their most talked about performances. Indeed, it is likely to become one of the must-see performances of this summer. A tour-de-force of emotion in a contained and dignified way that is sure to leave you thinking long after the lights fade. Spoonface certainly proves that as Mrs. Spud puts it: “To be different is to be who you are”.

 

The Fiction Stroker

 

WHAT'S ON STAGE REVIEW
* * * *

The world of Spoonface Steinberg is a complicated yet simple one. Her situation is dire, tragic even, but her rationalisation of it and her conclusions are delightful in their simplicity. Spoonface; nicknamed for her round face at birth is the story an eight year old girl with autism who is also suffering with cancer. The combination of the two conditions creates a frank account of how Spoonface sees herself within the adult world of illness and the impact it has on those around her as well as coming to terms with her own mortality.

Beautifully written by Lee Hall, more recently associated with Billy Elliot and the War Horse screen plays, this piece originally written for radio is an absolute gem. The script wonderfully captures the nuances displayed by people on the autistic spectrum without over doing it. It would be easy to allow it to run away with itself but they story is subtle and sweet whilst being thought provoking.  

Spoonface is acted beautifully by Rebecca Fenwick who captures the enthusiasm and restlessness of an eight year well whilst also conveying how ill she is. She moves around the space engaging the audience without relying too heavily on this but her activity and stance further enhance the vulnerability of the character, whilst Fenwick’s comic timing is flawless and her monologues are perfectly delivered. This is a credit to the direction given by Hugo Chandor which is understated yet dynamic. Spoonface explains how she feels about her situation and her fate with real beauty. The words tug at the heart strings and are incredibly powerful when delivered in the language of an eight year old.   

Spoonface Steinberg is a real rollercoaster of emotions and manages to tackle a number of topics in a short space of time; the meaning of life, love, faith, families, relationships; it’s all there. Chandor has managed to coax a stellar performance from Fenwick and the pair have brought this delightful play to life in a fitting way. For me, one of Hall’s finest pieces of work to date told in a flattering and effective way.

An intense, amusing yet entertaining piece of drama with something to say that is worthwhile hearing.                    - Ruth Lovett

 

 

Tickets £10 

SOLD OUT


Annual British Legion Poppy Appeal Fundraising concert at The Swan Dobcross

SATURDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2013 8pm

WE'LL MEET AGAIN

with 1940s SINGER LYNN SHELDON

Back by popular demand following her sell-out 'Wartime Cabaret' during Yanks Weekend in Dobcross, Lynn Sheldon will be performing a nostalgic evening of your favourite songs.

"I'll Be Seeing You"

"There'll Always Be An England"

"Bye Bye Blackbird"

"White Cliffs of Dover"

"We'll Meet Again"

and many more.

Join us for a great evening of song and memories - and meat & potato pie supper!

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENING WILL GO TO THE BRITISH LEGION'S ANNUAL POPPY APPEAL

Tickets £7.50 including meat & potato pie supper.

Tickets on sale now at the bar (also available online from www.wegottickets.com with a 10% booking fee)


Faulty Towers Dining Experience at The Swan Dobcross

THURSDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2013 at 7pm

Interactive Theatre International presents

FAULTY TOWERS - THE DINING EXPERIENCE

After 15 years and following five-star reviews and sell-out performances in many countries, Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience comes to Dobcross. Enter the world of the snobbish and manic Basil, his domineering wife Sybil and their hopeless waiter Manuel. Everything that can go wrong will - in fact, this is best described as organised chaos! This two-hour interactive performance revolves around a three-course meal. Basil requests no riff-raff please!

£50 including meal

 

"a two-hour eat, drink and laugh sansation... unnervingly good impersonators."

The Telegraph

 

"...rip-roaringly hilarious night out"

This is London

 

"utterly delicious entertainment"

Edinburgh Evening News

 

Please note this event has sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for returns, please let us know.


FRIDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2013 at 7.30pm

OPEN REHEARSALS

for the singing of West Gallery 18th Century Carols

by the re-formed SADDLEWORTH SOCIETY of SINGERS 

see also

Friday 15th November 7.30pm

 

Led by

The Saddleworth Consort

directed by Alan Williams

 

This is an opportunity for interested singers to become involved in a new Christmas event on 1st December following the Dobcross Christmas Lights Switch-on at The Swan Inn.

 

Full details will be given on the rehearsal nights but if you would like further information please contact Alan Hartley-Smith

telephone – 01457 874548

email – alanhs@alanhs.plus.com

 


THURSDAY 31st OCTOBER 2013 at 9pm

HALLOWE'EN QUIZ

Fancy Dress Optional

 

Plenty of prizes to be won, including £100 cash and an Amazon KINDLE!

 

Celebrate this Hallowe'en with a fun quiz. Fancy dress optional

 

£1 per person to enter and up to a maximum of six per team.

 


The Bubbler by Cathy Crabb (award-winning playwright and Dobcrosser)
The Bubbler by Cathy Crabb (award-winning playwright and Dobcrosser)

WEDNESDAY 30th OCTOBER 2013

8.30pm (Doors open 7.30pm)

THE BUBBLER

Written by Cathy Crabb

Directed by Ben Power

Performed by Neil Bell and Daniel Street-Brown

 

Back by popular demand!

This one-act play was performed here at The Swan to a full house this September and comes highly recommended, so don't miss this 'second-chance-to-see' this beautifully written, very funny, thought-provoking and skillfully acted. (Michael & Tim)

 

Warning- Contains vulgar use of language and fanciful ideas.

 

The Bubbler is a comic tale of the good, the bad and the barman.

 

It’s early evening and Paul is accommodating his most embittered customer, Peter. The presence of a mislaid umbrella sets in motion this tale of self-pity and hatred versus kindness and grace.

 

The Bubbler is inspired by the Manchester riots and lootings of 2011 and takes influence from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award 2013 for best fringe production,  this play has gained critical acclaim-

 

**** ‘Powerful but very entertaining’- whatsonstage

**** ‘A short, sharp, intense, witty dose of powerful entertainment’- The Public Reviews

****’ A remarkable piece, that although at its core is just two disparate men talking with each other, is filled with such feeling and intensity that it elevates it to something much more’- Fiction Stroker

‘She challenges the negativity towards young working-class men and shows them to be complex and humane.’ Bernadette Hyland, The Guardian

‘ If you want to see a mirror held up to society’s attitude to working class men and their creative counterparts, then stop at nothing to see The Bubbler.’ Helen Nugent, Manchester Salon

‘Beautifully written, paced and constructed.  A small canvas for Cathy Crabb, but a masterpiece all the same.’ Jildy Sauce

‘Superb Perfomances.’ Chis Honer, Artistic Director of The Library Theatre Company

‘Achingly funny’ Kevin Bourke

Door Open 7.30pm. Performance start 8.30pm

(As the play is set at the bar in a pub, the room upstairs is the ideal 'real-life' stage set. With this in mind, seating for the play will be at tables (pub style). The audience is invited to arrive early and 'Paul the barman' (Daniel Street-Brown) will serve you drinks. You can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere... until the arrival of Peter (Neil Bell)!

TICKETS £7

A few more tickets have been released. First come, first served!


Tuesday 29th October 2013 at 7.00pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

with Pianist Michael Hindson

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer, but not being able to play ourselves, we were are delighted to have accomplished pianinst, Michael Hindson come to entertain customers by ticking the ivories.

 

Come along and listen or sing along! (Free, but book early if you want to dine at a table in the piano room.)

 

 


A chance to meet and put questions to Dai Bradley, the young star of Kes
A chance to meet and put questions to Dai Bradley, the young star of Kes

SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER 2013 at 7.30pm

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING WITH Q&A

"KES" (UK, 1969, Dir. Ken Loach)

with special guest appearance by Dai Bradley, the young star who played Billy Casper.

 

Saddleworth News has arranged a special screening of the iconic film KES at The Swan. David Bradley, who plays the young boy ‘Billy Casper’ in the film, will be making a special guest appearance at the event.

 

The event will see all proceeds from the ticket sales going to The PC Nicola Hughes North Pole Marathon Charity. More details here.

 

The film will be screened in the theatre room above the pub. David Bradley, who later changed his name to Dai, will then take a questions and answers after the film. He told Saddleworth News he could not turn down coming to the event as it was for “such a worthwhile cause” and would love to help in any way he could. David will not be charging any fees for his appearance. The owners of the film Park Circus in Glasgow have kindly agreed to waive the required public performance licence, enabling all the money from tickets sales to go to the charity.

 

The evening will support Bryn Hughes’ fundraising marathon. He will be running the North Pole Marathon in memory of his daughter, PC Nicola Hughes to create a lasting legacy to the memory of Nicola and her colleague who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. The charity’s beneficiaries are Victim Support, COPS and NW Police Benevolent Fund.

 

Since its release in 1969, Kes has become a much-loved classic and has, without doubt, touched many lives. The British Film Institute ranks it at number 7 in the list of top 100 British films ever made. Director Ken Loach received international acclaim for this enormously moving tale of a lonely working-class Yorkshire boy, who turns from a life of comic books and shoplifting when he finds a baby kestrel and decides to raise and train it.

 

David (Dai) Bradley was a fourteen year old schoolboy when he was plucked to star in Kes. Over forty years, David has enjoyed working with many celebrated actors; among them Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, John and Hayley Mills, Joan Plowright, Bob Hoskins, Derek Jacobi, Nigel Hawthorne, Ernest Borgnine, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward – and a prima donna Joan Fontaine.

 

The event starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 27th October. Tickets cost £15 and are available in advance by collection from the bar. ON SALE NOW.

 

Demand is expected to be high so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!

SOLD OUT


An Evening of Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories at The Swan Dobcross

SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2013 7.30pm

A Crowd of Two Theatre Company Production

AN EVENING OF CHARLES DICKENS' GHOST STORIES

Adapted by Russell Kennedy and Directed by Nicola Haldane.

 

The Ghost in the Bride's Chamber

The Trial for Murder

The Signalman

 

This entertaining adaptation of three of Charles Dickens’ ghost stories sold out every night when it opened in 2007 at Buxton's Paupers' Pit and has enjoyed success wherever it has been performed. Most recently it wowed the audience at Northern Ireland's Web Theatre in Newtonards.

“For an evening full of chilling storytelling, look no further than Russell Kennedy’s performances of Charles Dickens’ Ghost Stories!”

 John Dunne, Artistic Director of London Irish Theatre.

Tickets £8

SOLD OUT (4/9/13)


MISS JULIE Upstairs at The Swan Dobcross
MISS JULIE Upstairs at The Swan Dobcross

TUESDAY 15th OCTOBER 2013

WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER 2013

LIVE THEATRE UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The Hyde Festival Theatre Company presents

"MISS JULIE" by August Strindberg (A new adaptation by Rob Johnston)

 

“Destroy me if you like. I deserve it. I’m shameful. I disgust myself.

But please, please help me get away.” 

 

Northern England. 1951.

The Festival of Britain is in full swing.

Post-war austerity is losing its bite and things are starting to change.

But for Miss Julie, they aren’t changing fast enough.

 

Tickets are on sale now for the next professional theatre production to come to the little theatre upstairs at The Swan in Dobcross. "Miss Julie" is a well-known classic by Swedish playwright, August Strindberg and will be given a new twist by acclaimed dramatist, Rob Johnston and the Hyde Festival Theatre Company.
 
With the popularity of "upstairs/downstairs' programmes like Downton Abbey, there is certainly a fascination with what can happen when relationships develop between people from different social classes. Johnston's version of "Miss Julie" is set in northern England at a time of great social upheaval. It is 1951 and the Festival of Britain is in full swing. Post-war austerity is losing its bite and things are starting to change, but for aristocratic Miss Julie, things aren't changing fast enough. The play takes place over one night when playful flirtation and power games get dangerously out of hand…

One reviewer wrote: "Such was the electricity generated by this production that I was on the edge of my seat throughout.


The Hyde Festival Theatre Company was formed in 2010 as the in-house professional company of Hyde's Festival Theatre. Its first production was the commissioning of the new play, Einstein's Daughter, by Rob Johnston which subsequently went on to win the prestigious King's Cross Award for new writing. Rob was again commissioned in 2011 when he wrote The Airborne Adventures of Elisabeth & Jeanne for the company.


In 2012, Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman was produced with Rob on board as assistant director.


Since the company was formed it has been fortunate in receiving funding from such organisations as The Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester and The Co-operative Membership Community Fund in recognition of the work we do to bring high quality theatre to an area where professional theatre is very thin on the ground (Tameside) to put alongside the touring aspect of its work.

TICKETS £10 ON SALE NOW

at the bar (also available online from www.wegottickets.com with a 10% booking fee)


Dobcross Macmillan World's biggest coffee morning

SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2013 from 10am - 12pm

LORNA'S

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

 

Join Lorna Hill and friends for "the world's biggest coffee morning" at The Swan. Have a natter, buy some home baked cakes and jams and raise some funds for the fantastic Macmillan nurses' cancer charity.

 

Entrance is £2 and includes a tea or coffee and a scone. There will be a raffle and, of course, donations are welcome for this truly worthy cause.

 

For further information, please contact Lorna on 07960 019117.

 

Thank you to Lorna, her family and friends for organsising today's coffee morning which was very well supported. £450was raised for thie MacMillan Cancer Charity.


dobcross mikron theatre pub saddleworth
CSI meets Camberwick Green

WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2013

LIVE THEATRE

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The Mikron Theatre Company presents

"BEYOND THE VEIL"

Following on from their sell out performances in 2012 ("Can You Keep A Secret" and "Losing the Plot"), we are very proud to announce that the much loved Mikron Theatre Company will be returning once again to The Swan with TWO new plays over TWO NIGHTS for 2013 (Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September). 

 

DCI Mark Starkey thinks he’s got a quiet patch in sleepy Thistledale, but all that is about to change dramatically when there’s a sudden, unnatural death on the local allotment...

 

The grisly discovery down by the beehives is only the beginning for Detective Starkey. To unmask the murderer he must first uncover an altogether less savoury side of life in Thistledale; the bitter grudges, thwarted passions and murky pasts.

 

And then there are the bees.

 

The life of the honeybee might be described as one of great sweetness and harmony, punctuated by sudden, desperate, acts of violence. The same could be said for Thistledale. Detective Starkey soon realises that the more he knows about bees, the closer he gets to the killer!

 

Demand will be high for tickets, so you advised to book early. Tickets will be available from the bar as soon as they are released. (The ticket release date will be announced on this website and in the pub. Follow us on Twitter @TheSwanDobcross for the latest news.)

 

For more information about Mikron Theatre Company, please visit their website and consider becoming a 'Friend of Mikron' www.mikron.org.uk

 

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Mikron pub theatre dobcross saddleworth
Don't Shoot The Messenger!

TUESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2013

LIVE THEATRE

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The Mikron Theatre Company presents

"DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER"

Following on from their sell out performances in 2012 ("Can You Keep A Secret" and "Losing the Plot"), we are very proud to announce that the much loved Mikron Theatre Company will be returning once again to The Swan with TWO new plays over TWO NIGHTS for 2013 (Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September). 

 

When a gun-toting hoodlum holds up a sleepy village Post office he gets more than he bargains for as postmasters Mr and Mrs Pertwee embark on some restorative justice - enlightening the reprobate about the institution he’s been messing with.

 

But can a comical journey through five centuries of postal history really rehabilitate the rascally rogue?

 

And what of the Pertwees' retribution – grossly disproportionate or an act of ultimate public service?

 

Part skit, part elegy, discover the answer to these and more by travelling with us on a thrilling, head-spinning, mail-coach, night-train ride of your life only -

Don’t Shoot The Messenger!

 

Demand will be high for tickets, so you advised to book early. Tickets will be available from the bar as soon as they are released. (The ticket release date will be announced on this website and in the pub. Follow us on Twitter @TheSwanDobcross for the latest news.)

 

For more information about Mikron Theatre Company, please visit their website and consider becoming a 'Friend of Mikron' www.mikron.org.uk

 

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Deathwatch and The Last Memory
Deathwatch and The Last Memory

SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2013 at 7.30pm

Talking Stock Productions present

Two new one-act plays by Alan Stockdill

DEATHWATCH

and

THE LAST MEMORY

Two new one-act plays by Halifax playwright Alan Stockdill (Talking Stock Productions) premiered at the Halifax Festival in the famous Viaduct Theatre in July - then went on to win awards at Glossop Partington Theatre's One Act Play Festival (Best Actor and Best Director).

 

'Deathwatch' sees two men sitting in a prison cell.  In the morning, one of them faces the gallows. Fears, hopes, dreads, dreams, dying and the complex psychologies of the human mind float to the slippery surface - with an added twist.  

 

In 'The Last Memory' a daughter visits her father.  Dementia means he has a falling foothold on his memories, but he's a fighter and prepared for the tough road ahead. His distant recollections seem cast in stone, but his life rug gradually rolls back and memories slowly ebb away to reveal smiles, tears and ultimately a Carpe Diem hope.   

This poignant piece will ring true for many carers and Alzheimer’s sufferers in the UK today.  It will make the audience laugh and cry and think.  

 

Each play lasts 45 minutes with an interval in between. 

 

“We are delighted to be able to raise awareness about dementia and how it affects sufferers and carers,” says Alan. “Every family will have been touched by this at some point and shedding light on the subject can bring new insights.  It’s all about making the very best of what remains.”   

 

In September the plays will be performed at the Brighouse Citadel on King Street (21/9/13)  as part of the Brighouse Arts Festival; The Swan at Dobcross, Saddleworth at 7.30 (22/9/13) and Moldgreen United Reformed Church,Huddersfield  (26/9/13). Performances start at 7.30pm.

 

All profits made from the productions are being donated to local Alzheimer's charities/benefits, including the Alzheimer's Singing for the Brain launch in Halifax.

 

For more information please contact Catherine Pasek on 07785 530129 or Alan Stockdill on 07866 750580.

Email:  catherine.pasek@sky.com   alanstockdill@gmail.com

 

Website: www.talkingstock.co.uk

Twitter: @stickstock123

 

Alan Stockdill is an actor/director/businessman who had his first one-act play, ‘No Hell’, performed at the Victoria Theatre earlier this year. He is involved on the main committtee of the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre and has been a board director of the Halifax Thespians as well.  He acts and directs for both. 

 

Talking Stock Productions is Alan’s latest artistic venture. It pledges to provide ‘Cutting edge theatre with a loving heart and a LOUD voice’.

TICKETS £10

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Last Night of the Proms - Upstairs at The Swan
Last Night of the Proms - Upstairs at The Swan

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

A very special night at The Swan with live performances.

 

Our MC for the evening with be the world's top whistler, David Morris and will feature leading soloists from the Saddleworth Musical Society, Martin Bradbury and Miriam Lawton. Our resident pianist, Michael Hinson, will be tinkling the ivories. For the latter part of the evening we will join the live BBC broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall for the Last Night of the Proms finale.

 

Entrance to "Upstairs at The Swan" £4 - includes glass of bubbly!

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The Bubbler by Cathy Crabb (award-winning playwright and Dobcrosser)
The Bubbler by Cathy Crabb (award-winning playwright and Dobcrosser)

WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2013

8.30pm (Doors open 7.30pm)

THE BUBBLER

Written by Cathy Crabb

Directed by Ben Power

Performed by Neil Bell and Daniel Street-Brown

 

Warning- Contains vulgar use of language and fanciful ideas.

 

The Bubbler is a comic tale of the good, the bad and the barman.

 

It’s early evening and Paul is accommodating his most embittered customer, Peter. The presence of a mislaid umbrella sets in motion this tale of self-pity and hatred versus kindness and grace.

 

The Bubbler is inspired by the Manchester riots and lootings of 2011 and takes influence from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award 2013 for best fringe production,  this play has gained critical acclaim-

 

**** ‘Powerful but very entertaining’- whatsonstage

**** ‘A short, sharp, intense, witty dose of powerful entertainment’- The Public Reviews

****’ A remarkable piece, that although at its core is just two disparate men talking with each other, is filled with such feeling and intensity that it elevates it to something much more’- Fiction Stroker

‘She challenges the negativity towards young working-class men and shows them to be complex and humane.’ Bernadette Hyland, The Guardian

‘ If you want to see a mirror held up to society’s attitude to working class men and their creative counterparts, then stop at nothing to see The Bubbler.’ Helen Nugent, Manchester Salon

‘Beautifully written, paced and constructed.  A small canvas for Cathy Crabb, but a masterpiece all the same.’ Jildy Sauce

‘Superb Perfomances.’ Chis Honer, Artistic Director of The Library Theatre Company

‘Achingly funny’ Kevin Bourke

Door Open 7.30pm. Performance start 8.30pm

(As the play is set at the bar in a pub, the room upstairs is the ideal 'real-life' stage set. With this in mind, seating for the play will be at tables (pub style). The audience is invited to arrive early and 'Paul the barman' (Daniel Street-Brown) will serve you drinks. You can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere... until the arrival of Peter (Neil Bell)!

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Morris Dancing in The Square by Bob Taylor
Morris Dancing in The Square by Bob Taylor

SATURDAY 24th AUGUST 2013

4pm

SADDLEWORTH RUSHCART FESTIVAL

Come and enjoy the spectacle of the Rushcart being pulled into The Square outside the pub at approx 4pm and the Saddleworth Morris dancers will perform in The Square along with dozens of other morris groups for an hour or so this Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday. A true highligh of the Dobcross calendar.




Andy Kershaw, Legendary Braodcaster, at The Swan Dobcross

TUESDAY 23rd JULY 2013

THE ADVENTURES OF
ANDY KERSHAW

An evening with the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent.

 

The back‐to‐back adventures of a full‐throttle life from the maverick broadcaster, pioneering DJ, and unstoppable foreign correspondent ‐ Andy Kershaw.

Andy Kershaw truly has no off switch. Already he’s lived ten lives to everybody’s one. As a teenager, he was promoting major rock gigs at Leeds University. He was Billy Bragg’s driver and roadie one day and presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid the next. A passionate music enthusiast, he is a man with an obsessive curiosity about the world. Over a twenty‐five year career, he has worked for the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, shared an office with John Peel and has amassed a record collection that weighs more than seven tons.


A fearless adventurer, he has visited 97 countries and, as a rock & roll war correspondent ‐ for Radio 4 and the broadsheets ‐ he has reported from some of the world's most perilous places including Iraq, Sierra Leone, North Korea, Angola and Haiti. Andy was one of very few journalists to be an eyewitness to the Rwanda genocide. He has won more Sony Radio awards than any other broadcaster.


Five years ago, he went through a turbulent time in his personal life but, ever the survivor, he has come roaring back, written his astonishing life story and returned to the airwaves, recently fronting BBC Radio 3's Music Planet series. He is also making documentaries for Radio 4 and working for The One Show on BBC1. Andy Kershaw is not only back, he is on the professional and personal form of his life.


Rebel. Maverick. Front‐line music fanatic. Citizen of the World: Andy's  propels you through his life with a sense of moment‐by‐moment aliveness, outrage, wit, exuberance and searing honesty. This is his story of a life lived at dizzying speed ‐ High Fidelity amplified ten‐fold. In a war zone. And it's not over yet.


Andy Kershaw was born in Rochdale in 1959. In his early twenties ‐ but looking about 11 ‐ he presented The Whistle Test and Live Aid for the BBC and for most of the past twenty‐five years has had a weekly BBC radio show, pioneering extraordinary music from all over the world. He is also a serious foreign correspondent, and has reported from some of the world's most dangerous or secretive countries for BBC Radio News, Radio 4''s From Your Own Correspondent, and for The Observer, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph. He returned recently to Radio 3 to present Music Planet series, which received unanimous acclaim from critics and listeners. To fulfil a lifelong ambition, in the summer of 2012, Andy began training to be a Wall of Death rider.

 

He has been touring with his one man show, The Adventures of Andy Kershaw since the late autumn of 2012 and coming back to Saddleworth has a very special significance for Andy.


Andy says his motivation, in all areas of life, is the pursuit of his favourite sensation ‐ What the fuck is this? And whether it applies to foreign adventures, romances, motorcycles or relationships with a piece of music, he has always lived by his most reliable maxim ‐ If you're going to have one, have a big 'un.

http://www.andykershaw.co.uk/

Twitter @THEAndyKershaw

www.facebook.com/theAndyKershaw

 

He may even remark on the very special sentimental significance of Uppermill's Saddleworth Museum car park's only disabled car parking space...


‘Sensational… wildly hilarious. An amazing read. An amazing man. The finest British broadcaster bar none.’   Stephen Fry

 

‘A gloriously cheeky bastard. Read this book. A handbook for these times’ –Pete Townshend

 

‘Andy Kershaw made me travel a little further than I normally do’ – Michael Palin

 

‘Andy Kershaw is a compulsive truth‐teller and he does it with verve, wit and passion. He is one of the few truly original voices in broadcasting and his book is  already a classic’ – Fergal Keane

 

‘Passionate and furiously funny –Andy Kershaw is unfailingly fearless’ Dame Ann Leslie

 

`A national treasure and born again hero’ - Daily Telegraph

 

‘Andy Kershaw, without you we wouldn’t know nothin’! Rock on.’ Joe Strummer (2001)

 

Tickets £15 (includes meat & potato pie supper) 

 

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Opera - Upstairs at The Swan Dobcross

SATURDAY 20th JULY 2013

AN OPERA GALA EVENING

with champagne reception and three course meal

 

Join us for a very special night at the opera. The talented singers from the acclaimed Pint-Sized Opera Compnay will entertain us Upstairs at The Swan.

 

Soprano - Andrea Tweedale; Mezzo Sporano - Ailsa Mainwaring and Baritone - Matthew Kellett. Accompanied by James Vaughan.

 

You can expect many of the greatest arias from the world of opera, feel free to dress up for the occasion and enjoy another evening of quality entertainment here in the village. Tickets cost £39.50 and include a Champagne reception and three course meal. 

 

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"One Sunny Day" a one-act comedy by Claire Spratt. Set at the Yorkshire seaside in the 1970s
"One Sunny Day" a one-act comedy by Claire Spratt. Set at the Yorkshire seaside in the 1970s

WEDNESDAY 10th JULY 2013 at 8pm

LIVE THEATRE

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

Planet Rabbit Productions presents

"One Sunny Day" a one-act comedy by Claire Spratt

 

We are delighted to have Planet Rabbit Productions back with another delightful, notalgic comedy - this time taking us back to the 1970s!

 

A gentle comedy inviting you to eavesdrop on a 1970s family after they buy an old, run down holiday cottage on the Yorkshire coast. Set to a backdrop of the sound of seagulls and the smell of fish and chips, in a time of power cuts, cine cameras, green shield stamps, decimalisation, sideburns and flares.

 

Young married couple, sensible Sylviann and tall, dark, handsome Clifford, along with their toddler son Timothy, make a surprise visit to Sylviann’s parents, Ruby and Henry, at their new holiday cottage. Hoping to spend the day attempting to make the cottage habitable, this unexpected visit causes Ruby and Henry’s DIY plans to grind to a halt. Deciding to make the most of this sunny day they opt to take in the seaside air which, like all family day trips, is filled with family banter, laughter and love.

 

Gentle, funny, charming and nostalgic, this production tours during July 2013.

8.00pm. £7.50

 

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TUESDAY 18th JUNE 2013

WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE 2013

LIVE THEATRE
UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The Freerange Theatre Co. presents

SPOONFACE STEINBERG by LEE HALL (writer of Billy Elliot) 

 

Spoonface Steinberg is both hilarious and heartrending. This play is about faith, love and the meaning of life as viewed through the eyes of Spoonface, a seven year old autistic girl diagnosed with cancer. It is a monologue that is in turn extremely funny, intensely moving and profound. Spoonface Steinberg was originally written as a play for radio and includes recordings of Maria Callas.

 

Initially broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and winning Lee Hall several awards, the piece was subsequently adapted for the stage.

 

'...funny, intense and poetic.' Daily Telegraph.

 

'A hard, sad, beautiful play.' Sunday Times.

 

'Spoonface Steinberg is an amazement, a play at once simple and complex, multi-layered and accessible ... from the first, it plunges us into the puzzle of the autistic mind and makes us experience it as if our own.' Financial Times.

 

A ‘Questions and Answers’ session will run after each performance when the Director (Hugo Chandor) and Actress (Rebecca Fenwick) will be on hand to discuss and help unpick any aspect of the experience directly with members of the audience.

 

This Freerange Theatre Company production is supporting CHILDREN with CANCER UK (Registered Charity No. 298405).

 

Lee Hall is perhaps better known for writing 'Billy Elliot' and more recently the screenplay for Warhorse. These writings earned him The British Independent Film Award, The Laurence Olivier Award, The Evening Standard Award, Tony Award and an Oscar nomination among others. However, it was Spoonface Steinberg that launched his career.

 

NOW ON SALE AT THE BAR. £10.

 

SPOONFACE STEINBERG

BY LEE HALL 

The Freerange Theatre Company  2013 Tour

REVIEW * * * *

Spoonface Steinberg is an extraordinary little girl. Not only is she dealing with terminal cancer, but she’s also autistic, or as she puts it “backward”. And she’s only 8. Originally broadcast to great critical acclaim as a radio play written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse), award-winning Freerange Theatre Company are taking it on tour throughout the summer. We caught up with them during their stop at Chapel St. Studios.

This is a demanding part for any actress. Maintaining a monologue of this length exploring the childlike wonder of the dying Spoonface whilst containing all the tics and quirks of her autism must be a frightening prospect for any actress. Fortunately Rebecca Fenwick, playing Spoonface, is more than up to the task.

Fenwick puts her all into it to give an astonishing and touching portrayal. A complex, multi-layered performance, Spoonface is fractured by existence, possibly even failed by it. Fenwick plays this with a fervent intensity that is immensely watchable – and makes you forget you are watching an actress playing a part. Intensely personal, Fenwick puts in an immaculate performance that should take her far.

This is a play that will evolve with every performance. The audience that I watched it with were not entirely sure how to take the humour evident in the script. As one audience member put it, it seems churlish to laugh at the actions of a girl dying of cancer. But Fenwick’s performance is such that she seems to be seeking support or contact, possibly even validation (on behalf of Spoonface) from the audience. Her reaching out to the audience only serves to strengthen the emotional bond between you and character.

Some of this comes from Lee Hall’s writing, writing that isn’t mawkish or overly sentimental even. Spoonface’s exploration of a world she is about to leave is overwhelmed by a childlike sense of wonder as the pieces of her puzzle begin to slot together. Backed by Maria Callas’ haunting melodies, it manages to engage with you in such a simple and moving way.

Director Hugo Chandor has kept things interesting with the use of a minimal but versatile set. Indeed, the set up where the main stage is separated from your view as you enter almost gives some dignity to the sleeping Spoonface. A dignity that then you interact with as Fenwick directly addresses the audience. There a lot of lovely moments that Chandor and Fenwick have worked hard with and I’m not going to spoil here – it’s worth keeping your eyes on what’s she’s doing throughout the performance as she inhabits Spoonface’s character.

This isn’t the first time that Freerange have performed Spoonface Steinberg, but it’s easy to see why it is one of their most talked about performances. Indeed, it is likely to become one of the must-see performances of this summer. A tour-de-force of emotion in a contained and dignified way that is sure to leave you thinking long after the lights fade. Spoonface certainly proves that as Mrs. Spud puts it: “To be different is to be who you are”.

 

The Fiction Stroker

 

WHAT'S ON STAGE REVIEW
* * * *

The world of Spoonface Steinberg is a complicated yet simple one. Her situation is dire, tragic even, but her rationalisation of it and her conclusions are delightful in their simplicity. Spoonface; nicknamed for her round face at birth is the story an eight year old girl with autism who is also suffering with cancer. The combination of the two conditions creates a frank account of how Spoonface sees herself within the adult world of illness and the impact it has on those around her as well as coming to terms with her own mortality.

Beautifully written by Lee Hall, more recently associated with Billy Elliot and the War Horse screen plays, this piece originally written for radio is an absolute gem. The script wonderfully captures the nuances displayed by people on the autistic spectrum without over doing it. It would be easy to allow it to run away with itself but they story is subtle and sweet whilst being thought provoking.  

Spoonface is acted beautifully by Rebecca Fenwick who captures the enthusiasm and restlessness of an eight year well whilst also conveying how ill she is. She moves around the space engaging the audience without relying too heavily on this but her activity and stance further enhance the vulnerability of the character, whilst Fenwick’s comic timing is flawless and her monologues are perfectly delivered. This is a credit to the direction given by Hugo Chandor which is understated yet dynamic. Spoonface explains how she feels about her situation and her fate with real beauty. The words tug at the heart strings and are incredibly powerful when delivered in the language of an eight year old.   

Spoonface Steinberg is a real rollercoaster of emotions and manages to tackle a number of topics in a short space of time; the meaning of life, love, faith, families, relationships; it’s all there. Chandor has managed to coax a stellar performance from Fenwick and the pair have brought this delightful play to life in a fitting way. For me, one of Hall’s finest pieces of work to date told in a flattering and effective way.

An intense, amusing yet entertaining piece of drama with something to say that is worthwhile hearing.                    - Ruth Lovett

 

 

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Buzz Hawkins returns to The Swan
Buzz Hawkins returns to The Swan

TUESDAY 4th JUNE 2013

WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE 2013

Two Up Toons proudly presents

"BUZZ HAWKINS' COMPENDIUM OF LAUGHS"
Thirty Years Of The Bradshaws - it can't be! Yes it is, and to prove it BBC Radio 4 marked it with a special documentary presented by John Henshaw and featuring Peter Kay, Bernard Wrigley, Smug Roberts, Sally Linsay, Eamonn O'Neal, C.P.Lee and others (find it on the BBC iPlayer).

 

It's no mean feat for just one (smallish) man to write and produce several hundred episodes, play all the parts, do all the voices, whilst picking up a couple of Sony Radio Award nominations along the way.

 

Combine the stunning voice artistry in his story-telling with irreverent on-the-button observations, and unique comedy songs, and you've got "BUZZ HAWKINS' COMPENDIUM OF LAUGHS".. oh yes, did we mention you'll meet little Billy Bradshaw too? Well you will, and seeing is dis-believing!

 

Both shows start at 8pm. Tickets £10 from the bar. SOLD OUT


swan dobcross theatre
A one act comedy, with a cast of three, set in the 1940s

WEDNESDAY 29th MAY 2013

LIVE THEATRE

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

Planet Rabbit Productions Ltd. presents

"MRS YORK'S SHELTER" a one-act comedy by Claire Spratt


In a small town in 1940s Yorkshire lives the fearless Mrs York. The matriarch of her neighbourhood. If summat needs sorting just fetch Mrs York, (although she hasn't a telephone herself, sadly, she does know someone personally that has.)

 

With an enviable veg patch - and enough, (ever-breeding), rabbits to feed the street - her garden also boasts a much sought after Anderson shelter. As one of the only Anderson’s in the street Mrs York is keen to take in any waifs and strays when the air raids hit, most of whom arouse Mr York’s suspicions. Having decked it out with all the essentials, ready for company to arrive at a moment’s notice, her shelter becomes the talk of street. However, Mrs York’s war soon becomes one battle after another; a battle to prevent the Anderson from flooding; a battle to keep Mrs Pattison’s dog Rover out of her garden - who is intent on eyeing up her rabbits at every opportunity; and a battle to stop Mr York growing mushrooms in her shelter.

 

Following the success of the 2011 & 2012 tours of ‘Blitz Bride’, Planet Rabbit are proud to present another trip to 1940s Yorkshire with this brand new one act comedy.

 

Please form an orderly queue at the garden gate for some nostalgic poignancy and laughs galore in Mrs York’s Shelter.

 

TICKETS £7.50 SOLD OUT

 


GUEST ALE FESTIVAL 27 May - 2 JUNE AT THE SWAN DOBCROSS
GUEST ALE FESTIVAL 27 May - 2 JUNE AT THE SWAN DOBCROSS

MONDAY 27th MAY to SUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2013

GUEST ALE FESTIVAL

 

Real ale drinkers - and those who are curious to try - are invited to sample a selction of fine cask conditioned guest ales this week. As a complement to our regular real ales, we have three guest ales to choose from:

 

DANIEL THWAITE'S

"Wainwright"

4.1%

Exquisitely lovely golden ale. Named after Alfred Wainwright, the renowned Lakeland author who was born in Blackburn, Wainwright is a refreshing golden ale with subtle sweetness and delicate citrus overtones.

 

HYDE'S BREWERY

"Finest"

4.5%

The choicest English pale ale malt and fuggle hops combine to give this great tasting well-balanced traditionally fermented classic premium beer its distinctive and satisfying flavour.

 

NOOK NORTON BREWERY

"Old Hooky"

4.6%

Old Hooky is a beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal Malt.

 

 


Dr Kevin Jones - "the best after dinner speaker in the country"
Dr Kevin Jones - "the best after dinner speaker in the country"

WEDNESDAY 15TH MAY 2013

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

AN EVENING WITH...

DR. KEVIN JONES

Hosted by Peter Young

HELP KEEP WHIT FRIDAY ALIVE IN THE VILLAGE


Dr Kevin Jones is a hugely successful practising consultant ‘mirthologist’, firmly established on the international after-dinner speaking circuit. Dr Jones proves that a doctor can both cure and entertain thousands each and every year.

 

He qualified in medicine from Liverpool University in 1977 and during his career has worked on the heart-lung transplant team at Papworth Hospital and at St Bart’s Hospital. He is now a leading consultant chest physician.

 

In 1988, he spent one year at The University of Colorado in Denver; during that time he successfully avoided developing even the faintest trace of an American accent and found time to research lung transplantation. 

 

Dr. Kevin Jones has been entertaining audiences with tales of medical practise for over 15 years; his stories come from the world of medicine and transplantation, dealing with death, illness and dying and other less light-hearted topics!

 

His carefully delivered ‘black humour’ has never offended. 

 

“No person who has ever heard him speak has managed to avoid urinary and/or faecal incontinence”.

“His after dinner speech was excellent and was followed by a standing ovation”.
Club Abu Dhabi, Dubai

 

Tickets £15 including two course dinner. PROCEEDS TO WHIT FRIDAY.

SOLD OUT


Mike Sweeney and Paddy O'Hare Upstairs at The Swan Dobcross
Mike Sweeney and Paddy O'Hare

SUNDAY 5th MAY 2013 from 6pm to 10pm

LIVE MUSIC UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

MIKE SWEENEY & PADDY O'HARE

ACOUSTIC ROOTS EVENING

with SPECIAL GUESTS

Tickets £4 per person in advance (£5 on the door) SOLD OUT

Mike and Paddy are two musicians who’ve come together to write, record and perform their own interpretation of ‘Roots’ music. 
Taking a cue from The Blues, Country, Folk, Rockabilly, Rock n Roll and influences from the likes of Elmore James through to Woodie Guthrie, Mike and Paddy use a mix of acoustic and retro-electric guitars, harmonica, banjo, mandolin and cajon to produce a unique amalgam of all of them. A five track EP of original songs entitled "Walking Down The Line" will be available in 2013.

 


FRIDAY 3rd MAY 2013 at 7.30pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

with Pianist Michael Hindson

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer, but not being able to play ourselves, we were are delighted to have accomplished pianinst, Michael Hindson come to entertain customers by ticking the ivories.

 

Come along and listen or sing along! 




SATURDAY 20th APRIL 2013 (doors open 8pm)

JAZZ UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

ANIKÓ TÓTH SINGS...

COLE PORTER & FRIENDS

accompanied by pianist Lauryna Šablevičiute

We are delighted to be welcoming back the super-talented jazz singer Anikó Tóth to The Swan. This time she will be performing a collection of vintage classics from the pen of Cole Porter and other favourites from the Great American Songbook. Due to poplar demand, the concert will take place in the comfortable, spacious function room above the pub. Anikó will be accompanied this evening by Lauryna, a top-class pianist.

 

Anikó has a sweet tone that goes from breathy and light to sultry to powerful. Trained in Los Angeles, at Hungary’s Franz Liszt Music Academy and in the UK, Anikó has performed in LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Millennium Theatre of Budapest, and London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and The Sage at Gateshead.

 

Performing with a variety of collaborators, from Meredith Monk to Manchester’s Hallé Choir, she has been broadcast on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 & 4, PBS (USA), and Bartók Rádió (Hungary).  

 

"Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for your warm voice." - Jan Kopinski, Mirrors

"Gorgeous voice." - David Lowther, Nexus Arts Cafe

"Stunning. Your voice is wonderful and you have a keen insight into what the song means." - Jordan Cannady via Soundcloud

 

TICKETS £4 in advance (or £5 on the door if available)

SOLD OUT

 


Gordon Burns Upstairs at The Swan Dobcross
Legendary Broadcaster Gordon Burns

WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL 2013

AN EVENING WITH...

LEGENDARY BROADCASTER GORDON BURNS

For the latest in our series on 'evening with' events, we are delighted to welcome legendary broadcaster Gordon Burns. The evening includes a 2 course meal and will be hosted by Peter Young. Join us for this fund-raiser for Dobcross Whit Friday Band Contest in the intimate surroundings Upstairs at The Swan. Tickets are £15 each.

SOLD OUT (updated 7th February)


THURSDAY 11th APRIL 2013 7.30pm-8.30pm

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

www.dementiafriends.org.uk 

DEMENTIA FRIENDS INFORMATION SESSION

Discover how an increased understanding of dementia and better informed acts of consideration can make a huge difference to those amongst us who live with dementia. 

 

Become a DEMENTIA FRIEND by attending one of these hour-long sessions in a relaxed and friendly environment, run by Helen Morris.

 

The Swan is proud to be amongst the first places in the country to support the Alzheimer's Society's DEMENTIA FRIENDS initiative by hosting four sessions this April/May. Dobcross's very own Helen Morris recently went to Number 10 Downing Street to deliver the first of these information sessions. Landlords Tim and Michael are proud to be Dementia Friends and can personally recommend the sessions to all.

 

All welcome - no group too small to enthuse. Sign up on the Dementia Friends website or put your name down at the bar - or simply turn up on the night!

 


Buzz Hawkins - the man behind The Bradshaws
The Bradshaws

WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL 2013

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

AN EVENING WITH...

BUZZ HAWKINS - THE MAN BEHIND THE BRADSHAWS

Help Keep Whit Friday Alive in The Village!

 

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, MEET BUZZ HAWKINS AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE BRADSHAW FAMILY!


We are delighted to welcome Buzz Hawkins the man behind the long running radio family, The Bradshaws. For more than 30 years Buzz has been behind all the characters in this very Northern family. It should be a brilliant evening - if you've not seen Buzz in action - he's terrific.

 

The evening will help raise funds for the Dobcross Whit Friday Brass Band Contest. Very apt!

 

Tickets are £15 each and include a very special 2 course meal.

SOLD OUT


GOOD FRIDAY

29TH MARCH 2013

SADDLEWORTH MORRIS MEN

THE SQUARE, DOBCROSS 1pm

Once again we look forward to traditional sights and sounds of the Saddleworth Morris Men heralding the arrival of spring on Good Friday. Their tour of the villages brings them to The Square right outside the pub. Look out for some special guests this year - Earlsdon Morris Men


WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH 2013 and

WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH 2013

LIVE THEATRE

UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

The Rocket Theatre Co. presents for your pleasure

OSCAR WILDE: LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME

A gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder! This hilarious re-telling of the classic story revels in the wit of Wilde, while borrowing (rather cheekily) from Wodehouse, to create a wicked black comedy that positively fizzes with fun.
Join Lord Arthur and his valet for some ludicrous indulgence. Dare you spend time in the company of Lord Arthur Savile?
Tickets £10 available from the bar.
(You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.)
BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT

 


FRIDAY 22nd MARCH 2013 at 7.30pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

with Pianist Michael Hindson

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer, but not being able to play ourselves, we were are delighted to have accomplished pianinst, Michael Hindson come to entertain customers by ticking the ivories.

 

Come along and listen or sing along! 




TUESDAY 19th MARCH 2013 at 6pm

FIRST ANNIVERSARY AND RE-OPENING PARTY 

 

From Monday 11th March 2013 to Tuesday 19th March 2013, The Swan will be CLOSED for essential building work. We apologise for any inconvenience.

 

Join us to celebrate our first anniversary on Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 6pm.

 




FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2013 at 7.30pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

with Pianist Michael Hindson

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer, but not being able to play ourselves, we were are delighted to have accomplished pianinst, Michael Hindson come to entertain customers by ticking the ivories.

 

Come along and listen or sing along! 




Anikó Tóth sings Jazz Standards at The Swan Dobcross

SUNDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2013

JAZZ

Anikó Tóth sings Jazz Standards

with Alan Williams and Steve Kilpatrick on guitars.

We are extremely fortunate to have three top musicians entertain us with songs from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

 

Anikó has a sweet tone that goes from breathy and light to sultry to powerful. Trained in Los Angeles, at Hungary’s Franz Liszt Music Academy and in the UK, Anikó has performed in LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Millennium Theatre of Budapest, and London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and The Sage at Gateshead.

 

Performing with a variety of collaborators, from Meredith Monk to Manchester’s Hallé Choir, she has been broadcast on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 & 4, PBS (USA), and Bartók Rádió (Hungary).  

 

"Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for your warm voice." - Jan Kopinski, Mirrors

"Gorgeous voice." - David Lowther, Nexus Arts Cafe

"Stunning. Your voice is wonderful and you have a keen insight into what the song means." - Jordan Cannady via Soundcloud

 


FRIDAY 18th JANUARY 2013 at 7.30pm

LIVE PIANO MUSIC

with Pianist Michael Hindson

We were delighted to have been given a piano by a customer, but not being able to play ourselves, we were are delighted to have accomplished pianinst, Michael Hindson come to entertain customers by ticking the ivories.

 

Come along and listen or sing along!