SUNDAY 21st DECEMBER 2014, 3pm & 7.30pm

Crowd of 2 Theatre Company presents 

Charles Dickens’

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Russell Kennedy for a cast of four actors




“You keep Christmas in your own way and

let me keep it in mine”


Mr Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's return from the dark side, complete with chains and apparitions.


Jacob Marley, poor Bob Cratchit, his wife, dear old Mr Fezziwig, the three ghostly guides and a host of other characters from Mr Dickens’ original tale are brought to life by the cast of four actors, some chains and a mask or two.



Dhugal Fulton

Daniel Jeffrey

Nicola Haldane

Russell Kennedy


Tickets £10 (both performances have now sold out) 


Peter Young's


with Legendary Comedian Johnnie Casson


Fiery Festive Food & Fabulous Festive Fun 

'Supporting Dobcross Silver Band's trip to the Menin Gate'


From your first encounter with JOHNNIE CASSON you soon realise he not only tells funny stories based on his situations in life, he is a genuine funny man with a natural asset, “like-ability”.


Dobcross Silver Band will travel to Ypres in Belgium to play the last post and lay a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the people of Dobcross and Saddleworth. The members of the band will pay their own way but this evening will be raising funds to help offset the costs.


What they say about Johnnie Casson:

PETER KAY “Johnnie Casson - my idol”

BOB MONKHOUSE "Johnnie Casson is one of the top four comedians in the country"

SHIRLEY MacLAINE "I love this man - he is so funny"

DES O’CONNOR “one of the funniest comedians ever to appear on the show”

BERNARD MANNING "Johnnie Casson is the second best comedian in Britain" 

JIM BOWEN "Johnnie is the head of the comedy class"

SIR JOHN MILLS “I haven’t laughed so much since i saw max miller in 1935!”

FRANK CARSON "Johnnie Casson, I hate him  -  he's funnier than me, and younger"

BRUCE FORSYTH “Johnnie Casson is so funny he could become an enemy”

GENE PITNEY "Johnnie is the only comedian who can make the band laugh - night after night"

BOBBY BALL "Johnnie is one of my all time comedy heroes"

STAN BOARDMAN "Casson is too funny for his own good"

ROY WALKER “Johnnie Casson has to be my favourite comic”

GARRY BUSHELL "Johnnie packs more laughs in 5 minutes than most current TV comics can in 30” 

PAUL O'GRADY "He should have his own show"


Tickets £15 SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER, 2014, 7.30pm

Poetry Book Launch



with guest poet Jackie Hagan & Carol Donaldson's OPEN VOICE COMMUNITY CHOIR


Join Cathy & friends for an extra special book launch and festive knees up to celebrate the publication of her debut poetry collection.


Cathy is a poet and playwright who lives in Dobcross. Her play, 'The Bubbler' has been performed here a the pub and has toured nationally to sell out audiences. Cathy's new musical, 'Dreamers'  will grace the stage of the Oldham Coliseum next year. Hear Cathy perform works from her new poetry collection and we welcome guest poet Jackie Hagan. Musical entertainment will come from Carol Donaldson's Open Voice Community Choir. Carol Donaldson is the musical director for the German and English choirs in the 2014 Sainsbury's Christmas advert. She is also the musical director and collaborated with Cathy to write the original songs for 'Dreamers'. 


Critically acclaimed playwright Cathy Crabb brings her expert imagination, wit and lucidity to the page in her first poetry collection.


Whether dealing with invasive mind spam, brain worms or family, contemplating loss, the inevitability of change or having the odd drink, the corner of her mind’s eye is right in front of you.


“A writer who constantly seeks to question, to pull apart, to discover and share.” Tony Curry, poet & playwright

“She finds magic in the humdrum, hope in the heart and nails life every time.” Matt Panesh AKA Monkey Poet

“Every nuance of Cathy’s work is a tread ‘n’ footstep on the crazy paving of my heart ‘n’ history.” Gerry Potter, poet & playwright

“Funny and tender, raw and real, her poetry is a revelation.” Tony Walsh AKA Longfella

“Cathy Crabb is like a mix between Caroline Aherne, Spike Milligan and chips.” Jackie Hagan, writer & performer.


This event is FREE, but space is limited, so please sign up for your free place at the bar. Thank you.

grand prix book signing, John L Matthews, documentary, christmas gift idea, saddleworth

WEDS 10th DEC, 7.30pm


Looking for a unique personalised Christmas gift? 

Saddleworth film producer & writer John L Matthews will be here Dec 10th half 7 until half 8pm He to do a short talk about the his new book ‘Grand Prix the Killer Years’ before signing copies,. 

The original film was shown on BBC 2 and 4 and has been seen by 6 million in the UK alone, broadcast in 28 countries. It was recently translated into Russian.

The book is a compilation of all the uncut interviews in the film, which is about when it had become normal for a racer to be killed at a race, when Grand Prix was out of control. 

Said John ‘we only ever use about 3% of all the material we find so this is the amazing stuff left on the cutting room floor.

‘Riveting reading’ Richards F1

‘Heart wrenching’ Motorsport Diaries

‘Will shock Lewis Hamilton to his very core’ Time Out




2 Boards & a Passion presents


By Kathryn Penton & Colin CGN Ward 


It’s Winter again, Millie’s favourite time of year. But how will she react when the season that she has always loved becomes a Winter without end? A strange encounter with Sage, the Wood Elf, teaches Millie that humans have stopped caring about the Earth, and that the Winter Song which once heralded the end of Winter can no longer be heard. Without the song, the Spring has no way of knowing that it is time to return to the Earth, so Millie sets off on a quest to find the song, meeting an array of unusual, magical friends along the way. But is Millie’s strange adventure a fantasy, a dream, or a reality? Don’t be too sure that you know the answer… things aren’t always what they seem!


“Winter Song” is an enchanting new eco-themed tale for children combining puppetry, humour and live music to create a magical piece of children’s theatre suitable for all primary aged children and their families.


We welcome 2 Boards & a Passion back to The Swan for the second time. Families who saw 'The Many Mishaps of Mr Vinegar' in the summer may still be singing the 'Mr Vinegar' song!


Run time: 50 minutes (no interval)


Tickets £6 SOLD OUT

Faulty Towers - the dining experience at The Swan Dobcross

WEDNESDAY 26th & THURSDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2013 at 7pm

Interactive Theatre International presents


After many 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


" hilarious night out"

This is London


"utterly delicious entertainment"

Edinburgh Evening News

Tickets, including full show and 3 course meal £50


MON 1st DEC 2014, 8pm Extra date added (SOLD OUT)

TUES 2nd DEC 2014, 8pm (Sold Out)

WEDS 3rd DEC 2014, 8pm (Sold Out)

Biscuits For Breakfast presents 


The Liza Minnelli Story

Starring West End Performer Sharon Sexton

Writer and Director CILLIAN O’Donnachadha

Musical Director and Supervisor IVAN McKENNA


Award-winning biographical musical roller coaster.


Fresh from its London debut where it received critical acclaim, Somewhere Under The Rainbow The Liza Minnelli Story, is delighted to be playing at The Swan Dobcross 


Following a sold-out Irish tour and rave reviews at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 'Somewhere Under The Rainbow: The Liza Minnelli Story' features Sharon Sexton - currently in the West End cast of The Commitments - delivering her award-winning, compelling portrayal of Ms Minnelli, sharing legendary stories and secrets from a fascinating career and belting her way through many of the signature tunes from the Minnelli songbook, including Mein Herr, Some People and Maybe This Time to name just a few.


Written by award-winning Cillian O’Donnachadha, this stunning one-woman show is set in the intimacy of Liza’s dressing room, where the diva invites the audience to step beyond the footlights and decide for themselves what is truth and illusion about her life and career.


This two act, musical roller coaster charts the illustrious performer’s life, loves and music, as Liza steps out from the shadows of her superstar mother, Judy Garland, to establish a substantial career as a performer in her own right.


But sometimes it’s hard to tell where the rainbow ends and the horizon begins... 


"A One-woman-wonder" -London

"The evening brought the house down in a first for this

reviewer – a fringe theatre standing ovation" The

"A flawless piece of theatre, beautiful in every way" WestEnd Wilma

"A real tour de force and even Liza Minnelli herself would be hard pressed to top it" The Public Reviews - London


Tickets £15 (all three dates sold out)

Echoes of Eva Cassidy, Sheila Gott, The Christie

FRIDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2014, 8pm

Charity Concert in aid of The Christie


& other iconic female vocalists

starring the incredible



Sheila Gott is far more than just a singer - she is the consummate performer who just can't help making an audience smile and share in the emotions of great songs. She calls her crystal voiced talent "the fire inside" and it lights up every song she sings, transforming even the simplest melody into a memorable experience of heart and soul.


Sheila Gott currently has a quarter of a million album sales to her name. She's the voice you've heard and loved on many TV themes and radio shows. She's unforgettably moving and sweetly soulful on more albums than it's possible to name. Equally with true versatility, she is rockingly raunchy and heart-breakingly tender to give international concert tours an edge that makes top performers come to her first - even before the dates are agreed.


Profits from the evening will benefit the Christie Allsorts Fundraising Group raising money in 2014 for the NEW Young Oncology & Brachytherapy Suite (Intensive Radiation & Isolation)

 Registered charity no. 1049751


Tickets £10 SOLD OUT

LipService at The Swan Dobcross


LipService Theatre present



Cult theatre company and comedy duo LipService (Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding) return to their stand up roots in the Hysterical Historical Show– a whacky whirlwind tour of Britain’s female national treasures.


Meet notorious gossip Mrs Gaskell and her timid friend Charlotte Bronte, learn about Marie Stopes and her little known friendship with Scott of the Antarctic, stage a protest with the ever radical Pankhursts.


Enjoy the company of Georgian housekeeper and inventor of cuppa soup Elizabeth Raffald, Annie Horniman, creator of the modern repertory theatre and many more.


Nothing is sacred. But we hope you have been paying attention because there will be a quiz, not a very serious one, with points and points mean prizes.


Part sketch show, part pub quiz this show has all the ingredients of a fun night out.


Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding have been writing and performing together since 1985. They have written sixteen original comedies for the stage, had their own comedy series on BBC Radio 4, many appearances on TV and won several awards.


LipService is now one of the most firmly established touring companies in the UK, touring throughout Britain but also abroad including trips to Pakistan, Eastern Europe, U.S.A. and Germany.


"Laurel and Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding"

-The Guardian


Manchester Theatre Award Stage Door Award for Excellence 2013


You can also catch LipService in their new play, 'The Picture of Doreen Gray' at the Oldham Coliseum from 16-25 October.


Join LipService on Twitter (@LipServicetour)


Facebook (Lipservicetheatre)


To join their mailing list visit 


Tickets £15 SOLD OUT


Classic Victorian Horror brought to Saddleworth by theatre company 'Don't Go Into The Cellar'

SUNDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2014 at 7.30pm


Don’t Go Into the Cellar! presents



A live theatrical anthology of classic ghost and horror stories. The work of Poe, Conan Doyle, Stevenson, Lovecraft, Dickens and other masters of the macabre brought to life in finest fear-fuelled fashion!


This original theatre show is described as a "live" equivalent of the classic horror paperback anthologies of the 1970s! The show combines live performance with visual media to create a unique mixture of video, theatre, poetry and drama.


Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin both writes and performs, bringing a lifelong love of Victorian detective, ghost and horror stories to the fore. His commitment to detail and understanding of fin de siecle Zeitgeist ensures that audiences are guaranteed a splendidly authentic slice of stage-frights!


Technical Director Gary Archer shares this fascination with old-time classics of popular genre fiction, but adds a twenty-first century twist! His effective and innovative use of multi media technology succeeds in pumping new blood into these gothic gems. Brilliantly-crafted sound and video sequences create an exciting theatrical experience for audiences dying to see their favourite nineteenth-century heroes and villains come to life before them.

Tickets £10 - SOLD OUT

Mikron Theatre at The Swan Dobcross
A little-known story of the Great War, Troupers comes with a surprising mix of humour, hope and harmonicas.

THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2014, 7.30pm


Mikron Theatre Company presents





It’s 1914. British entertainment is down on its uppers. Actor-manager Lena Ashwell (OBE) has a theatre but no audience.


So she assembles a motley bunch of ‘turns’ and books a tour with a difference.


For her TROUPERS won’t tread the boards of Old Blighty but the muddy, bloody fields of France.


Twice nightly, we’re here all week, if we’re here at all!


In a little-told story of the Great War, TROUPERS brings to life the amazingly audacious Concerts At The Front – a hitherto unsung war effort that’s full of guts, gusto and greasepaint.

Who better to present this story than modern-day troubadours, Mikron?


Writer & Lyricist: Maeve Larkin, Composer & Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes, Director: Marianne McNamara.

Running time: approx. 110mins including a 20 minute interval.



SOLD OUT (but do check where else they are performing TROUPERS and TILL THE COWS COME HOME before the tour ends. Highly recommended!)

WEDNESDAY 15th OCTOBER 2014, 8pm

Peter Young's



and special guest


Join us for another evening of laughs with the brilliantly funny & quirky Gary Marshall and our special guest, Dusty Young, the world's favourite Irish comic.

The evening will start off with a tasty home made curry upstairs at The Swan.


Dobcross Silver Band will travel to Ypres in Belgium to play the last post and lay a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the people of Dobcross and Saddleworth. The members of the band will pay their own way but this evening will be raising funds to help offset the costs.


Tickets cost £15, SOLD OUT

Mikron Swan Dobcross Till the Cows Come Home
Join Mikron this season for a farm-fresh, full-fat, fair-trade fable about the nation’s favourite food!




Mikron Theatre Company presents...


By Deborah McAndrew


The coolest quest ever undertaken.


Harvey Granelli is fed up working for Thistledale Council. He followed his miserable mother into local government, but he has more in common with his Italian father – part-time playboy and one-time ice-cream maker, Romeo.


Inspired by a dream of his long dead dad, Harvey finally finds the courage to follow his heart. But when he whips up a gelato from Papa Granelli’s recipe book it just doesn’t taste the same. Times have changed; the way our food is produced has changed…


Harvey now has a choice. He can make an inferior product, or he can source the very best ingredients and make the finest ice-cream in the world. His quest will take him to the corners of the earth – from Thistledale to Tuscany: from Bridlington to Brazil.


But can Harvey really recreate a taste from the past? Will he return in time to prevent his faithful girlfriend Maud surrendering to the charms of another man? And why is he being followed?


Join Mikron this season for a farm-fresh, full-fat, fair-trade fable about the nation’s favourite food!




SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2014, 3.30pm


SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2014, 7.30pm (evening performance - sold out, matinée performance added)

Hartshorn-Hook Productions & Working Progress Theatre presents


by Rob Ward and Martin Jameson

Directed and Designed by Martin Jameson


Contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.


An edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour going in for a hard tackle on football’s last taboo.


We are delighted to announce a first for the theatre Upstairs at The Swan; we are holding our first ever matinée performance this month.

It wasn't part of the plan, but the multi award-winning play, 'Away From Home' has been so eagerly anticipated that the evening performance of this play on 21st September actually sold out before we were able to put it on sale! When we told the theatre company about our 'problem' they suggested doing an extra performance on the same day, so we jumped at the opportunity.

AWAY FROM HOME is an edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour going in for a hard tackle on football’s last taboo.

The play centres on a football-mad young man, Kyle. He is comfortable with his (almost secret) life as a male escort until the day he is hired by a premiership footballer, and finds himself falling in love.
But can Kyle maintain a relationship with a closeted footballer in a country where not one pro player is out? Can he go on pretending that the homophobia endemic in the game is nothing to do with him? Does he know what a relationship means, when, for him, sex has only ever been a transaction? Can he ever tell his friends – and his family – the truth?
'Away From Home' and actor/writer Rob Ward have won mulitple awards and this productions has completed an extensive UK tour, including three-week run at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, and a visit to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and a full run at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Assembly George Square Theatre) before coming to Dobcross.
(Regulars at The Swan Theatre will know that Rebecca Fenwick was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award for her stunning portrayal of Spoonface Steinberg. She narrowly missed out to Rob Ward's performance in Away From Home!)

We went to see 'Away From Home' at the Bolton Octogon a few months ago, so we can say that the praise from critics and audience members alike is entirely deserved and, if you come to see it for yourself, you will understand why it has won so many awards.




★★★★ The Independent


“A singularly brave – and rather extraordinary – piece of theatre. A bravura one-man performance from Ward. A theatrical tour de force delivered with immense technical skill and expert precision”


★★★★★ Whats On Stage 


“Homophobia prevents gay players from declaring their sexuality and denies fans role models. Not a not lecture about homophobia but a play that demonstrates its corrosive impact and the human cost of the prejudice.”


★★★★★ The Public Reviews


“An original piece full of energy, wit, passion, the odd salacious moment and flashes of intense love …. inventive and hilarious. Martin Jameson and Rob Ward have taken what could be the stuff of a tawdry tabloid expose and made it into a tender and funny fable on the price of love and the cost of celebrity.


“Away From Home sets a high bar: a sensational performance in a moving, funny, fast paced play.”


★★★★★ The Good Review


“Away From Home is such an important piece of theatre (that) tackles this sensitive issue beautifully. Each twist and turn of the story is utterly compelling, believable and current. This is a play capable of changing perceptions, minds and lives.”


★★★★ British Theatre Guide


“It is a tightly-written, funny and touching piece of theatre, riveting from beginning to end. At the heart of it is a tour-de-force performance from Ward who grabs the audience’s attention from the start and never lets it slip, engaging us with his story and playing all of the characters in it. The buzz surrounding Away From Home is correct. This is undoubtedly a major highlight of the 24:7 Theatre Festival and in the Manchester theatre calendar as a whole.”


Tickets £10

Evening performance - sold out.

Extra matinée performance added - sold out

An Evening with Duggie Brown at The Swan Dobcrosss



Actor & Star of ITV’s “The Comedians”


Duggie became a household name after appearing on the original Comedians TV show, with regular appearances from 1971-1993, plus the 40th anniversary live show in 2011 alongside Stan Boardman, Roy Walker & Mick Miller.


As well as his work as a comedian Duggie has acted in numerous TV programmes including Coronation Street, All Creatures Great & Small, Heartbeat, Last of the Summer Wine, Brookside, The Enigma Files, A is for Acid, Peak Practice, Hotel Babylon and he was one of the regular team captains on Barry Cryer's popular news game show Cryer's Crackers ... to name but a few, also appearing in the films Kes and For the Love of Ada.


On stage Duggie has appeared in national UK tours of King Lear and We Are Three Sisters, both for Northern Broadsides, two number 1 UK tours of The Rise & Fall of Little Voice (2012/13) directed by writer Jim Cartwright, plus many appearances in pantomimes and summer seasons throughout the UK and countless engagements on cruise ships and at corporate events. He is still regarded as one of the hardest working entertainers as he continues to work throughout the UK as both a stand-up comedian and actor.


AN EVENING WITH DUGGIE BROWN invites you to enjoy Duggie's stand-up act featuring some of his most famous and legendary jokes and routines, as well as new material. We then introduce Duggie In Conversation when he will be talking about his career, the early years, sharing lots of his show-business anecdotes and allowing the audience see a rare glimpse of the man behind the gags. Duggie also welcomes questions from the audience in this section of the show.


A wonderful evening out, not to be missed.


Tickets £15 SOLD OUT

Last Night of the Proms at The Swan Dobcross Saddleworth live music BBC

SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2014 (doors open 7pm)




A very special night at The Swan with live performances, including guests from Saddleworth Musical Society. 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.


Tickets £5 including a glass of bubbly SOLD OUT



This is the 40th annual Rushcart festival since the ancient tradition was revived by the Saddleworth Morris Men. The weekend's festival is centred around Dobcross on Saturday afternoon when the rushcart arrives in The Square at around 4pm. 

You can expect a true spectacle as around 30 Morris sides take part and dance outside the pub (and sometimes inside too!).

Don't miss the festivities in Uppermill on Sunday 24th August, which include more dancing, gurning, wrestling and the worst singer competition. Full details of the whole weekend's activities are to be found in the souvenir programme - available for a suggested donation of £1 from the bar.

Coming up at The Swan.

This weekend the Yanks are Back in Saddleworth with events planned in Uppermill, Dobcross and the other villages ( The Swan Dobcross has a fabulous line up of events commemorating the making of the Hollywood movie, YANKS, which was filmed in Dobcross.


Wednesday 6th August

Blitz Bride: The Musical, Upstairs at The Swan (sold out)


Friday 8th August

Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vintage vocal harmony from The Ooh Olive Aah’s (sold out)


The Swan welcomes the star of YANKS, Lisa Eichhorn

We are delighted to be welcoming a very special guest, Lisa Eichhorn, star of the iconic film over the weekend. The Hollywood star recently visited Stalybridge at the invitation of Mark Sheppard and Joyce Raven of the Stalybridge Historical Society where she expressed her desire to re-visit Dobcross and The Swan. So with the help of the people behind Yanks are Back in Saddleworth, we have arranged a programme of events for her that is sure to bring back a lot of memories.


Saturday 9th August

The day kicks off with Breakfast at The Swan from 9.30 until 11.30. There is no need to book, just turn up for a delicious hearty home cooked start to the day.


Anyone with memories of the making of the movie 36 years ago is invited to come along and meet Lisa and swap stories at 2pm.


Lisa will introduce a screening of the movie YANKS at 3pm


Music from the era will be provided by The Banjo Man (free) outside the pub (Inside if wet!) from 2pm.


Lisa is hoping to attend three events in the evening:

We’ll Meet Again - Wartime Cabaret by Lynne Sheldon Upstairs at The Swan (sold out)

1940s Dance with The Singing Soldier at Dobcross Band Club (tickets are on sale now at The Band Club and The Swan)

Victory Ball at Uppermill Civic Hall (contact venue for details)


Sunday 10th August

Join us again for Breakfast at The Swan from 9.30 until 11.30. There is no need to book, just turn up for a delicious hearty home cooked start to the day.


Lisa Eichhorn will be heading the parade of military and vintage vehicles through the Saddleworth villages - including Dobcross. She will be travelling in the Queen Mother’s Rolls Royce along with ‘Winston Churchill’. The parade starts at 12pm in Uppermill.


Weather permitting, the Lancaster Bomber flypast over Saddleworth is due at approximately 3.20pm.


There is free live entertainment out side The Swan from 2pm with our very own Lynne Sheldon, 1940’s singer. (Inside if wet!)


Please stick around in The Square to support Big Jim Blything who is celebrating his fiftieth birthday by having his famous long locks cut off in memory of his grandfather’s World War One sacrifices. Big Jim’s hair cut will be raising money for Help For Heroes. Please donate by putting money in the collection jars on the bar at The Swan and in the band club. you can also donate to Help for Heroes by texting BJIM50 to 70070 e.g. BJIM50 £10




SUNDAY 10th AUGUST 2014, 2pm

Yanks Weekend

1940s Festival at The Swan Dobcross

Celebrating live theatre and music from the home front


Free outside entertainment with the delightful Lynne Sheldon singing all the hits from the war years.

There's Always be an England

Wish Me Luck

We'll Meet Again

and many more

Swan 1940s vintage nostalgia Lynne Sheldon

SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 2014, 8pm

Yanks Weekend

1940s Festival at The Swan Dobcross

Celebrating live theatre and music from the home front


with 1940s singer LYNNE SHELDON


Back by popular demand following her sell-out appearances at The Swan, Dobcross. Lynne Sheldon will be performing a nostalgic evening of song, celebrating the rousing music that kept the home fires burning.


"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.

Tickets £4 SOLD OUT


The Banjo Man at The Swan Dobcross Pub Yanks 1940s vintage

SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 2014, 2pm


Yanks Weekend

1940s Festival at The Swan Dobcross

Celebrating live theatre and music from the home front


Free entertainment outside the pub with our old friend THE BANJO MAN. Featuring favourites by George Formby and many other stars of the 1940s.

(40s Festival Dobcross Yanks vintage

FRIDAY 8th AUGUST 2014, 8pm

Yanks Weekend

1940s Festival at The Swan Dobcross

Celebrating live theatre and music from the home front




This talented group of vintage loving songbirds are guaranteed to get your feet tapping and fingers clicking with every beat! Specialising in all styles of close harmony, from “The Andrew’s Sisters” to Mozart, “The Ooh-Olive-Aahs” will wow you with their velvet tones!


This show will take you back to the most memorable of wartime songs with a few extra musical twists thrown in for good measure!


Tickets £5 SOLD OUT

'BLITZ BRIDE - THE MUSICAL' by Claire Spratt
'BLITZ BRIDE - THE MUSICAL' by Claire Spratt

WEDNESDAY 6th AUGUST 2014, 8pm


Yanks Weekend

1940s Festival at The Swan Dobcross

Celebrating live theatre and music from the home front

Planet Rabbit Productions present


by Claire Spratt

with original music by Nathan Dawe


A laugh-out-loud, feel-good comedy treat, which is sure to warm your heart & send you home with a spring in your step & a tune in your head!


It's wartime Britain and ATS girl Ruby is set to wed Henry, although sooner than planned, (if Henry & her Dad, Arthur, have anything to do with it), for Ruby to avoid a posting abroad! Stationed away from home it’s left for her mother, Peggy, and her heavily pregnant best friend, Nancy, to organise the lot. This hilarious story is based on true anecdotes & is brimming with nostalgia, sentiment, belly laughs & wartime songs, new & old.


Following the successful tours in 2011 & 2012 of the original one-act 'Blitz Bride', (picking up a Buxton Festival Fringe Award nomination for Best Production in 2011), this has now been adapted in to a full-length comedy musical NEW for 2014. Written by Claire Spratt, (‘Mrs York’s Shelter’ & ‘A Little In Tents’), with wonderfully witty songs throughout, by Nathan Dawe, (‘Bazaar & Rummage’ composer for Planet Rabbit 2009), and introducing our fabulous backing singers 'The Blitz Belles'!


"OUTSTANDING!!! As good as, if not better than, West End shows I have attended.” (2011 audience member)


Tickets £10  SOLD OUT

The Swan Dobcross
PUB & THEATRE - National Pub of the Year 2013 & Winner of Best Illuminated Pub in Saddleworth 2012 and 2013

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival Dobcross Saddleworth The Swan
Private Eye cartoonist, Tony Husband, exhibition at The Swan Dobcross Saddleworth
Private Eye cartoonist, Tony Husband with his dog, Seve. (Picture by Paul Husband)

1st July - 31st July 2014



Throughout July, we are delighted to be playing host to a collection of original cartoons featured in the satirical and current affairs magazine, Private Eye.


Tony Husband is a cartoonist from near Manchester but don't hold that against him. He's been a full time cartoonist for 30 years. For 28 of those years he’s been a Private Eye regular with his popular gags and the award-winning strip ‘Yobs’. He has won over 15 awards, had over 40 books published and been in many national and international publications. He co-devised and edited ‘Oink’ comic that led to a children’s TV series, ‘Round the Bend’ for Hattrick Productions. He co-wrote, with author David Wood, the children’s play ‘Save the Human’ that toured the major theatres of Great Britain. He tours the country with Ian McMillan with their cartoon and poetry show '..A History of Here'. He loves music, wine and Manchester United but again, don't hold that against him.


The collection will be displayed in the piano room downstairs. Free.

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival Dobcross Saddleworth The Swan


Gerundagula Productions


by Mike Francis Carvalho

(Directed by 'illy')


A highly original concept in modern drama by Liverpool’s radical touring company, Meet the Real Maggie Thatcher provides an engaging insight into one of the most notorious political leaders of our era. The performance contains no strong language… only the truth.


Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Miner’s Strike a highly original concept in modern drama by Liverpool's radical touring company, Meet the Real Maggie Thatcher provides an engaging insight into one of the most notorious political leaders of our era. The performance contains no strong language - only the truth.


The 30th July show at the Swan, Dobcross forms part of a UK summer long tour and is the only North West date. Award winning writer Mike Francis Carvalho is most recently renowned for 80’s themed drama Vienna and the controversial Edinburgh Fringe 2011 production “Breathe in”. Due to the nature of the piece there will be an after show question and answer session with the cast and writer. Meet the Real Maggie Thatcher is directed by the legendary ‘illy’ formerly of BBC, Granada and Mersey Television.




“performed with class and confidence, tactfully and sensitively stepping through a multitude of thoughts and feelings towards one of the most talked about Prime Ministers.”


“Surprisingly funny and upbeat.”


“All sides of the story are represented in equal measure without being afraid to challenge and push your own judgements too.”


“An educational and evocative piece that resonates especially well with those who were affected by Thatcher, but is equally just as entertaining for those who weren’t.”

The Daily Fringe (Sapphire Urwick)


Tickes £7 on sale now at the bar and online.

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Opera at The Swan Dobcross Greater Manchester Fringe

SUNDAY 27th JULY 2014, 7.30pm



Opera stars Claire Lees (sporano) and Frazer B Scott (baritone) return to The Swan by popular demand with a programme of summer favourites from the world of opera and musical theatre.


Claire and Frazer were a massive success when they appeared here at Christmas for a special concert "Musical Magic at Christmas". For this concert, they have devised a programme of music especially for us at The Swan. Inspired by the idea of travelling around the world in summertime, Claire and Frazer will entertain with songs like 

songs like 'You and Me,' 'Anything You Can Do,' 'Summertime,' 'The Toreador Song', 'The Rose' and many more.


Tickets £12 on sale now at the bar and online


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Hardwired - new play dobcross greater manchester fringe

TUESDAY 22nd JULY 2014, 8pm ***EXTRA DATE ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND*** (both nights sold out)

WEDNESDAY 23rd JULY 2014, 8pm  (both nights sold out)

JHC Productions presents





Harvey is in his forties and feeling lonely.


Lucy is about to take her exams and has her whole life ahead of her.


Their relationship has always stayed in the chat room - until now.


Lucy is desperate to meet up soon. Harvey wants to meet up too but for very different reasons.


In an age when life, for many, is lived through social media, where we are constantly hearing stories of child abuse on the news, this new play is a must see for any parent and anyone who uses social network sites.


Tickets £8 SOLD OUT both nights

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Jazz at The Swan Dobcross

SUNDAY 20th JULY 2014 at 7.30pm


Jazz North and The Swan presents




Hot club inspired bands are far from a rarity on the U.K. jazz scene, but what marks Djangologie out as something special is the way they take the original spirit of the music and breathe new life into it. Noted for the way that they maintain the swinging spirit of the great Reinhardt-Grappelli ensembles but without trying to be a carbon copy, the music of Djangologie is firmly rooted in the Hot Club sound of the swing era. This can be found in the virtuosic performances of the time honoured 1930’s hot club classics and a repertoire of exquisitely written, gypsy jazz originals. This is inspired rather than deferential homage.


All four members share a detailed understanding of the gypsy jazz tradition, coupled with a broader appreciation of the developments in jazz throughout the 20th century. It is with this that they are able to generate the sound and excitement of the Hot Club du France ensembles, whilst preserving their own unique identity. Played with virtuoso brio by four of the finest exponents of the style, the essential commitment to music rooted in the sound of Django Reinhardt remains absolutely at the heart of their approach.


Guitarists James Birkett and Giles Strong combine immense versatility with a profound love and understanding of the history of jazz guitar. Violinist Emma Fisk takes the swing of Stephane Grappelli but also imbues it with traces of her other musical passions- classical music and bluegrass. Founder member (and composer) Mick Shoulder anchors the group with a big bass sound and a driving rhythmic pulse.


With their intense brand of swing, Djangologie continue to draw, thrill and entertain ever-increasing audience numbers; converting the new and definitely supplying the goods to any hot club aficionado.


However you choose to describe the music, one thing is indisputable - it really is tres bonne.


“ Djangologie evoke the authentic sound of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli”

(Desmond Carrington, BBC Radio 2)

“ A spirited celebration of the Hot Club ”

(The Times)

" Hot club at it's best "

(Bebop Spoken Here - jazz blog)

" Indisputably in the premier league of Hot Club style bands "

(Jazz Alert)

" an astonishing display of virtuoso playing by Emma, James, Giles and Mick - skilful, moving, entertaining - full of joie de vivre! "

(Hexham Post)

“Djangologie do Django as well as anyone. No, make that better than anyone”

(Stockton Riverside Festival)

Tickets £7.50 SOLD OUT

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Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

WEDNESDAY 16th JULY 2014, 8.00pm


Talking Stock Productions present


Two funny and poignant plays by Alan Stockdill.



Godfrey Shackleton has been a cricket umpire in the Yorkshire Dales league for half a century but his big dream is to officate an England - Australia match. His chance comes thanks to a £3.2m lottery win, but his daughter Donna is certainly not bowled over by the turn of events. This feelgood, gentle comedy will really make the audience think about family, forgiveness, responsibilities, hopes and dreams. 





When four old school friends meet up again after thirty years at a Bay City Rollers tribute concert it soon becomes apparent that you can take a girl from her teens but you can’t take the teenager from the girl. Old tunes and old flames die hard and live again in this tale of memories and music. Laugh, cry and Shang a Lang along with Liz, Karen, Debbie and Bev and get swept away by this entertaining, touching and revealing drama.


Talking Stock Productions is proud to present two one-act plays: Godfrey’s Last Stand and Give a Little Love by Alan Stockdill. This production will be a fundraiser for MacMillan Cancer Support.


Tickets £10 SOLD OUT

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival Dobcross Saddleworth The Swan
Life Cycle Tour de France play


Sticks Theatre Company in association with Harrogate Theatre presents


by Adam Sunderland


A one person show, being created to coincide with the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July and uses verbatim interviews with cyclists. The production is part of the Yorkshire Festival Fringe Programme.


A lone cyclist riding towards us looks back at his life, from his first ride without stabilisers to his first racer, riding tandem with his first love to crossing the finish line ahead of his rivals and eventually being forced to hang up his racing shoes. His trials and tribulations unfold before us as he taps out a rhythm. Every gear shift corresponds to a significant time of life, with mountains to climb, trials to be overcome, victories to be enjoyed.


Using innovative techniques such as verbatim theatre the thoughts and voices of cyclists (hobbyists, amateurs and professionals including 1958 Tour stage winner, Brian Robinson) will be collected and forged into a highly physical and visual theatrical experience. Live music will be created using bike parts as instruments.


Sicks use the voices of the following cyclists to tell their story:

  • Brian Sunderland 78 yrs (3 times World Veteran TT Champion),
  • Alistair Rutherford 33yrs (2013 National Team Pursuit Champion),
  • Adam Duggleby 29yrs (2012 National 20km Scratch Champion),
  • Nick Craig 45yrs (7 times National Cyclo Cross Champion),
  • Brian Robinson 84yrs (First Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France & voted best British cyclist of the 20th century by Cycling Magazine).


“The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off.” ~ William G. Golding, Nobel Laureate


Artistic Director of Sticks Theatre Adam Sunderland is a cycling obsessive. Son of a three-time Veteran World Champion Cyclist, his youth was mis-spent at the spokes of many professional riders and as a mechanic for several professional mountain bike teams. He is also a keen Fantasy Cyclist and can boast of regular top 100 results in the world league! This production is a realisation of a life-long love of all things pedal-powered, and a touching story as one racing-cyclist recounts a life in lycra.


Through Sticks, Adam aims to create minimalist, ‘outstandingly inventive’ theatre rooted in process-led ensemble development. Adam has had a long-standing career as an actor and has been directing since 2007 with various productions for Northern Broadsides (The Water Babies, Heidi – A Goat’s Tale and Treasure Island). He went on to develop a long association with Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directing numerous productions (A Number, Twenty:20) and was Associate Director for Alan Ayckbourn’s 'Neighbourhood Watch' and 'Surprises'. In collaboration with writer, Andrew Pollard, Adam also directed the Christmas productions for SJT: The Hunt for the Scroobious Pip, The Nutcracker Prince, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. He has directed two shows for Mikron Theatre Co. and won the Bob Rushton Award for his movement direction on Broken Time (Three Stones Media)


“Theatrical invention, boundless energy, choreographed ensemble performance, clever transformations and hearty music make Sunderland’s debut tremendously promising” York Press


“They have an astute movement coach in Adam Sunderland.” The Stage


“Adam Sunderland’s inventive production uses a few farmyard bits and pieces to ingenious effect.” The Guardian


Tickets £10 on sale now from the bar and online

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SUNDAY 6th JULY 2014, 7.30pm

Don’t Go Into The Cellar! presents




Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional sleuth of all time, springs back to life in these stirring adaptations of the Conan Doyle classics. A high-energy one-man show, featuring a plethora of dashing heroes, villainous rogues and vintage thrills.


The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career.


It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved.


The show is an affectionate one-man homage to the world’s greatest detective that includes quick costume changes and wry humour.


TICKETS £10 SOLD OUT  - but see MORBID CURIOSITIES by this theatre company in November (scroll down). Sign up for our newsletter to hear when tickets are announced.

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Children's Theatre at The Swan Dobcross Saddleworth
A new play with music for children (5-9 yrs) and their families.


2 Boards and a Passion Theatre Company presents


a new play with music for children and their families


Mr. Vinegar is possibly the world's unluckiest man!  One day whilst cleaning, his wife manages to smash the pickle jar that they call home, bringing it crashing down around their ears. Mr. Vinegar suggests they go on an adventure to seek their fortunes, taking the front door with them. Along the way Mr. Vinegar encounters bumbling robbers, a dodgy market trader, a dubious bagpipe player, and a host of other strange characters. But will there be a happy ending for the loveable Mr. Vinegar?


✭✭✭✭✭ 100% five star audience reviews at THE EDINBURGH FRINGE 


“rollickingly funny… a winning formula for a hugely enjoyable family show”

The Stage


“The children were engaged and involved in the tale from start until finish!”



Tickets £5. Available now at the bar or online.

TUES 17th JUNE 2014 at 7.00pm


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.)





Special Guest:

Yorkshire's King of Comedy MIKE KELLY 8:30pm for 9:00pm

followed by

ENGLAND v ITALY at 11:00pm


Join us for a special 'World Cup Dinner' of pie and peas with jam roly poly pudding and custard, have a good laugh and be entertained by Yorkshire's King of Comedy, Mike Kelly and then watch the England v Italy World Cup match upstairs at The Swan. 


Mike Kelly is one of the country's best comedians and after dinner speakers. Known to millions from his appearances on itv's 'The Comedians' and as an actor in numerous character roles on television, Mike's typical Yorkshire humour appeals to all and will surely put us all in a good mood ready for England's victory over Italy later in the evening.


Tickets £15 

***SOLD OUT***

Only ticket holders will be able to watch this match upstairs and places are limited, so please book early. The other England games (minus dinner and entertainment) will be shown upstairs and will be free and open to all.

Julie Andrews, Julie Madly Deeply, Dobcross, West End, Theatre, Fascinating Aida star




SUNDAY 8th JUNE 2013 at 7.30pm SOLD OUT


Seabright Productions presents


Starring Sarah-Louise Young

Accompanied by musical director Michael Roulston

Directed by Russell Lucas


Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of showbiz around the globe. Touring direct from a West End season, this charming yet cheeky cabaret takes an engaging look at fame and fandom, through the eyes and voice of award-winning singer, West End actress and Fascinating Aïda star Sarah-Louise Young, who has been named by TimeOut as one of London’s Top Ten cabaret performers.


Julie’s songs from musicals including Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady are intertwined with stories and anecdotes about Andrews’ own life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her famous singing voice. What emerges is a delightfully funny and candid love letter to a true show business survivor.


‘Even your critic found herself, unprecedentedly, singing along. My cheeks hurt with smiling.’ **** Daily Telegraph


‘Dame Julie, you suspect, would approve. This is an evening that ends in triumph, not in tears.’ **** The Times


‘The hills are alive with the sound of sing-alongs and gags in this witty, affectionate tribute.’ **** Evening Standard


‘Perfect not just for Julie Andrews nuts but also as a seltzer for musical theatre fans.’ **** Daily Mail


‘A tour-de-force from a terrifically talented trouper.’ **** Time Out


Tickets £15

SOLD OUT both nights



The Freerange Theatre Company presents






Starring Rebecca Fenwick (Spoonface Steinberg) and Adam Urey ('John' in Miss Julie)

Directed by Hugo Chandor (Spoonface Steinberg)


We are absolutely delighted to welcome back The Freerange Theatre Company to The Swan. Audiences will remember their visits last year with great affection. 'Spoonface Steinberg' by Lee Hall played to packed houses over three nights in June and September last year. Both of these one-act comedies star Rebecca Fenwick, who played Spoonface and Adam Urey, whose marvellous 'John' in Miss Julie thrilled theatre-goers at The Swan in 2013.



If Romeo and Juliet had used Facebook ...

Phillippa and Will are students with more time for each other than their studies. As they air every developing detail of their relationship on Facebook nothing remains private.


'Cute, novel and heaps of fun ... innovative and hilarious'.




At Sir Henry’s wake a heady cocktail of infidelity, jealousy and greed is served by his family. In a hilarious reconstruction of events Alec, portraying all concerned, hopes to straighten things out with his long suffering wife. Will she be convinced? Or will it make matters worse?


Judges’ Award for Comedy, National Student Drama Festival.


'... a sizzling piece of comic theatre.’ - THE STAGE


'The script is unbelievably strong, not a second is wasted ... simply sensational.' - NOISES OFF


Tickets £10


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

SUNDAY 1st JUNE 2014 8.00pm (Doors open 7.30pm)


Written by Cathy Crabb

Directed by Ben Power

Performed by Neil Bell and Daniel Street-Brown.


Back by popular demand to celebrate the end of its nationwide tour!

This one-act play was performed here at The Swan to a full house twice last year and comes highly recommended, so don't miss this chance to see this beatifully written, very funny, thought-provoking and skillfully acted play.


Playwright Cathy Crabb lives in Dobcross. Actor Dan Street-Brown, who plays the barman in the play, will be known to many of you as he works at The Swan - as a barman!


Warning- Contains vulgar use of language and fanciful ideas.


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


Nominated for Manchester Theatre's Best Fringe Production following performances at The Lowry's Re:Play festival last year, Award Winning Dobcross writer, Cathy Crabb's, critically acclaimed new play sold out Manchester fringe venues and pubs throughout 2012/13. Now awarded Arts Council Funding, this will be the last show of a 17-date tour of Northern pubs. 


Based on Satan's fall from grace in Paradise Lost, critically acclaimed new play was written in response to the vitriol aimed at working-class men during the summer riots of 2011. In a world where art is seen as frivolous and greed is encouraged, happiness and unhappiness collide - and bar-staff bear the brunt.


The story is of embittered Cash Generator boss Peter (Neil Bell), and his opinionated battle of wills with easy-going everyman bartender, Paul (Dan Street-Brown). They slug it out over the morals and motives of absent regular, Tony Rabonni - a kind and creative soul who, much to Peter's disgust, appears to be an all-round great guy.


With an eye wateringly powerful performance, that will leave you catching your breath, Neil Bell gives us the 'perfect depiction of a right-wing-tabloid reading, acrimonious pub bore', an ‘absolutely watchable monster of a man'.


Come along to the pub, have a drink or two, watch the play and stay for a chat afterwards. The performance lasts for 50 minutes (no interval).


Written by Cathy Crabb (Beautiful House - Library Theatre, The Enough Project - The Lowry) and featuring Neil Bell (Peaky Blinders, Dead Man's Shoes, Downton Abbey) and Daniel Street-Brown (The Light, Some Men) the piece is produced by Adrian Turrell-Watts (Floating - Lives of Others, Wolf Red - Tmesis) and directed by Benedict Power (Temp/Casual - Contact, Two - NW Tour).


**** ‘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 8.00pm

(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)!




Comedy and Curry Night with impressionist Les Gibson, star of Britain's Got Talent

WEDNESDAY 21st MAY 2014 at 8pm

Peter Young's


Star of Britain's Got Talent


the brilliant comedy impressionist


Comedy impressionist Les Gibson (Britain’s Got Talent finalist 2011) is often called 'The Man Of A Thousand Voices’ because of the accuracy and sheer number of characters that he can impersonate.


Fourteen years in the business as an after dinner speaker, cabaret/corporate entertainer and voice over artist, just close your eyes and you would think you were in the room with the real person.


Les is an outstanding comedian and impersonator of favourite figures from the world of sport, film and television- all tied together with links, gags and observational humour, ensuring that it all adds up to a great night of comedy.


Enjoy another great night of comdey Upstairs at The Swan with a delicious home made curry!


Tickets £15 (sold out)

Mikron Theatre at The Swan Dobcross
A little-known story of the Great War, Troupers comes with a surprising mix of humour, hope and harmonicas.

TUESDAY 6th MAY 2014



Mikron Theatre Company presents


Concerts At The Front


It’s 1914.


British entertainment is down on its uppers. A loss of appetite for frivolous pleasures as well as a dearth of young men finds actor-manager Lena Ashwell with a theatre but no audience.


A passionate advocate of art for all and determined to do her bit, she sets about assembling a concert party to take to the Front. But what at first seems an excellent adventure soon becomes bloody reality. Falling shells the least of their worries, can the thesps survive conditions? Three shows a day on a tour without end, can they survive each other?


“This is bad. As bad as it gets. I should know, I’ve done panto in Paisley.”

A little-known story of the Great War, Troupers comes with a surprising mix of humour, hope and harmonicas. Who better to bring this to life than modern-day troupers, Mikron Theatre Company?


Writer & Lyricist: Maeve Larkin, Composer & Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes, Director: Marianne McNamara.


Sold out both nights 

Mike Sweeney & Paddy O'Hare performing live at The Swan Dobcross

SUNDAY 4th MAY 2014




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.


Tickets £6



18th APRIL 2014






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. 

A funny, uplifting, award-winning contemporary play. Brilliantly written and beautifully performed.
A funny, uplifting, award-winning contemporary play. Brilliantly written and beautifully performed.

SUNDAY 13th APRIL 2014 at 7.30pm


Northern Elastic Theatre Co presents


by Ian Townsend


A funny, uplifting, award-winning contemporary play. Brilliantly written and beautifully performed.


Ben likes Al, but Al says he’s straight and isn’t keen on being stalked by a weird guy he’s just met off the internet.


Al likes Henry, but not in THAT way. Besides, Al has other things to worry about. Like his girlfriend. And life.


Henry likes numbers, especially the number 7. He’s also starting to discover girls. Trouble is, he hasn’t really discovered much about them yet.


When Ben meets Al, and Al meets Henry, that’s when everything changes.


First seen at Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival, All the Bens is an engaging, witty and accessible 60 minute play dealing with themes of loneliness, desire, identity, growing up, special needs and internet meets.

It won a Manchester Theatre Award for Best Fringe 2013, the Audience Favourite Show in 24:7 Theatre Festival 2012, and the Vicky Allen Memorial Award presented by Equity.


Contains strong language and themes of a sexual nature. 15+


“Excellent performances, spot-on direction and a terrific script”

Manchester Theatre Awards


“A lovely piece with lots of humour, really touching moments and characters that are really well-drawn and easy to like”

British Theatre Guide


“A piece that is so life affirming and uplifting, it actually does make you feel good to be alive”


There will be an opportunity to discuss the play with the writer and actors at a Q & A session after the play.


Tickets £8 

Sold out

TUES 18th MARCH 2014 at 7.00pm


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.)



Sunday Night Jazz at The Swan Dobcross, Broadway to Bossa

SUNDAY 16th MARCH 2014 at 7.30pm


Alan Williams and Friends



Join us for the perfect extension to the weekend - another top-class 'Sunday Night Jazz' session Upstairs at The Swan.


Alan Williams and friends perform jazz favourites from Broadway to Bossa - an evening of laid back musical entertainment from some of the UK's finest jazz musicians.


Alan Williams, Guitar

Duncan Winfield, Trombone

Tim France, Saxophone


Tickets £5




Peter Young's


starring Liverpool's Brightest New Star



Liverpool has a history for producing some of the country's finest comedy talent, and Jamie Sutherland can now be added to that fine list.


A headline act on the comedy circuit, working for some of the country's finest clubs including Sheffield Last Laugh, Jongleurs, and Comedy Central. 


A very original act, who will keep you amused with gags, tales, and stories.


Jamie is a modern act, with many observational topics, and up to date material, and dont worry if you prefer a good old style gag, he has plenty of them thrown in, ensuring a performance that will touch everyone's buttons.


Tickets £15 

SOLD OUT (20.02.14)

WEDNESDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2014 AT 7.30pm


Wellie Boot Productions present


Plus Full Supporting Cast

all proceeds to the Francis House Children's Hospice


We extend a warm welcome to Jimmy Cricket, the much-loved Irish comedian who has a funny hat, wears his wellies on the wrong feet and regularly gets a letter from Mammy! Jimmy's laughter show features a full supporting cast, so come along for a night of true variety, laughter and song.


Francis House provides care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions. They also provide support and friendship for the whole family.


Tickets £12 in aid of the Francis House Children's Hospice.

SOLD OUT (7 Dec 2012)




...and we all had a fantastic night courtesy of Jimmy's Laughter Show.

Pub theatre, Five Kinds of Silence, Shelagh Stephenson



Talking Stock Productions present


by Shelagh Stephenson


All profits to ChildLine.

(Registered charity number 216401).


Billy is dead. So why isn’t he gone?


Mary and her daughters have been set free. The disturbed, abusive man who dictated their every move lies dead in a pool of blood and the women can start to live again. Or can they? It soon becomes apparent that Billy’s legacy and deep, dark, distorted world is still very much alive.


Five Kinds of Silence is an outstanding portrayal of the twisted love of a violent man for his family and the scars of abuse that form between the women under his control. Shelagh Stephenson’s hard-hitting drama will stir strong emotions in any audience.


The stage play is adapted from the radio production of the same name.


The stage version of the play was first performed at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, in 2000. The play won the 1996 UK Writers Guild's Best Original Play award and the 1997 Sony Award for Best Original Drama. Shelagh Stepehnson is one of Britain's most acclaimed contemporary playwrights


The Telegraph - "It brilliantly broaches a difficult subject.... What is truly arresting and brilliantly intelligent about Shelagh Stephenson's award winning play is how it handles the subject of brutal violence so quietly... all her characters are fleshed out with great truthfulness. Outstanding."


The Swan is delighted to welcome back Talking Stock Productions to perform this play. Their double bill of one-act plays by Alan Stockdill, 'Deathwatch' and 'The Last Memory' were very well received by an apreciative audience in 2013. Their tour raised £1,100 for Alzheimer's charities. This time Alan Stockdill returns as actor/director (pictured below). 


Tickets £10 on sale now


Profits from this tour will go to ChildLine (Registered charity number 216401).



Becky Heneghan, Pam Asling and Sharon Kelly with Alan Stockdill (top) rehearse for Five Kinds of Silence ce by Shelagh Stephenson
Becky Heneghan, Pam Asling and Sharon Kelly with Alan Stockdill (top) rehearse for Five Kinds of Silence ce by Shelagh Stephenson