SATURDAY 31st DECEMBER 2016

NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER & CABARET SHOW

TOM LLOYD'S

'STROKE OF MIDNIGHT'

with special guests

 

Tom Lloyd re-interprets songs from The Great American Songbook, The Jazz Age and The World of Musical Theatre.

 

Praise for Tom Lloyd as Leo Frank in this year’s most-talked about musical, ‘PARADE’ 

“A SHATTERINGLY BEAUTIFUL

 PERFORMANCE”

Mark Shenton, The Stage

 

A specially commissioned show, starring and devised by Tom Lloyd, directed by James Baker with Tom Chester as Musical Director.

 

Tickets £75 (includes a four course meal and full show)

From 7pm until after midnight. Carriages at 1pm

 

SOLD OUT (ask about joining the waiting list for returns)


CHRISTMAS BANK HOLIDAY

TUESDAY 27th DECEMBER 2016, 2pm

 

SADDLEWORTH MORRIS MEN 

THE LORDSMERE LONGSWORD DANCE

 

Doing nothing on 27th December?!

 

Do away with those post-Christmas/Boxing Day blues with us as The Saddleworth Morris Men perform the Lordsmere Longsword dance.

 

There is a very strong probability that some baubles will be dislodged as the men whirl feverishly to the music brandishing their impressive swords. 

 

Another highlight of the Saddleworth calendar!


FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER 2016, 8pm (EXTRA DATE - on sale now!)

SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER 2016, 8pm (Sold Out)

Vintage Vendetta Productions present

THE BAILEY DOLLS in CHRISTMAS CHEERS!

 

Festive fun with the vintage female vocal harmony trio.

 

Rita, Kitty and Vi bring you a little Christmas sparkle with some familiar festive tunes, vintage harmonies and good, old-fashioned fun. A toe tapping evening of Yule-tide cabaret cheer!

 

The Bailey Dolls are much in demand throughout the UK, Australia and elsewhere. Featuring an international cast of super-talented singers, including Dobcross's own Catherine Hearne, the trio have twice delighted Dobcross audiences at YANKS Weekend at The Swan, so we know that their glamorous, talented, funny and warm sparkle will be just the ticket for Yuletide cheer.

 

'Faultless singing and a wonderful comedic thread'

The Clothesline

 

'There is a breezy sense of warm delight with this show. Tremendous fun'

Adelaide Theatre Guide

 

Tickets £10 

Sunday's show sold out, so an extra date was added on Friday 16th December. 


SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER 2016, 7.30pm

 

O'HOOLEY & TIDOW: WINTER FOLK

 

Winter Song & Carols; an alternative celebration of Christmas. 

 

Join O’Hooley & Tidow for an intimate concert of self-penned wintery songs, traditional folk song and a sprinkle of carols.

 

Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart.

 

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Their forthcoming new album Shadows is the follow up to groundbreaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 

★★★★★

The Guardian

 

‘Formidably brilliant.’

Independent

 

‘Brave, beautiful and full of love.’

Martin Simpson

 

‘In the leading ranks of the new wave of folk music aristocracy.’ 

Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

 

O'Hooley & Tidow - website 

O'Hooley & Widow - Facebook

O'Hooley & Widow - Twitter

Tickets £15

 

SOLD OUT (ask about joining the waiting list for returns)


FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER 2016, 8pm

COMEDY UPSTAIRS AT THE SWAN

 

THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD

according to

DOCTOR KEVIN JONES

 

Dr Kevin Jones has been on the after-dinner circuit for over 30 years and is without doubt the best and funniest medical speaker there is.

 

In addition, his One Man Show which explores the dark humour inherent in medicine, sold out the Albert Halls in Bolton on two separate nights. A feat only equalled previously by Peter Kaye.

 

His new One Man Show, “The Greatest Stories Ever Told” explores his 30 years as an after-dinner speaker. It talks of the celebrities he has worked with and he recounts the greatest tales and jokes he has ever heard.

 

It is 2 hours of non-stop laughter!

 

If you enjoyed Doctor Kevin Jones' last show at The Swan a few years ago, you will love his brand new show.

 

TICKETS ARE £10 and ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO HELP SUPPORT

THE DOBCROSS WHIT FRIDAY UNITED EFFORT FUND

SOLD OUT (ask about joining the waiting list for returns)

 


SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER 2016, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE
GORDON HASKELL

with support from

JOHN O'CONNELL

 

After 35 years of dedication to developing his craft of the singer – songwriter; Gordon Haskell finally broke through in 2001 with his song ‘How Wonderful You Are’ reaching No 2 in the UK chart and chart positions right across Europe. The song became known as 'Harry's Bar'.

 

In 2002 his albums ‘Harry’s Bar’ and ‘Shadows on the Wall’ reached No 2 and No 44 in the UK chart and top 20 in Germany, France, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. Both albums reached Gold status with the single selling 400,000+ copies.

 

Since then Gordon has continued to perform and record mostly in Europe travelling from his home in Greece.  He has often been described as a brilliant mix of Bill Withers and James Taylor with the feel of J.J Cale but ultimately he is a craftsman with his own unique style and presence, who has been pleasing audiences with his warmth for decades.

 

Gordon is returning to the UK in December from his beloved Greece for some hand selected performances. Supporting him for these intimate concerts will be the much the celebrated Liverpool musician and singer – songwriter John O'Connell. LISTEN HERE


www.gordonhaskell.com

www.johnpig.com

Tickets £15 (SOLD OUT)


SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2016 2:30pm and 8pm

Stolen Thread Productions presents

'MONOPOLEYES'

 

A playfully dark comedy by Will Travis

 

 

Life is the name of the game and we want to play the game with you... 

 

Inspired by the work of Dario Fo (1997 Nobel Prize in Literature)  and the current social and political climate, this black comedy goes through the looking glass to tell the tale of a downtrodden Joe Bloggs - an unwitting pawn in a twisted game, where his fate is determined by a cabal of eccentric ‘Players’ and the roll of a dice.

 

Is there anything his family - Love, Hope, Charity, Courage and Faith - can do to save him? Or will the players...Rolls Royce (the banker), Cannon (the military-industrial complex), Boot (the strong arm of the law) and Top Hat (the media empire) conquer all in their path? 

 

WILL TRAVIS (Writer/Director)

Will is best known for his roles in Where The Heart Is, The Street, Coronation Street, The Second Coming, Between the Sheets, This is England and the 4 O’clock Club. His theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Lie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

 

PAUL BRANNIGAN (Director)

Paul is the writer/director of the BAFTA CYMRU nominated comedy drama series MAN DEL. His theatre credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Dumb Waiter, Billy Liar and Stags and Hens.

 

CAST

Verity Henry - (Roller) known for The A Word, BBC1, Drifters, E4, Hebburn BBC2 from TV and then in theatre Don Quijote at HOME, Blind Date at JB Shorts and Jermyn Street Theatre London.

 

Dominic Groves - (Scottie) fresh out of The Royal College of Music known for Kings, Nottingham Playhouse

 

Chris Brett - (Iron) known for Scallywagga (series) BBC Three, Coronation Street and on stage Twelfth Night at North Country Theatre and Handles at Library Theatre.

 

Martin Alcock - (Cannon) known more for short films and fresh out of Mountview Academy.

 

Nathan Morris - (Boat/Smith) known for How To Be A Prince, BBC and The Bill and in theatre Macbeth (UK Tour) Bitesize Theatre Company, The Water Still Remains at The Lowry, We're Going On a Bear Hunt at the Bolton Octagon and also multiple JB Shorts appearances.

 

Zach Lee - (Boot) known for consistently working alongside John Godber on touring Bouncers for 20 years, amongst others such as Wuthering Heights, Reunion and The Glass Menagerie just to name a few.

 

Susan McArdle - (Hatter) known for completing Hetty Feather most recently on CBBC, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Syndicate. For her stage knowledge she toured Blood Brothers for many years across the West End stage.

 

Steve Cooper - (Joe Bloggs) known for In the Flesh, Coronation Street and Peter Kay's Car Share. On stage he has completed Well Boys It's Peace at Dunham Massey and By Far The Greatest Team with Monkeywood Theatre.

 

Helen Kay - (Amy Bloggs) known for Hollyoaks and Emmerdale and also on stage for Brassed Off, York T/Royal, Touring Consortium, Bolton Octagon, David Copperfield, The Pitman Painters and Deathtrap at Oldham Coliseum and The Rain King, West Yorkshire Playhouse.

 

Joe Parker - (Andrew/Simpkins) fresh out of drama school but has recently been focusing on working over in Italy on Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice at Teatro Stabile del Veneto.

 

Molly McGlynn - (Hope Bloggs) recently graduated from ALRA and has also recently worked on The Funfair at HOME theatre.

 

Elise Williamson - (Charity Bloggs) main work consists of producing for the company but trained through A Will And A Way Ltd for 15 years.

 

***Matinee and evening performances***

Tickets in advance: £15/£12 available from the bar or online

On the door: £17

 

***Adult content: May not be suitable for children under 15***

 


SUN 27th NOVEMBER 2016 8pm

MON 28th NOVEMBER 2016 8pm 

and

TUES 29th NOVEMBER 2016 8pm

Hambledon Productions & The Museum of Comedy

JUST LIKE THAT!

THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW

 

A loving re-creation of a classic Tommy Cooper cabaret show with comedy, music and, of course, Magic! (with the kind support of The Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper)

 

Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic, trademark fez and quick-fire gags made him an international star.

 

 

Just Like That! embarks on a nationwide tour after sell-out success at the West End's Museum of Comedy theatre. The critically acclaimed tribute show features John Hewer (Tony Hancock, Hancock's Half Hour - The 'Lost' Episodes) giving “a perfect illusion of time travel” and delivering “nuances both obvious and subtle” as the man in the fez.

  

Complete with live musical accompaniment, this acclaimed tribute show is full of magic and mirth and is the perfect celebration of Britain’s favourite comedian.

 

“Full of inspired lunacy and deep, belly laughs” – Time Out

 

“John Hewer is excellent! He’s picked up the nuances both obvious and subtle” – Everything Theatre

 

"Very much a loving ode to this comic oddball” – Beyond the Joke

 

“It delivers on every one of it’s promises. As a love letter to Tommy Cooper, it’s sealed with a loving kiss” – Broadway Baby

 

"A perfect illusion of time travel” – The Lost Review

 

“No one can rival the original, but this is closest you are going to get to seeing Tommy Cooper on stage” – Black Diamond FM

 

“If you fancy a trip down memory lane, then it’s money, ticket, ticket, money – JUST LIKE THAT!” – Chortle

 

“The dear boy’s a comedy genius!” – Leslie Phillips CBE

 

“I never believed it would be possible to recreate the unforgettable Mr. Cooper. John Hewer has proved me wrong.” – Robert Ross (Comedy Historian)

 

Tickets £15

SOLD OUT

 


Barb Jungr, John McDaniel, The Beatles, Grammy, Emmy, cabaret, Dobcross, Saddleworth

SAT 12th NOVEMBER, 8pm and

SUN 13th NOVEMBER, 8pm

 

COME TOGETHER: BARB JUNGR & JOHN McDANIEL PERFORM THE BEATLES

 

In an exciting collaboration, two giants of cabaret from both sides of the Atlantic, extraordinary and award-winning vocalist & performer Barb Jungr and GRAMMY and EMMY award-winning Broadway musical producer, arranger & pianist John McDaniel investigate The Beatles' song catalogue in their own unique and inimitable fashion. 

 

Barb and John celebrate Paul, John, George and Ringo with brand new, breathtaking, inspiring and often unexpected arrangements!

 

 

In musical circles, Barb Jungr needs no introduction. Following her incredible sell-out show at The Swan earlier this year with Grammy-award winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, we are delighted to welcome her back in yet another fantastic collaboration. An artist that occupies a magical zone where jazz, cabaret and the chanson comingle and ignite, over the course of her career Jungr has developed that most rare of vocalist’s gifts: a musical vocabulary all of her own. With years of experience as a performer and recording artist under her belt and a string of awards across an incredible spectrum of mediums and genres, it is a striking testament to her vitality as an artist that Jungr’s reputation just keeps on growing.

 

Building on the runaway success of her celebrated interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, Come Together sees Jungr take on and lovingly revitalise yet another sacred cow of rock and pop: The Beatles. The band that perhaps more than any other helped to shape and define the popcultural milieu of the late 20th Century, for many The Beatles still represent the pinnacle of song writing achievement. What would be a daunting prospect for most, however, is simply grist to Jungr’s musical mill: the harmonic and melodic genius for which the fab four are globally praised forms Jungr’s raw material as she effortlessly displays quite how versatile, generative, and emotionally potent the Beatles’ back catalogue can be. With her eloquent, playful, and spirited interpretative style, Jungr has yet again shed a new and dazzling light on the music that defined a generation.

 

What’s more, with Come Together Jungr has found the perfect partner for such an ambitious project in the multiple Grammy and Emmy award winning arranger &

pianist John McDaniel. Both doyens of the cabaret world, the pair’s collaborative compatibility has resulted in the near faultless regeneration of some of the greatest songs of the modern era. Come Together is both a revelation and a revolution - it undoubtedly confirms Barb Jungr as one of our most accomplished and passionate interpreters of song.

 

“In her ability to revitalize familiar songs by theatrically dramatizing the lyrics, Ms. Jungr has a magic touch.”New York Times Review

 

"★★★★★ If there were a London cabaret theatre crown, it would rest on Barb Jungr’s head. Her reputation for giving great performances and interpretation of songbooks that are not typical cabaret fare make this show an essential ticket. McDaniel’s Act II performance of the George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ is moving, perfectly rendered on piano and feels contemporary both in songwriting and in relevance to today’s world. It is the highlight of an act that has many high points and no low ones.”Musical Theatre Review, UK

 

“Deeply affecting – exhilarating -  mesmerizingly intense - exquisite! Thrilling and revelatory, the show is that rarity: an Anglo/American collaboration that’s actually worth celebrating.” Pop Matters, UK

 

“One of the world's great cabaret singers, England's Barb Jungr is a genuine original, deploying warmth, high drama and sensitive musicality to reinvent everything she sings....Now she teams up with musical director John McDaniel (The Rosie O'Donnell Show) to dig into the rich catalog of the Beatles. What could be fabber?”  - Time Out New York

 

“One after another, the songs left rapt expressions on the audience members’ faces.  McDaniel’s arrangements gave new life to (the) songs.” - Cabaret Scenes, New York

 

"Sassy, sultry, insidious, challenging, nonsensical fun"  - BroadwayWorld

 

“Throughout it the twosome finds depths in the repertoire that even songwriters Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison had no idea were there.”   - The Village Voice, New York,

 

www.barbjungr.co.uk

www.johnmcdaniel.com

 

Tickets £15 available from the bar and online.


HALLOWE'EN THRILLS

MONDAY 31st OCTOBER 2016, Doors Open 7.30pm

and

TUESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2018, Doors Open 7.30pm

Don't Go Into the Cellar! presents

'FRANKENSTEIN 1899'

by Jonathan Goodwin

 

The nineteenth century is drawing to an end, and a brave new world is set to dawn. But the new age of enlightenment and reason will soon be challenged, and scientific fact cast asunder, when the charismatic preacher, Frankenstein, shocks Britons to the core with his claims. For the Reverend can communicate with the dead, and those sceptics intolerant of his beliefs will soon pay for their blasphemy.

 

Don't Go Into The Cellar! remains the British Empire's finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein. Using a talented and versatile troupe of professionally-trained actors and crew, they perform at theatres, festivals and events across the United Kingdom.

 

Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin both writes and performs in each show, 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 digital technology succeeds in pumping new blood into these gothic gems, to create an exciting theatrical experience for audiences dying to see their favourite nineteenth-century heroes and villains come to life before them.

 

Tickets £12 available from the bar or online. SOLD OUT

Doors open 7.30pm. Performance starts 8pm


SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2016 and 

SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2016

FASCINATING AÏDA'S 

DILLIE KEANE

 

Dillie Keane takes a short break from her Fascinating Aïda gal pals to present her first solo show in 557 years.  

 

With brand new tunes, grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and hilarious songs of utter wickedness, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing.  

 

And she'll give you her recipe for chutney while she’s at it.

 

For two nights only.  Don’t miss! 

 

“Keane, whose piano-playing remains as sprightly and inventive as ever, prompts gales of laughter with merely the raising of a quizzical eyebrow.”

★★★★★  The Times

 

“Her world view is laconic, her lyrics lacerating, her voice now capable of going deeper than a Chilean miner.”  

★★★★ The Telegraph

 

“Exudes faded glamour, a bit like Brighton sea front”

★★★★★ Daily Mail

 

Tickets £15

SOLD OUT (ask about joining the waiting list for returns)


Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe

SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2016, 8pm

 

LA POULE PLOMBÉE

From the dark heart of Paris - a tale of tragedy, melody and butchery!

 

Award-winning character comedy and original songs from ROULSTON & YOUNG, the team behind JULIE MADLY DEEPLY.

 

Star of the sell-out hit CABARET WHORE shows, tortured French chanteuse, ‘La Poule Plombée’ has terrified and charmed audiences around the world, including sell-out runs in Edinburgh, London and Australia at the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

LA POULE PLOMBEE is her first solo piece, featuring brand new comic and bitter-sweet songs written by Sarah-Louise Young and long-term writing partner, Michael Roulston. 

 

Her beautiful chansons of longing, love and disbelief at the English, have made her a much loved fixture on the London cabaret scene and regular contributors to the Salon Des Artistes at the stunning Black Cat Cabaret. 

 

The legendary French chanteuse, La Poule, has a mission to bring her Art to places otherwise untouched by culture. Naturally, we in Dobcross, are humbled by her generous endeavours in this regard.

 

Her much anticipated solo show is got its world premiere at The Swan Dobcross earlier this year before featuring at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. We are delighted to be hosting a welcome return to this show (a definite highlight of the year!) before it tours Australia in 2017. Don't miss it!

 

"Young is utterly sublime in this most perfect of parodies" ★★★★★ The Stage

 

'top-notch music, comedy and storytelling' ★★★★★ Everything Threatre

 

'polished to perfection... a real treat' ★★★★ My Theatre Mates

 

'hardy frothy, explosive, intoxicating, shining...' GScene

 

'A dangerous mix of Norma Desmond, Little Edie, Streisand and Minnelli...' G Scene

 

‘Clever, funny and excellently-performed…laugh-out-loud funny’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight

 

'Outstanding' Time Out

 

‘Warm-hearted, hilarious from start to finish…sharp, clever, observational gold’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

‘The lyrics are sparkling, clever and deliciously witty’  ★★★★ The Scotsman

 

Tickets £15 available form the bar or online.


Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe

WEDNESDAY 19th OCTOBER 2016 at 8pm

Roulston & Young present

SONGS FOR LOVERS (AND OTHER IDIOTS)

 

Smart, funny, original songs from Michael Roulston an Sarah-Louise Young, creators of Cabaret Whore, La Poule Plombée, Julie Madly Deeply and Songs For Cynics.

 

Described as ‘A Flanders and Swann for the 21st century’ (THE STAGE) their shows have headlined around the world, including Crazy Coqs in London and the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

‘These two are at the top of their game. See them if you can, in any show they offer. They are simply London’s comedic musical cabaret at its best’.

Cabaret Scenes

 

Their ‘assured song-writing and deft characterisation’ (TIME OUT, Critic’s Choice) won them Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards and they have written with Fascinatïng Aida and appeared on BBC Radio.

 

‘Dazzing… heart-warming and immensely uplifting’

The Upcoming

 

They appear regularly on the London cabaret scene including sell-out runs at the St James Studio and the Wonderground on the South Bank. They can also be seen at this Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

 

Excellent witty writing, easy delivery of their patter and Young’s effortless ability to switch vocal styles make a most entertaining evening of classic cabaret’

Musical Theatre Review

 

www.roulstonandyoung.co.uk

Tickets £15 available from the bar and online 


SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER 2016 at 8pm

 

A TOUCH OF MRS ROBINSON

A new musical cabaret celebrating cinema's greatest cougar

 

Directed by Harold Sanditen

Performed by Fiona Coffey

With Michael Roulston as Musical Director

Featuring Jonathan 'Kitch' Kitching - drums

 

Is it always wrong to behave badly? Can you be sexy without disgracing yourself?  A touch of Mrs Robinson is  a new musical cabaret inspired by the woman who seduced The Graduate and became a legend in her own leopard print.  Fiona Coffey and her fabulous male musicians tell Mrs Robinson’s story with a stylish selection of jazz numbers and Sixties pop songs from artists such as Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach and the Kinks. What made Mrs Robinson seduce a boy half her age? Was she bored? Depraved? Lusty by nature?  Or, did the affair with Ben kick start a desperate bid for freedom? 

 

Featured in this year's London Festival of Cabaret,  A touch of Mrs Robinson is a musical treat, a fun night out, and a show with a message.  

 

What audiences say:

 

“A touch of Mrs Robinson is a stroke of genius. Revolutionary Road meets Mad Men. A voice like chocolate”

 

“A sensational, witty, poignant, thought-provoking, clever and inspirational show.

 

“Entertaining, thought-provoking, highly musical and great fun”

 

“Sassy, funny and moving”

 

Find out more at: 

www.atouchofmrsrobinson.com

 

Tickets £15 SOLD OUT


SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER 2016, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (two performances in one day!)

and

TUESDAY 11th OCTOBER 2016, 8pm 

Mikron Theatre Company presents

'CANARY GIRLS: Heroes on the Home Front'

 

Writer : Laurence Peacock

Composers : O'Hooley and Tidow

Designer : Kate Morton

Musical Director : Rebekah Hughes

Director : Marianne McNamara

 

Summer 1914.

 

Sisters Rose and Lizzie work as maids, a world of deference, bed-making and poor pay. When war breaks, adventure-seeking Rose becomes a shell worker, persuading her procedure loving sister Lizzie, to follow her to a world offering more money, exciting work and union activity. It seems like a new start.

 

But as the sisters discover the dangers of shell work, they realise their dreams are pulling in opposite directions.

 

As old and new worlds collide on the factory floor, each sister must ultimately decide, which takes more courage – following your dreams, or giving them up for the ones you love?

 

Funny, heartfelt and tender. Mikron presents a tale of two sisters well and truly at war.

 

SOLD OUT


SUNDAY 25th SEPT 2016, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

CALAITA FLAMENCO SON

 

Calaita Flamenco Son are Seville-born flamenco singer Chico Pere, UK based guitarist Glenn Sharp, percussionist Leo Paredes, singer Diana Castro and saxophonist / flautist Matt Nickson.

 

Calaita Flamenco Son play a mix of authentic, traditional and contemporary flamenco. The material is mostly written by Chico and  his lyrics pull on his life experiences, growing up in Triana-Seville, as well as his travels throughout Europe. Glenn also writes for the band, bringing his virtuoso playing style to the fore. The diverse musical backgrounds in the band are evident, through world music, soul, jazz, funk, and of course flamenco. Calaita Flamenco Son have achieved their own individual style and bring a fresh new sound to the world music scene. 

 

Tickets £15 SOLD OUT


WEDNESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2016, 8pm

Breathe Out Theatre presents

'THAT GOLDEN AGE'

 by Rob Johnston

Produced by Rebecca Fenwick and Rob Johnston

Supported by Arts Council England | Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust

 

A brand new play about the incredible (true) exploits of the 17th century female sea-pirate Mary Read, as recalled by her good friend Anne Bonny.

 

Mary Read and Anne Bonny were two of the most notorious pirates ever to ply the waters of the Caribbeanduring the early eighteenth century's 'Golden Age of Piracy'.

 

Commanding hundreds of men and hijacking dozens of merchant ships, it took the dedicated government agent Jonathan Barnett, sent out specially from England at the request of the Governor of Jamaica, to call a halt to their high-seas adventures.

 

Breath Out Theatre's stage production 'That Golden Age' tells how Mary Read, an English publican's wife and Anne Bonny, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, became two of the most infamous women in maritime history, how they took men on at the dangerous game of piracy and how they ultimately paid the price for bettering men in a world men had largely invented.

 

CAST:

Rebecca Fenwick - Anne Bonny

Mary Hooton - Mary Read

Joel Parry - Jonathan Barnet

Adam Urey - Calico Jack Rackham

 

Tickets £10 available from the bar or online


SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2016, 7.30pm

James Seabright presents

'BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE'

Written and performed by Apphia Campbell 

Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs

PLUS

Apphia Cambell in

NINA SIMONE: SOUL SESSIONS

 

Direct from sell-out performances in New York, Shanghai and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour.

 

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

The second part of the evening is Nina Simone: Soul Sessions is Apphia Campbell's cabaret with full-length versions of songs appearing in Black Is the Color, as well as other popular Nina Simone favorites to the accompaniment of Apphia Campbell's own pianist.

 

‘Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.’ ★★★★ The Times

 

‘Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby  

 

‘A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.’ ★★★★ Ed Festival Magazine

 

‘Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.’ Smart Shanghai 

 

Running time 2 hours including interval

 

Tickets £15 (SOLD OUT)


SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2016, 7.00pm

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

Raising funds for the Dobcross Whit Friday United Effort

 

A very special night at The Swan with live performances, including soloists from Saddleworth Musical Society, Miriam Lawton and Martin Bradbury - with pianist Michael Hindson. 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 £10. SOLD OUT

All proceeds to go towards keeping the tradition of Whit Friday alive in the village.


SATURDAY 20th AUGUST 2016, 7.30pm

THE MERSEY BELLES and FRIENDS

Raising money to promote Oldham Prostate Cancer Support Group

 

This happy, upbeat singing harmony duo play the bigger versions of the ukulele. Mixing well-known songs with their own compositions, these accomplished songwriters bring smiles and laughter to their bubbly performances.

 

Penny and Steve Sankey , (who live 100yds from The Swan), have organised this fun event. They hold this worthwhile cause very dearly. Penny has foregone a proper birthday party this year, (and so maintains she'll be the same age as last year). The stars of the show, The Mersey Bells have done a little promotional video, just to give a taster.

 

On a serious note here's what Penny says about the charity.

“Over the last year, I have realised how common prostate cancer is and how awareness is so low and neglected. The Oldham Prostate Cancer Support Group needs to promote their existence for newly diagnosed men in Oldham and surrounding areas ”

 

Penny and Steve have had enormous help from, and would like to thank, GNUF, (the Great Northern Ukulele Festival), and the Stockport Ukulele Players.

 

GNUF have donated for auction this, retails in the UK for £260 

 

 

Here's another nice clip of the Mersey Belles, showing one of their smaller venues !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_6FiDnNgxY

 

Tackle Prostate Cancer

SUP - Stockport Ukulele Players

 

Tickets available from the bar. £15 Donations.


SATURDAY 20th AUGUST 2016

SADDLEWORTH RUSHCART FESTIVAL

 

This ancient tradition was revived by the Saddleworth Morris Men. The weekend's festival brings its focus to Dobcross on Saturday afternoon when the rushcart arrives in The Square. 

 

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 21st 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 donation from the bar.


SATURDAY 6th & SUNDAY 7th AUGUST

YANKS WEEKEND

 

1940s vintage celebrations inspired by the film YANKS starring Lisa Eichhorn, Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave which was filmed on location in Dobcross 

 

Expect nostalgic music, great costumes, vintage vehicles and the traditional 'half and half' scene re-enactment.

 

BREAKFAST AT THE SWAN

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th from 9.30 to 11.30

A hearty British breakfast -Unrationed eggs, bacon and sausage; vintage dress (optional), nostalgic music, wartime newspapers

 

Saturday 6th at 2pm

Mr Tom Carradine’s Wartime Sing-a-long 

with special guest, singer Patricia Hammond

 

Saturday 6th at 8pm

‘Pack Up Your Troubles -

1914-1945 in Unexpected Stories & Popular Song’ 

An evening of quirky history, laughter, and musical nostalgia.

Tickets £10 (more details below)

 

Sunday 7th at 2pm

The Bailey Dolls 

vintage female vocal harmony trio

followed by

Mr Tom Carradine’s Wartime Sing-a-long 

 

SATURDAY 6th AUGUST 2018, 8pm

Pack Up Your Troubles:

1914–1945 in Unexpected Stories and Popular Song

Written & related by Mr Tom Cutler

sung by Miss Patricia Hammond 

and accompanied by Mr Tom Carradine on the ol' Joanna 

 

An evening of quirky history, laughter and musical nostalgia. 

 

Internationally renowned singer Miss Patricia Hammond follows the threads of patriotism, pacifism, and propaganda that run through popular songs of the period, while humourist Mr Tom Cutler tells the incredible stories of the songs, the personal tales of the men who wrote them, and the forgotten histories of those who sang them. Piano accompaniment is provided by Mr Tom Carradine, a pianist and musical director specialising in the popular songs of the first half of the 20th century.  

 

This is an entertaining evening, with the chance for a little interwar audience participation: foot-tapping sing-alongs, join-in parlour tricks, and contemporaneous amusements.

 

Unrationed beer and wine available!

 

‘A music-box of vintage treasures, sung by a remarkable woman.’

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON

 

 

MISS PATRICIA HAMMOND is a Canadian mezzo-soprano and expert on the popular music of the Belle Époque.  Growing up in a house containing thousands of 78-RPM records, Patricia collected and played old sheet music from the age of nine.Classically trained in British Columbia andSwitzerland, she has appeared as a soloist across Europe and North America and in London’s Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls under Ivan Fischer, and Sir Simon Rattle with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In opera, Patricia has performed at the Wexford Festival, Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre and the Herodus Atticus Theatre inAthens. She settled in the UK in 2001. Patricia has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Radio 4‘s ‘Midweek’ with Libby Purves, and, most recently, she has been seen on BBC Four’s Sound of Song. Her new CD ‘Songs of the Great War’ is available.

 

MR TOM CUTLER is a writer, broadcaster, and magician. He worked for years in book and magazine publishing before leaving the rat-race to spend more time with his slippers. He has written numerous humorous books on a variety of subjects including language, sex, and music. Tom’s ‘211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do’ was an Amazon number-one blockbuster and several of his titles have become international bestsellers. His work has been translated into more languages than you can shake a stick at. Tom has written for The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Mail, The Huffington Post, and BBC radio. He has been featured twice on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, and on The One Show. Tom is a practising magician and a member of the Magic Circle. 

‘Made me laugh aloud and often.’ 

KATE KELLAWAY, The Observer

 

MR TOM CARRADINE is a pianist and musical director specialising in the popular songs of the first half of the 20th century. Tom didn’t train at the Royal College of Music, but at the 1960s monstrosity next door (Imperial College London), where he took a degree in Biochemistry and Management. Since then he has worked extensively as a musical director and keyboard player across the UK. He lives in Tonbridge with his wife and son. Tom has played keyboards on everything from Les Miserables: Queens Theatre, London to Cinderella: Hackney Empire, and was Assistant Musical Director on Aladdin: A Wish Come True starring Paul O’Grady, at the O2 Theatre. Tom is a cabaret accompanist at the Café de Paris, Savoy Hotel, The Ritz Club, and the Cafe Royal Hotel. He hosts Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long, a sell-out monthly event at Wilton’s Music Hall in the East End, and at other venues across the South East. He worked as an arranger on My Fair Lady and The Broadway Sound at the BBC Proms. Tom has a CD CD, Live at the Bull and Gate

‘An impeccable pianist’ A Younger Theatre

 

Yanks Weekend at The Swan Dobcross, Saddleworth

WEDS 27th July 2016, 8pm

Extra Performance added

WEDS 27th July 2016, 2pm

JHC Productions present

‘Trigonometry’

by John F K Hoyle

 

ONE MAN, TWO OPTIONS, THREE HEARTBREAKS.

 

A brand new play by the writer of ‘Hardwired’ which played to two full houses here at The Swan during the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival of 2014.

 

 

Chris Whitworth’s life is an uneventful one. He works, he eats, he sleeps. 

 

Until one evening, he walks into a bar for an after-work drink and runs into a woman who will turn his world upside down. Everything he thought he knew about his life is thrown into question and he realises he has a final dreadful decision to make…

 

Written and directed by John F. K. Hoyle

Starring Hylton Collins and Alice Brockway

 

What the critics said about our previous work.

 

"Beautifully acted and skilfully directed. On a balmy summers evening in July there are few places better to be than this charming venue (The Swan) with a strong piece of new writing."    

Ruth Gerrard on HARDWIRED

 

"This is an intelligent, subtle, thought provoking play superbly acted by the three principles."

 Jildy Sauce on Answering to the Governor.

 

THE EVENING PERFORMANCE SOLD OUT, SO AN EXTRA PERFORMANCE ON THE AFTERNOON HAS BEEN ADDED (2pm)

Tickets £8 available from the bar or online.


EXTRA DATE ADDED DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND

SAT 16th JULY 2016, 8.00pm

SUN 17th JULY 2016, 8.00pm

MON 18th JULY 2016, 8.00pm

Biscuits For Breakfast presents 

SOMEWHERE UNDER THE RAINBOW

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.

 

Following sold-out tours of the United Kingdom and Ireland, including runs at The Swan Dobcross in 2014 and 2015 and receiving rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 'Somewhere Under The Rainbow: The Liza Minnelli Story' features Sharon Sexton 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" Whatspeenseen.co.uk -London

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

reviewer – a fringe theatre standing ovation" The Londonist.com

"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

 

Sharon Sexton was recently in Billy Elliott in London's West End. 

Sharon Sexton is performing a concert of songs 'as herself'' at The Swan on Sunday 15th May 2016.

 

Tickets £15 

SAT 16th JULY 2016, 8.00pm ***Date added due to unprecedented demand***

SUN 17th JULY 2016, 8.00pm Sold Out 

MON 18th JULY 2016, 8.00pm Sold Out


WEDNESDAY 13th JULY 2016 at 8pm

James Seabright presents

THE REMAINS OF TOM LEHRER

performed by ADAM KAY

direct from London's West End

 

The satirical songs of Tom Lehrer have delighted and horrified audiences for decades, both through his own rare, acerbic performances and in the revue format of the West End and New York hit show Tomfoolery.

 

Following sell-out London shows in 2015, Adam Kay sets out in 2016 on his debut UK tour, following a première on 19th April at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End.

 

A new take on Lehrer’s songbook, with everything from pigeon poisoning to masochistic tango via nuclear oblivion, being revisited from the contemporary perspective of this award-winning performer. 

 

Adam Kay, the acclaimed front man of London Underground Song creators Amateur Transplants, has also been heard on the latest series of BBC RADIO FOUR’s 'The Now Show', with extensive writing credits including BBC Three sitcom 'Crims'.   

 

"Filthy at best, depraved at worse – and great, guilty fun.” ★★★★ Daily Telegraph 

 

"Bracingly intelligent…enormous fun." ★★★★ The Times

 

www.LehrerKay.com 

 

Tickets £10 available from the bar and online


SUNDAY 10th July 2016, 7.30pm

Don't Go Into the Cellar! presents

TEA WITH OSCAR WILDE

featuring 

special Victorian celebrity guests on the chaise and some of Oscar’s most enchanting tales

 

Cucumber sandwiches and a celebratory glass of Pimms included!

 

Ladies, Gentlemen, Etc...

You are all cordially invited to the 1890’s wittiest “Chit-Chat” show where a gay time is guaranteed! You’ll be ‘Wilde’ about who he has on his chaise.

 

Why be 'Wilde about Absinthe'? Instead take some 'Tea with Oscar Wilde'!

 

Tongues all wag!

 

The popular modern chat show reimagined for the Victorian age, hosted by the acclaimed wit of the era, Oscar Wilde. Following the now familiar format, guests include a selection of some of the 'celebrities' of the day. Packed with gossip, song and humour - and many surprises - this light-hearted performance features plenty of audience interaction... 

 

The theatre company, 'Don't Go into the Cellar' have built up an enviable reputation for producing well thought out, intelligent adaptations of well known characters and stories. The group, led by writer / actor Jonathan Goodwin have bought us Sherlock Holmes, Dracula's Ghost, Morbid Curiosities, Ghost Stories for Christmas and now this!

 

Tickets £12 

Cucumber Sandwiches and a celebratory glass of Pimms included!


TUES 5th JULY 2016, 8pm

& WEDS 6th JULY 2016, 8pm

Talking Stock Productions present

‘The Last Memory’

by Alan Stockdill

 

“How can I go to heaven if I don't know who I am?” says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when he’s diagnosed with Alzheimer's. But he also has a plan: to leave an imprint of who he is. 

 

Lynne is to be the guardian of his memory, the keeper of their past. Join them on their journey; share their hopes, fears, smiles  and tears - and arrive with them as they seize the last memory.

 

This poignant and uplifting play will ring true for many carers and Alzheimer’s sufferers in the UK today.

 

Its sensitive, warm humour will make the audience laugh, cry and really think.

 

Alan Stockdill’s play ‘Le Grand Return’ was awarded the ‘Best New Writing Award’ at the 2015 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.  

 

There will be a Q&A session after the performance.

 

Tickets £10 available from the bar and online.

All proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society

(registered Charity No. 296645)


WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE 2016, 7.30pm

The Swan Dobcross presents

COMEDY NIGHT

including PIE & PEAS SUPPER

'THE NAKED STUN'

FROM THE POLICE FILES of

ALFIE MOORE

Raising funds for the installation of life-saving public access defibrillators in the village.

 

Following a total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a successful UK tour, Alfie brings this critically acclaimed show to the Swan, Dobcross. The former Police Sergeant turned stand-up comedian, and star of his own hit BBC Radio 4 series 'It's a Fair Cop', tasers his way through an hour of hilarious and fascinating anecdotes drawn from his eighteen years on the beat. 

 

The Naked Stun is based on the true story of his dogged determination to track down a 'serial flasher' and Alfie describes life at the front-line of the force with incredible wit and charm. The fast-paced plot twists and turns, exposing a hilariously strange and seedy side of his crime investigation. A truly charismatic performer, this show will have you in stitches and is certainly not one to be missed.

 

Alfie has gone from strength to strength, with TV credits including The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), Comic Relief, BBC Radio Four’s Idiots Guide to Crime and Punishment, Bizarre Crime (BBC3), and Confessions of a Police Officer (Channel4). He was one of the stars of ‘Show Me The Funny’ (ITV) and ‘Alfie Moore’s Almanac’, which he wrote and presented for BBC Radio and also has supported Rhod Gilbert, Sarah Millican, Russell Kane and Milton Jones on their national comedy tours.

 

''Lots of well-crafted jokes and a large dash of gallows police humour’ 

★★★★The Sunday Telegraph

 

‘Honest, innovative and warm-heartedly funny’

Daily Mail

 

'A clever combination of fascinating, frightening and funny’ 

★★★★ The Scotsman

 

‘Brilliantly funny, genuinely hilarious’ 

David Mitchell

 

www.alfiemoore.com and Twitter @alfiemoore

Tickets £15 (includes pie and peas supper) SOLD OUT

An evening of entertainment, raising funds for the installation of life-saving public access defibrillators in the village telephone boxes, sponsored by 

The Swan & Marston’s Brewery.


SUNDAY 12th JUNE 2016, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

IAN SHAW: 

THE THEORY OF JOY

 

Original songs and extraordinary new takes on jazz standards & contemporary songs by Joni Mitchell, Michel Legrand, David Bowie, Jacques Brel, Lionel Bart, Mel Tormé, Traffic and many more...

 

Distinctive, creative and original, Ian Shaw has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists, with his exquisite interpretations of popular classics and accomplished original material.

 

Twice winner of the BBC Jazz Award for Best Jazz Vocalist, his talent and technical ability is undeniable, and new album The Theory of Joy sees him at his best as both a singer and musician. His 14th studio LP, produced by BBC Radio 3’s Claire Martin, includes innovative takes on songs by the likes of David Bowie, Lionel Bart and his musical heroine Joni Mitchell, along with three newly written tracks

 

With a career that began on the alternative cabaret circuit, alongside fellow performers Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand, Shaw is renowned for his ability to weave storytelling and comedy into his performances.

 

The Guardian describes him as a “gifted, technically awesome and theatrically witty” singer, displaying extraordinary talents on the piano. A mainstay in the jazz community, this musician is a regular at iconic venue Ronnie Scott’s, whilst also presenting their worldwide radio show for Jazz FM.

 

A career spanning decades has seen stand out collaborations with fellow artists, from Van Morrison, to Nigel Kennedy, Kurt Elling and The Who’s Pete Townsend, along with tours that have taken him to the US, Canada, Asia and, most recently, Australia for his 2015 debut. 

 

“Shaw's ability to cut to the emotional heart of a song remains astonishing.”

★★★★ JazzWise

 

"One of the finest singers in contemporary music"

All About Jazz (USA)

 

"Praised far and wide as the greatest male jazz singer Britain has to offer"

Jazz Times USA

 

“An incredible vocalist…he has few rivals” 

The Times

 

Tickets £15 

SOLD OUT


MONDAY 6th JUNE 2016, 7.30pm  

***EXTRA DATE ADDED*** 

TUESDAY 7th JUNE 2016, 7.30pm 

 

Special 'Edinburgh Preview' show - a "work in progress"

JUSTIN MOORHOUSE: 

'PEOPLE AND FEELINGS'

plus special guest

DANNY McLOUGHLIN

 

We welcome back Justin Moorhouse to The Swan as he invites us to enjoy a special preview of his brand new show "People and Feelings", destined for this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This charity show (all money to Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton) is a great opportunity to see one of the country's top comedians performing a work in progress.

 

Justin Moorhouse is a little slimmer but still as “belly laugh funny” - Manchester Evening News. Everyone’s favourite northern charmer is back on the road and better than ever.  

 

After touring last year’s show Destiny Calling, of which The Guardian said “the amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration” he’s had a think about people. And feelings. About people Justin knows, their feelings and how he feels about them. And they about him.

 

It’ll be a (very) funny show. Promise.

 

Justin is a regular on TV and radio including BBC Radio Manchester, Live at the Apollo, Phoenix Nights, Radio 4's The News Quiz and Fighting Talk.

 

‘He charms the pants off the crowd’ 

The Sunday Times

 

‘Comedic tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye” 

The Herald

 www.justinmoorhouse.com

  

Special Guest DANNY McLOUGHLIN

Danny McLoughlin has been performing stand-up since 2007. A finalist in the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year 2008, Danny has supported both Micky Flanagan and Sean Lock on tour. With an amiable, confident stage presence and a well written set Danny delivers material with more than just an immediate pay-off line, preferring to take the joke one or two steps further. Confident enough to take a risk on stage he does so not to the detriment of the audience, keeping them laughing along or hanging on every word.  

 

Tickets £10 SOLD OUT BOTH NIGHTS

All proceeds to WILLOW WOOD HOSPICE Registered Charity No. 1029318

Willow Wood Hospice is an adult Hospice in Ashton-Under-Lyne, providing specialist palliative care for patients with life limiting illnesses, both cancer and non-cancer diagnosis. We provide care, free of charge, and patients, families and their carers are at the centre of everything we do.


TUESDAY 31st MAY 2016, 8pm

and

WEDNESDAY 1st JUNE 2016, 8pm

Mikron Theatre Company presents

'PURE: The Business of Chocolate'

 

Writer : Richard Vergette

Composer & Musical Director : Rebekah Hughes

Designer : Kate Morton

Director : Stefan Escreet

 

Kreation Foods are the Big Cheese of Food Manufacturing – and they have big plans.

 

With all due razzmatazz they are about to re-launch the nation’s one time favourite chocolate bar “Plumstead’s Pure”. For Head of Marketing, Theresa, this is a delicious moment, but for idealistic trainee Faye the whole event is in bad taste.

 

Cut to 150 years in the past and the pioneers of chocolate are fighting other battles. John Jordan has discovered a revolutionary way to make chocolate – but can he persuade his tight fisted Landlord, Darius Sanguine, to finance his bold idea?

 

Join Mikron and devour a story of many flavours – both from the past and in the present. If a business is big does it really have to be bad? Does success always have a sweet smell?

 

Tickets £11

BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT


Gypsy, Jazz, Klezmer,

SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2016, 7.30pm 

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

KLEZMER-ISH: MUSIC OF THE TRAVELLERS

 

Klezmer, Tango, Gypsy Jazz, Irish Fiddle Music.....

 

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra let down their hair, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound.

 

Join us for a heady mixture of tunes and influences from Jewish klezmer music and Celtic folk to tango and gypsy jazz…music of the travellers! An evening of variety, discovery and entertainment.

 

“Most effective…they sound great!” Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio “Sunday Folk”

 

The musicians:

Tom Verity (clarinet, bass clarinet, Irish whistle):

Tom is assistant principal clarinet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Sterling Trio. In his free time he loves playing jazz piano.

“The fusion of our rigorous background as classical musicians with our passion for exploring exciting new musical territories is what makes us special.”


 

Rob Shepley (all sorts of guitars, violin):

Rob is the sub principal viola of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at the LIPA. Late at night he gets his violin and guitar out and plays in bands like the gypsy jazz band "Swingology" or the old-school rock band "Non Commitments"…

“Klezmer-ish is a new direction for us in the RLPO. We are excited to explore klezmer, tango, jazz and folk.... in fact, we are fascinated by exploring the music and stories of immigrants from all sorts of musical and cultural backgrounds who left their homelands to travel the world in pursuit of a better life.”

Concettina Del Vecchio (piano accordion):

Connie is a member of the first violins of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, but she started her musical career on the piano accordion aged 3. She teaches at Chetham’s school of music.

“As members of a symphony orchestra we work in an incredibly hierarchical structure...no such thing with Klezmer-ish. No boss! All equals. No rules or regulations. It is all led by the music, and by the mutual respect we have for each others’ talent.” 

Marcel Becker (double bass)

Marcel is the leader of the double bass section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He used to play in the Bossa Nova quartet “Sarrava!”, was the founder of the salon orchestra “Jac Grit” and loves dancing salsa.. He recently performed the UK premier of Tan Dun's double bass concerto “The Wolf” with the RLPO 

“We get inspired by the original tunes but tailor them to our own personal taste, giving them our own twist. All the music is arranged by us and for us.”

 

Find more details:

www.facebook.com/klezmerish and

www.reverbnation.com/klezmerish

 

Tickets £15

SOLD OUT!

Please contact us about being on the waiting list for returns. You can follow 

Klezmer-ish on Facebook and look out for the release of their new CD soon!

 

DARK EYES


FRIDAY 20th MAY 2016

WHIT FRIDAY

 

From morning to night Dobcross is alive with the sound of brass. The Whit Walk processions in the morning start from The Square outside the pub and the 'world's greatest free show on earth' begins in the afternoon with the internationally renowned brass band contest. A true highlight of the English calendar.


SUNDAY 15th MAY 2016, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

'EVERY SONG TELLS A STORY'

SHARON SEXTON IN CONCERT

 

Starring West End performer Sharon Sexton (Billy Elliott, The Commitments, Somewhere Under The Rainbow: The Liza Minnelli Story) in an evening of ‘songs with stories’.

 

Featuring classic hits by some of the worlds greatest song writers, with music ranging from soul & country to folk songs & musical theatre.

 

Sharon Sexton’s performances at The Swan and around the world in the sensational musical play ‘Somewhere Under the Rainbow: The Liza Minnelli Story’ are legendary. We were  therefore only too pleased when Ms Sexton asked if she could perform at The Swan again - this time as herself!

 

“Stunning!”

The Chicago Tribune

 

“She lifts the roof with her magnificent voice and dynamic presence”

The Irish Times

 

★★★★★

“A real tour-de-force”

The Public Reviews

 

★★★★★

“Simply first-class entertainment”

The Edinburgh Guide

 

Tickets £15 

SOLD OUT

(‘Somewhere Under the Rainbow: The Liza Minnelli Story’  starring Sharon Sexton will be returning to The Swan on 16th, 17th and 18th July 2016.)

 


EARLY SPRING BANK HOLIDAY
SUNDAY 1st MAY 2016 at 8.00pm

 

JULIE MADLY DEEPLY

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Julie!

 

Starring Sarah-Louise Young

Accompanied by musical director Michael Roulston

Directed by Russell Lucas

 

The hills are alive with the sound of Julie Andrews!

 

Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of showbiz around the globe. This charming yet cheeky, international hit musical takes an engaging look at her life, 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. Michael Roulston's musical accompaniment and charming presence on stage is a joy.

 

Julie Andrews’ 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.

 

“These two are at the top of their game. See them if you can, in any show they offer”

Cabaret Scenes

 

‘immensely polished, professional and stylish’

★★★★★ BritishTheatre.com

 

‘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 available from the bar and online.


EARLY SPRING BANK HOLIDAY

MONDAY 2nd MAY 2016, 8pm

Cabaret Whore Presents 

LA POULE PLOMBÉE

WORLD PREMIÈRE

Award-winning character comedy and original songs from the team behind JULIE MADLY DEEPLY.

 

Star of the sell-out hit CABARET WHORE shows, tortured French chanteuse, ‘La Poule Plombée’ has terrified and charmed audiences around the world, including sell-out runs in Edinburgh, London and Australia at the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

CABARET WHORE PRESENTS…LA POULE PLOMBEE will be her first solo piece, featuring brand new comic and bitter-sweet songs written by Sarah-Louise Young and long-term writing partner, Michael Roulston. 

 

Their beautiful chansons of longing, love and disbelief at the English, have made her a much loved fixture on the London cabaret scene and regular contributors to the Salon Des Artistes at the stunning Black Cat Cabaret. 

 

La Poule’s Christmas duet with French raconteur, Marcel Lucont, ‘You Put The No In Noel’, has lead to a number of other dangerous liaisons for the pair, including guesting at the Café de Paris and at Mitch Benn’s Distraction Club.  

 

Her much anticipated solo show is set to debut at The Swan Dobcross before featuring at this year's Edinburgh Fringe prior to touring Australia in 2017. 

 

‘Clever, funny and excellently-performed…laugh-out-loud funny’ 

★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight

 

'Outstanding'

Time Out

 

‘Warm-hearted, hilarious from start to finish…sharp, clever, observational gold’ 

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

‘The lyrics are sparkling, clever and deliciously witty’ 

★★★★ The Scotsman

 

Tickets £15 available form the bar or online.

 


SUNDAY 17th APRIL 2016, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

MARTIN STEPHENSON

INTIMATE, SOLO, ACOUSTIC CONCERT

 

MARTIN STEPHENSON has been one of the UK’s best-loved musicians for over 30 years since fronting 80s band The Dainties.

 

Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

 

The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.

 

Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

 

Tickets £15 

SOLD OUT

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Check Martin's other tour dates here www.daintees.co.uk


SUNDAY 10th APRIL, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

TILDON KRAUTZ

BLUEGRASS, OLDTIME FOLK, JAZZ & BLUES

 

An Old Time String Band performing original and traditional folk tunes in the American mountain style.

 

Tildon Krautz are originally from Brooklyn NYC & France and their blend of Bluegrass, old-time folk, jazz and blues delivers a classy mixture of unique 'rootsy' sounds; a style of their own which they like to call 'anti-rational rabbit folk'.

 

Whatever you care to call it, you will not fail to marvel at their creativity, musicianship and engaging stage presence whilst tapping your feet along to this joyous, 'new-timey / old time'  music.

 

About the players (in their own words):

Gregg Weiss: Longtime touring artist.  Originally out of Brooklyn, NY unless you count his youthful days playing bars and sweet 16 parties on Long Island (NY state) where he grew up.  Multi-instrumenatlist and songwriter. Ended up quite randomly living in Southwest France where the wine is good and the life of a working class artist is extrêmement gérable.

 

Gabi Swiatkowska: Short time touring artist. Originally out of Brooklyn, NY. Longtime children's book illustrator and widely respected multi-disciplinarian. She started writing songs and playing the bass because working class artists do not have entourages, and the key to modern marriage is flexibility.

 

Marco Hartz: Retired train man. Switch operator and station manager. Originally out of Agen, France. Multi-instrumentalist of national renown amongst the French community of traditional music enthusiasts with more than 40 years experience performing. 

 

All three members sing, (in harmony even!!). Tildon Krautz instruments onstage include Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Upright Bass and because no American band is culturally authentic without armnaments.. a ping pong ball gun.

 

“Songs full of crazy, poetic lyrics, dazzling playing & gorgeous vocals”

  -Bob Butler, Grapevine

 

“A wonderland of engaging, strange music with lyrics that engage the heart and mind”

- Paul Riley, Country Music People

 

“Nothing less than delightful”

- Paul Kerr, Americana UK

 

https://tildonkrautz.bandcamp.com

http://www.tildonkrautz.com

https://www.facebook.com/TildonKrautz

 

Tickets £10 

This event is now completely SOLD OUT (4/2/16). Please contact to enquire about adding your name to the waiting list for returns.


WEDNESDAY 6th APRIL 2016, 8pm

Patchwork Opera presents

OPERA CHOICES

 

The glamour and drama of the opera -  served with a twist! 

 

Tonight, you choose from our menu of carefully selected musical treats and we perform what YOU want to hear! 

 

Guided through the evening by your ‘waiter’, you're offered a smorgasboard of the masters of the opera house, including Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, and Gilbert and Sullivan - as well as some classic songs from the world of Broadway.

 

Watch as Ben tries to propose to Lucy but keeps being interrupted by the telephone; witness forbidden love unfolding between a soldier and a gypsy girl;  or see the tragic consequences of Canio discovering his wife's infidelity; or be transported to Titipu as Nankipoo steals one last kiss….

 

We'll whet your appetite with an evening of high drama, romance, intrigue, betrayal and comedy, and transport you to new worlds…

 

Your ‘APPETISER’ will be served as ‘The Telephone’ by Gian Carlo Menotti. Love is on the line in this bite-size comic opera, sung in English.

 

This will be followed by YOUR choice of ‘MAIN COURSE’, ‘DESSERT’ and ‘CHEESE & BISCUITS’

 

What else is on the menu? 

Well that would spoil the surprise, but perhaps you can expect some Mozart, Puccini, Donizetti, Bizet, Gilbert & Sullivan, Verdi, Franz Lehar, Lionel Bart, Irving Berlin and many more…

 

Starring

AIMEE PRESSWOOD 

and

PHIL CLIEVE

with live piano accompaniment by

SIMON PASSMORE

 

Tickets £12 (including a glass of bubbly)

available from the bar and online 

 


GOOD FRIDAY

25th MARCH 2016

SADDLEWORTH MORRIS MEN

THE SQUARE, DOBCROSS

 

 

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. 

 

(Photo: Bob Taylor)


SUNDAY 20th MARCH 2016, 7.30pm

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

BARB JUNGR

with GRAMMY award-winning jazz pianist LAWRENCE HOBGOOD

‘SHELTER FROM THE STORM’

Songs Of Hope For Troubled Times

 

We are delighted to announce a VERY special concert of music featuring work by (amongst others) Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Peter Gabriel, Burt Bacharach and David Bowie.

 

This incredible evening of song will be perfomed by the legendary singer Barb Jungr, accompanied by the American jazz pianist, Laurence Hobgood, best known for his Grammy-award-winnning collaborations with Kurt Elling.

 

 'To turn down an invitation to see Barb Jungr perform live is to miss out on a revelatory and uplifting experience.' 

-The Guardian

 

With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, stunning re-interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. 

 

More accustomed to playing at grand, international concert halls and the exclusive cabaret clubs of New York and Soho, we are delighted to hear that Barb and Laurence are really excited to be able to include The Swan in their spring tour of the US and the UK!

 

The concert is entitled, SHELTER FROM THE STORM: Songs Of Hope For Troubled Times, after their new CD, released on 19th February. These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's 'troubled times'; an uplifting message superbly realised by a superb singer.

 

Barb Jungr's unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth and insight into these carefully chosen songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Stephen Sondheim, Joni Mitchell et al. In addition, they will be including some original songs written out of the collaboration between Barb Jungr and Laurence Hobgood themselves.

 

Barb Jungr, one of the UK's finest interpreters of popular song, joins hands across the Atlantic in her first collaboration with Laurence Hobgood, the American jazz piano virtuoso. This will be his first major collaboration since his work with Kurt Elling (with whom he won a GRAMMY for the album 'Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman'). 

 

Hobgood stated 'I'm not just thrilled to be collaborating with Barb Jungr; I'm energized, inspired, and downright giddy at having matched with a "musician's singer" - a superb vocalist whose musical intelligence is its own formidable, evolved force with which to reckon.' 

 

Together Jungr and Hobgood are an exciting tour de force and we hope you'll join us 'Upstairs at The Swan' for what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

 

‘Mesmerising! A fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor.'

-The New York Times

'On stage she's a lioness'

-The Sydney Morning Herald

“Brings the same creativity for reinterpretation and re-examination that Ella Fitzgerald brought to Cole Porter.” 

-The Wall Street Journal 

“The greatest musical thing to come out of Rochdale since Gracie Fields” 

-Matthew Sweet, BBC 3 

“Laurence Hobgood is one of the most accomplished jazz pianists working today.” 

-Chicago Tribune 

Tickets £15

SOLD OUT 

Please contact to enquire about joining the waiting list for returns.

You may be interested in catching the show at St George's Hall, Liverpool on 18th March. The CD of SHELTER FROM THE STORM is out on 19th February from Linn Records

http://www.barbjungr.com

http://www.laurencehobgood.com

 

If you like this, you may like IAN SHAW on 12th June

 


TUESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2016, 8pm

WEDNESDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2016, 8pm

Talking Stock Productions present

"GODFREY'S LAST LOVE

(BRING ME SUNSHINE)"

A brand new play by Alan Stockdill

 

Retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton, celebrates his lottery win with a lads' trip to Morecambe and a beer or two. But life changes once again when he bumps into a twinkly widow, Betty, who’s there on a bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club. 

 

Love, loss, hope, happiness, struggles and smiles, all come together in this charming tale of finding love in the third age. But the path of romance doesn't always run smoothly. Will Betty and Godfrey triumph over adversity and bring each other the 'golden years' sunshine they both deserve?

 

CAST:

Godfrey - Keith Royston

Justin - Todd Wilson

Freddy - Alan Stockdill

Donna - Sharon Kelly

Betty - Marion Reynolds

 

(Talking Stock Productions plays enjoy sell out performances at The Swan and around the country. This play is the 'sequel' to 'Godfrey's Last Stand' performed here in 2013. It is not necessary to have seen it to enjoy this 'stand alone' story. In 2014 " Le Grand Return" by Alan Stockdill was declared winner of the Best New Writing Award at the 2015 Greater Manchester Festival Fringe.) 

 

Tickets £10 available from the bar and online. (Please note that a limited number of tickets are made available online as most tickets are sold over the bar. If there do not appear to be any tickets available online, please check at the bar.)

BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT

Contact us to enquire about the waiting list for returns.