Events at The Swan in 2017:-

Details of upcoming events and productions are listed below. More details relating to tickets and availability will be listed as and when they become available. Please note that there is no lift to the space upstairs where most performances take place. 

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Upstairs at The Swan for theatre, comedy, jazz, poetry, opera...

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Talking Stock Productions present


a play by Alan Stockdill

Author of 'Le Grand Return', winner of Greater Manchester Fringe Best New Writing 2015


What would you do if you suddenly came into money... lots of money…???


Would you seize the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream? What about those closest to your heart? 


Godfrey Shackleton has been a cricket umpire in the Yorkshire Dales league for half a century. Is it ever too late in life to have dreams?


This feel-good, gentle comedy will bring laughter, a few tears - and really make the audience think about family, forgiveness, responsibilities, hopes and dreams.


Alan Stockdill is the author of 'Le Grand Return', winner of Greater Manchester Fringe Best New Writing 2015.


Nominated for Best Production: Buxton Fringe.


“Unashamedly tear-jerking at times, humorous most of the time and with an ending that only a Yorkshireman could dream up, I say get along and see this before it goes.”

 Ian Parker Heath, Buxton Fringe


“A well-played, gentle comedy that you’d be exceptionally hard-hearted not to be moved, if not actually bowled over, by.”

Kevin Bourke, Manchester Theatre Awards



Godfrey - Keith Royston

Donna - Diane Todd

Justin - Harry Myers

Freddy - Stuart Davison

Written & Directed by Alan Stockdill 

Produced by Catherine Pasek


(This is a brand new, full-length version of the play which had its first outing as a one act play here nearly three years ago. Highly recommended.)


Tickets £10 SOLD OUT (ask about joining the waiting list for returns)


SUNDAY 5th & MONDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2017, 8pm



Mari pays homage to Dusty, Petula, Cilla Sandie and more...


For the past 18 months, Mari has been touring her show, Ready Steady Girls to sell out crowds and rave reviews. The show features Mari’s unique interpretations of the songs of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black and more - the Brit girls who inspired her as she was growing up in North London. Mari played Dusty Springfield in “Dusty The Musical” which toured venues throughout the UK in 2000.


Mari’s new album Pop Deluxe, which has been met with rave reviews, features her interpretations of classic hits such as Don’t Sleep In The Subway, You’re My World, Always Something There To Remind Me, and 24 Hours from Tulsa.  Mari will perform these songs alongside some of her classic hits, including the 80’s classic 'Just What I Always Wanted'.


Twitter: @MissBeehive




Tickets £17 

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

WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2017 at 8pm




plus support by Chris Washington


'A poignant and wonderful Fringe debut from an archetypal outsider' The List


Another highly acclaimed, successful  Edinburgh Fringe show comes to The Swan - . We'll let Brennan introduce himself...




I'm the English Comedian of the Year and 'EVERGLOW' is my debut show.

In Australia and at The Edinburgh Fringe it sold out – I know that sounds like bragging, but I don't know another way to explain that people liked it.

I've also appeared on BBC, ITV, E4 and supported Joe Lycett on tour. 

Still bragging. I just really like doing comedy and if you come and see me, I reckon you'll like it too."



BEST NEWCOMER - Edinburgh Fringe (Nominee)

BEST SHOW - Australian Fringe (Nominee)



"Inspirational and moving"

Arts Award



The Sunday Times



The Scotsman



The List






Beyond The Joke


 'Powerfully entertaining. Unstoppable force'



'Hilarious rubber faced bright young talent'

The Stage


'His baby-faced rudeness is delightfully wrong' 

The Journal


Support act


Chris is fast becoming one of the most sought after new acts on the circuit. With a cheeky Northern charm and hilarious tales it's clear to see why Chris is flying up the comedy ladder.

'Mark my words, he will be a big name' (Love Comedy)

'Chris has oodles of warmth and likeability, and an assurance which belies his tender years. This young man could well go all the way!' (Golf Comedy)


'... the immediately likeable Chris Washington, who uses his Northern charm along with his hilarious tales to entertain the crowds...' (Funhouse Comedy). 


Tickets £10 SOLD OUT (ask about joining the waiting list for returns)

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SUNDAY 5th MARCH 2017, 8pm








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.


Ever since their amazing debut concert at The Swan in 2016, we have been inundated with requests for them to return, and we know that all four of them have been very excited about coming back - this time with a brand new concert, hence the title THE JOURNEY CONTINUES... 


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 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.”


Tickets £15

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

SUNDAY 9th APRIL 2017 at 3pm

TUESDAY 11th APRIL 2017 at 8pm

Mikron Theatre Company presents


by Maeve Larkin

A hike through the history of hostelling


Something’s afoot at Pearling Manor and it isn’t just the walkers.


The beautiful hostel, rich in YHA history, is lovely but falling apart. External forces are out to grab and turn it into a golf club.


Cue Connie, first ever warden, with a heart as big as her rucksack. She takes us on a journey through the YHA’s past in the hope of securing its future.


Through thickets and thin we’ve managed to keep

Our promise of somewhere cheap to sleep

If that’s threatened we must defend it

Looking to the past in order to transcend it!


With harmonies, hills and humour, join Mikron on a hike through the history of hostelling.


Founded in 1972, 2017 marks Mikron’s 46th year of touring. Mikron is the UK’s most prolific theatre company. The actors tour on Mikron’s narrowboat, Tyseley, in the summer and by road in spring and autumn, to every conceivable type of venue, reaching audiences that other companies cannot.


They tell stories of uniquely British things. In their 2017 season, as well as hiking through the history of hostelling, with our new YHA inspired Best Foot Forward Best Foot Forward, their second play, In at the Deep End, explores the wonderful RNLI. We hope to be hosting this play here at The Swan in the autumn.



Writer : Maeve Larkin

Director : Marianne McNamara

Composer : Kieran Buckeridge

Musical Director : Rebekah Hughes

Designer : Kate Morton


Tickets £12 available from the bar (and a limited number online)

NB Tuesday's performance is now sold out - last few tickets remaining for the Sunday matinée. Be quick!

TUESDAY 25th APRIL 2017, 8pm

WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL 2017, 8pm

Talking Stock Productions presents


by Alan Stockdill

Something in the air...


We are very excited to present award-winning writer Alan Stockdill's new play, with a cast of five great actors. Over the last few years, Alan has delighted and moved audiences at The Swan - always making them laugh - with plays such as:


'The Last Memory'

'Give a Little Love'

'Godfrey's Last Stand (Bring Me Sunshine)'

'Le Grand Return' (Winner Best New Writing, GM Fringe 2015)

and 'Godfrey's Last Love'.


The Dark Sky animal rights group are planning an audacious strike against the Sutton Life Sciences laboratory. But is everyone really who they appear to be? Emma is having a relationship with Paul but John seems to be involved somewhere. Who can you trust? Where does Luke fit in and can Matthew get on with his life without risk? Will animals or people get hurt in the process? Are these people dangerous or just a hapless group of amateurs?  Inspired by a real life story, Alan Stockdill’s Dark Sky is a black comedy with more than a twist or two.


The script flies off the page with energy, comedy, twists, turns and surprises.  One minute the audience will be speculating, the next they’ll be shocked.  Laughing, then considering. It’s not all black and white, there are several shades of grey.


When the Sky gets Dark will we see the Light?


What people say about Talking Stock

“Accessible play-writing, always produced and performed with real heart and energy….”

“We were totally entranced…”

“Always riveting theatre…”

“Brilliant! Far better than anything I’ve seen on stage of late…”

“Talking Stock have an uncanny ability to make you feel you aren't watching a play…”

“Fantastic…. superbly performed with a great storyline. A heartwarming evening all round…”


Written and directed by Alan Stockdill

Produced by Catherine Pasek 

Lighting and sound by Karl Eaton


Paul - Chris Berry

Emma - Hannah Head

John - Simon Reece

Luke - Todd Wilson

Matthew - Guy Liddell


Tickets £10 available from the bar or online.


Here are few of Alan Stockdill's previous plays that have been extremely popular with audiences at The Swan and around the country. 

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