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Bollington Festival Music Theatre Update for Summer 22

Cheshire’s unique performance group for 7-13s

The Music Theatre has been in existence since 1986 and only Covid prevented it meeting, rehearsing and performing at least twice a year ever since. It enjoyed a new lease of life after the strange times of the pandemic, meeting during Autumn 2021 and Spring 2023. While public performances proved impractical, the young cast showed parents what they’d achieved in November 2021 (Tales of the Christmas Travellers) and in April 2022 (Daisy Daisy.) It is now hoped to resume public performances from Autumn 2022.

The Music Theatre rehearses and performs at the Arts Centre, and has been in every Bollington Festival since taking part in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in 1986. There are always costumes, props, stage lighting, words and live music to help tell the stories. There are no auditions to join. Everyone who comes along can be in the show, and casting is decided as part of the rehearsal process.

The group’s founder and director Donald Judge writes regularly for the group. Several of his pieces are set in Bollington and draw on the town’s unique character and history. Others are inspired by folk tales (and folk music), myths and legends, and true stories from Britain, Europe and further afield. The emphasis is on teamwork and developing musical and theatrical skills in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Children often surprise themselves with what they can achieve in a short rehearsal time, while a frequent comment from parents is that being a part of the group raises their child’s confidence.

Rehearsals for a new show begin in September and January each year with free taster sessions for those interested, with performances in November/December and March/April. Please see the Events page for details of these or email to request more information.

Please keep an eye on the Events page for confirmation of dates, times and further details.

Planned for the next two years are:
June 26 2022 – FREE afternoon workshop for Lucky Lucky
Autumn 2022 – Lucky Lucky – the strange tale of the Czech St Lucia
January 2023 – The first session will include a chance to make Pace Eggs that feature in…
Spring 2023 – Peg’s Egg – a local tale set in Victorian Bollington, partly about eggs and partly about who you should invite to a party!
Autumn 2023 – Jeanne’s Noël – Christmas with the young French shepherdess who’d become Joan of Arc, warrior and national heroine
Spring 2024 – Get in the queue, James! Bollington Festival 2024 production about James Chadwick, born to weavers on Clarke Lane, who became one of the world’s greatest physicists – by getting in the wrong queue!

Contact details
 0161 225 4680


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