Stalybridge Old Band getting ready for their deportment march.

Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!

East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge

On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass band players and concertgoers.

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Denton Bookshop’s Poetry Night Wows Audiences

First meeting of the Black Cat Poets’ poetry night a great success

Four Black Cats With Lemon
Image credit: Four Black Cats with Lemon by Daniel X. O’Neil (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

Thackeray’s Books of Market Street, Denton, launched their first poetry night at the Black Cat Café yesterday. In spite of sticky conditions, their inaugural night was a great success with almost 40 people in attendance. Continue reading “Denton Bookshop’s Poetry Night Wows Audiences”

Great Little Theatres #1: Hyde Festival Theatre

East of the M60 treads the boards in a new occasional series focusing on smaller theatres in Greater Manchester and beyond.

From a personal viewpoint, I place live performance at the highest point of my entertainment hierarchy. Theatre is right at the top, owing to the amount of work required to put on a production. Not only auditions and casting, also set design, hiring the stage lights, promotion, programme and ticket printing, costumes, and the raffle prizes. The aforementioned are a small selection of the logistics concerned. Not least copyright clearance for performing musical scores or the play itself.
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In Praise of Grassroots Cinema

A look at the rise of community cinema schemes

After a hard day’s work, the first thing you wish to do is get home, crash in front of the sofa, and enjoy a takeaway. You then want to slump in front of the television, catch up on the soaps, or go to Netflix.

But doing so is a rather lonely existence. At least that’s how I see it. If watching television or films, there are certain programmes I prefer to watch on my own (documentaries) or family (the odd quiz show or other forms of lowbrow entertainment). Continue reading “In Praise of Grassroots Cinema”

Tameside Hippodrome on Target for 2016 Opening

Save the date!

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
Summer Spectacular: 2016 opening confirmed.

Great news! We now confirm the actual opening date of the Tameside Hippodrome. The all-important date will be the 19 August 2016. This enables the Oldham Road venue to host its first pantomime since 2007. Continue reading “Tameside Hippodrome on Target for 2016 Opening”

Tameside Hippodrome Reopening Confirmed

Curtain up for 2015 reopening

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
“The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated…” – Mark Twain. Professional theatre is set to return to Tameside next year.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the return of professional theatre to the Tameside area. Dominating the front page of this week’s Tameside Reporter is news of the Tameside Hippodrome’s reopening. The theatre, closed since 2008, is set to reopen in 2015 – 111 years since its original opening – and 39 years since its reopening for live theatre. Continue reading “Tameside Hippodrome Reopening Confirmed”

Curtain Up for Reopened Hippodrome

Professional theatre set to return to Tameside

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
Reopening: the Tameside Hippodrome, seen on the night of what was thought to be its last theatrical production.

Tameside’s theatregoers have received a boost, thanks to recent news regarding the borough’s only professional theatre. The Tameside Hippodrome on Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne is set to reopen. Continue reading “Curtain Up for Reopened Hippodrome”

Stalybridge Writing Group Relaunched at Rifleman Inn

Poets Corner returns eleven years after formation

The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge
The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge: scene of Poets Corner’s return eleven years after formation.

The start of 2003 saw the formation of The People’s Gallery. In June of that year came the formation of Poets Corner, a writers’ group which spun off from the gallery and later continued under the name of ‘People’s Performance’. During the warm summer of 2003, gigs took place on the Town Hall Remains with at least 30 – 45 watching. As the group found difficulties in hiring suitable rooms in Stalybridge, the group lay dormant. Continue reading “Stalybridge Writing Group Relaunched at Rifleman Inn”

Joined at the Hippodrome: Phase Two Plans Unveiled

Act One: The Little Hippodrome theatre

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
Behind the Tameside Hippodrome is the former Blue Sea restaurant, hitherto Atomic nightclub at one time. These premises have been sought by the Tameside Heritage and Arts Trust.

Almost a year ago on East of the M60, we recorded the foundation of Friends of the Hippodrome, a steering group formed to raise awareness of Ashton-under-Lyne’s theatre. Today, it was announced on Tameside Radio that the former Blue Sea Restaurant would be the lesser theatre. Continue reading “Joined at the Hippodrome: Phase Two Plans Unveiled”

Lost Empire Regained: Tameside Hippodrome Set for 2013 Reopening

Friends’ Trust set up to oversee theatre

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
“The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated…” – Mark Twain. Thankfully so, in contrast to the scenes on what was Tameside Hippodrome’s last dramatic production on the 29 March 2008.

I had to check twice my calendar to see if it was April the 1st, or as to whether I’ve been on the funny fags. I am happy to report that today is the 14th June 2012 and that cigarettes on any description are an absolute no-no for me. My fellow muse wouldn’t allow them either (the poor little mutt would either be choking on Silk Cut fumes or being lulled by cannabis smoke). Continue reading “Lost Empire Regained: Tameside Hippodrome Set for 2013 Reopening”