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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Rural touring brings theatre to Cheshire’s village halls

 

High-quality professional theatre is on the way to Cheshire’s rural areas.

Cheshire Rural Touring Arts (CRTA), which is supported by Cheshire East Council, has announced its programme for spring 2015.

Claire Smith, of CRTA, said: “We are proud of our reputation for bringing very high quality professional performances to your doorstep at affordable prices.

“We can only do this because of our willing throng of skilled volunteer promoters (170 last year), who choose the shows, and host companies and audiences alike in the heart of their communities.

“In Cheshire, one third of our population lives in rural areas so we offer an opportunity

for these communities and others to get together to enjoy the intimate and unique

experience that is captured by rural touring.

“We programme the very best of what is on offer across the country and internationally, it just comes in smaller packages to fit into our smaller spaces.”

This season, which starts on March 5, includes a diverse range of performances.

Musically, the Berlin cabaret scene will be represented by Orichalcum’s show ‘From Berlin, to Broadway’ and the beautiful lyrical voice of Canadian singer songwriter Ian Sherwood.

‘The Imperfect Pearl’ will offer an opportunity to experience a baroque musical drama – a new and unique rural touring experience.

Theatre highlights come in the form of Cheshire-based Harmonettes – with their show ‘Dorothy’s War’, made for the First World War centenary and The Foundry Group’s retelling of the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight in ‘Those Magnificent Men’.

From Canada, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador presents ‘With Cruel Times In Between’ and Melody A Johnson appears in ‘Miss Caledonia’.

For families there is the fabulous and inventive ‘Land of the Dragon’, ‘Cake’ and ‘When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish’.

The Youth Live show this season is Jackie Hagan’s ‘Some People Have Too Many Legs’ and our Cutting Hedge show is Reckless Sleepers’ ‘The Last Supper’.

The spring brochure can be downloaded at www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk

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