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Spring Season 2014
Please see below for information on all the theatre performances taking place this season
If you would like to receive a Cheshire Rural Touring Arts brochure in the post, at the start of each new season, please contact the rural arts officers via the contact us page, to be added to the mailing list.
All shows start at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise
To book tickets for any of these shows, please visit the venue and booking page of the website

RASA Theatre

States of Verbal Undress

Wed 23rd April - Venue TBC -Please re-visit website soon for venue details

Sat 26th April - The Unity Centre, Chester

When we stand in the voice of another, we truly understand......

Tamil-Malaysian writer/performer Rani Mooethy continues her journey into migrant stories by inviting Anglo-Burmese director/performer Cilla Baynes, Iranian director/performer Mehrdad Seyf and British East Asian director David Tse to collaborate on a unique quest to find the voices of Britain today. Two years of interviewing bold and fascinating characters from at times elusive communities makes for a rare soundscape on stage. From a Chinese man who grew up in Jamaica to a Burmese activist to a Vietnamese drag artist, this verbatim piece is a dynamic insightful and distinctive production celebrating the voices of New Britain.

From the creators of the hugely successful 'Curry Tales'; States of Verbal Undress truly reflects what we share as a people rather than what makes us different.

Supported by the NRTF. Promoted in partnership with the Northern Consortium of rural touring schemes.

"Astonishingly moving...rareley have I seen such talent or such intimate contact with the pulse of this nation" The Independant on Curry Tales

Suitability - 12+


Shifting Sands Theatre

The Seagull

Thurs 27th March - The Fallibroome Academy

Fri 28th March - The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall

Sat 29th March - Bradwall Village Hall

Sat 3rd May - Cuddington and Sandiway Village Hall

"If ever you have need of my life then come and take it."

A refreshing, clown-theatre adaptation of Chekhov's tragicomedy, rich in unrequited love, jealousy, betrayal and vanity. Hilarious, with a strong emotional punch.

Four Chekhov fanatics leap into action. Eager to emulate their favourite characters, their enthusiasm an innocence breathes new life into the lives of Arkadina, the self obsessed famous actress, her tormented son, Konstantin and their lovers.

Chekhov' characters consistently create their own tragedy, rejecting love that is freely given and seeking it where it is whitheld. And there lurks the comedy, dark and bitter though it may be. What starts as a game turns deadly serious.

Playing with tragedy has deadly consequences.

SHIFTING SANDS have developed a reputation for invigorating interpretations of classic texts. Following Faustus, Romeo and Juliet and Great Expectations they now bring you The Seagull, refreshing and playing with Chekhov's ingredients - this is no parody or spoof - yet remaining faithful to the themes of the original.

Suitability 11+


 SPECIAL COMPETITION! At the Tattenhall performance there is a 'Make your own Seagull' competition. Entries can be submitted before the show or on the night, and can be made of anything you wish. More information can be found at:  so go on and indulge your creative side. Prizes will be won!



 Denise Kennedy

Bella: Queen of the Blackfriars Ring

Fri 7th March - Upton Village Hall

Sat 8th March - Capenhurst and Ledsham Village Hall

The year is 1940 and the boxing venue Blackfriars Ring has just been destroyed during the Blitz. Boxing promoter Bella Burge has lost everything. She shifts through the dirt and ruin to remember and replay moments of her extraordinary life and career. From being the confidante and dresser to the queen of music hall, Maria Lloyd, to becoming the world's first female boxing promoter, Bella emerges from historical obscurity with live music, song, dance and a bit of boxing, to set the record straight.

This show has been supported through the PANDA (Performing Arts Network Development Agency) pitching project.

"A remarkable tale from a bygone era, about a fascinating woman"

Suitability 12+


 Nottingham Playhouse

The Second Minute

Tues 20th May - Whitby Hall Studio, Ellesmere Port

Sat 31st May - Tarvin Community Centre

Sun 1st June - Plumley Village Hall

Sun 8th June - Goostrey Village Hall

During the First World War around nineteen thousand mailbags crossed the channel every single day and the art of letter writing enveloped the country.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Nottingham Playhouse have created their first rural touring show for over a decade with Nottingham writer Andy Barrett.

Based on research into the letter collection form the archive of the Sherwood Foresters regiment, this simply staged poignant and uplifting new show weaves together heroic, comic and heartbreaking tales of soldiers and families through their own words. And in doing so explores how this most elemental and vanishing form of communication managed to hold the country together whilst a generation of men was being destroyed.

Suitability - 11+


 Francesca Millican-Slater

The Forensics of a Flat (and Other Stories)

 Sat 14th June - The Public Hall, Audlem

(Another performance will also take place in the autumn season, please re-visit the website for autumn dates in the future)

" I live in a flat made of wooden walls, 70's carpet and doors that are locked from the other side. In the dark of the night, I listen to the building. It tells of finger prints on door handles, skin cells in the carpet, ghosts in the plumbing, what it used to be and what it will become."

A dissection of the history of a building and its surrounding area. Francesca tells stories about her flat, her landlord and the people that have populated it, while the walls are pulled down around her. It's a bit stand up, a bit biography , a bit documentation, a love affair with a local area to the tune of bad Karaoke.

The Forensics of a Flat and Other Stories is supported by Birmingham Rep, Pulse Festival Fringe and Arts Council England.

Francesca Millican-Slater's warm, engaging personality shone through in her solo show about a beloved 70's flat" - A Younger theatre; On Work- In- Progress at Pulse Fringe Festival 2013

Suitability - 14+


 PMac Production

Old Herbaceous

Sat 12th April - Gawsworth Village Hall

Thurs 8th May - Electric Picture House, Congelton

Fri 30th May - Church Minshull Village Hall

Sat 31st May - Kelsall Community Centre

An evening of warmth, charm, humour and pathos, told by a man looking back over his life and over English rural social history. It all takes place in an old greenhouse in the gardens of a Gloucestershire manor house where you imagine perfect lawns and well tended borders. It centres on the enduring relationship between gardener Herbert Pinnergar (nicknamed Old Herbaceous) and Lady Charteris of the manor house and an unexpected love story. As he tells tales, Herbaceous potters around the greenhouse taking cuttings, sowing seeds and mixing fertilizer, engaging the audience all the way. The gently humorous, touching play tugs at the heart strings and tickles the ribs without resorting to cliche.

Suitability - 7+





 Rhubarb Theatre

The Flying Flapper

Sat 26th April - Oakmere Village Hall, Handforth, 4pm                      

(part of Avantage extra care housing )

Sun 27th April - Mottram St Andrew Village Hall, 4pm

Doris seems to live an uneventful life. Retired in her small cottage in the Lincolnshire Countryside, the days seem a little lonely. But when her washing machine breaks down, Doris calls out the best handyman for miles around..Stan. Suddenly the opportunities for adventure and DIY seems limitless.

Join Rhubarb Theatre for this flight of fantasy where we discover that there is more to this little old lady than meets the eye. The Flying Flapper is an imaginative and fantastic story, full of inventiveness, humour, mask, puppetry, songs and live music.

" More please - a beautiful show"  - Drill Hall audience member

Suitability - 5+


 Circus Berzercus

Komedy of Errors

Sat 26th April - Whitley Village Hall

Sun 27th April - Venue tbc -Please re-visit website soon for venue details

 The audience will laugh their heads off at the comedy and enjoy the interaction between the spiky Gerald and the hapless Wallace - as well as the skills of the balance and juggling - and not forgetting the audience participation

Gerlad the juggler attempts to teach Wallace the art of clowning. Despite being keen, Wallace is far from being the ideal pupil and tests Gerald's patience to the limit. Will Wallace earn his clowning certificate? Will Gerald crack under the strain? Balancing, juggling, magic and audience participation are all in the mix as Circus Bexercus bring you another great show for all the family.

"The show was brilliant and the audience were definitely up for it which gave a lovely atmosphere" - Promoter, Budleigh Salterton

Suitability - 3+


 Little Pixie

What Became of the Red Shoes?

Sat 8th March - Tarvin Village Hall, 4pm

Granny Flo's attic is full of old junk..or is it? On a rainy day, a curious child Ruby explored it, discovering forgotten treasures including an interesting pair of shoes. Her imagination is sparked and she embarks on a magical journey meeting a pirate, some animals and even has a trip into space!

A brilliantly imaginative one woman show using original music, movement and dance created by Little Pixie Productions, Suitable for families with children aged 3+.

Winner of the 'Best Family Event' at the Buxton Fringe 2009, this new version of the show has been re-imagined for 2014 to coincide with the launch of the What Became of the Red Shoes? Children's picture book.

"Extremely entertaining, fantastic creativity, had us all fully abosorbed, brilliant!" 

Suitabilitiy - 3+


Kid Carpet
Blast off

Fri 11th April - Chirch Minshull Village Hall, 4pm

Sat 12th April - Garden Lane Methodist Church, Chester

A new rock and roll musical extravaganza for kids (and fun adults!)

The Noisy Animals are THE biggest band in the world. They are about to blast off into outer space on a mission to find their brand new sound for their latest hit album.

In a super duper really really fast adventure around a rock 'n' roll musical universe, our friends encounter noisy planets, cheesed-off nursery rhyme characters, shooting stars and Shakespeare. What discoveries will they make on their travels? Will they got lost in a black hole? Why are ping pong balls flying around the room? Will they ever come back down to earth? Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals are back with a brand new adventure. BLAST OFF! involves some very lo-fi technological wizardry, turning ordinary everyday toys into magical superstars with the aid of a video camera, lots of laughs , silliness and live music.

Bring your rock and roll attitude and your astornaut costume (fancy dress optional!) because we are going into space.

"Just go see it!" Guide to Bristol

Suitability - 4+

CRTA are part of the Big Imaginations Childrens Theatre Festival, bringing quaility childrens theatre to the North West. Cheshire are hosting a number of performances as part of this festival and are delighted to be part of an exiting and dynamic festival. Please visit the website for information on the other performances taking place in the North West during the festival.


Marcus Hercules Productions

Prison Game

Mon 3rd March - Whitby Hall Studio, Ellesmere Port 2om and 7.30pm

A one-man physical theatre performance packed with an intense narrative. Prison Game is the story of a young boy in primary school and the events that challenge him on his journey into adulthood.

A biographical story: this work has developed through real life accounts and genuine extraordinary experiences and pays great attention to the psychological effect on a person who has been institutionalised.

The play focuses on what happens when a person is deep within the prison system and the subsequent reactions of those outside it. When prison is your world, how do you function within society? Prison Game is a gripping and at times chilling insight into the life of one of the first generation of 'starred up' criminals in the UK and how prison can define a man.

Supported by Action Transport Theatre

Suitability - 14+


Third Angel

Cape Wrath

Wed 2nd April - Electric Picture House, Congelton

Thurs 3rd April - Church Minshull Village Hall

Each venue has 3 show times 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, please book in advance for your show time as places will be limited.

An epic journey in a stationary minibus.

 "After he retired my Grandad went on a trip from the Midlands up to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of his native Scotland. He sat, looked at the sea, and thought about his life. Then he got up and went home. Over 20 years later, I got on a coach and followed in his footsteps. this is what I learned"

Third Angel presents a story of family, of fellow travellers, of whisky and chocolate, of the longest bus journey in Britain. Told to an audience of just 14. Heartfelt, moving, compellingly intimate, Cape Wrath takes you on a journey to the edge of the island.

Cape Wrath premiered at teh 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, where is was a big hit with audience sand critics alike.

"Hot show" The Scotsman

Suitability 12+


It will All Be Over By Christmas - Train Station Project - September 2014

Theatre in the Quarter present a wonderfully evocative costumed musical performance of songs, familiar and local, which reflect the spirit of the British nation as soldiers went off the front in Autumn 1914. A choir of soldiers and their families will recreate their departure on station platforms across Cheshire. Visit for more information on these performances for more information on these performances


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