Award-winning Theatre Company Brings Festival of Culture to Stalybridge

THIS August, enjoy two weeks of theatre at Stalybridge Civic Hall as part of a prestigious project with the Royal Exchange Theatre.

The leading city-centre theatre are producing a two week festival of art and culture, from 12 to 25 August, as part of their three-year partnership with Tameside.

Highlights of the festival include performances taken directly from the Royal Exchange stage including “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” which uses modern technology to bring the early 19th century Luddites into the zero-hours era, to family story telling featuring former “Coronation Street” actress Julie Hesmondhalgh actress and family theatre.

This is in addition to performances by local favourites, Stalybridge Old Band and communities the Royal Exchange has worked with throughout the borough.

The full line up of events will be announced in the coming weeks.

For anybody wanting to tread the boards, workshops are taking place from 29 July in Dukinfield to create new pieces of theatre to be performed in the unique pop-up theatre – The Den.

Designed with the award-winning architectural studio Haworth Tompkins, The Den will sit within the civic hall, creating a space within a space where people can come to listen, share, learn and create.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, commented: “I really can’t wait for the pop-up theatre space to open. The people of Tameside are getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see productions by one of the UK’s top theatre companies right on their own doorstep.

“Stalybridge will provide the perfect setting for this prestigious residency. The theatre will be housed in a fine canal side Victorian building overlooked by the picturesque moors, while visitors will get the chance to see the town and all it has to offer.”

Tickets will be available from a mobile box office on Friday, July 19 at Stalybridge Civic Hall (3 to 6pm); Saturday, July 20 at Tameside One, Ashton (noon to 3pm); Thursday, July 25 at Stalybridge Civic Hall (3 to 6pm); Friday, July 26 at Tameside One, Ashton (noon to 4pm) and Monday, August 12 at Stalybridge Civic Hall (1 to 4pm).

The partnership between Tameside Council and the Royal Exchange began last year as part of an ambitious project known as Local Exchange. They have developed partnerships with schools and formed a team of ambassadors – made up of teachers, pupils and volunteers – to learn new skills, open up the work at the Royal Exchange to residents (via a free ticket scheme) or develop and plan ideas for a programme of cultural activities.

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