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December, 2013

HINDLE WAKES by Stanley Houghton

It's holiday week in Hindle, Lancashire. Fanny Hawthorn, a determined mill girl, has just returned from a week-end in Blackpool with her friend Mary Hollins.

At least that's what she tells her parents. In fact, she has been in Llandudno with Alan Jeffcote, a wealthy mill-owner's son who is already engaged to be married. When Fanny's parents discover the truth, they insist that he must do the decent thing and marry her - but Fanny has other ideas.

Directed by John Powell, performances will be at 7.45pm, 6 - 14 December 2013. 

Tickets on sale Tuesday 19th November at Nantwich Civic Hall (01270 600727). 

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February, 2014

THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonagh.

Valene and Coleman, two brothers living with no female company in their father's Connemara house after his recent death, have massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Father Welsh is prepared to try anything to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage, but is soon driven to drink or worse.

The Lonesome West is a rollicking script of swaggering and satirical language, taking no prisoners in its exploration of land, celibate priesthood, sexual repression and local backgrounds from this renowned playwright.

A dark comedy of brutal hilarity. Think Steptoe and Son meets Father Ted!

Directed by Gordon Hamlin, performances will be at 7.45pm, 14 - 22 February 2014.

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21st January, 2014 at Nantwich Civic Hall (01270 600727).

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April, 2014

PRIVATE PEACEFUL adapted from the Michael Morpurgo novel by Simon Reade.

Private Peaceful is set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, giving us a heart-breaking glimpse of the way we once lived - and still die.

The play is a classic 'rites of passage' story of two brothers and the exuberance and pain of their teenage love for the same girl, the pressures of their feudal family life, the horrors and folly of war and the ultimate price of courage and cowardice.

Full of rich, rounded characters, Simon Reade's adaptation from the novel of Michael Morpurgo takes the audience on a mission to "set the record straight" with regard to the conviction for cowardice. 

Directed by Michaela Warrilow, performances will be at 7.45pm, 2-5 April 2014. 

Tickets on sale Tuesday 18th March, 2014 at Nantwich Civic Hall (01270 600727).

Heroism or cowardice? The choice is yours. 

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May, 2014

DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller.

Willy Loman has spent his life as a travelling salesman, extolling the benefits of his product and of the American way of life.

When his mind and career start to disintegrate, he begins to look back on a lifetime of self-deception and betrayal, and review his relationships with his employers, his wife and his sons. But does he see things as they really are?

This is one of the greatest plays, by one of the greatest playwrights, to come out of America in the 20th century.

Directed by Jerry Park, performances will be at 7.45pm, 23 - 31 May 2014.

Tickets on sale Tuesday 6th May at Nantwich Civic Hall (01270 600727). 

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July, 2014


Is Gwenda helping the needy or is it Gwenda who needs help?

When Margaret, Katrina and Isabel each leave home for the first time in years and meet face to face at the Church hall to run a jumble sale, they begin to question where Gwenda's motives really lie. With the help of Fliss, a trainee social worker, they start to re-gain control and make new plans for the future.

In Bazaar and Rummage, Sue Townsend takes an hilarious look at the politics of self-help groups.

Directed by Jo McDonald, performances will be at 7.45pm, 18 - 26 July 2014. 

Tickets on sale Tuesday 1st July at Nantwich Civic Hall (01270 600727).

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