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Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry treats Warrington to special visit

Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry is making a special visit to Warrington’s Parr Hall next month.

Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music and with almost two decades of dance floor domination under his belt the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength.

The American DJ has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn.

Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks and later said: “I never got a break in New York but England happened right away so I catered to them.”

By 1988, Todd hit big in England and Europe and his notoriety was making its way back to the US.

In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day in the Life, Weekend and Can You Party, released under monikers such as The Todd Terry Project, House of Gypsies and Royal House, all considered essential and ground-breaking.

In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks that had been causing dance floor panic; this led to a deal with Mercury Records and the first release, Keep On Jumpin’, featured a vocal workout from super-divas Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, together for the first time ever.

The song became a top 10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash which Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

Meanwhile, Todd continued to break new ground as a producer and remixer; from SNAP to Annie Lennox, George Michael to Bjork, Todd’s mixes bridge the ground between club cool and commercial accessibility.

In 1995, his remix for Everything but the Girl’s Missing became a worldwide smash, giving the British duo their first ever hit.

He then rode the charts with mixes for Garbage (Stupid Girl), The Cardigans (Lovefool and Been It), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than This), Jamiroquai (Alright) and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me), among others.

He also produced a Robin S track (Givin’ U All That I’ve Got) for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.

Saturday 15 April 2017, 4pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £15
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Comedian Paul Foot with surreal sense of humour makes first trip to Warrington

Surreal comedian Paul Foot is making his first trip to Warrington and he is bringing his alter ego and sidekick pig with him.

In Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces to tackle the big issues like terrorism, Ant and Dec, immigration, The X-Factor and breakfast.

The multi-award winner has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World, Russell Howard’s Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4.

Time Out said: “Utterly outlandish, but beneath layers of absurdity is Foot’s sharp eye for satire.”
And Three Weeks said: “He’s a comedy whirlwind from the school of Spike Milligan. It’s risky to call someone unique but Foot is certainly pretty close.”

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World-class jazz saxophonist Chris Potter heads for Warrington

World-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation.

And the people of Warrington will have an opportunity next month to experience his talent, accompanied by The Inner City Ensemble, live at Pyramid arts centre.

Online jazz, blues and roots music magazine Down Beat called him “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown”.

Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman described Chris as “one of the best musicians around”, a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 readers’ poll.

A potent improviser and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader, and sideman appearances on over 100 albums.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on In Vogue, a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature.

He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others.

For this second edition in the Jazz Directors Series, presented by Band on the Wall and partners, Potter is performing with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians, selected through an open call application process.

The Jazz Directors Series is a two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered jazz director.

Tickets for the show on Friday 14 April are available online.

Hilarious new Crissy Rock play will have Parr Hall audience dying with laughter

Hilarious new play Seriously Dead is bringing comedian Crissy Rock back to Parr Hall this summer, and it promises to have the audience dying with laughter.

After the success of Dirty Dusting, a hit comedy show starring Crissy which entertained the Warrington audience last June, the Benidorm actress and star of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here is returning to the town.

Coming with her will be Leah Bell, who also starred in Dirty Dusting, Frazer Hines of Emmerdale and Doctor Who, Billy Pearce and Paul Dunn.

One ordinary day in the quiet little town of Olwinskirk a chain of extraordinary events begins to take place, bringing the lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the local undertaker Tristan de Winter to an uncomfortable crossroads.

Albert Blunderstone has been hiding abroad for ten years after having committed a bank robbery with a small time crook called Nodger Wilson.

On the day he flies home to attend a funeral he runs into Betty, who used to be married to Nodger, and in an attempt to find out what happened to his share of the dosh, he befriends Betty and her current husband Billy Blenkinsopp.

The lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the undertaker become inextricably linked on a path that is leading to The Pearly Gates and a disgruntled Guardian Angel named Thelma.

This is a brand new comedy play which promises to have audiences dying with laughter!

Tickets for the Thursday 22 June Parr Hall date are on sale now.

Thursday 22 June, 7.30pm, £21
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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For Those About to Rock returns to Parr Hall after success of last year’s event

Popular music night For Those About to Rock is returning to Parr Hall this December after the 2016 event drew in hundreds of music fans.

With two top tribute acts, Livewire AC/DC and Limehouse Lizzy, co-headlining the 2017 Christmas Jailbreak, Friday 15 December promises to be a night to remember.

Livewire AC/DC is a unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band, AC/DC, and their live shows – two hours of high voltage rock ‘n’ roll – are complete with cannons and a wall of Marshall amps.

Both “Bon” and “Brian” are present on the rock ‘n’ roll train for a night to remember and with the rhythm section locked in the freedom of the stage and the music is given to “Angus Young”, who gives an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and his note for note heartfelt renditions.

The band aim to put the audience slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, including Back in Black, Rosie and Highway to Hell; there will also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados.

Sharing the stage will be Limehouse Lizzy – who have performed for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, enjoyed TV appearances and been recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy – are entering their 21st year with their most explosive show yet.

The critically-acclaimed line-up have managed to shoehorn For Those About to Rock into a busy schedule of international tours, corporate clients and book appearances in what will be their third co-headline tour with Livewire.

The boys are back in town! And tickets are on sale now.

Friday 15 December, 7.30pm, £20 advance
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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Nation’s favourite Psychic Sally celebrates ninth year on road with visit to Parr Hall

The nation’s favourite psychic Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her brand new and most jaw-dropping show yet, and she’s sharing it with Warrington next month.

Call Me Psychic is a funny, entertaining, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial show which celebrates Sally’s ninth year on the road.

She brings the dead to life with her trademark sense of fun and intrigue in an interactive stage show that will leave the Parr Hall audience gobsmacked.

Sally said: “I can’t wait to come to Warrington. The psychic energy there will be fizzing before and during the show and there will be laughter and tears and hopefully an unforgettable night for all.
“Every night when I’m on stage amazing things happen and it’s a privilege to be able to pass on messages of love and comfort to the people I share my gift with.”

Sally’s emotional sell-out theatre shows were the subject of Sky Living’s hugely popular television series Psychic Sally: On the Road which followed her gruelling tour schedule showcasing her phenomenal ability to speak with people beyond the grave.

She was also the star of ITV’s Star Psychic and has written several best-selling books, including the latest instalment of her amazing life story Call Me Psychic.

Her straight-talking, down-to-earth style and bubbly personality demystifies the world of spirits and she is credited with bringing mediumship into the 21st century.

Sally had her first psychic experience at the age of four when she saw her first ghost, and has grown up with the ability to receive messages from the spirit world.

It is well-known that she read for Princess Diana for over four years and she has given readings for countless celebrities and public figures, being linked with stars such as George Michael, Katie Price and Helen Flanagan.

She has appeared on television shows such as Loose Women, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Celebrity Come Dine with Me and Celebrity Juice.

“There is psychic energy around all of us,” she said.

“Everyone has the ability to plug into it and at the show in Parr Hall I will be able to use that energy to draw messages through from the other side.

“I never know what will come through which means I’m often just as surprised as the audience.

“Sometimes messages are shocking, sometimes they are heart-breaking and sometimes they are just plain bizarre, but they are always entertaining and, ultimately, hopefully the audience will be uplifted and leave full of hope.

“Simply sit back, be open-minded and make sure you come forward if you think there is a message for you. Seeing is believing!”

The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.

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Radio and TV presenter, musician and writer Mark Radcliffe tells tales of colourful life

Lancashire lad Mark Radcliffe will be sharing his tales of life as a radio DJ and TV presenter, musician and writer on his upcoming visit to Pyramid next month.

Mark has many strings to his bow and as a result has met a variety of fascinating and famous faces along the way.

Plus he’s an “all round cheese fetishist” who’s been making a little go a long way for several decades.

This show is no exception: expect stories and songs of middle-aged angst and ennui along with tales of ineptitude and encounters with some of music’s most famous names who Mark has on speed dial, even if his calls are blocked at the other end.

Radcliffe was one half of BBC Radio 1 duo Mark and Lard who worked on the station for 14 years, including a brief spell on the flagship Breakfast Show and a subsequent afternoon slot which garnered three prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards.

He later joined BBC Radio 2 and has presented various TV shows for the BBC including its coverage of Glastonbury Festival.

He currently presents The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 and co-hosts a weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music with Stuart Maconie.

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Musical weekend brings classic sounds to Parr Hall

70s Disco on Friday 17 March, 8pm,
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Northern Soul on Saturday 18 March, 8pm,
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Warrington will boogie the night away this March as two fantastic music events come to Parr Hall.

Music lovers are being invited to don their dance shoes in March for the memorable melodies of 70s Disco and the distinctive rhythms of Northern Soul.

Returning to Parr Hall on Friday 17 March, 70s Disco has proven itself to be an unforgettable night which fans flock to as they step back in time to the disco era, complete with all that glitters, and all that hair!

National DJs will be playing original vinyl and bringing back the sounds of Billy Ocean, Barry White, Edwin Starr, Chairmen of the Board, Bay City Rollers, Detroit Spinners, Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Chic, Kool and The Gang, T. Rex, Sister Sledge, and many more.

For those who prefer rhythm and blues to glitter balls there’s Northern Soul on Saturday 18 March featuring some of the country’s greatest legends of the genre.

A hybrid of American soul music and distinctive dance styles, the genre is still popular almost half a century later and this event will be sure to have Warrington dancing the night away.

These two fantastic nights out are not to be missed!

Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends to visit Warrington next month

Thursday 23 March 2017, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50
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Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends, formerly The Dubliners, have toured the world to huge critical acclaim and now they have their sights set on Warrington.

In 2012 The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sell-out UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall.

Sadly however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden death of founding member “Banjo” Barney McKenna. This tragic occurrence prompted the remaining members to sit down and discuss the band’s future.

The outcome was that Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn decided, like the name of their live greatest hits album, it was “Too Late to Stop Now” and enlisted the services of Gerry O’Connor, to become The Dublin Legends.

Since then they have toured the world to huge critical acclaim, playing all the old classics including Whisky in the Jar, Dirty Old Town and The Wild Rover.

TV star and explorer Levison Wood shares adventures in Warrington show

Thursday 16 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50/£17.50
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Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing stories about his terrifying and challenging adventures when his tour calls in to Parr Hall.

An Evening with Levison Wood will give a rare insight into his exploits as a modern day explorer which will no doubt fascinate the Warrington audience.

His shows have been receiving rave reviews across the UK and internationally, the documentary series Walking The Americas has been airing on Channel 4 over the last month and his book of the same name is being published by Hodder & Stoughton this month.

With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

In this adventure-filled one-man show, Levison recounts his amusing and sometimes poignant tales of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing.

The tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and climbing the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1,700 miles along the length of Central America, taking in eight countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap.

With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be.

Folk singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman heading to Warrington next month

Saturday 11 March 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £23.50/£18.50
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West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman is returning to Parr Hall next month as part of a new album tour.

Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth’s eighth studio album was released in September with the single Meet Me in the Twilight playlisted soon after on BBC Radio 2.

The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of the singer’s dynamic songwriting and playing, and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin.

Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complemented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who are also from Devon.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winner’s previous albums include Mercury Prize-nominated Kitty Jay, the gold-selling Freedom Fields which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare, Poor Man’s Heaven, Hearts and Minds, Tales from the Barrel House, and Word of Mouth.

With Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

The new tour, which calls in at Warrington on 11 March, will feature tracks from the new album and live favourites from his back catalogue.

More tickets up for grabs for nearly sold-out Al Murray show at Parr Hall

Friday 17 February 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Extra tickets have been made available for Al Murray The Pub Landlord’s new show at Parr Hall after popular demand.

The popular comedian with his unique brand of humour is calling in at Warrington next Friday, 17 February, and more tickets are now up for grabs after the show nearly sold out.

He calls himself a publican, politician and philosopher and on this tour, Let’s Go Backwards Together, Al will embark on a common sense campaign to “re-Great Britain”.

The critically-acclaimed comedian’s on-stage persona will address Europe, the NHS, “whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East”, the gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections and plenty of other issues which are regular pub chat fodder, all in his typical brash style.

Parr Hall’s audience will be watching The Pub Landlord answer the call of destiny, even though it’s an unlisted number, call time on tyranny, even though he isn’t quite sure what it means, and even say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink.

In the 20 years since The Pub Landlord first roared into existence, Al Murray has become “a supremely polished performer” according to Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph said “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

Tickets are on sale now but hurry, they’ll sell-out fast!

Irish folk group The High Kings go on tour with Warrington date

Thursday 8 June 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £20
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The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are the most exciting Irish folk group to come along in years, and they’re heading to Warrington on 8 June.

Members Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden are all internationally-acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs; a quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees.

The band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008 and since then have sold out hundreds of shows in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the US as well as making numerous TV appearances and achieving multi-platinum status.

At the Parr Hall show, The High Kings will showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites including The Rocky Road to Dublin, The Town I Loved So Well and The Parting Glass.

Family favourite Milkshake! Live returns to Warrington with two fun shows

Milkshake-SquareSaturday 29 July 2017, 11.30am & 3pm,
Parr Hall, £14.50/under 16s £13/family ticket £51
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Family favourite Milkshake! Live is returning to Parr Hall with more fun and old friends.

The Magic Story Book will star kids’ TV favourites like Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer and Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, and Wissper.

This all-singing, all-dancing, musical masterpiece is led by Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters who promise to take the Warrington audiences on an amazing journey through the world’s favourite fairytales.

Set inside Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this is a brand new live show sure to amaze and delight as the cast sing songs and share stories that young and old will know and love.

Kings of “popera” G4 showcase new album with show at Parr Hall

G4webThursday 2 March 2017, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, £75 VIP package/£32.50/£28.50
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The so-called “kings of popera” G4 will be performing exciting new tracks from their brand new album Love Songs when they visit Parr Hall next month.

G4 – Live in Concert will call into Warrington on Thursday 2 March, hot on the heels of the release of their new album ‘G4 Love Songs’.

Due to overwhelming demand for the vocal harmony group, who shot to fame on ITV’s The X Factor, multi-platinum selling G4 are back on the road with special guests and their trademark harmonies which wow audiences wherever they go.

Having reformed in 2014 they have continued to transport their loyal following right back to the moment they first fell in love with G4’s sound.

The group are excited to take their classic releases of Bohemian Rhapsody, My Way and Nessun Dorma on the road and are also thrilled to showcase some of the greatest love songs of all time as they tour their hotly-anticipated album G4 Love Songs for the very first time.

The new album features songs including Your Song, Amigos Para Siempre and I’d Do Anything for Love and the show promises to be an evening of classic and romantic music that will transport the Warrington audience away with these consummate entertainers.

VIP tickets include a pre-show meet and greet with G4 at 6pm, with a glass of wine and a chance to take photos and autographs.

Nation’s favourite bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington

sooty-webTuesday 21 February, Shows at 11am and 2.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £12/£10
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Izzy, wizzy, let’s get busy, because the nation’s favourite TV bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington’s Parr Hall this month for a fun-packed show.

The hugely popular children’s character and his friends Sweep and Soo are back for two shows on Tuesday 21 February with guaranteed giggles for all the family.

There will also be a chance to meet Sooty and Richard!

This brand new show, inspired by the hit CITV programme, will see Sooty, Sweep and Soo spreading mischief while their friend Richard Cadell tries to keep things running smoothly.

Sooty’s magic tricks turn very messy and Sweep’s escapology act has him all tied up. Maybe Soo and her tap dancing will save the day? Special guest stars include Butch and Ramsbottom who will also join the fun.

Expect magic, music and mayhem with a bucketful of audience participation: this is a spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new.

The Guardian said the show “works like a dream – your children will love it”, Netmums described it as “absolutely brilliant” and former Sooty star Matthew Corbett said: “Richard Cadell is as close to a Corbett as you will ever get – Sooty is on the right hands”.

Warrington Museum is hosting a brilliantly scary and immersive live theatre event, Reckless Rulers

Reckless rulers new webWarrington Museum is hosting a brilliantly scary and immersive live theatre event providing visitors with a fascinating foray into the past.

Following on from the success of the sell-out events Rotten Luck and Smoke & Mirrors, Blackwood Events are giving the public another chance to become part of the history books with Reckless Rulers.

A talented cast of actors will take three groups on a unique tour of the museum’s haunted rooms while sharing the darkest details and performing an array of animated scenes from local history.

Rowan Arnold, writer for Blackwood Events, said: “Visitors can join the Roman Empire and see if they’ve got what it takes to defend the town, fight against the Yorkshire puddings by helping Henry Tudor defeat the vicious Richard III in the War of the Roses, and discover the truth behind “The Great Fire of Warrington”.

“Ruthless Romans and vicious Vikings will be some of the gruesome characters visitors will meet during their journey through Warrington’s horrible history.

“Reckless Rulers is a great event, a unique mix of stories, scares and comedy designed to entertain and educate through live action, lighting, audio and effects; there really is nothing else like it and I look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible.”

Derek Dick, outreach and engagement manager, added: “We’re really pleased to support Blackwood Events, a young and exciting company, and to showcase this live experience event at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

“The group’s enthusiasm for storytelling is a great way to bring history to life and they make the most of the brilliant space and exhibitions we have here.

“The last two events have been huge successes and it’s wonderful to see visitors engaging in their local history so actively, especially the younger ones who thoroughly enjoy immersing themselves in the stories they hear.”

This family-friendly event has three 45-minute performances to choose from at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm; tickets cost £7.50 or £25 for a group of 4, and are free to Culture Warrington members. Buy tickets online

Interview with ROB BECKETT – ‘MOUTH OF THE SOUTH’ UK TOUR

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Rob Beckett is one of the most popular comedians in the country. His stand-up shows sell out at the drop of a hat, as audiences are attracted to his brilliant sense of humour, his superb material, his livewire stage presence and his dazzling, mega-watt likability.
He is the sort of bloke you’d love to go for a drink with down the local pub – if that bloke also happened ‎to be the most hilarious man you’d ever met! Audiences up and down the country are just dying to spend time in his company.

The critics agree. The Mail on Sunday raves that Rob, “Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)”. Meanwhile, ‎the Guardian praises him as,‎ “A relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner with an unshowy, unpretentious, but thoroughly funny shtick.” So it’s extremely good news for all of us that Rob is about to embark on a major nationwide tour with a show entitled “Mouth of the South”.

But what makes the 30-year-old even more appealing is the fact that he does not take his huge success for granted.‎ “I just try and be a normal bloke,” observes Rob, who is a very popular host of the Absolute Radio show, Rock’n’Roll Football.

“You don’t need to be diva-ish in this business. At the end of the day, we’re just chatting on stage. I’m genuinely grateful that people come to see me. If it wasn’t for the audience, I wouldn’t have a jet-wash – I’d just have an ordinary hose!”

Rob, who gave a blistering performance at Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the 02 recently, ‎goes on to explain the depth of his gratitude. “I’ve done hundreds of low-paid jobs in my time. I used to work in a flower market carrying around bags of compost. So the fact that I can now put my face on a poster and people will turn up for the show makes me so pleased!

‎”When I started out as a comedian, I thought, ‘If I can just about make a living doing comedy‎, I’ll be the happiest man in the world!’ So, as you can imagine, I’m pretty happy now!”

Mention of his audience brings us to the fact that one of Rob’s trademarks is his wonderful relationship with the people who flock to his shows.

The comedian, who between 2012 and 2014 co-presented the ITV2 spin-off show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, says that this stems from his natural ‎curiosity. “I’m just nosey! I love talking to the audience and getting them involved. I really like hearing their stories. People do the strangest jobs.

“Last night, for instance, someone in the audience‎ told me he was a change manager at a company producing floret salads. So basically he’s in charge of what leaves go in the salad! I like asking questions – it keeps the show fresh.”

Another element that keeps “Mouth of the South” fresh is the fact that Rob never rests on his laurels; he makes sure his material is constantly evolving. The stand-up, who won the Amused Moose Laugh-Off in 2009, reflects that, “I don’t want to feel desperate and that I have to hold on to certain bits. I don’t want to be living in fear of altering a routine.

“For my own sense of self-worth, I’d rather change it and let it progress. I enjoy that much more. That’s how I can do 200 shows on a tour because it’s always growing and changing. If I didn’t do that, I’d have gone mad by now!”

Rob, who also enjoys a thriving TV career and has appeared on such shows as Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, reveals that on the “Mouth of the South” tour he will be covering such down-to-earth, relatable subjects as holidays, Christmas, cold calls and nights out. His routines work so well because they are taken from his own ‎life.

Rob, who hails from South London says that, “I adored the American stand-up Bill Hicks. He used to do fantastic routines about drugs and guns. After hearing that, I thought, ‘No one will want to hear me talk about my life”.

“But then I saw Alan Davies and Peter Kay and realised you can be just as funny talking about nothing very much. If you walk into a pub and say to your mates, ‘What about the new Kit Kats?’, and you can be funny about that, I think that’s quite an achievement.”

Rob adds that he never scripts a show with an o‎ver-arching theme. According to the comedian, “I never write a show with a big narrative because I’d end up trying too hard and getting bored.

Rob proceeds to underscore just how delighted he is by the way in which his comedy career has panned out. “I enjoy making people laugh so much. I’m as funny as I can be for 90 minutes. I try and take people’s minds off things for an hour and a half. If you ever stop enjoying that, that’s the moment to give up.”

He concludes that, “Before I did stand-up, I’d always been rubbish at everything. I was doing all sorts of terrible jobs on the minimum wage and living in a grotty flat in Lewisham.

“Then I started doing comedy, and all of a sudden I finally found something I was good at. People were coming up to me after shows and saying, ‘I was feeling down beforehand, but you’ve really cheered me up tonight’. What a lovely thing to hear!

“At last I’ve discovered something I can do well, and I‎’m not letting it go!”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is very glad to hear that!

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Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry announces Warrington visit

TT WebSaturday 15 April 2017, 4pm, £15
Parr Hall, Tickets £15
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Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry has announced a special visit to Warrington’s Parr Hall in April.

Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music and with almost two decades of dance floor domination under his belt the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength.

The American DJ has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn.

Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks and later said: “I never got a break in New York but England happened right away so I catered to them.”

By 1988, Todd hit big in England and Europe and his notoriety was making its way back to the US.

In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day in the Life, Weekend and Can You Party, released under monikers such as The Todd Terry Project, House of Gypsies and Royal House, all considered essential and ground-breaking.

In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks that had been causing dance floor panic; this led to a deal with Mercury Records and the first release, Keep On Jumpin’, featured a vocal workout from super-divas Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, together for the first time ever.

The song became a top 10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash which Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

Meanwhile, Todd continued to break new ground as a producer and remixer; from SNAP to Annie Lennox, George Michael to Bjork, Todd’s mixes bridge the ground between club cool and commercial accessibility.

In 1995, his remix for Everything but the Girl’s Missing became a worldwide smash, giving the British duo their first ever hit.

He then rode the charts with mixes for Garbage (Stupid Girl), The Cardigans (Love Fool), Everything but the Girl (Wrong), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than This), Jamiroquai (Alright), The Cardigans (Been It), and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me), among others.

He also produced a Robin S track (Givin’ You All That I’ve Got) for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.

Much-loved band The Undertones return with date at Parr Hall

The Undertones WebSaturday 11 November 2017, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £20 advance
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Much-loved band The Undertones are building on the success of their comeback tour last year with a raft of new dates, including a trip to Warrington.

Legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who the band listened to religiously as aspiring musicians, was famously so smitten with their hit single Teenage Kicks that he played it twice back to back and declared it was his favourite song of all time.

2016 marked the band’s 40th anniversary and the Derry boys celebrated with a variety of scorching live performances at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe.

The reviews have been glowing and many critics and fans say the band are playing as well as, or better than, ever before.

This success has spurred the band on to announce a string of further dates in the UK, including Parr Hall on 11 November, as well as a European tour and their first ever forays into Australia and New Zealand.

The shows were an exhilarating live experience for the band and the fans evidently felt the same way.

Bassist Mickey Bradley said: “To be honest, we had such a great time on the last tour that we thought we’d try our luck again. And I promise to use new bass strings to celebrate.”

2016 also saw vinyl remasters of the band’s first two LPs, The Undertones and Hypnotised, and a 7 inch vinyl remix of the 1979 single Get Over You.

Michael Bradley also published his book Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone.

Radio and TV presenter, musician and writer Mark Radcliffe tells tales of colourful life

mrad-webThursday 13 April 2017, 7.30pm
Pyramid, Tickets £14.50
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Lancashire lad Mark Radcliffe will be sharing his tales of life as a radio DJ and TV presenter, musician and writer on his upcoming visit to Pyramid.

Mark has many strings to his bow and as a result has met a variety of fascinating and famous faces along the way.

Plus he’s an “all round cheese fetishist” who’s been making a little go a long way for several decades.

This show is no exception: expect stories and songs of middle-aged angst and ennui along with tales of ineptitude and encounters with some of music’s most famous names who Mark has on speed dial, even if his calls are blocked at the other end.

Radcliffe was one half of BBC Radio 1 duo Mark and Lard who worked on the station for 14 years, including a brief spell on the flagship Breakfast Show and a subsequent afternoon slot which garnered three prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards.

He later joined BBC Radio 2 and has presented various TV shows for the BBC including its coverage of Glastonbury Festival.

He currently presents The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 and co-hosts a weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music with Stuart Maconie.

Enjoy the time of your life with ultimate tribute to Dirty Dancing at Parr Hall

DD WebSunday 17 September, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £24/£22
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No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing and now there’s a chance to relive the excitement as this top quality tribute show travels to Warrington.

A Night of Dirty Dancing is the ultimate tribute to the original film which saw an entire generation fall in love with Patrick Swayze and long to be Jennifer Grey.

The Parr Hall performance on Sunday 17 September is a chance to relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time.

Recast and re-scripted for 2017, it’s all down to Kellerman’s end of season show: revel in the cherished moments, the memories made and the music that resonated throughout the years in this timeless theatrical treat.

Expect to hear She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and of course, the Academy Award-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life in the ultimate coming of age romance.

The Warrington audience is invited to immerse itself in this ultimate coming of age romance.

Extra performance added to Jimmy Carr’s trip to Warrington

PrintSaturday 23 September 2017, 7pm and just announced 10pm show
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Due to huge demand for tickets top comedian Jimmy Carr has announced a second performance for his September visit to Parr Hall.

The stand-up comic, TV star and all-round entertainer is bringing his ‘Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour’ to the Warrington venue for two shows featuring a selection of his very best jokes and brand new material.

A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

In short, it promises to be the ultimate comedy show.

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half, and in that time he’s performed nine sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents.

He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.

Now, all that experience is being put to good use and you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show.

This is the very best of Jimmy Carr.

Tickets for the new 10pm performance are on sale now

Warrington’s Parr Hall to welcome pub landlord Al Murray next month

Al Murray WebFriday 17 February 2017, 7pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Pub landlord Al Murray is set to bring his distinctive brand of humour back to Parr Hall next month.

He calls himself a publican, politician and philosopher and on this tour, Let’s Go Backwards Together, he will embark on a common sense campaign to “re-Great Britain”.

The critically-acclaimed comedian’s on-stage persona will address Europe, the NHS, “whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East”, the gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections and plenty of other issues which are regular pub chat fodder, all in his typical brash style.

Parr Hall’s audience will be watching The Pub Landlord answer the call of destiny, even though it’s an unlisted number, call time on tyranny, even though he isn’t quite sure what it means, and even say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink.

In the 20 years since The Pub Landlord first roared into existence, Al Murray has become “a supremely polished performer” according to Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph said “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili to visit Warrington next month

Omid WebSaturday 4 February 2017, £24,
Parr Hall, Tickets £24
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The award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is now on tour and is calling in at Parr Hall next month.

The British-Iranian comedian is intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining and his Schmuck for a Night tour promises to be a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

Omid’s credits range from Hollywood to television and live performances on the West End stage, earning him praise across the world for his performances.

He recently starred in BBC One’s Dickensian and Sky 1’s Lucky Man.

According to The Telegraph he is “one of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has”, Sunday Times described his show as full of “belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle”, and Metro called it a “confident, engaging and thoughtful show… did someone say National Treasure?”

Rock icon Steve Harley announces Warrington tour date

steve-harley-webSaturday 22 July 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Classic rock icon and original Cockney Rebel Steve Harley will be playing at Parr Hall in July as part of a UK tour.

Steve Harley, who has written and recorded 11 albums in a prolific career spanning four decades, recently returned to the public eye for re-releasing former No. 1 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) following the tragic murder of MP Jo Cox.

Together with Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray, he formed The Friends of Jo Cox and re-released the song in tribute on 16 December, with proceeds going towards charities the MP had supported.

Originally formed in 1973, Cockney Rebel enjoyed top 20 hits with Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Mr Raffles, Here Comes the Sun and, of course, their No.1 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me).

The latter is regularly voted among the top singles in the history of the charts, which covers six decades of releases, and The Performing Rights Society has confirmed Make Me Smile as one of the most played records in British broadcasting.

The song has been covered more than 100 times in seven languages, has been featured in several movies including The Full Monty and been used on more than twenty TV and radio advertising campaigns around the world.

Steve has written lyrics for artists including Rod Stewart, who called him “one of the finest lyricists the UK has ever produced”, and continues to play live concerts most years.

He said: “I love it, more now than ever. I cannot imagine stopping it, it’s what I do, play and sing.”

Tickets to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s Warrington show are on sale now on Steve’s website and See Tickets, and via Pyramid and Parr Hall from 9am on Monday 16 January.

Culture Warrington is delighted to announce the winners of its panto poster competition

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Culture Warrington is delighted to announce the winners of its panto poster competition.
Youngsters were invited to design a poster to celebrate Aladdin, which is currently enjoying a run of performances at Parr Hall, and the entries received were of an excellent standard.
Judges had a hard time choosing the winners but are delighted to announce that first place in the seven and under category went to seven-year-old Maisy Berry and in the eight and above category the winner was Zak Hillyard, aged 10.
The winning entries have now taken pride of place outside Parr Hall for all to see, in time for the upcoming performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Maisy and Zak also won family tickets to see The Sooty Show at the Culture Warrington venue on 21 February, a family swimming pass to any of LiveWire’s pools and a goody bag.
Tickets for this weekend’s performances are still available by popping in to Box Office, by calling 01925 442345 or buy online

Maisy Berry, age 7

Maisy Berry, age 7

Zak Hillyard, age 10

Zak Hillyard, age 10

Living legend Ken Dodd sharing a little happiness with Warrington

KenDoddWEBSunday 29 January, 5pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £21
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The nation’s favourite comedian Ken Dodd, recently made Sir Ken Dodd, is bringing his Happiness Show to Warrington later this month.

The 88-year-old’s incredible and hugely-successful career as a professional entertainer now spans more than 60 fun-filled years and he’s decided it’s high time he revisited Parr Hall.

Ken is a comedian of unrivalled and legendary status who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter.

And that dedication was rewarded with a knighthood in this year’s Queen’s New Year Honours.

Anyone who comes along to enjoy his famous Happiness Show will be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for over the moon) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs.

With a supporting company, non-stop gags and a selection of songs presented in his uniquely versatile style, there’ll be everything from ballads to grand opera.

The comedian is a multi-award winning entertainer who loves nothing more than performing for theatre audiences, so don’t miss his fun-filled Happiness Show, a great night out for all the family.

Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends set sights on Warrington

tdl-webThursday 23 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50
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Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends, formerly The Dubliners, have toured the world to huge critical acclaim and now they have their sights set on Warrington.

In 2012 The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sell-out UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall.

Sadly however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden death of founding member “Banjo” Barney McKenna: this tragic occurrence prompted the remaining members to sit down and discuss the band’s future.

The outcome was that Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn decided, like the name of their live greatest hits album, it was “Too Late to Stop Now” and enlisted the services of Gerry O’Connor, to become The Dublin Legends.

Since then they have toured the world to huge critical acclaim.

Tickets to see The Dublin Legends at Parr Hall on Thursday 23 March are on sale now.

The amazing story of the Bee Gees comes to Parr Hall

ywa-webThursday 30 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £24/£22/10th ticket free
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Following its West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre, You Win Again – The Story of the Bee Gees will be embarking on its first ever nationwide tour.

The Parr Hall audience will have a chance to immerse itself in the Gibb brother’s hits through the sixties, seventies and eighties, not to mention the glittering array of classics they wrote for other stars.

This spectacular production tells the incredible story of the Bee Gees in an all-new musical experience.

Follow the band and their lives, through the early charting triumphs, their fall from grace and their meteoric climb back to the top to become the multi-million selling super group known and loved by millions across the globe.

This breathtaking concert spectacular will take the Warrington audience on a musical journey through all the best songs including Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than a Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love?, Tragedy and Words.

Tickets for the show at Parr Hall on Thursday 30 March are on sale now.

Box Office Christmas Opening Times 2016

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Box Office Christmas Opening Times 2016

We have special opening hours over the Christmas period. The Box Office will be open during the following times:

Thursday 22 December 9am – 5pm
Friday 23 December 9am – 5pm
Saturday 24 December 10am – 2pm
Sunday 25 December Closed
Monday 26 December Closed
Tuesday 27 December Closed
Wednesday 28 December 10am – 2pm
Thursday 29 December 10am – 2pm
Friday 30 December 10am – 2pm
Saturday 31 December 10am – 2pm
Sunday 1 December Closed
Monday 2 December Closed

Normal Box Office opening hours will resume from Tuesday 3 January.

Check out the Visiting Us page for further information about visiting Pyramid & Parr Hall.

Discover a whole new world with panto poster competition

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DESIGN a poster to celebrate the launch of Aladdin at Parr Hall to be in with the chance of winning a collection of prizes.
We have joined forces with the Warrington Guardian to offer you the opportunity to create an Aladdin-themed panto poster with the winning entries to take pride of place outside Parr Hall for the final weekend of the show’s run.
Judges will pick their favourites from two categories – seven and under and eight and above.
Both winners will also be awarded a family ticket to The Sooty Show at Parr Hall on Tuesday, February 21, a family swimming pass for use at any of LiveWire’s pools and a goody bag.

The deadline for entries is Monday, January 9.

Designs should be sent to Panto Poster Competition, Pyramid Arts Centre, Cultural Quarter, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, January 12.

Terms and conditions apply.

Stars of Parr Hall panto spread festive cheer on children’s ward

panto-smallFriday 6 January 2017 – Sunday 15 January 2017, 1.30pm & 17.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £12.50/£10.50/£40 family ticket/10th ticket free
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Young patients at Warrington Hospital had huge smiles on their faces this week thanks to a surprise visit by the cast of Parr Hall’s panto Aladdin.

The hero Aladdin with Ping and Pong, from the talented troop of actors who will be entertaining audiences in January, made a special visit to the hospital’s A&E and children’s ward to spread some festive cheer.

They caused quite a stir in their extravagant costumes and met with friendly smiles and calls of “Happy Christmas” wherever they went.

Tony Peers, theatrical producer at Tony Peers Ltd which is running the show, said he was excited about bringing the panto to Warrington.

Himself an actor and comedian before becoming a producer, Tony said: “I always look forward to bringing the panto to Warrington because I performed in Jack and the Beanstalk at Parr Hall many years ago.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it; Warrington’s a great place.

“We do summer shows and lots of one-off performances throughout the year but pantomimes are always special.

“They’re such a great Christmas tradition, and really are entertainment for the whole family, from grandmas and grandpas right down to the little ones.”

The stars of the show also enjoyed a warm welcome when they visited Warrington for the Christmas lights switch-on at Golden Square last month and are looking forward to returning to the town in January.

Nichola Lagan, who plays Aladdin, added: “This panto tells the classic tale of Arabian nights, a genie in a lamp and a beautiful princess, and we’re all determined the Warrington audience will thoroughly enjoy the show.

“It’s a magical story which really captures the imagination of the children and we as a cast couldn’t be more excited about taking it to the Parr Hall stage.”

Tickets for the panto, which runs from Friday 6 January to Sunday 15 January, are on sale now, with special offers available.

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Spoiler Alert! Ed Byrne’s new tour comes to Warrington

ed-byrne-webFriday 8 December 2017, 8pm,
Tickets £24
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Top comedian Ed Byrne, the unrivalled master of observational comedy, is bringing his brand new stand up show to Parr Hall.

Spoiler Alert! is the latest show by the star of Dara and Ed’s Big Adventure and regular panellist on Mock the Week, both on the BBC, and during his twenty years in comedy, Ed has enjoyed huge critical and popular success in the UK and Ireland.

He has performed hit tours, sold out many runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, had a successful two-week run in the West End and appeared on the stage and big screen as well as radio and television.

The Sunday Telegraph described Ed as “at the top of his game” and The Scotsman said: “It is rare for a comic to merit the word ‘masterful’ but in this case it is no overstatement.”

An Edinburgh Festivals Magazine review read: “Hilarious anecdotes… I assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should definitely see.”

Classic ballet Cinderella tells rags to riches tale at Parr Hall

vfbwebSunday 14 May 2017, time,
Tickets £19.50/£17.50/£12.50
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This beautiful adaptation of the classic rags to riches story of Cinderella promises to wow the Warrington audience on its May visit.

Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present the age-old fairytale on a Spring tour with music by G A Rossini and choreography by Sheila Styles.

A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make a perfect piece of story-telling.

Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Cinderella is based on the traditional story which will no doubt touch the heart of the audience through this performance – a combination of pure classical dancing and a hint of pantomime.

The musical score contains a collection of Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements and has been specially arranged for Vienna Festival Ballet.

Tickets to this magical show, on Sunday 14 May 2017, are on sale now.

New tour to feature The Jam classics and Bruce Foxton solo hits

ftj-webFriday 28 April 2017, 7.30pm,
Tickets £20 advance/£23 on the door
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From The Jam are bringing The Jam classics and Bruce Foxton solo hits to Parr Hall in Warrington as part of their latest tour.

From The Jam have gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago.

The Parr Hall audience can expect to hear classic The Jam hits such as Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and The Modern World as well as some live favourites and songs from Bruce’s solo career.

The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 delivering their ferocious mission statement in the form of debut single In the City.

With a catalogue that includes 18 UK Top 40 singles, The Jam became the sound of the British youth and one of the greatest and biggest-selling bands in British history.

In 2000, Q magazine placed The Jam’s third album All Mod Cons at Number 50 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

Marc Almond selects Parr Hall as one of just five venues for tour

almond-webTuesday 28 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Tickets £55/£37.50/£27.50/£22.50
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Warrington’s Parr Hall has been selected as one of just five venues to host an eagerly-anticipated tour by Marc Almond.

One of Britain’s most gifted and unique vocal talents, Marc Almond, who is best known for being one half of Soft Cell and his hugely successful solo career, has announced a UK tour in March 2017.

He will be performing songs from both eras ahead of a new album Hits and Pieces to be released the same month.

With shows in London, Perth, York, Buxton and Warrington, the tour is a celebration of Marc Almond’s 60th birthday year and will feature a full band performing No. 1 singles Tainted Love, which spent a record 43 consecutive weeks in the US singles charts, Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart, recorded with Gene Pitney, plus many more of his biggest and best-loved hits.

The songs performed on the tour will also feature on the new album Hits and Pieces which will be available in one and two-CD formats on Universal.

Described by The Observer as “a musician who has never stood still”, Marc Almond found fame in the early 1980s as one half of the pioneering synth-pop duo Soft Cell, and has had a hugely successful, prolific and diverse solo career that has seen him sell more than 30 million records worldwide.

His back catalogue includes much-revered interpretations of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel songs as well as his own self-penned pieces.

Q Magazine recently referred to Marc Almond as “one of pop’s greatest voices” and he has also collaborated with many other legendary figures in music including Tony Visconti, Jools Holland and Nico.

Most recently, Marc performed as part of the BBC Proms celebration of David Bowie’s music.

Now, as he approaches his 60th birthday, these shows are an opportunity to celebrate the “hits and pieces” that have made up one of the most iconic careers in British popular music.

Brit Award-winning KT Tunstall returns to Parr Hall to showcase new album

kt-tunstall_webFriday 26 May 2017, 7pm,
Tickets £35/£25/£17.50
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Brit Award-winning singer KT Tunstall is returning to Parr Hall as part of a 2017 tour to showcase her new album KIN.

The Warrington show, on 26 May, is one of eight new dates announced today alongside news that her new single It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am will be released on 6 January.

Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award-winning KT was recently honoured further with the Inspirational Artist gong at the Women in Music Awards.

It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am is the third single taken from the full-bodied and full-blooded album KIN which was released earlier this year to rave reviews.

It debuted at No. 7 on the official UK Album Chart and follows previous critically-acclaimed albums Eye To The Telescope, Drastic Fantastic, Tiger Suit and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon.

KT has a busy few months ahead as she will be a special guest in the Jamie Cullum & Friends Jazz Café show, which raises money for Help Refugees, in London on 4 December, and lending her vocal talents to a charity single in memory of MP Jo Cox.

Early 2017 will see KT supporting Simple Minds across Europe before heading out on her own headline tour which includes a show at Warrington’s Parr Hall on 26 May.

Folk singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman announces Warrington show

seth-lakeman-webSaturday 11 March 2017, 7pm,
Tickets £23.50/£18.50
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West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman is returning to Parr Hall as part of a new album tour.

Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth’s eighth studio album was released in September with the single Meet Me in the Twilight playlisted soon after on BBC Radio 2.

The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of the singer’s dynamic songwriting and playing, and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin.

Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complemented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who are also from Devon.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winner’s previous albums include Mercury Prize-nominated Kitty Jay, the gold-selling Freedom Fields which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare, Poor Man’s Heaven, Hearts and Minds, Tales from the Barrel House, and Word of Mouth.

With Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

The new tour, which calls in at Warrington on 11 March 2017, will feature tracks from the new album and live favourites from his back catalogue.

Funny man Rob Beckett tackles big issues in Warrington show

robbeckkett-webTuesday 21 February 2017, 7.15pm,
Tickets £16
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Comedian Rob Beckett is back with a brand new show of funnies and this time he is taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread.

The so-called “Mouth of the South”, which also happens to be the name of the tour, has appeared on every top comedy show going, including BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out of Cats Does Countdown, BBC2’s Mock the Week, ITV’s Play to the Whistle, and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice.

Rob is also a host on TV channel Dave’s podcast The Magic Sponge alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith, as well as hosting Absolute Radio’s hit show Rock n Roll Football.

The Metro said “there are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth” and The Guardian described him as a “relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience”.

Mail on Sunday said he “lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)”.

Comedian Rich Hall’s grouchiness set to make Warrington smile

Rich WebFriday 9 December, 8pm,
Tickets £16
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TV star and comedian Rich Hall is returning to Parr Hall to share his grouchy, deadpan style with the Warrington public on his latest tour.

As the star of the critically-acclaimed BBC4 documentaries Rich Hall’s California Stars, Rich Hall’s You Can Go to Hell, I’m Going to Texas, and Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian, his unique sense of humour has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit.

The American will be visiting Warrington fresh off the back of success with Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown which guided listeners through the chaos that was the US presidential election on BBC Radio 4, a station he now knows well after having his documentary In Search Of Southern Hospitality aired on it in April.

The award-winning comedian, renowned for his expertly-crafted tirades and banter with audiences, has saddled up and hitched his wagon to tour the British Isles once again.

And this tour promises to leave the Parr Hall audience hanging on every word.

Rich has also become well-known for his television and radio work with notable UK appearances including regular slots on Channel 4’s Very British Problems and Stand Up For the Week, and the BBC’s QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You.

Other strings to his bow include writing for The David Letterman Show, for which he won two Emmy awards, and inspiring Matt Groening’s character Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons.

Rich is also an accomplished author with three releases to his name – Magnificent Bastards, I Blame Society and Things Snowball – and he has two very successful stand-up DVDs to his credit.

According to The Scotsman, his humour “creeps up on you and ambushes your funny bone like no one else” while The Guardian warns “now is the time to grab this chance to see the great man at work”.

Comedy folk band The Lancashire Hotpots’ unique style to entertain Warrington

lhp-webSaturday 13 May 2017, 7pm,
Tickets £15/£13
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The Lancashire Hotpots are hugely popular for their down to earth sense of humour and impressive musicianship in equal measure.

And the St Helens band will no doubt be delighting audiences with their unique talents on the new tour, Food Glorious Food, which calls at Pyramid arts centre on Saturday 13 May 2017.

The Lancashire Hotpots love a good feed and their new tour showcases all their favourite songs about grub.

As well as favourites such as Shopmobility Scooter and I Fear Ikea, the lads will be piling on the comedy calories with songs about late night kebabs, fussy eaters and everyone’s favourite, a chippy tea!

So forget Weightwatchers and join the Hotpots for a night of madcap music and laughs.

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Beautiful ballet brings magical fairytale of Snow White to life

Snow White WEBSunday 11 December, 2.30pm,
Tickets £19.50/£17.50/£12.50
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Vienna Festival Ballet presents this delightful telling of the classic story Snow White in a magical show which is not to be missed.

World premiere choreography by Barry McGrath propels this timeless fairytale into the 21st Century and answers the age-old question “who is the fairest one of all?”

Based on the traditional Grimm brothers’ story, this ballet incorporates all the classic elements – a beautiful girl, an enchanted mirror, a poisoned apple – as well as some added extras like hip-hopping dwarves who help Snow White find her Prince Charming.

This spellbinding ballet promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family when it comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall in December: it’s a perfect Christmas treat!

Beautiful vocalist Kate Rusby captures magic of Christmas for Warrington show

Kate WebFriday 16 December, 7.30pm, Tickets £25/£15
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Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience and her special Christmas shows will be no exception.

Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere so the audience at her Parr Hall show on 16 December are in for a treat.

It is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect.

Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly, she and her marvellous band – joined as ever by a sublime brass quintet – embody the sounds and joyous spirit of the Christmas season.

In her performances Kate is embracing and sharing a South Yorkshire tradition of which she has been a part ever since she was a child.

For over 200 years, from late November to New Year’s Day, Sunday lunchtimes see the good folk of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire flock to their local public houses to sing their own unique variations of familiar carols which, as Kate says, “were kicked out of churches during the Victorian era for being too happy”.

The Houghton Weavers keep folk smiling with Pyramid show

Weavers WebFriday 16 December, 7.30pm, Tickets £14
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THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS have been entertaining for over 40 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation.

During their time together as a group – comprising Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington – they have performed thousands of concerts, recorded more than 30 albums, starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series, and made countless appearances on other programmes.

Their next outing is a tour which aims to “keep folk smiling”, taking in a date at Warrington’s Pyramid arts centre on Friday 16 December.

The Houghton Weavers guarantee a top quality show suitable for all the family honed to perfection over four decades in the business, which combined with their individual style and professionalism adds up to a wonderful night of entertainment.

Dave Spikey returns to Parr Hall to celebrate 30 years in comedy

dave-spikey-webFriday 31 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £17.50
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Funny man Dave Spikey is coming back to Warrington to celebrate 30 years in comedy.

Dave Spikey: Juggling on a Motorbike will look back on his remarkable life and his incredible journey from working class kid to chief biomedical scientist to much-loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Bullseye, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more.

The Dead Man Weds and Magnolia star reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and that he would still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on the motorbike.

Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a biomedical scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words: “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian.” And for some reason he took them seriously!
Only a few months later he won the national talent show Stairway to the Stars, clinching the award with a routine about a juggler on a motorbike.

13 years later on Friday 13 October 2000 he switched off his microscope for good and the following Monday found himself sitting on a rain-swept car park dressed as a giant berry wondering if he should have taken more notice of the omens to avoid what may have turned out to be a bit of a mistake.

As it turns out, it wasn’t, and now in 2017 he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his comedy career.

Gabrielle – Important Information For Ticket Holders

 

 

The Gabrielle show which was planned for Thursday 3 November but sadly postponed due to ill health has been rescheduled to Sunday 18 December at 7pm in Parr Hall.

 

Original tickets are still valid for the rescheduled show, so please keep hold of your ticket, but refunds are available from Box Office for those who cannot make the new date. If you require a refund, please return your ticket either in person or by registered post before 25.11.16.

 

Ticketholders who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster, SEE, Gigs & Tours or Ticketline will be contacted by their relevant ticket agent.

 

A statement from Gabrielle said: “For those of you who came to last night’s show in Warrington I will be back to sing for you on December 18th. The love you all showed me last night was incredible and I’m so grateful to all of you, I hope to see you all again. Love you lots and see you soon! Gabs xxxx”

 

We do apologise for any upset this has caused to you as Gabrielle fans but I’m sure you join us in wishing her a speedy recovery.

 

And hopefully we’ll see as many of you as possible on December 18!

 

Very best wishes,

The Culture Warrington team

Explorer Levison Wood talks about adventures in Warrington show

levisonwebThursday 16 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50/£17.50
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Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing stories about his sometimes terrifying and challenging adventures when his tour calls in to Parr Hall.

An Evening with Levison Wood will give a rare insight into his exploits as a modern day explorer which will no doubt fascinate the Warrington audience.

With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

In this adventure-filled one-man show, Levison recounts his amusing and sometimes poignant tales of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing.

His latest tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and climbing the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1,700 miles along the length of Central America, taking in eight countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap.

With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be.

His shows have received rave reviews across the UK and internationally, and the forthcoming documentary series Walking The Americas will air on Channel 4 in early spring 2017, while his book of the same name will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in February.

Nation’s favourite bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington

sooty-webTuesday 21 February, 11am and 2.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £12/£10
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Izzy, wizzy, let’s get busy, because the nation’s favourite TV bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington’s Parr Hall for a fun-packed show.

Culture Warrington is delighted to announce the popular children’s character and his friends Sweep and Soo are back for two shows on Tuesday 21 February with guaranteed giggles for all the family.

There will also be a chance to meet Sooty and Richard after the show.

This brand new show, inspired by the hit CITV programme, will see Sooty, Sweep and Soo spreading mischief while their friend Richard Cadell tries to keep things running smoothly.

Sooty’s magic tricks turn very messy and Sweep’s escapology act has him all tied up. Maybe Soo and her tap dancing will save the day? Special guest stars include Butch and Ramsbottom who will also join the fun.

Expect magic, music and mayhem with a bucket-full of audience participation: this is a spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new.

The Guardian said the show “works like a dream – your children will love it”, Netmums described it as “absolutely brilliant” and former Sooty star Matthew Corbett said: “Richard Cadell is as close to a Corbett as you will ever get – Sooty is on the right hands”.

Hilarious raconteur Gervase Phinn brings his rib-tickling tales to Warrington

Gervase WebWednesday 2 November, 7.30pm,
Pyramid, Tickets £17.50
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Gervase Phinn has been touring theatres across the country for 10 years now as a hilarious raconteur and he’s bringing his rib-tickling tales to Warrington.

The former schools inspector is a best-selling and award-winning author, and radio and TV personality, but he really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience.

An Evening with Gervase Phinn will have the Pyramid audience on the edge of its seat, as the storyteller shares his hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.

Dubbed “the James Herriot of schools”, with his keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous, Gervase Phinn has delighted audiences all over the UK with stories of his experiences, and his shows have received rave reviews all across the country.

An Evening with Gervase Phinn comes to Warrington on Wednesday 2 November.

New stage play of Twopence to Cross the Mersey heading for Warrington

twopence-full-cast-credit-david-munn-smallFriday 28 October – Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm (and 2.30pm Saturday matinee)
Parr Hall, Tickets £18-£24
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A new stage play about the life of acclaimed author Helen Forrester is heading to Warrington this month.

Twopence to Cross the Mersey comes to Parr Hall on Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October for three performances including a matinee. Tickets are on sale now.

Twopence tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly-wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s and forced to survive in the slums among the streetwise working class.

Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune.

Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

The new version of this dramatic, moving and heart-warming tale is staged by Pulse Records Ltd in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and producer Bill Elms, joined by director Bob Eaton.

Rob worked closely with Helen on the original stage production which she lived long enough to see for herself.

He said: “I got to know Helen very well during the last 20 years of her life and during the writing of the original script she would often send faxes and letters of encouragement together with all sorts of additional information that didn’t appear in her books.

“Helen and I often talked about a touring production of Twopence to Cross the Mersey so I am really pleased to finally see it happen.

“I had always visualised Twopence as a straight play and was thrilled when audiences and reviewers alike gave the new adaptation a big thumbs up.

“We’re excited and delighted to take the play on the road so greater numbers of Helen’s readers can see her most famous book come to life as a stage play and we cannot wait to bring the show to Warrington’s Parr Hall with a very strong cast who will do justice to Helen’s story.”

The new stage adaptation is fully endorsed by the Helen Forrester estate and has the blessing of her son Robert Bhatia.

He added: “The play is great. I saw it last year and Maria Lovelady was utterly convincing as my mother.”

The play features an eight-strong ensemble cast including Emma Dears (Judy & Liza, Les Miserables) as Mother, Christopher Jordan (Moving On, Coronation Street) as Father, Maria Lovelady as Helen, and Tom Cawte (Witless, The Lone Pine Club) as Alan.

Eithne Browne (Brookside, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel), Jake Abraham (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Game of Thrones), Roy Carruthers (Night Collar, Tales from Haunted Liverpool), and Phil Hearne (Good Golly Miss Molly, Blood Brothers) all take on lead roles, as well as supplementary characters throughout.

‘Beautifully-crafted tribute’ to Whitney Houston due to raise roof at Parr Hall

photo-whitney-belinda-singing-pointing-up-img_2068-hiresThursday 27 October, 7.30pm, £25
Parr Hall, Tickets £25
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Whitney Houston fans are in for a treat as the next best thing, Belinda Davids, is coming to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Thursday 27 October.

The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show is a breathtaking production featuring the impeccable vocal talents of the South African singer described by many as “jaw-droppingly similar” to the beloved pop diva’s.

The show is a beautifully-crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers, complete with a full band and dancers who bring to life more than two hours-worth of Whitney Houston’s best-loved pop hits.

In addition to her pitch perfect sound, Davids openly acknowledges that Houston was her personal idol and the original inspiration for her own career when she began singing professionally at the age of 14.

She said: “I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her game and when she was fabulous.”

People all over the world have done exactly that with the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa already hosting sell-out performances in the show’s first two years of touring.

The Greatest Love of All features 20 of Houston’s most popular tracks taken from the full span of her career, including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Exhale (Shoop Shoop) and Million Dollar Bill to name a few.

Davids is directed by Showtime Management creative director John Van Grinsven Senior and joined on tour by the production team responsible for the worldwide hit tribute show Michael Jackson HIStory.

Much-loved pop star Gabrielle coming to Parr Hall in just three weeks

gab-web3 November 2016, 7pm,
Parr Hall, tickets from £25/35 (VIP package £99)
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Veteran pop star Gabrielle will be making “Dreams” come true with a visit to Parr Hall on November 3.

A unique artist with one of the most distinctive voices in the business, Gabrielle has achieved a great deal without becoming an in-your-face, look at me “celebrity”.

Her career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single, Dreams.

As a 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider; she didn’t possess the sort of belting voice you’d expect of an R&B vocalist and wearing an eyepatch made her visually striking.

She quickly became one of Britain’s most successful soul singers despite saying there were “so many other girls with better voices” who were a “hell of a lot skinnier”.

In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable; Give Me A Little More Time, If You Ever, When a Woman, Sunshine and Out Of Reach, which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’s Diary, to name a few.

Then there are the multi-platinum albums, Gabrielle, Rise and Dreams Can Come True, and she recently featured on Naughty Boy’s album Hotel Cabana alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande.

Gabrielle said: “It was an incredible project to be part of and funny for me that the other guests were artists like Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran. I’m the veteran, the surprise in there and I loved that.”
In 2013 Gabrielle released a seventh album with the iconic Island records – a double album of all her greatest hits, some of her favourite album tracks and seven brand new songs.

With the new songs came a new sound, the album titled Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming also includes a new version of the classic Dreams re-produced and re-recorded by Naughty Boy.

2014 saw Gabrielle go on her first UK tour since 2008. With a new band, new team and new energy she loved being back on stage and it reignited her passion for performing live.

The Now and Always tour was a huge success and Gabrielle felt reconnected with her fans, at every show she could be seen taking selfies from the stage with audience members.

Gabrielle hit the road again earlier this year as special guest opener for Michael Bolton on his UK tour and after an amazing response from audiences decided it was time for her own headline tour.

“I love performing live,” she added. “When I’m at home being mum it’s so easy to forget there are people who come along to see me and sing along to songs I’ve written.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so grateful that after 23 years I still have the chance to perform and record.

“It’s what I know and what I love – when I said dreams can come true, I wasn’t wrong!”

Legendary rockers UFO now less than two weeks from Warrington show

ufo webWednesday 26 October, 7.30pm, £22.50
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50
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The tour, which calls at Warrington on 26 October, will showcase A Conspiracy of Stars, the band’s 22nd studio album, as well as some old favourites.

This is the first time in more than 20 years the British band have recorded an album in their native country and it exudes that typically British easy-going confidence for which the band has been known for more than 45 years.

A Conspiracy of Stars is described as a “strong release” consisting of 11 songs which combine everything the group stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse song-writing and intelligent lyrics.

The fact that the album was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore fame, adds to the success of the recording and sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended.

UFO’s success story began in London way back in 1969, when vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitarist Mick Bolton and bassist Pete Way formed the group.

Even in the seventies, the band distinguished themselves with their own, unmistakable style, touching a nerve among their following with rock numbers like Prince Kajuku, Follow You Home and C’mon Everybody from their albums UFO 1, Flying and UFO Live.

The global breakthrough came when German guitarist Michael Schenker joined the fold in 1973, having left his band Scorpions to follow an offer by Phil Mogg and Pete Way.

UFO released three consecutive rock classics with Schenker – Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976) – featuring classics like Doctor Doctor, Shoot Shoot, and Rock Bottom.

And following the arrival of keyboarder/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, UFO released Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978), which included the hit singles Too Hot to Handle, Lights Out and Only You Can Rock Me.

Their live cut Strangers In The Night came out in 1979 and is described by the press to this day as one of the best live releases of all time, while also signalling the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker and Raymond line-up.

The band now consists of original members Phil Mogg, vocals, and Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, classic-era drummer Andy Parker, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, a permanent member since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca who joined in 2012.

Space race seen through eyes of child in touching family play

AWSE_WebMonday 24 October, 2pm,
Pyramid, Tickets £10/£8/£30 (family)
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It’s 1967 and the space race is on. Alfie White is crazy about space and his dad is training to be the first man on the moon.

At least that’s what Alfie tells his schoolmates. In fact, his dad has disappeared without trace, as if swallowed up by a black hole.

Together with his best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. But where on earth, or in space, is he?

Alfie White: Space Explorer, which comes to Pyramid on Monday 24 October, is a cosmic tale of adventure and discovery for everyone aged five and up.

It’s Tall Stories’ latest production and had a brilliant run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe with great feedback from audiences and reviewers alike.

Broadway Baby described the show as “a thrilling everyday adventure that is engaging for all ages” while The Stage said it was “an accomplished piece of children’s storytelling theatre” which “holds the children in rapt and often amused attention”.

Battle of wills, and jokes, is heading for Warrington

CS WEBSaturday 22 October, 2.30pm
Pyramid, Tickets £8/£6
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Now in its 15th year Comedy Sportz is an all-ages, all-improvised show where two teams battle it out for laughs which is sure to entertain the Warrington audience.

Players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience, creating a show that’s fast, feel good and always unpredictably funny.

There’s a referee on hand to steer the entertainment, call any fouls and help the audience decide the winner and, most importantly, it’s great entertainment for the whole family, including children aged eight and up.

Lancashire Evening Post described Comedy Sportz as “a non-stop stream of gags, sketches and general hilarity,“ Netmums said “kids enjoyed the interactive nature of the show and were in fits of giggles all the way through” and Yorkshire Times said the show was “quick, witty, sometimes ingenious, and more often than not, just down-right silly”.

To see what Comedy Sportz is all about visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdE06PIjd9k

Warrington author’s film debut The Violators to air in home town

VioWebSaturday 15 October, 7.30pm
Pyramid, Tickets £7
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Critically-acclaimed writer Helen Walsh is bringing her first film back to her home town as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

The author of The Lemon Grove, Brass and Once Upon a Time in England will also be taking part in a question and answer session following the end of the film.

Described by The Times as “a powerful debut” and “impressive, credible and fascinating” by The Film Review on BBC News, The Violators is a powerful and engaging British drama.

The cast is led by rising stars Lauren McQueen (The Mill, Ordinary Lies) and Brogan Ellis (Waterloo Road) alongside Stephen Lord (Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Route Irish), Liam Ainsworth (Kajaki), Derek Barr (Pride) and newcomer Callum King Chadwick.

After testifying against her abusive father, Shelly (McQueen) finds herself rehoused on a sink estate she can barely call home. A petty thief, Shelly spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities.

When she attracts the attention of estate loan shark and groomer Mikey Finnegan (Lord), Shelly finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel (Ellis).

As Shelly’s relationship with Mikey develops, so does Rachel’s fixation with Shelly. The shock revelation that Shelly’s father is to be given early parole forces Shelly to make a decision that will alter the fates of all three of them forever.

Set amid the desolate beauty of a post-industrial wasteland, The Violators is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls’ sexuality.

Helen Walsh, who wrote and directed The Violators, was born in Warrington in 1976 and her first novel Brass, about a female sex addict, was the recipient of a Betty Trask Award and was published to great acclaim around the world.

Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, won the Somerset Maugham Prize.

Helen has written four novels to date, all of which have been published internationally. The Lemon Grove, her most recent, was a critically-acclaimed best-seller. All of her work touches upon the complexities and ambiguities of female sexuality.

The Violators marks her debut feature film as writer/director and is produced by Red Union Films, with the support of the BFI Film Fund.

The Arts Desk described the film as “ballsy, bruising, brilliant” and The Upcoming said it was “absorbing, hard-hitting and quietly powerful”.

New show 21,000 Miles of Rail explores how we interact on trains

21000-mile-of-rail-wcaf-thumbFriday 14 October, 7.30pm, £10
Pyramid, Tickets £10
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A new theatre show called 21,000 Miles of Rail is inviting rail users to think about how they interact with others on the daily commute.

In an age where ticket fares are rising and stations are busier than ever, Hannah Butterfield has made a show for the commuters of the country that unpacks the rules of talking on trains and tests the possibilities of chance encounters with strangers.

21,000 Miles of Rail brings live music, heart-warming true train stories and even a little bit of laughter to its audiences.

You can’t find your ticket, someone’s sat in your seat and the train guard has just announced a 45-minute delay – sound familiar?

Like thousands of others Hannah has been on a lot of these train journeys, but this isn’t a show about one person, one story or one, one-way ticket.

It’s a season pass taking you on a number of routes, through a variety of stations, following a number of people making their way… somewhere.

Somewhere between a musical, a theatre show and A Brief Encounter, 21,000 Miles of Rail is about telling true stories and confronting the realities of the morning commute with the magic which surrounds travel by rail.

Hannah said: “This show was born out of a slightly unusual experiment: I spent a ‘working day’ observing people passing through Leeds city railway station. I was witness to all sorts of behaviours, coincidences, challenges and acts of kindness.

“21,000 Miles of Rail is about the possibility of making connections with the people you haven’t met yet. It’s about communication, or lack of in some cases, and finding hope in the most unexpected places.”

Hannah Butterfield is rapidly becoming a celebrated young artist and her work has been championed by Sheffield Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and shown at international festivals around the world.

This show was developed through her time last year as a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow when she spent one year with the critically-acclaimed theatre company Third Angel.

Warrington residents prescribed dose of laughter with comedy about NHS

this-might-hurt-1Friday 7 October, 7.30pm, £16
Pyramid, Tickets £16
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Popular playwright John Godber has put a comedic spin on dealing with the NHS and the prognosis is This Might Hurt.

This latest play by the BAFTA Award-winning writer of Teechers, Bouncers and The Debt Collectors visits Warrington’s Pyramid on Friday 7 October as part of a UK tour, following its premiere at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Produced by The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield, and directed by Godber, This Might Hurt is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at the NHS, investigating what we deserve and what we actually receive.

When tough actor Jack Skipton, played by Robert Angell, returns from filming to care for his ageing aunt he has no idea what he’s letting himself in for.

This might be his most taxing role to date as he begins an incredible odyssey through the NHS, from cancelled GP appointments to wrongly-booked scans, frustrated consultants to abusive home carers who smoke on the doorstep.

With bleak humour and shades of Breaking Bad, This Might Hurt is an emotional, bittersweet and shocking true story of one family’s experiences with an embattled health service.

From over-stressed consultants to over-weight home carers, Godber’s eye for observation has never been sharper and it’s told in a bold physical theatre style with breathtaking grit and honesty.

Rachael Abbey and Jodie Morley also star as 27 different characters.

In this cutting vision of the state of our health one thing’s for sure: this might hurt!

Wilko Johnson brings new zest for life to Warrington

Wilko_lr_nomicThursday 6 October 2016, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £25
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Wilko Johnson is feeling more alive than ever, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis, and he’s bringing his new zest for life to Warrington.

The singer and guitarist’s unique playing style, his black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage in Feelgood, the Solid Senders and Ian Dury’s The Blockheads will be resurrected at Parr Hall on 6 October with special quest Aaron Keylock.

In a recent interview Wilko said: “I’m supposed to be dead.”

But despite the doctor’s worst predictions he continues to perform with vigour claiming “there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”.

He could have been a retired teacher by now but was lured into music by his first Telecaster soon after becoming the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood.

Wilko and his bandmates were in the vanguard of the pub rock movement, performing gutsy down-to-earth rock and roll many viewed as a welcome antidote to the faltering prog-rock era.

Heavily influenced by legendary guitarist Mick Green from 60s rockers Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Wilko employs a finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the ‘stab’, as he describes it). This allows for chords and lead guitar to be played at the same time, giving fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.

With this economic sound, coupled with that black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage pausing only to twist the guitar lead out from under his feet, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the era.

His influence was felt in bands up and down the country, and later in the emergent punk revolution (Joe Strummer of the Clash bought a Telecaster after seeing Wilko play).

Feelgood had four successful albums in Wilko’s time, and then followed a busy creative period playing in an early incarnation of the Wilko Johnson Band, the Solid Senders, before he joined Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads, in 1980.

All through the 80s, 90s and into the new millennium he continued to gig in the UK, Europe and Japan. But it was when Julien Temple’s award-winning Oil City Confidential came out in 2009, with Wilko emerging as the film’s star, that the world once again sat up and paid attention to his extraordinary talent.

His career took another twist in 2010, when he was offered an acting part in the hit series Game of Thrones, playing the role of mute executioner Ilyn Payne.

He appeared in 4 episodes shown in 2011 and 2012, and later explained: “They said they wanted somebody really sinister who went around looking daggers at people before killing them. That made it easy. Looking daggers at people is what I do all the time.”

Russell Kane is the right man at the wrong time in Warrington

Russ WebWednesday 5 October 2016, 8pm
Parr Hall, tickets £17
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Russell Kane is unleashing yet another blisteringly funny stand-up performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny.

If you’re 16 but feel 21, 40 years old but tragically faking 25, or in your 80s with the heart of three oxen, then this is the show for you.

In Right Man, Wrong Time Russell explores the theory that no-one is ever the right age, claiming it’s the beauty and curse of being a “real person”.

Described by Evening Standard as “extremely funny”, “at the top of his game” by The Guardian and “one of the quickest, most stimulating stand-ups in the land” by The Times, Russell is a multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter.

He is famed for his critically-acclaimed tours and has been performing sell-outs across the globe: now he’s back with this brand new show.

TV appearances include three series of BBC3‘s Live At The Electric, regular stints on Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!

Most recently Russell travelled the world with YouTube stars filming the new survival programme Stupid Man, Smart Phone and he has released two best-selling DVDs: the award-winning Smokescreens & Castles, recorded in front of his home crowd at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea in 2011, and his newest DVD Russell Kane Live, a special one-off show recorded in London’s West End in October 2015.

He’s also got the silverware to prove his credentials with four nominations for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards in which he won best show in 2010 before going on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year.

Icons of the 80s and Starsailor bring 4000 music fans to Warrington

go-west-peter-coxMore than 4000 music fans descended on Warrington Town Centre this weekend to attend two incredible concerts which marked the opening weekend of this year’s Warrington Festival.

On Friday (16 September) Go West, Nik Kershaw and special guests, T’Pau came together as the Icons of the 80s for one special concert experience on Warrington’s Bank Park.

T’Pau opened the show playing some new material and their biggest hits; Heart and Soul and China in Your Hand, which spent five weeks at number one back in 1987.

Go West and Nik Kershaw came together to play an amalgamated set of their own hits including We Close Our Eyes and I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me and also a number of rock and indie covers.

The crowd went wild for the 80s legends with many gig goers wearing leg warmers and tutus and waving neon glow sticks.

On Saturday (17 September), Warrington paid an official tribute to local band, Viola Beach who tragically lost their lives while on tour in Sweden earlier this year.

Starsailor, along with 13 regional artists, came together for an all-day music event on Bank Park.

carol-decker-from-tpauStarsailor, who were performing their first outdoor headline set in Warrington, paid their own tribute to the band by performing one of their tracks, Swings and Waterslides.

The gig also included sets from Manchester indie four-piece, The Rainband who appeared at Glastonbury in June, PSYBLINGS, who played the Viola Beach celebration event at Parr Hall with The Coral and Courteeners earlier this year, and Ellie Dibben who was a support act at last year’s Warrington Festival alongside Viola Beach.

An exclusive video tribute to Viola Beach was also shown as part of the event with unseen footage of the band performing some of the tracks from their posthumous album, Viola Beach, which went to number one last month.

These two events launched a two week celebration of culture, sport and entertainment across the town which lasts until 2 October.

Official hometown tribute to Viola Beach takes place this weekend

viola-beach-playing-at-warrington-festival-2015-smallerBank Park, Warrington, Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets and information: Tickets are priced at £10 each
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Viola Beach’s hometown will officially pay tribute to the band and their manager this weekend by putting on an all-day music event to celebrate their legacy.

Starsailor, along with 13 regional artists, will come together at Warrington’s Bank Park on Saturday (17 September) to pay tribute to the five local lads who tragically lost their lives while on tour in Sweden earlier this year.

The event, which is part of this year’s Warrington Festival, will also feature an exclusive video tribute to the band that has only been shown once before at the celebration gig at Parr Hall back in April.

The video features unseen footage of the band performing some of the tracks from their posthumous album, Viola Beach, which went to number one last month.

The families of Kris, River, Jack, Tom and Craig are supporting the event and say it will help provide a platform for other emerging talents.

Ben Dunne, dad of River Reeves, said: “River and the band played at Warrington Festival last year and would be so proud to see how they’ve inspired many other local bands to perform on the same stage.”

Ian Piers Dakin, the father of Jack Dakin, added: “Jack, River, Tom, Kris and Craig were all very proud and honoured to play at last year’s festival, supporting Pixie Lott, in their hometown.

“It is an honour for all our family that this legacy has been put into place and they will be remembered by their music.”

Craig’s parents and sister, Sarah, concluded: “Craig was not only their manager but a dear friend to Viola Beach and he believed in their talent and enthusiasm.

“He was excited to put Warrington on the music map and he knew Viola Beach would do exactly that.

“Craig lived life the way that we all should, passionately and wholeheartedly and we are extremely proud of Craig and Viola Beach.”

The gig, which kicks off at 12pm, will include sets from Manchester indie four-piece, The Rainband who appeared at Glastonbury in June, PSYBLINGS, who played the Viola Beach celebration event with The Coral and Courteeners earlier this year, and Ellie Dibben who was a support act at last year’s Warrington Festival alongside Viola Beach.

Emma Hutchinson, chair of the Warrington Festival steering group, said: “This event is about giving local acts the chance to celebrate the legacy of Viola Beach by performing in their hometown.

“Having worked with the band at last year’s festival and at local venues in the town, we believe they were destined for big things and we’re really pleased to be able to provide a platform to celebrate their music.”

Full line-up
Starsailor
The Rainband
Delphina Kings
The Tamalas
Pacific
Joe Hatton
Weekend Wars
PSYBLINGS
The Tapestry
Five Days North
Conquer Rio
The Ambersons
Priestley
Ellie Dibben

Film extravaganza to celebrate greatest stories told on the train tracks

Silver Streak WebAs part of Warrington Festival, Culture Warrington, in partnership with Virgin Trains, will be screening four films that have all been inspired to use train journeys to portray compelling stories about love, murder and journeys on the rails.

Some of the greatest stories ever to be shown on the big screen will be screened at a unique and intimate venue in Bank Quay train station in a small dis-used outhouse at the end of Platform 2 from Thursday 22 September-Sunday 25 September.

Each film selected brilliantly uses train travel as the backdrop to deliver some of the greatest stories ever to be told on train tracks.

The first film to be screened as part of the event is Silver Streak (1976) which features the late great Richard Pryor and sadly more recently enigmatic Gene Wilder. It tells the story of George Caldwell (played by Wilder) who is taking a slow restful trip to Chicago on the Silver Streak. Or so he thinks. He’s involved in a love affair, a murder, is thrown from the train, wanted by the police, and joins forces with a car thief to re-board the train to save his love.

Next, a classic whodunit from Agatha Christie featuring some of the greatest ensemble ever to grace the big screen, Murder on the Orient Express (1974) begins with Hercule Poirot who is travelling from Istanbul to France on the Orient Express. On the first night the man in the next compartment is murdered. Once he starts investigating, Poirot faces a barrage of conflicting clues and potential motives.

Buster Keaton’s The General (1926) will also be part of the film fest. It’s 90 years old this year and is still one of the most awe-inspiring films you will ever see. Keaton stars as Johnnie Gray who loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. When Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board, Johnnie must rescue both his true loves.

Lastly and by no means least, finishing the remarkable quartet of films is David Lean’s sumptuous adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter (1945). A love story to end all love stories, this tale of unrequited love takes in 1945 during WWII in and around the fictional Milford railway station. At a café on the station, housewife, Laura Jesson meets Doctor, Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. Although they continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, they know that their love is impossible.

Individual film dates/times
Thursday 22 September, 7pm – Silver Streak (1976) Certificate PG
Friday 23 September, 7pm – Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Certificate PG
Saturday 24 September, 7pm – The General (1926) Certificate U
Sunday 25 September, 7pm –Brief Encounter (1945)
Tickets are priced at £5 each. Due to the very small and intimate space, tickets are restricted to 15 per screening. Audience members can park at Pyramid arts centre and will be escorted to the train station. The room is at the far end of Platform 2.

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New stage play of Twopence to Cross the Mersey heading for Warrington

TwopenceFriday 28 October – Saturday 29 October, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, £18-£24
Parr Hall, Tickets £18-£24
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A new stage play about the life of acclaimed author Helen Forrester is heading to Warrington this autumn.

Twopence to Cross the Mersey comes to Parr Hall on Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October for three performances including a matinee. Tickets are on sale now.

The seven-venue tour across the North West and North Wales follows the hugely successful premiere of the new stage play – an adaptation of the book by the same name – which wowed audiences at four Merseyside theatres last spring.

Now, due to popular demand, the play is returning with a new and extended tour for autumn 2016.

Twopence tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly-wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s and forced to survive in the slums among the streetwise working class.

Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune.

Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

The new version of this dramatic, moving and heart-warming tale is staged by Pulse Records Ltd in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and producer Bill Elms, joined by director Bob Eaton.

Rob worked closely with Helen on the original stage production which she lived long enough to see for herself.

He said: “I got to know Helen very well during the last 20 years of her life and during the writing of the original script she would often send faxes and letters of encouragement together with all sorts of additional information that didn’t appear in her books.

“Helen and I often talked about a touring production of Twopence to Cross the Mersey so I am really pleased to finally see it happen.

“I had always visualised Twopence as a straight play and was thrilled when audiences and reviewers alike gave the new adaptation a big thumbs up.

“We’re excited and delighted to take the play on the road so greater numbers of Helen’s readers can see her most famous book come to life as a stage play and we cannot wait to bring the show to Warrington’s Parr Hall with a very strong cast who will do justice to Helen’s story.”

The new stage adaptation is fully endorsed by the Helen Forrester estate and has the blessing of her son Robert Bhatia who saw the play for himself last spring.

He added: “The play is great. I saw it last year and Maria Lovelady was utterly convincing as my mother.”

The play features an eight-strong ensemble cast including Emma Dears (Judy & Liza, Les Miserables) as Mother, Christopher Jordan (Moving On, Coronation Street) as Father, Maria Lovelady as Helen, and Tom Cawte (Witless, The Lone Pine Club) as Alan.

Eithne Browne (Brookside, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel), Jake Abraham (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Game of Thrones), Roy Carruthers (Night Collar, Tales from Haunted Liverpool), and Phil Hearne (Good Golly Miss Molly, Blood Brothers) all take on lead roles, as well as supplementary characters throughout.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls heading for Warrington

Frank Turner WebTuesday 6 December, 7pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £26
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Relentless gigger Frank Turner is bringing his Sleeping Souls to Parr Hall in December as part of a 20-date tour.

This latest outing will cap off another busy year for the folk singer-songwriter who has spent most of 2016 performing at festivals and touring Europe, playing to more than a quarter of a million people since January.

For the upcoming Get Better Tour, which goes on sale on Friday, Turner has teamed up with Plus 1 so that £1 from every ticket sale goes to War Child, a charity which supports children and families affected by conflict.

Turner said: “I’m very happy to be working with Plus 1 on this tour. It feels right to use part of what I do to support such a good cause.”

2016 marks the record-breaking tenth consecutive year Frank Turner has performed at Reading and Leeds Festival, where he opened as special guest on the Main Stage.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will head to the US in September and October for their fourth run of dates there this year before returning home for the Get Better Tour, named after a track from his 2015 album Positive Songs for Negative People.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 September with pre-sale available to those who can’t wait, from 9am on Wednesday 31 August via Gigs and Tours, and See Tickets.

Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard announces UK Tour with new Inner City Ensemble

Band on Wall Hire16th Sep 2016 – Parr Hall, Warrington
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Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material.

With this new project, Terence is teaming up with some of the UK’s most remarkable emerging musicians, recruited via an open call for participation. Working outside of the conventional jazz or big-band line up, the Inner City Ensemble will include instrumentation such as French Horn, Oboe and Tuba.

The Jazz Directors Series
The Jazz Directors Series is a new two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director.

Each edition comprises of a four-day residency produced by Brighter Sound and a corresponding tour of live concerts produced by Band on the Wall.

Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and 4 other independent jazz promoters based across the North of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer ‘Root Music’.

The residency musicians form the Inner City Ensemble, a changing group of emerging professionals who will apply for the positions identified by each Jazz Director with the support of Brighter Sound and Jazz North.

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Full line-up for Warrington Festival revealed

StarwebBank Park, Warrington, Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets and information: Tickets are priced at £10 each
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Warrington Festival is pleased to reveal the full line-up of local artists who will support Starsailor on Saturday 17 September as part of a tribute to Viola Beach and their manager, who tragically lost their lives earlier this year.

The full-day event will include sets from Manchester indie four-piece, The Rainband who appeared at Glastonbury in June, PSYBLINGS, who played the Viola Beach celebration event at Parr Hall with The Coral and Courteeners earlier this year, and Ellie Dibben who was a support act at last year’s Warrington Festival alongside Viola Beach.

The line-up also includes local Warrington artists The Tamalas, Joe Hatton, Conquer Rio, The Ambersons and Priestley, as well as North West based bands, Five Days North, The Tapestry, Weekend Wars, Pacific and Delphina Kings with the full line-up below.

The event, which will celebrate the legacy of the five lads from Warrington, will also feature a special video set with footage of Viola Beach that was previously shown at the celebration gig at Parr Hall in April.

The families of Kris, River, Jack, Tom and Craig say the event will help provide a platform for other emerging talents.

Ben Dunne, dad of River Reeves, said: “River and the band played at Warrington Festival last year and would be so proud to see how they’ve inspired many other local bands to perform on the same stage.”

Beverly and Ian Piers Dakin, the father of Jack Dakin, added: “Jack, River, Tom, Kris and Craig were all very proud and honoured to play at last year’s festival, supporting Pixie Lott, in their hometown.

“It is an honour for all our family that this legacy has been put into place and they will be remembered by their music.”

Craig’s parents and sister, Sarah, concluded: “Craig was not only their manager but a dear friend to Viola Beach and he believed in their talent and enthusiasm.

“He was excited to put Warrington on the music map and he knew Viola Beach would do exactly that.

“Craig lived life the way that we all should, passionately and wholeheartedly and we are extremely proud of Craig and Viola Beach.”

The Saturday event is part of a wider weekend of music and two weeks of events across the town which celebrate sport, culture and entertainment.

Full line-up
Starsailor
The Rainband
Delphina Kings
The Tamalas
Pacific
Joe Hatton
Weekend Wars
PSYBLINGS
The Tapestry
Five Days North
Conquer Rio
The Ambersons
Priestley
Ellie Dibben

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David Bowie celebration comes to Warrington

STARMANWeb2 September 2016, 7.30pm, Parr Hall
Tickets £20, Buy tickets online

David Bowie fans will be given the chance to bid a fond farewell to their idol in Warrington next month.

Starman – The David Bowie Story will be come to Parr Hall for one night only on Friday 2 September.

The show is the ultimate tribute to the much-loved legend who died in January this year.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke and Major Tom will all make appearances as the many personas of David Bowie deliver the most memorable, inspiring and lasting songs of a generation.

From Rebel Rebel to China Girl, Let’s Dance to Young Americans via Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars, Changes, Heroes, and Sound and Vision, the list goes on.

Songs from all eras of David Bowie’s celebrated career are performed to perfection in this highly charged show featuring the finest musicians and singers with an amazing performance from theatre stage star Michael King.

Add to that mix big screen audio visual footage and a variety of costume changes and you get an amazing show taking the audience on a ‘fantastic voyage’ of Bowie hits.

The show will provide a highly entertaining, emotional and through-provoking musical celebration of Bowie’s work.

Tickets selling fast for Warrington Festival headline acts

Warrington Festival bannerBank Park, Warrington, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets are £10 for Starsailor / £15 for Icons of the 80s

Tickets for the eagerly-anticipated Warrington Festival are selling fast as audiences snap up the chance to see Starsailor and some of the biggest acts of the 80s.

On Friday 16 September the audience at Bank Park will be treated to a trip back to the decade of shoulder pads and the perm as Go West, T’Pau and Nik Kershaw give us the Icons of the 80s.

And on Saturday 17 September popular Indie band Starsailor will be taking to the stage after a day of bands performing in tribute to Viola Beach and their manager.

The recent announcement of the headline acts has generated huge interest already so anyone planning to come along should buy tickets quick before they sell out!

Buy tickets for Icons of the 80s on Friday 16 September at Bank Park
Buy tickets for Starsailor on Saturday 17 September at Bank Park

Be Part of An Event in Tribute to Viola Beach Headlined by Starsailor

Be Part of An Event in Tribute to Viola Beach Headlined by Starsailor
Bands from the region can now submit to play at the event which takes place at Bank Park, Warrington on Saturday 17th September 2016

Warrington Festival is giving bands from the region a chance to play in tribute to Viola Beach and their manager. This is your chance to come together to honour the boys, and what better way than by playing at the very same festival that Viola Beach played last year.

So if you want to be part of this event, then please apply.
Please send a SoundCloud link and a brief biog to lglazier@culturewarrington.org

Submissions are open until Monday 1st August at 9am and you will be then notified if you have been successful during the following weeks.

Starsailor to headline Warrington Festival

Starsailor WebBank Park, Warrington, Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets are priced at £10 each


Warrington Festival is pleased to announce Starsailor as the latest band to be confirmed for this year’s line-up.

The gig is part of a series of events to celebrate sport, culture and entertainment across Warrington.

It will be the band’s first outdoor headline event in Warrington and their first appearance in the town since they released their greatest hits album last year.

The band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (vocals/guitar), James Stelfox (bass), and Ben Byrne (drums). Later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound.

Starsailor’s initial run of success saw both their ‘Love is Here’ debut album and the 2003 follow-up ‘Silence is Easy’ hit number two in the charts and netted them a total of three million album sales before a hiatus in 2009.

Frontman, James Walsh, said: “It’s been over 15 years since the band first formed and the songs still mean something to people. They still sing the words passionately back at us at gig and we hear stories of how songs have sound tracked key moments in their lives.”

Since their reformation, the band has played on the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival, supported Manchester indie band, James and toured North America with Embrace.

Starsailor will headline the festival following a full day of performances from local artists in tribute to Warrington’s Viola Beach and their manager, who died in a car crash earlier this year.

Be Part of An Event in Tribute to Viola Beach Headlined by Starsailor

Bands from the region can now submit to play at the event which takes place at Bank Park, Warrington on Saturday 17th September 2016

Warrington Festival is giving bands from the region a chance to play in tribute to Viola Beach and their manager. This is your chance to come together to honour the boys, and what better way than by playing at the very same festival that Viola Beach played last year.
So if you want to be part of this event, then please apply.
Please send a SoundCloud link and a brief biog to lglazier@culturewarrington.org
Submissions are open until Monday 1st August at 9am and you will be then notified if you have been successful during the following weeks.

Visit the official Warrington Festival website for all your festival information.

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Icons of the 80s join Warrington Festival line up

Icons of the 80s WebBank Park, Warrington, Friday 16 September 2016
Tickets and information: Tickets are priced at £15 each

Go West, Nik Kershaw and special guests, T’Pau will come together for one concert on the opening night of Warrington Festival 2016.

The three legendary 80s stars are set to join forces for a truly incredible concert experience on Warrington’s Bank Park on Friday 16 September.

Their appearance will kick off a two week celebration of culture, sport and entertainment across the town.

With millions of albums sales and iconic hits such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Heart and Soul and the classic China in Your Hand, this authentic eighties triple header is not to be missed.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Go West’s first hit single We Close Our Eyes. Other hits followed including Call Me, Goodbye Girl and Don’t Look Down, Faithful, and the smash hit theme song from the film Pretty Woman, King of Wishful Thinking.

Nik Kershaw first achieved chart success in 1984 with Wouldn’t It Be Good?, followed by other classics such as Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and The Riddle. A prolific writer for other artists, Nik also penned the number one single The One and Only for Chesney Hawkes.

T’Pau’s first single Heart and Soul was released in 1987 and initially found success in the US after being featured in a Pepe Jeans commercial, before charting in the UK. Their biggest hit China in Your Hand hit the top spot in the UK later that year, and stayed at number one for five weeks.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 18 July at 9am

Visit the official Warrington Festival website for more festival information and updates.

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‘Beautifully-crafted tribute’ to Whitney Houston comes to Warrington

Whitney WebThursday 27 October, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £25

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Whitney Houston fans are in for a treat as the next best thing, Belinda Davids, comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall.

The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show is a breathtaking production featuring the impeccable vocal talents of the South African singer described by many as “jaw-droppingly similar” to the beloved pop diva’s.

The show is a beautifully-crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers, complete with a full band and dancers who bring to life more than two hours-worth of Whitney Houston’s best-loved pop hits.

In addition to her pitch perfect sound, Davids openly acknowledges that Houston was her personal idol and the original inspiration for her own career when she began singing professionally at the age of 14.

She said: “I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her game and when she was fabulous.”

People all over the world have done exactly that with the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa already hosting sell-out performances in the show’s first two years of touring.
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The Greatest Love of All features 20 of Houston’s most popular tracks taken from the full span of her career including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Exhale (Shoop Shoop) and Million Dollar Bill to name a few.

Davids is directed by Showtime Management creative director John Van Grinsven Senior and joined on tour by the production team responsible for the worldwide hit tribute show Michael Jackson HIStory.

Jason Donovan announces very special Warrington show

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Wednesday 21 December
Parr Hall, 7.30pm,
Tickets £35

80s heart-throb and star of the stage Jason Donovan has added a date at Parr Hall to his already packed 2016 tour.

The pop star and former Neighbours actor has been enjoying such phenomenal demand for tickets that another show was desperately needed: and he chose Warrington to host!

The 33-date greatest hits tour, which kicked off in the spring, has seen Jason return to his pop roots to celebrate his 1989 five-times-platinum debut album Ten Good Reasons which he is performing in full for the first time.

The Warrington audience is in for a special treat as Jason has chosen Parr Hall as the venue for the last night of the tour on December 21.

10 Good Reasons became the biggest-selling album of 1989 and remains a massive fan favourite, featuring the number one hits Too Many Broken Hearts, Sealed with a Kiss and the unforgettable duet with Kylie Minogue, Especially for You.

Jason Donovan said: “The response to the spring Ten Good Reasons tour was so overwhelming.

“The audiences seemed to enjoy reliving that particular time in their lives for a short while as much as I did.

“Music has a wonderful opportunity to put you in a time and place, and trigger an emotional connection that no other creative medium can.

“Ten Good Reasons was a defining moment for me and my fans and I am delighted we have the opportunity to play the songs all over again in Warrington, and then play a few Christmas favourites at the same time.”

Jason, who has starred in a host of stage plays from The Rocky Horror Show to Joseph, will of course be performing his other greatest hits including Any Dream Will Do, When You Come Back to Me, Nothing Can Divide Us and Happy Together.

He added: “Whether it’s theatre or touring I’ve always placed a high importance on giving my fans a great live show.

“I’m looking forward to bringing all the pieces together and delivering a show in Warrington that gives personality, some great memories and, most importantly, gives the audience exactly what they want to hear.”

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed show go on sale on Friday 1 July.

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip promises wild night in Warrington

MAET WebSaturday 9 July, 8pm
Pyramid, Tickets £10
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Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, who wowed last year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival audience, are returning to the town for a memorable show at Pyramid arts centre.

The trio are an edgy, funny, poetic unit who play rock and roll stand up: they are Glastonbury regulars having performed multiple shows at each of the last seven Worthy Farm festivals and are due to perform again this year when the legendary event starts on Thursday 22 June.

Chaos ensues whenever the trio take to the stage, as they will at Pyramid on Saturday 9 July – the only non-festival date in their summer schedule – with Mik tumbling around, spluttering lyrics, tripping over leads and throwing straws around.

He also likes to spout random observations and share his unusual train of thought with the audience.

Guitarist Jonny Flockton and Benson Walker on bass dutifully hold fort, trying to rein Mik in while creating a backdrop which is equal parts joyous, funky, elegant and rocky: every show is different.

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip have also appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, had slots at Bath Comedy Fest, and Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals, as well as supporting the legendary Chas & Dave at their O2 Academy show in Leeds.

Their performances have prompted glowing reviews and flattering descriptions including “sensational”, “genius” and “brilliant” from the likes of performance poet John Cooper Clarke: comedian Johnny Vegas once called Mik “the mad professor of comedy”.

And the trio went down a storm at last year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival gaining commendation from Culture Warrington as a “strange and wonderful beast of a band”.

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili to visit Warrington

Omid WebSaturday 4 February 2017
Parr Hall, 8pm, tickets £24
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The award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour and will be calling in at Parr Hall.

The British-Iranian comedian is intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining and his Schmuck for a Night tour promises to be a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

Omid’s credits range from Hollywood to television and live performances on the West End stage, earning him praise across the world for his performances.

He recently starred in BBC One’s Dickensian and Sky 1’s Lucky Man.

According to The Telegraph he is “one of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has”, Sunday Times described his show as full of “belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle”, and Metro called it a “confident, engaging and thoughtful show… did someone say National Treasure?”

Cleaning ladies try some Dirty Dusting at Parr Hall

DD WebFriday 10 June, Time 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, tickets £20
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Dirty Dusting is returning to the stage after a sell-out tour in 2014 and Warrington is high on the “to-do” list.

This hilarious show, featuring Crissy Rock from the hit TV series Benidorm, follows the antics of three cleaners who are a little past their sell by date as they start up an adult chat line.

Gladys, Elsie and Olive are about to be put out to pasture by their overzealous office manager Dave and, feeling they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, the ladies need a way to boost their falling income.

A chance wrong number requiring an adult chat line rings into the office and gives them a great idea… after all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the telephone and, providing they can keep it a secret from their boss, they could be onto a winner.

The trio hope to really clean up as the “Telephone Belles” but needless to say things don’t go entirely according to plan.

Dirty Dusting is a heart-warming feel-good comedy that will have the Warrington audience rolling in the aisles and smiling every time the phone rings.

UFO is heading for Warrington

ufo webWednesday 26 October, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, tickets £22.50
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Parr Hall is delighted to announce legendary rockers UFO will be landing at the venue in October.

The tour, which calls at Warrington on October 26, will showcase A Conspiracy of Stars, the band’s 22nd studio album, as well as some old favourites.

This is the first time in more than 20 years the British band have recorded an album in their native country and it exudes that typically British easy-going confidence for which the band has been known for more than 45 years.

A Conspiracy of Stars is described as a “strong release” consisting of 11 songs which combine everything the group stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse song-writing and intelligent lyrics.

And the fact that the album was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore fame, adds to the success of the recording and sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended.

UFO’s success story began in London way back in 1969, when vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitarist Mick Bolton and bassist Pete Way formed the group.

Even in the seventies, the band distinguished themselves with their own, unmistakable style, touching a nerve among their following with rock numbers like Prince Kajuku, Follow You Home and C’mon Everybody from their albums UFO 1, Flying and UFO Live.

The global breakthrough arrived when German guitarist Michael Schenker joined the fold in 1973, having left his band Scorpions to follow an offer by Phil Mogg and Pete Way.

UFO released three consecutive rock classics with Schenker – Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976) – featuring classics like Doctor Doctor, Shoot, Shoot, and Rock Bottom.

And following the arrival of keyboarder/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, UFO released Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978), which included the hit singles Too Hot to Handle, Lights Out and Only You Can Rock Me.

Their live cut Strangers In The Night came out in 1979 and is described by the press to this day as one of the best live releases of all time, while also signalling the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker and Raymond line-up.

The band now consists of original members Phil Mogg, vocals, and Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, classic-era drummer Andy Parker, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, a permanent member since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca who joined in 2012.

Culture Warrington and LiveWire launch volunteer drive

PyramidWebCulture Warrington and LiveWire are holding an event next month to recruit new volunteers to be part of some of the town’s biggest events and health and wellbeing activities.

The two companies have recently revamped their existing volunteer schemes, and have identified lots of new opportunities for people to get involved with leisure, library, health and cultural activities in the town.

The event, which is being held on Saturday 4 June between 10am-2pm at Pyramid arts centre, will give budding volunteers the chance to find out more about the specific volunteer roles on offer.

Culture Warrington is giving those interested in arts, entertainment or heritage the opportunity to work across a variety of departments including; sales and marketing, events, heritage, outreach, research or cataloguing.

Meanwhile, LiveWire is offering volunteers the chance to get involved with sports engagement, community wellbeing and library activities.

Sharon Sinnott, HR officer at LiveWire and Culture Warrington, said: “Volunteering at LiveWire or Culture Warrington will not only give local people the chance to get involved with some of the biggest events in Warrington, it will also provide the opportunity to gain new skills which will be a welcome boost to CVs.”

Over the last year, both LiveWire and Culture Warrington have supported more than 170 volunteers to take part in many different events including Warrington Festival, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, the LiveWire Mile and the Summer Reading Challenge.

Some of the volunteers who have worked with Culture Warrington and LiveWire in the past have even gone on to secure permanent employment with the companies.

Carenza Foxall from Longford started volunteering with the LiveWire leisure team four years ago and due to the commitment, initiative and ability she showed during her time as a volunteer, she has now been employed by LiveWire as a lifeguard.

Hannah White began volunteering at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery after university. Her volunteering role, which gave her experience working with a huge range of collections, has supported her to secure positions at museums across the North West and she’s now back at Warrington Museum undertaking the permanent role of Collections Assistant.

Hannah, said: “Upon leaving university, I had decided to pursue a career working in museums, but due to the competitive nature of this industry I knew that I needed to acquire the transferable skills required to gain my first job, and volunteering with Culture Warrington enabled me to do this.”

The new volunteer offer is being launched during Volunteers’ Week – a national celebration of the contribution that millions of volunteers across the country make every year.

Parr Hall to welcome pub landlord Al Murray

Al Murray WebFriday 17 February 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Pub landlord Al Murray is set to bring his distinctive brand of humour back to Parr Hall, with tickets going on sale this Friday for his new tour which hits Warrington in February 2017.

He calls himself a publican, politician and philosopher, and on his next tour Let’s Go Backwards Together, he will embark on a common sense campaign to “re-Great Britain”.

The critically-acclaimed comedian’s on-stage persona will address Europe, the NHS, “whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East”, the gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections and plenty of other issues which are regular pub chat fodder, all in his typical brash style.

Parr Hall’s audience will be watching The Pub Landlord answer the call of destiny, even though it’s an unlisted number, call time on tyranny, even though he isn’t quite sure what it means, and even say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink.

In the 20 years since The Pub Landlord first roared into existence, Al Murray has become “a supremely polished performer” according to Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph said “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

Gabrielle will be making “Dreams” come true at Parr Hall

Gabweb3 November 2016, 7pm, Parr Hall
Tickets from £25/35 (VIP package £99)
Tickets go on general sale on Friday 13 May

Culture Warrington is delighted to announce that veteran pop star Gabrielle will be making “Dreams” come true with a visit to Parr Hall this winter

A unique artist with one of the most distinctive voices in the business, Gabrielle has achieved a great deal without becoming an in-your-face, look at me “celebrity”.

Her career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single, Dreams.

As a 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider; she didn’t possess the sort of belting voice you’d expect of an R&B vocalist and wearing an eyepatch made her visually striking.

She quickly became one of Britain’s most successful soul singers despite saying there were “so many other girls with better voices” who were a “hell of a lot skinnier”.

In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable; Give Me A Little More Time, If You Ever, When a Woman, Sunshine and Out Of Reach, which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’s Diary, to name a few.

Then there are the multi-platinum albums, Gabrielle, Rise and Dreams Can Come True, and she recently featured on Naughty Boy’s album Hotel Cabana alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande.

Gabrielle said: “It was an incredible project to be part of and funny for me that the other guests were artists like Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran. I’m the veteran, the surprise in there and I loved that.”

In 2013 Gabrielle released a seventh album with the iconic Island records – a double album of all her greatest hits, some of her favourite album tracks and seven brand new songs.

With the new songs came a new sound, the album titled Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming also includes a new version of the classic Dreams re-produced and re-recorded by Naughty Boy.

2014 saw Gabrielle go on her first UK tour since 2008. With a new band, new team and new energy she loved being back on stage and it reignited her passion for performing live.

The Now and Always tour was a huge success and Gabrielle felt reconnected with her fans, at every show she could be seen taking selfies from the stage with audience members.

Last month Gabrielle hit the road again as special guest opener for Michael Bolton on his UK tour and after an amazing response from audiences decided it was time for her own headline tour.

“I love performing live,” she added. “When I’m at home being mum it’s so easy to forget there are people who come along to see me and sing along to songs I’ve written.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so grateful that after 23 years I still have the chance to perform and record.

“It’s what I know and what I love – when I said dreams can come true, I wasn’t wrong!”

A fascinating collection of 1966 World Cup memorabilia is going on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

1966 World Cup memorabilia in Warrington to mark 50th anniversary

Old Trafford posterKeen collector Neil Perkins has kindly given the venue permission to showcase dozens of items he has gathered over the years to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic match in the display, They Think it’s All Over, which goes on show in May.

The Warrington 53-year-old, who watched England beat Germany with his dad when he was four, has a varied hoard including autographs, rare tickets to World Cup Willie souvenirs, original posters and a Wembley tournament flag.

Neil began collecting these rare and unusual items in about 2001 when he discovered eBay, having previously picked up a few items in collectors’ fairs and vintage shops.

Visitors to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery will also be able to view an evocative photo album containing images of the 1966 Brazilian team’s stay at Lymm Hotel, largely taken by Roger Allen the very proud hotel manager at the time.

Earlier this year Lymm Heritage Centre group hosted a four-day display, which attracted national media interest, about the South American players’ visit and have kindly shared their resources and information for the display.

Ice bucketNeil, a Leeds United fan, admitted he could not quite remember the match itself but watched it with his dad while on holiday in Torquay – the TV in the hotel lounge broke just as Germany equalised.

He said: “Although we had some luck, a home advantage and a couple of decisions in our favour, the team was a very well-organised and strong unit with several world class players and a determined manager.

“I’m really happy to see my collection on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.”

Michelle Hill, collections and archives manager at Culture Warrington, said: “This is a really fascinating collection which we’re delighted to be showcasing at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

“2016 is a big year in the world of football, with the 50th anniversary of that wonderful 1966 World Cup victory and the Euro 2016 tournament coming up, and it’s great we can celebrate a connection to that here in Warrington.”

Listings information:
Exhibition title: They Think it’s all Over
Dates: 14 May – 1 October 2016
Admission: Free
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB

Warrington’s bravest invited to spend spooky night in museum

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Things go bump in the night – especially at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Culture Warrington and Blackwood Events acting group are giving the public a rare chance to test their bravery at the upcoming free event Rotten Luck, organised as part of Culture24’s Museums at Night biannual UK-wide festival.

On the spookiest night in May, Friday 13, visitors to the museum will be able to see the venue come to life as a cast of actors take them on a journey of corruption, torture and torment during a dark and mysterious period in the town’s past.

This eerie event, set among display cases featuring a mummy, a cursed head, and plenty of scary dolls, has three performances to choose from at 5.45pm, 6.30pm and 7.15pm and a haunting short film accompanied live by experimental electronica musicians.

Museums at Night gives museums and art galleries the chance to come together around a single, simple campaign to attract the attentions of venues, audiences and the media.

MuseumsAtNight1It’s a social experience where visitors can get involved and delve deeper into fascinating subjects.

Only a limited number of tickets are available for this special event, so a quick call now to Pyramid & Parr Hall box office is essential.

The recommended age for the event at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is 12 plus and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Derek Dick, outreach and engagement manager at Culture Warrington, said: “Museums at Night is a great event which we’re really pleased to be involved with here at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

“Anyone who comes along will see the building and its displays in a new light and will be given a rare insight into the spookier side of the town’s history.

“October’s event went really well and we’re excited to build on this success in 2016.”
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Vienna Festival Ballet brings magical tale of Swan Lake to Warrington

Snow Web29 May 2016, 2.30pm, £19.50/£16.50/£12.50
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One of the best known love stories ever told is being performed at Parr Hall through breathtaking ballet.

Vienna Festival Ballet is presenting Swan Lake on May 29 complete with the glorious and unmistakable music of Tchaikovsky.

This production of the magical tale about the Swan Queen and the evil magician Von Rothbart features lavish costumes, stunning scenery and international stars, capturing the audience’s imagination and drawing them in to this enchanting world.

Swan Lake, the most popular ballet in the world, encompasses like no other the full range of human emotions from hope to despair, terror to tenderness and melancholy to ecstasy.

This rousing and inspiring show is one not to miss and promises to be a hit with newcomers to ballet and those already in love with the art form.

The Oxford Times said: “Vienna Festival Ballet, with its talented array of young artistes, ensures you won’t see dancers going through the motions.”

The Worthing Herald said: “This production looks and feels absolutely right.”

Arts and craft hero Mister Maker brings his shapes to Warrington

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Family favourites Mister Maker and The Shapes will be inspiring the audience to get crafty on his visit to Parr Hall on 2 June.

The CBeebies star is embarking on his first ever live theatre tour which will give little ones who love his TV show the chance to join him on arty adventures.

Known for his skills in making cardboard cottages, hairy blow paintings and paper dot birds to name a few, the craft man will be bringing plenty of fresh ideas to inspire youngsters to have a go with paints, felt-tips and colourful card.

There will be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to sing along to, and of course Mister Maker’s fabulous supporting cast The Shapes.

His colourful friends known as Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle will be backed by a talented group of all-singing, all-dancing friends which make this interactive arty adventure fun for all the family.

Phil Gallagher, aka Mister Maker, said: “This is our first ever Mister Maker theatre tour in the UK and I am so excited. We’ll be singing, dancing and making some amazing arty creations.

“I can’t wait to share the fun with all my Mini Makers so join me, Circle, Triangle, Square and Rectangle for a real arty adventure, and get ready to make some noise.”

Pyramid closed Thursday 14 April for essential maintenance

Please be aware that Pyramid will be closed on Thursday 14 April for essential maintenance work. Box Office will be temporarily relocated to Parr Hall for the day and tickets can be purchased from the counter or by telephone or online. Sorry for the inconvenience. Everything will be back to normal on Friday.

David Bowie fans given chance to say farewell at Parr Hall

STARMANWeb2 September 2016, 7.30pm, £20 (£21 inc. online booking fee)
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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Starman – The David Bowie Story is the ultimate tribute to the much-loved legend.

But the show is also a highly entertaining, emotional and thought-provoking musical celebration fans will want to see again and again, particularly since the star’s death in January.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke and Major Tom will all make appearances at the Warrington show on September 2 as the many personas of David Bowie deliver the most memorable, inspiring and lasting songs of a generation.

From Rebel Rebel to China Girl, Let’s Dance to Young Americans via Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars, Changes, Heroes, and Sound and Vision, the list goes on.

Songs from all eras of David Bowie’s celebrated career are performed to perfection in this highly charged show featuring the finest musicians and singers with an amazing performance from theatre stage star
Michael King.

Add to that mix big screen audio visual footage and a variety of costume changes and you get an amazing show taking the audience on a ‘Fantastic Voyage’ of Bowie hits.

Tickets are on sale now.

Musical fans have plenty to go mad about in Parr Hall

May 5 2016, 7.30pm (doors 6.15pm), £22/£20 concessions (£23/£21 inc online booking fee)
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Fans of big screen songs will have plenty to celebrate as the Mad About the Musicals tour calls at Warrington.

Pop star Gareth Gates is joining director and producer Michael Courtney for the 10th anniversary of the show which promises to be one to remember.

Taking audiences on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, Mad About the Musicals is back on tour to celebrate the very best songs from the shows loved by thousands.

Classics penned by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Boublil and Schonberg, and many more will be performed by the talented cast of Mad About the Musicals as they evoke the true spirit of the stage.

The sounds of brilliant vocals and West End musicians will echo around Parr Hall at the show on May 5 bringing the sparkling world of song and dance to the Warrington audience.

From Phantom of the Opera’s poignant All I Ask of You to Les Miserables’ dramatic One Day More, audiences can sit back and enjoy two hours of unforgettable favourites brought to life by a cast fresh from the West End including Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney.

The show, which has been hailed as “outstanding” by The Stage, “the best show of its kind” by Encore Magazine and was nominated for UK ‘producer of the year’, is definitely one not to miss.

Tickets are on sale now.

Wilko Johnson brings new zest for life to Warrington

Thursday 6 October 2016, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £25, Tickets on sale Friday 15 April

Wilko_lr_nomicWilko Johnson is feeling more alive than ever, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis, and he’s bringing his new zest for life to Warrington.

In a recent interview he said: “I’m supposed to be dead.”

But despite the doctor’s worst predictions he continues to perform with vigour claiming “there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”.

He could have been a retired teacher by now but was lured into music by his first Telecaster soon after becoming the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood.

Wilko and his bandmates were in the vanguard of the pub rock movement, performing gutsy down-to-earth rock and roll many viewed as a welcome antidote to the faltering prog-rock era.

Wilko’s unique playing style, his black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage in Feelgood, the Solid Senders and Ian Dury’s The Blockheads will be resurrected at Parr Hall on 6 October with special quest Aaron Keylock.

Justin Moorhouse brings his People and Feelings tour to Warrington

21 October 2016, 8pm, £16 (£17 including online booking fee)Justin Moorhouse Web
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Everyone’s favourite northern charmer Justin Moorhouse is back on the road and he’s just announced that he’ll be bringing his brand new tour to Warrington’s Pyramid this October.

Known for his slots on Live at the Apollo, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk, he’s a little slimmer but still as “belly laugh funny”, according to Manchester Evening News.

And his People and Feelings tour promises to be better than ever.

After taking last year’s show for a run, of which The Guardian said “the amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration”, he’s had a think about people.

He also discusses feelings, how he feels about people, and how people feel about him – this is shaping up to be one very funny show.

“He charms the pants off the crowd,” The Sunday Times.

“Comedic tour de force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye,” The Herald.

“Simultaneously down to earth and out of this world,” The List.

A Night of Dirty Dancing comes to Warrington

Saturday 23 April 2016, 8pm, £22/£20/10th ticket free
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Celebrating the greatest soundtrack of all time, Parr Hall is set to host the ultimate tribute show to the classic film Dirty Dancing. On Saturday 23 April, audiences will have the night of their lives as Warrington is transported to the 80s.

Featuring all of the favourite songs, Parr Hall will relive the iconic summer romance between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Dance along to this unforgettable theatrical treat, and revisit the famous Catskills mountains where they fell in love.

The original film followed Baby, who finds herself stuck at the resort one summer with her parents. She is soon enlisted by the charismatic dance instructor Johnny as his new partner, except her father doesn’t approve. Baby is determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer, leading to the one of the most memorable movie sequences in history.

Don’t miss out on this incredible night out, filled with dancing, singing and great costumes. As the warm weather of the summer beckons, a night of Dirty Dancing will be exactly what Warrington will need to have the time of their life.

Sally Morgan brings the spirit world to Warrington

Tuesday 19 April 2016, 7.30pm, £24.50
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The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan is returning to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Tuesday 19 April, and she’s better than ever with a brand new which is her most jaw-dropping yet.

Often referred to as ‘psychic to the stars’, her clients have included Katie Price, George Michael, and the late Princess Diana. Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, and often controversial, this will be a night to remember as Sally delves into the spiritual world.

This is Morgan’s seventh year of touring around the country, delivering accurate messages from beyond the grave to bring hope and comfort to her audiences. Taking them on a journey into the spirit world, she always leaves her audience with a sense of wonder and understanding of what may lie beyond.

Famous for her down to earth nature and infectious personality, her audiences are guaranteed to have a fantastic and enlightening night out. As they say… seeing is believing.

How the Koala Learnt to Hug comes to Pyramid

Koala WebSunday 10 April 2016, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Pyramid, tickets £8.50/£7.50/£28 family

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Warrington will feel the heat of the Australian sun as the beloved tale of How the Koala Learnt to Hug comes to Pyramid for a charming production next month.

Created especially for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun-filled musical arrives at the venue on Sunday 10 April. Follow Karen the Koala as she tells the story of how her cute and cuddly kind finally learnt to hug.

Based on the book by Steven Lee, the production is in its fifth year and has won the hearts of many audiences across the country. There’s no better way to learn about the magic of family and the importance of a good cuddle than from a grumpy little koala from Down Under.

Suitable for everyone from the age of three right up to 103, there will be plenty of fun to be had for everyone.

Featuring beautiful puppet characters, great stories, sing along songs and superb games. The only thing that the audience will need to bring is some first class hugging.

VIOLA BEACH – A CELEBRATION – FULL LINE UP ANNOUNCED

VIOLA BEACH
A CELEBRATION
WARRINGTON PARR HALL – SATURDAY 2ND APRIL

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To celebrate the lives of Viola Beach and their dedicated manager Craig Tarry, there will be special night in memory of the five remarkable young men at Warrington Parr Hall on Saturday 2 April.

The sold out show will feature a line-up of friends, bands they’ve played with, influences and peers from across the country which will be compered by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart.

The Coral and Liam Fray are set to perform alongside an acoustic set from The Kooks. Special guests Blossoms, Eliza and the Bear, Hidden Charms, The Vryll Society, The Strawberries and Psyblings will also join together to celebrate the lives and music of the band.

All proceeds from the show will go to all their families.

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THE CORAL, LIAM FRAY, THE KOOKS ACOUSTIC, BLOSSOMS, ELIZA AND THE BEAR, HIDDEN CHARMS, THE VRYLL SOCIETY, THE STRAWBERRIES, PSYBLINGS.

Squeeze to play Warrington’s Parr Hall

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Parr Hall
Tickets priced from £32.50

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Culture Warrington is pleased to announce that the legendary Squeeze will grace Parr Hall’s stage in September in their only North West show this year.

Following a run of festival dates over the summer, the band will head indoors for three headline shows this autumn in Warrington, North Hampton and Hull.

Squeeze have long been a captivating live act. As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, the shows will also include songs from their latest album Cradle To The Grave, their first collection of new tracks since 1998.

Cradle To The Grave marked the complete and, frankly, triumphant reintegration of the masterful songwriting axis of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, in a beautifully-observed series of fond vignettes about childhood, growing up and the absurdities of the ride through life we’re all on.

The group first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their song writing partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave.

Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning song writing duo, Chris and Glenn reunited nine years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

Squeeze recently hit the headlines around the world when appearing on the BBC’s current affairs show ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ alongside fellow guest Prime Minister David Cameron. On the spur of the moment Glenn Tilbrook decided to protest about government policy and deliberately changed the final couplet of the band’s song ‘Cradle To The Grave

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 4 March.

Folk star Cara Dillon set to play at Parr Hall

Saturday 19 March 2016, 8pm, £20
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Something special is in store for Warrington, as Cara Dillon arrives at Parr Hall on Saturday 19 March to play the extraordinary music which has gained her legions of fans around the world.

Dillon has appeared at prestigious concert halls and festivals all over the world, and she will be adding Parr Hall to that esteemed list as she performs songs from her latest critically-acclaimed album, ‘A Thousand Hearts’, along with a few favourites.

Hailing from County Derry, Dillon has become one of the best known singers of traditional Irish folk around the world, using her unique and beautiful voice to bring a contemporary twist to her thoroughly-Irish musical roots. This has led to some impressive achievements, including winning ‘Album of the Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and ‘Best Irish Female’ at the Meteor Music Awards.

Always looking to bring new audiences to her work, Cara Dillon has topped the charts with dance remixes, lent her voice to the title song of Disney’s ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’, and sang with full orchestral backing. It’s no wonder that she can count Ed Sheeran, Alison Krauss, Ellie Goulding, and Robert Plant as fans.

This is a performer who is at the very top of her field, and this show will prove that she will be up there for many years to come.

Nathan Carter’s UK tour comes to Warrington

Nathan WebFriday 18 March 2016, 7.30pm, £24
Parr Hall – Tickets available online

He is the hottest property on the Irish music scene right now, and on Friday 18 March, Nathan Carter is heading to Warrington’s Parr Hall along with his band to fill the legendary venue with the sounds of his unmistakable voice.

Widely regarded as one of the best acts in the genre known as Country and Irish – which he revived with his acclaimed debut album in 2007 – he has since further strengthened his reputation for his ability to put on a fantastic live show by touring all over the world.

Recently announcing his mini tour of the UK, he chose Warrington as one of only ten dates, so this is an event not to be missed.

Nathan has so far recorded six albums, two DVDs and a raft of hit singles, and on the back of last years’ massive summer hit, ‘Good Time Girls’, he signed with the famous DECCA record company, bringing in a whole new chapter to the remarkable Nathan Carter story.

Everyone is welcome at a Nathan Carter concert. Fans of all ages consistently flock to see Carter and his six-piece band at shows all across the UK and Ireland, and this event will be no different.

Experience the superb live sounds, stage sets and extra effort which have built his reputation as an unmissable singing sensation.

BBC Big Band brings the sound of the big divas to Warrington

Sunday 13 March 2016, 7.30pm, £24
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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Warrington’s Parr Hall will be filled with the sounds of the greatest leading ladies in big band history as the acclaimed BBC Big Band arrives on Sunday 13 March.BBC - main group Web

Joined by multi-award winning jazz vocalist, Claire Martin OBE, this renowned band will perform the classic hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and many others. This evening of feel-good music and glamour will see audiences dance the night away to grandiose renditions of That Old Black Magic, Fever, Too Darn Hot, and many more.

BBC Big Band is widely regarded as one of the best jazz orchestras in the country, having been a regular feature on BBC radio for nearly half-a-decade. In that time they have performed with some of the greatest jazz artists in history, such as Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Ray Charles, and Amy Winehouse.

Claire Martin  1Joining them on the stage of Parr Hall is the legendary singer Claire Martin OBE, who is considered one of the finest jazz vocalists on the planet. Having won awards at the British Jazz Awards seven times, audiences will be guaranteed a night of unforgettable music. In 2011, she was rewarded for services to jazz when she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic night out with some of the greatest jazz artists in the country.

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The Proclaimers announce Warrington show

The Proclaimers – Friday 29 July 2016, Parr Hall. Tickets onsale Friday 19 February, £28.50

Warrington’s Parr Hall have announced that legendary Scottish duo The Proclaimers are set to grace the stage this summer and bring a whole host of their unforgettable hits to Warrington.Proclaimers Web

Friday 29 July will be the date to save, as The Proclaimers unleash their undeniably catchy anthems on the equally legendary venue, Parr Hall.

After the release of last year’s acclaimed album ‘Let’s Hear It For The Dogs’, they embarked on a nationwide tour of the biggest venues and festivals around the world.

With appearances at Glastonbury and T in the Park, they are continuing to cement their place as one of the best live acts in the country.

Craig and Charlie Reid’s music is renowned for its emotional honesty, political fire and sing-along raucousness, and it has given them multiple Gold and Platinum records across the world.

This summer, Parr Hall will hear all the classics, from Sunshine on Leith, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles, Letter From America, I’m On My Way, Life With You, and Let’s Get Married, to name just a few.

The popularity of these Scottish twins is as high as ever, as 2013 saw them cross over into the world of theatre and the silver screen when the stage musical based on their music, Sunshine on Leith, was transformed into a hugely popular film. It spent a month in the top ten of the UK box office, generating more than £4.8 million in ticket sales.

With tickets due to go on sale Friday 19 February at 9am, there’ll be no need to walk 500 miles to experience this fantastic duo. Just call the box office on 01925 442345 or book online.

Viola Beach

Warrington band Viola Beach – Jack Dakin, Kris Leonard, Tomas Lowe, River Reeves and their manager Craig Tarry – tragically passed away on SaturdayVB Web 13th of February following a road accident in Stockholm, Sweden.

They were a truly great team of young men and about to the take on the world together. The four piece recently put out their second single ‘Boys That Sing’ on the 22nd of January on Communion Records.

All proceeds made from the single will be donated from Communion Records to the band and Craig’s families.

Here is some footage recorded of the band at a recent concert at London venue Koko. An amazing group: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ftfubbn84mfh46s/AADpi4Ad13MhoyFvIBsxzAq1a?dl=0

A statement on behalf of Culture Warrington in response to the tragic news about Viola Beach:

“We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news about the passing of Warrington’s Viola Beach and their manager in a tragic road accident in Sweden.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends of the members of the band at this very sad time.”

Communion Records: Viola Beach had only recently come into the Communion family, and had everything going for them – great songs, passion, talent, drive… everything that a band should have. To sit down with the band was to sit down with a group of guys whose band you wanted to be in, and to be in the presence of a band who knew just what it would take to make it. This is why the band had been in Sweden, rather than sit back and wait for it to happen to them, Kris, River, Jack and Tom were determined to go out into the world and play every show they could until the world was singing along with them, and now that dream has been sadly taken away from all of us. Equally, Craig, their manager was possessed by a passion to help the band achieve everything they wanted to, and to speak with Craig about Viola Beach, and music in general was an absolute pleasure – you knew he was doing it all for the right reasons. Everyone here at Communion is in a state of total shock and sorrow, and our thoughts go out to the families and friends of Craig and the band.viola beach web

Mark Bennett, United Talent agency: ‘From your first gig to your last and many in between I was so lucky to be there and I will be forever grateful for you lightning up my life with your infectious, beautiful and joyful behaviour. Craig Tarry could be seen at every gig, head bobbing and just simply and purely loving the music. I must of called him more than anyone in the last 6 months, even Thursday we must of spoke 8/9 times. You started as a colleague and you ended as a good mate. I will miss you dearly’.

Ian Grimble, Producer: ‘I first became aware of Viola Beach through their single “Swings & Waterslides” and was very taken by the energy and vibrancy that jumped out of the speakers.

Upon meeting them for the first time, along with Craig their manager, I could soon see why, their exuberance and determination to scream out to the world was overwhelming. This combined with undoubted talent and an incredible work ethic for ones so young made every long hour in the studio from then on very rewarding indeed.

It is with great sadness that we will not be able to see them grow from the spark that they are now, into the raging fire that they so desperately desired to become.

They were a young band who wrote about what they knew, a legacy for new young bands I hope.

“And she told me that she loves a boy who knows how to sing, so I learned how to sing”

And how they sang.

My thoughts are with their friends and family right now’.

Rich Perry, Radio Plugger: ‘This is the saddest news. Purely from a people perspective, we’ve lost 5 great humans.

From a professional perspective, rarely have I’m been as sure of a band & manager who felt destined for the big time.

Craig, Kris, Riv, Jack & Tom you were my friends. It’s an honour to have spent time with you doing what we all love. RIP’

Conrad Murray – SJM: ‘We are devastated by the tragic loss of the lives of Craig, Jack, Kris, Tom & River. They were a truly talented bunch of young men on the cusp of something very special and it was always a pleasure and a genuine thrill to be in their presence’.

Jack – SJM: ‘We have lost an incredible group of talented young men. Individually brilliant, together even better. Humbled to have shared time with them and I know how proud the town of Warrington has been to produce such shining stars’.

Rock ‘n’ Roll back the years with Elvis at Parr Hall

Saturday 27 February 2016, 7:30pm, £21.50/£19

The king of rock ‘n’ roll is coming to Warrington, and on Saturday 27 February, Parr Hall will be filled with the unmistakable sounds of Elvis elvisPresley for this glittering two hour production which has been wowing audiences across the country.

Straight from the West End, Mario Kombou portrays the king perfectly – it’s no wonder that he is officially endorsed by the Elvis Presley Enterprises and Elvis’ first cousin Donna Presley. He’ll be bringing all the classics back to life, including Always on my Mind, That’s Alright Mama, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, and Viva Las Vegas to name just a few.

Audiences will be swept up in the story of his rise to music royalty, from when he was driving trucks in Mississippi, to being drafted into the army, right through to the legendary Las Vegas concerts which cemented his legacy.

Directed by top record producer David Mackay, this show contains incredible actors, multiple costume changes and nostalgic film footage which perfectly captures the magic of Elvis’ reign. This feel good show is not to be missed.

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Warrington welcomes the hilarious Tom Stade

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Saturday 27 February 2016, 7pm, Pyramid
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The UK’s favourite Canadian, Tom Stade, is taking his brand new show ‘You’re Welcome’ to Warrington’s Pyramid arts centre and he’s bringing his candid and alluring stand-up with him.

Taking to the stage on Saturday 27 February, expect the usual uncompromising humour, mischievous mayhem, and impressive improvisation which has earned him the reputation of being one of the best comedians around.

It’s no wonder that he has become a TV comedy staple, with appearances on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, as well as appearances at Edinburgh Festival.

Audiences will be roaring with laughter as Stade ruminates on life’s oddities and revels in his own perpetual shortcomings. It’s no wonder that he has been storming the global stand-up circuit for years, and now Warrington is next in line to host his latest show…you’re welcome.

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Warrington to hold its first ever comedy extravaganza

Warrington to hold its first ever comedy extravaganza

Culture Warrington are set to hold their first ever celebration of comedy this March, filled with unforgettable one-liners and guaranteed giggles Ed Byrne 2016from some of the most popular comedians in the country.

Ed Byrne will headline the comedy extravaganza with a range of other performances and workshops to be held at Pyramid & Parr Hall as part of the month-long celebration.

To kick off the festival some of the funniest up-and-coming talents will be trying out their best jokes as Comedy Store returns to Pyramid on Saturday 5 March. This show has built a reputation for hilarious and unforgettable nights out, so it makes the perfect beginning to the comedy season.

Audiences will fall under the spell of Ed Byrne’s Irish charm and undeniable wit, as he graces the stage of the legendary Parr Hall on Friday 11 March. His ‘Outside, Looking In’ show has toured the entire country – collecting rave reviews along the way – and now it is Warrington’s turn.

Children also have the chance to get in on the comedy action as Comedy Club 4 Kids brings some of the funniest stand-up comedians from around the globe to the town to do what they do best in front of an audience of children and their families. Everyone from six to 400 years old is welcome to the event on Saturday 19 March, as they tell all the best jokes, just without the rude bits.

As part of the season, Pyramid will also be hosting a screening of the best-loved comedy film Some Like It Hot, in the relaxing environment of the Studio Theatre. The all-time outrageous, satirical comedy is one of the most hilarious films ever made.

To round off the season with a bang, Parr Hall will be welcoming a whole host of the funniest comedians around on Thursday 24 March for Who Dares Grins Comedy Night Live, which promises to be a fantastic night. From Craig Murray, Gary Delaney, Kerry Godlima and Terry Alderton, some of the brightest names in the stand-up circuit will bring non-stop laughter to Warrington.

Chris Persoglio, Venue and Events Manager at Culture Warrington, said:
“We’re really excited about holding our first ever celebration of comedy this March. The extravaganza brings some of the biggest names in comedy to the town along with the best upcoming talents in the business. Our recent customer survey results revealed that comedy performances are a real hit with our audiences so we hope that we can grow the celebration each year.”

Beat the winter blues with Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods

Friday 26 February, 7:30pm, Parr Hall

Beat the winter blues with Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods

It’s the season of sniffles and scratchy throats but Parr Hall has just the right medicine. Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods will be DFG Webbringing their distinctive and raw music to Warrington on Friday 26 February.

Dr Feelgood are known around the world as one of the most exciting rhythm and blues acts, and it was their unique sound that led to their album Stupidity shooting straight to the top of the UK charts. They have a string of hit singles, including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, and See You Later Alligator – the group’s first gold record.

Formed in the very same town of Canvey Island in Essex, Eddie & The Hot Rods have also gained a reputation for incredible and energetic live performances. Known particularly for their hit single, Do Anything You Wanna Do, the five-piece band will blow those winter cobwebs away with the sounds of their guitars, bringing punk rock to every corner of the legendary venue Parr Hall.

This is your chance to witness two of the greatest bands of the seventies at one unmissable event.

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Enjoy the undisputed classic film Casablanca at Pyramid

Friday 19 February, 7:30pm,
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Pyramid is showing a range of classic films this season and on Friday 19 February, they will be screening arguably one of the greatest films of all Casablancatime, Casablanca.

With its iconic characters, lines, and theme song, Casablanca has become the quintessential representation of Old Hollywood, featuring masterful performances by the legends that are Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Be transported to the city of Casablanca, as an American expatriate faces the choice between the woman he loves and his allegiance to her husband, who needs his help in order to continue the fight against the Nazis.

Screened on Pyramid’s very own 10ft screen in the intimate surroundings of the Studio Theatre, audiences will be gripped by this unforgettable tale of war and romance.

A perfect post-Valentine’s Day treat.

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Circus of Horrors heads to Warrington

Circus of Horrors heads to Warrington

Friday 19 February, 7:30pm, £16-26

 

The infamous Circus of Horrors comes to Parr Hall on Friday 19 February and they are inviting the people of Warrington to witness the most bizarre circus acts in the country.COH16

Though they have been shocking audiences across the country for 21 years, this mind-blowing act rose to even greater fame when they made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, the first ever circus to do so. They will be gracing the stage at Parr Hall with their most outrageous acts to date, celebrating their anniversary in their own gruesome style.

The act has been in high demand for the past few years, and they have seen their TV credits grow to include The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show & A Royal Command Performance.

The Circus of Horrors had their gruesome beginning at Glastonbury at 1995 and became an instant hit, bringing their act to audiences all over the globe, including appearances at numerous festivals alongside Alice Cooper, Eminem, Iron Maiden and many more.

The latest incarnation of the Circus of Horrors sees them going back in time to Victorian London. Following the story of a young girl who runs away to join the circus, the audience will watch in horror as she falls into the nightmarish world of a gruesome Freakshow. They will gasp in horror as she meets killer clowns and sword swallowers, demon dwarfs and the Guinness World Record-holding Hairculean Diva swinging solely from her hair.

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The sounds of the 70s come to Parr Hall

70s Disco – Friday 12 February, 8pm, £7 Buy tickets
Northern Soul – Saturday 13 February, 8pm, £7 Buy tickets

WarrWarrington will boogie the night away this February as two fantastic music events come to Parr Hall, giving everyone the chance to put on their dancing shoes at 70s Disco and feel the rhythm at Northern Soul.

Returning to the fabulous venue of Parr Hall for the third time, 70s Disco has proven itself to be an unforgettable night. On Friday 12 February, this will be an unmissable occasion for fans of the disco era who are still obsessed with glitter and big hair.

National DJs will be playing original vinyl, bringing back the sounds of Billy Ocean, Barry White, Edwin Starr, Chairmen of the Board, Bay City Rollers, Detroit Spinners, Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Chic, Kool & The Gang, T. Rex, Sister Sledge, and many more.

Fath Logo B-WFor those who shunned the disco balls for the rhythm and blues, Northern Soul will up right up their alley. Some of the country’s greatest legends of the northern soul genre will grace the stage at Parr Hall on Saturday 13 February.

A hybrid of American soul music and distinctive dance styles, the genre is still popular almost half a century later and this event will surely get Warrington dancing in the aisles.

Join the company of Ian Gee, John Vincent, Des Jones, Moz Arnold and Pete Eccles as they spin vinyl all night long. Relive the glory days and be transported right back to legendary venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester.

It might be cold outside but as the Bee Gees said, you should be dancing – so don’t miss these fantastic nights out.

Stars From The Commitments back in Warrington

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Stars From The Commitments back in Warrington

This year The Stars From The Commitments hit the road for their 25th Anniversary year tour and they are coming to Parr Hall next month to give you a chance to enjoy the best of soul.

The band first performed at the venue in 2015 and due to popular demand they’re coming back for another fantastic night, so be prepared for high energy soul music with that unique Commitments twist.

The nine piece soul band from Dublin, which features actual cast members and musicians from the original Commitments film and sound track, have performed world-wide to hundreds of thousands of people at festivals, clubs, theatres, high profile corporate events and VIP parties.

With Dublin’s finest mix of gritty soul and irresistible Irish charm, the fantastic Stars From The Commitments have continued to spread the word of Irish soul whilst receiving rave reviews.

This dynamic band drives audiences to dance in the aisles and scream for more as they perform all the hits from their multi-million selling soundtrack albums and the Oscar nominated, Golden Globe & BAFTA award winning films: Mustang Sally, Chain of Fools, Take Me To The River, Try A Little Tenderness, Nowhere to Run, In The Midnight Hour and many more.

On many occasions the band has been invited to perform with soul legends BB King, Sam Moore (Sam and Dave), Steve Cropper (The Blues Brothers), Denis Edwards (The Temptations), Ben E King, the late James Brown and also contemporary artists such as The Black Eyed Peas.

The Stars From The Commitments also recorded a well-received live album titled Committed To Soul introducing such soul classics as Hold On I’m Coming, Get Ready and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman to the bands repertoire. The album also features several of the above highly acclaimed and respected soul artists.

The Commitments were also invited to perform at the Speaker’s St. Patrick’s Day luncheon in Capitol Hill, Washington. DC. In attendance were former US President George W. Bush, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and many distinguished American Senators and Congressmen.

This show is a must-see and is a thrilling live experience that will stir your soul.

Tickets available online

New Year – New What’s On Guide

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Happy New Season – What’s on Guide (January – April)

5246FD_Pyramid & Parr Hall_Jan-Apr 2016_WebThe Festive Season is over and we are already looking forward to an exciting year ahead. We have an amazing line-up of events, activities and big nights out planned for you in 2016.

Check out your new What’s on guide packed with events and activities that are sure to keep those post Christmas blues away and help you enjoy coming months.

Visit your What’s On Guide for a complete list of upcoming events at Pyramid & Parr Hall

Panto Selfie Competition #ParrHallPanto

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Win tickets to see the biggest names at Pyramid & Parr Hall in 2016 with our Dick Whittington #ParrHallPanto competition

 

We have a very special competition for everyone coming to see Dick Whittington at Parr Hall in January.  All you need to do is send us your panto Dick Whittington A5 Flyer (Front)selfie at the panto.  It can be a single selfie or fit as many of your family and friends in as possible, and make it as fun as you can!

You can post on Facebook (don’t forget to tag pyramid & Pall Hall and use #ParrHallPanto

You can tweet your selfie to @PyramidParrHall (don’t forget to use #ParrHallPanto)

We have loads of tickets we want to give away for our big events at Pyramid & Parr Hall in 2016, so send us your panto selfie and you could be enjoying a night out on us!

Happy Snapping and enjoy the panto!

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OH YES THEY DID! DINERS SHOCKED AS PANTO POPS UP AT PESTO!

widnesflashpantoMusic and dancing were on the menu at a busy Widnes restaurant this week after a pantomime flashmob left diners shocked and surprised.

Cast members from Parr Hall’s upcoming production of Dick Whittington burst into Pesto restaurant on Birchfield Road on Tuesday evening taking the restaurant by surprise by spontaneously breaking into song and entertaining unsuspecting customers.

Dressed in full costume, characters including Dick Whittington, played by Rebecca Draper who has just finished filming ITV’s Stand by Your Man, Liverpool born Ellie Carroll who stars as Alice in this version of the classic tale and this year’s villain, King Rat, played by David Kustard performed a number of routines entertaining the families present including the Frozen classic ‘Let It Go’.

Manager of Pesto Gizela Kalkucka commented: “The flashmob was incredibly entertaining for both our staff and diners – especially for the little ones that were in the restaurant – and was a great way to add even more festive fun into our restaurant on Tuesday evening.”

alicewidnes2Producer of this year’s pantomime Tony Peers said: “Pantomime is all about entertaining the whole family so we’re thrilled that the Pesto team gave us the opportunity to bring one of Warrington’s biggest pantomimes out into the community and have some fun together.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and not only did we have a great time but Pesto’s customers also really seemed to enjoy our little pop-up panto performance!”

The family show is set to open at Parr Hall in Warrington on Saturday 2nd January.

You can purchase tickets for Dick Whittington online or contact Pyramid & Parr Hall Box Office.

Parr Hall’s pantomime cast bring festive cheer to children at Warrington Hospital

PantoHospVisitweb3The cast of Parr Hall’s pantomime, Dick Whittington, brought Christmas cheer to patients and staff at Warrington Hospital’s Children’s Ward yesterday (Tuesday 15 December).

The cast, who are taking to Warrington’s most famous stage in January, included Rebecca Draper who takes the lead role as Dick Whittington, Liverpool born Ellie Carroll, who is playing Alice, and David Kustard, who will be returning to his home town to play King Rat.

Dressed in their glittering costumes they brought magic and laughter to youngsters who are spending time in hospital over Christmas. The cast also presented the ward with a Christmas gift for their play room.

Tony Peers Productions returns to Parr Hall this festive season with Dick Whittington, running from Saturday 2 until Sunday 10 January 2016. The rags-to-riches story tells the tale of one man and his cat as they embark on a quest to become Mayor of London, whilst featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients including; sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation.
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Magical lantern parade lights up Warrington

Warrington was aglow with hundreds of lights for the town’s annual Lantern Parade yesterday (Thursday 10 December).Lantern1WEB

People of all ages, from right across the town, snaked through the streets each carrying a lovingly-crafted lantern. The theme of this year’s parade was Dick Whittington to coincide with Parr Hall’s festive pantomime.

As part of this year’s event The Liverpool Lantern Company wowed participants and spectators with magnificent larger-than-life animal lanterns.

The parade set off from Queens Gardens at 6:45pm and embarked on a magical softly-lit winter tour of the town centre concluding at Golden Square’s Christmas Village where there was a selection of Christmas stalls.

The stalls were brimming with festive activities for the whole family including, Christmas Carol singers, food and warm drinks.

The event, which was funded by Warrington Borough Council and provided by Culture Warrington, is part of a multitude of Christmas events across Warrington this year.

lantern2WEBWarrington Golden Square shopping centre director, Ian Cox, said: “It was a really special occasion with all those lanterns weaving through the town centre into Golden Square and finishing in the Christmas Village, where we had performers to entertain the crowds with some seasonal cheer.

A lot of people took the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping which all made for a really lovely festive atmosphere.”

Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said: “Investing in our Christmas events programme gives us opportunities to support the council’s wider objectives and compliment other events that are taking place.

Not only do we want to provide events for all to enjoy, but we want to attract more residents and visitors into the town to boost the local economy and see what else we have to offer.”

Ken Dodd returns to Warrington with a fun-filled evening of laughter

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Ticket price: £21 (£22 including online booking fee)

Ken Dodd returns to Parr Hall with his famous Happiness Show where audience members will be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs.

Averaging seven jokes a minute this inventor of words will have audiences bellowing with laughter. Ken Dodd is extraordinarily energetic and never fails to entertain audiences with his Dicky Mint puppet routine and troop of dumpy midgets – the Diddymen.

The Knotty Ash funnyman is a comedian of unrivalled and legendary status with an incredible and hugely successful career as a professional entertainer that spans over 60 fun-filled years.

A multi-award winning entertainer Ken Dodd loves nothing more than entertaining theatre audiences. This fun-filled Happiness Show is for all the family, filled with non-stop gags and a selection of songs presented in his uniquely versatile style.

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Get into the Festive Mood with our #FestiveFridayGiveaway on Facebook

FacebookChristmas is coming and to help you get into the festive mood, visit our Facebook & Twitter every Friday for our #FestiveFridayGiveaway
Starting on Friday 4 December, we are giving you the chance to win tickets for various events at Pyramid & Parr Hall as we spread a little Christmas cheer.

Look out for our competition posts on Facebook and our tweets on Twitter for your chance to enter.
Season’s Greetings to all our customers and have a Happy New Year!


Box Office Christmas Opening Times 2015

We have special opening hours over the Christmas period. The Box Office will be open during the following times:

Monday 21 December 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 22 December 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 23 December 9am – 5pm
Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) 9am – 1pm
Friday 25 December(Christmas Day) Closed
Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day) Closed
Sunday 27 December Closed
Monday 28 December Closed
Tuesday 29 December 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 30 December 10am – 2pm
Thursday 31 December 10am – 2pm
Friday 1 January Closed
Saturday 2 January 10am – 2pm

Normal Box Office opening hours will resume from Monday 3 January.

Crowds flock to Warrington town centre to witness laser light show

Laser Show 2015 2WEBThe relentless wind and rain over the weekend didn’t deter thousands of people making their way to Warrington town centre to witness this year’s intergalactic themed laser show.

The Lights in the Sky Laser performance attracted more than 3,000 spectators spanning generations.

Laser light patterns illuminated the skyline above Warrington’s Guardians, reflecting within the water fountain below, and were set to a soundtrack of battling intergalactic spaceships and the eerie unexplainable sounds of space.

This year’s stunning light display was funded by Warrington Borough Council, delivered by Culture Warrington and was part of Warrington Market’s sci-fi Christmas- a traditional Christmas Market with an intergalactic twist.

There are a multitude of Christmas events across Warrington being provided by the council and Culture Warrington this festive season. Stand-out events include the Lantern Parade, Warrington Christmas Markets and Parr Hall’s pantomime Dick Whittington.

Laser Show 2015 1 WEBCllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said: “Events for the Christmas programme have been carefully selected to provide opportunities to support the council’s wider objectives and compliment other events that are taking place. Our aim is to provide exciting and enjoyable events that attract more residents and visitors to the town which will boost the local economy. The challenge is to have the maximum impact with limited resources and we hope we are achieving this with our festive events.”

Take part in the decoration of Pyramid’s Christmas tree

BaubleWEBArt enthusiasts of all ages are invited to a bauble decorating workshop at Pyramid this December to help dress the art centre’s eight foot Christmas tree.

This workshop, which is run by Blooming Art in partnership with Culture Warrington, will take place on Saturday 5 December from 10:30am until 1:30pm and is part of the BBC’s Get Creative – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

Gail Stubbings, founder of Blooming Art Classes Warrington, will lead the workshop in which local residents are welcome to drop in to Pyramid where they will be given the tools and opportunity to express themselves through the decoration of Christmas baubles.

Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day. Culture Warrington is joining hundreds of organisations nationwide to become a Get Creative Champion.

Derek Dick, Exhibitions and Services Manager at Culture Warrington, said: ‘It’s fantastic that we are able champion a national campaign that celebrates arts, culture and creativity. With the range of activities on offer at Culture Warrington venues I can confidently say there is something to take part in creatively for all the family.”

Gail Stubbings, owner of Blooming Art Classes Warrington, said: “I am extremely excited to be working in partnership with Culture Warrington to offer a drop-in art workshop for the community. I would encourage everyone to drop in and get creative this summer by putting their artistic skills to the test.”

80s legends turn out for Mr Smiths exhibition launch

Stars of 1980s popular dance TV show The Hit Man and Her, which was filmed at Mr Smiths in Warrington, turned out for the official launch of an peter Waterman Mr Smiths Webexhibition celebrating the iconic club on Friday (20 November).

Music mogul and the Hitman himself Pete Waterman, along with well-loved Hit Man and Her dancers Fitz, Bov, Wiggy and Spike, now a member of boyband 911, attended the 80s themed event to celebrate the opening of the Goodbye Mr Smiths exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

The exhibition is a response to the community reaction following the fire and demolition of the infamous building that housed the iconic nightclub. It follows the building’s story from the Art Deco Ritz and ABC cinemas to its heyday as Mr Smiths nightclub and its sudden dramatic destruction in April 2015.

The launch was attended by more than 150 people who shared their memories of the club, which attracted people from all over the North West in the 80s and 90s. They were treated to a special performance from DJ Steven Davidson who played old skool tunes and Mr Smiths favourites to entertain the visitors.

A collection of photographs, objects and memories, including oral history interviews with well-known local characters such as Stan the Man and Hitman and Her dancer, Wiggy, pay a nostalgic tribute to the well-loved local landmark.

Pete Waterman, from The Hit Man and Her, said:
“You forget everything that happened at Mr Smiths until you see it on the wall in the exhibition, I’ve seen pictures of me here that I’ve never seen before. It’s amazing to hear people still talk about Mr Smiths with such affection.”

Michelle Hill, curator of the exhibition, said:
“Thanks to everyone who attended the Goodbye Mr Smiths launch event at the museum. It was a fantastic night with people really getting into the party spirit and feeling nostalgic, judging by the amount of photographs and memories that were added to our memory boards.”

The Mr Smiths Exhibition is on at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery until Saturday 20 February

Be swept away on Vienna Festival Ballet’s magical adventure – The Nutcracker

Be swept away on Vienna Festival Ballet’s magical adventure –
The Nutcracker

Sunday 13 December, 2.30pm ballet
Ticket Price: £19.50 / £16.50 / £12.50

Christmas 2015 will see Vienna Festival Ballet perform The Nutcracker at Parr Hall Warrington, for one night only on Sunday 13 December.

Parr Hall will play host to Tchaikovsky’s wonderful, captivating and possibly most famous melodies, setting the scene for everybody’s favourite ballet. Adults and children alike will be captivated by the flurry of the dazzling Snowflakes and delight in the famous waltz of the Flowers.

The traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a festive family treat like no other.

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All That Glitters is Gold for the Dick Whittington Pantomime Launch!

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Dick Whittington Panto Cast 2016 (Photo Credit Michelle Smith)

Dick Whittington Panto Cast 2016 (Photo Credit Michelle Smith)


Saturday 2 January 2016 – Sunday 10 January 2016
Ticket prices £12.50/ £10.50/ Family Ticket £40

Warrington welcomed the cast of Parr Hall’s pantomime Dick Whittington last week as they followed Dick’s dream and went in search of streets paved with gold- striking lucky at Warrington’s iconic Golden Gates and the town centre light switch on.

Tony Peers Productions returns to Parr Hall this festive season with Dick Whittington, running from Saturday 2 until Sunday 10 January 2016. The rags-to-riches story tells the tale of one man and his cat as they embark on a quest to become Mayor of London, whilst featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients including; sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation.

The 2016 pantomime cast includes comedy act Double Trouble Damian Patton & Tom Rolfe, who will take on the roles of Captain and Mate. This comic duo has comedy mentors of the highest calibre in the form of Damian’s uncles, The Chuckle brothers.

Rebecca Draper takes on the title role of Dick Whittington fresh from filming her part in ITV’s Stand By Your Man and Liverpool born Ellie Carroll will star as Alice in this version of the classic tale.

Parr Hall pantomime veteran Phil Beck returns as the Dame and David Kustard brings to life the character of King Rat in his Mother’s home town.

Finally, after appearing in last year’s pantomime, local dancers from the Felicia Burns School of Dance will once again add festive sparkle to the show.

Tickets on sale now – Book online

Check out the photos from the visit. Thank you to Michelle Smith for the photography www.michellesmithphotography.co.uk

Reignite a passion for film at this autumn’s movie screenings in Warrington

Reignite a passion for film at this autumn’s movie screenings in Warrington

Friday 13 November, The Shining, 7:30pmFilms
Thursday 17 December, It’s A Wonderful Life, 7:30pm
Friday 18 December, Die Hard, 7:30pm
Saturday 19 December, Home Alone, 3:00pm

Ticket price, £5

This Autumn Warrington’s Pyramid will rekindle the town’s excitement for film with a pick of the most challenging, the most iconic and most legendary films of all time.

Screened in the intimate surroundings of Pyramid’s studio theatre, nothing can beat experiencing an all-time favourite movie projected on to a 10ft screen.

To begin the season Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining, will be screened at Pyramid on Friday 13 November. Audiences are invited to experience this tale of a family man and would-be writer unravel into a homicidal maniac on what is known by many as the unluckiest day of the year.

With Christmas fast approaching treat loved ones with the magic of film. There are a trio of festive films to delight audiences of all ages and preferences. Choose from the tears and joy of It’s A Wonderful Life, the furious, adrenaline fuelled action of Die Hard or the laugh out loud hilarity of Home Alone. There is certainly something for everyone to stir up that festive feeling.

All movie screenings are shown in the Studio Theatre at Pyramid, Warrington. Refreshments can be purchased on site including alcoholic and soft drinks.

Warrington’s Laser Show returns to the town centre

Warrington’s Laser Show returns to the town centre

Intergalactic inspired Laser ShowLaser Show
Saturday 28 November
4.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm, Free
Guardians, Warrington Town Centre, WA1 1UZ

Warrington’s laser show returns to the town centre with a brand new intergalactic theme for 2015.

Three separate performances will take place on Saturday 28 November at 4:30pm, 5pm and 5:30pm, where laser light patterns will illuminate the skyline above Warrington’s Guardians, reflecting within the water fountain below.

This year’s stunning light display, which is funded by Warrington Borough Council and is delivered by Culture Warrington, will be set to a soundtrack of battling intergalactic spaceships and the eerie unexplainable sounds of space.

The event is part of Warrington Market’s sci-fi Christmas- a traditional Christmas market with an intergalactic twist.

Last year’s The Lights in the Sky Laser performance attracted more than 3,000 spectators spanning generations. This year it is expected to achieve an even greater engagement with local families.

The event is part of a multitude of Christmas events across Warrington being provided by the council and Culture Warrington. Other stand-out events include the Lantern Parade, Warrington Christmas Markets and Parr Hall’s pantomime Dick Whittington.

Warrington Market

Father Christmas Needs a Wee will bring some festive giggles to the families of Warrington

Father Christmas Needs a Wee will bring some festive giggles to the families of Warrington

A3-template-09Saturday 21 November, 2.30pm
Ticket Price: £12/£10/ £40 Family Ticket

Following last year’s sold-out hit shows, Father Christmas is back on his rounds… and he still needs a wee. This super show for children is at Warrington’s Parr Hall on Saturday 21 November.

When it comes to theatre for children, you are off to a good start when the title of the show is enough on its own to inspire laughter from your little ones. Father Christmas Needs a Wee is a delightful stage adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s book about the Christmas Eve that saw Santa get caught short.

Father Christmas has a chronic weakness for mince pies, and has been guzzling them down with all the tea and milk and hot chocolate drinks left by the little children to whom he is delivering presents.

But there is nowhere for Santa to have a wee, and he becomes so preoccupied with his plight that he forgets to deliver some of his presents.

Thankfully he can enlist the help of his elf Elfie and with some singing and dancing along the way, he is able to wiggle through the discomfort and get the job done.

TaleGate Theatre have hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation.

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Houghton Weavers bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to Warrington

Houghton Weavers bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to Warrington

Weavers WebSunday 6 December, 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £14/£12

On the eve of their 40th anniversary, the UK’s leading comedy / folk group – The Houghton Weavers – return to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Sunday 6 December.

Comprising of Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington, the band have recorded over 30 albums, have seven of their own BBC television series and six BBC Radio 2 series to their name.

Formed in 1975 and cutting their teeth in the folk clubs of their native Lancashire, The Houghton Weavers have never wavered from their motto of ‘Keep Folk Smiling’.

The group, who have a thriving fan club with members worldwide, entertain their audiences with humorous jokes and antidotes and sing “popular” folk songs from raucous traditional songs to beautiful ballads done in their own inimitable style.

This year they will once again be joined on stage by Tony’s brother James who proved to be a hit with the group’s festive audiences last year.

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Pixie Lott (featuring Jay James, Viola Beach & Ellie Dibben) – Warrington Festival – Buy tickets now!

Pixie Lott – Warrington Festival

Pixie plays her only north west show of the year at Warrington Festival this September, featuring Jay James, Viola Beach and Ellie Dibben.
Line-up is subject to change.
Pixie Lott WebBuy Now »

Four-time BRIT Award nominee Pixie Lott will headline Warrington Festival at Bank Park on Saturday 19th September. Pixie will perform her number one hits Mamma Do (Uh oh, Uh oh), Boys and Girls and All About Tonight live in Warrington. The event will also feature X Factor 2014 finalist Jay James and upcoming local artist Ellie Dibben.

Pixie Lott recently rocked the stage at the Brentwood Festival in Essex and oozed Hollywood glamour in Puttin’ On The Ritz, now she will head north for her premiere performance in Warrington, her only north west concert date this year!

Jay James captured the imagination of the country with his unique voice and stunning live performances as one of the standout contestants on The X Factor 2014. His performance at Warrington Festival is the perfect opportunity for you to experience this gifted performer live.

As well as performing at the festival Jay will also be doing a meet and greet with fans on the day.

Warrington four-piece Viola Beach have already secured impressive national radio airplay and their performance at Warrington Festival follows an eagerly anticipated slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival.

Local teenage songstress Ellie Dibben has recently supported well-known artists including Luke Friend, Elyar Fox and Union J. The 17-year-old country singer will perform a mixture of original songs during her set including Black Cats Summer, What About Us and Shout.

A superb line-up not to be missed!

Jay James: www.officialjayjames.com
twitter.com/jayjames
www.facebook.com/jayjamesofficial

Ellie Dibben: twitter.com/elliejdibben
www.facebook.com/EllieDibbenMusic

Viola Beach: twitter.com/Viola_Beach
www.facebook.com/violabeachwarrington

For further information including the latest event confirmation, volunteering and sponsorship opportunities visit www.warringtonfestival.co.uk

Warrington Festival

Our new booking system is here!

Thanks for your patience – we are now back up and running! We have a shiny new box office system which will enable us to improve our customer service and make booking simpler (and cheaper) for you.

We’ve included below a link to some frequently asked questions – you may want to check these out before booking your tickets for the first time.
https://www.pyramidparrhall.com/booking-faqs/

Billy Ocean at the Parr Hall on Friday 29 May

Billy’s back in town with his reggae infused soulful music.  Are you ready for hit songs like Love Really Hurts Without You and Red Light Spells Danger, When The Going Gets Tough and Caribbean Queen?

Here’s the show times:

7pm Doors

7.30pm Support from soulful RnB singer, Alice Gasson

8pm Interval

8.30pm Billy Ocean

See you on Friday night!

Looking forward to May through to autumn

Ben Fogle at Pyramid and Parr Hall on Thursday 22 October

Ben Fogle appears in Warrington on Thursday 22 October

Some highlights from Pyramid and Parr Hall for May through to July and looking further afield into autumn with some extra special highlights.

Thanks to BFI, Pyramid presents a range of cinema for all tastes including The Man With A Movie Camera (1929) on Friday 15 May; The Big Lebowski (1998) on Friday 19 June; The Sound of Music (1965) on Friday 17 July and Dark Days (2001) on Friday 17 July.  All tickets are £5.

May ends on Sunday 31 May with Vienna Festival Ballet – 25th Anniversary Gala at Parr Hall, presenting the very best of ballet in one unforgettable afternoon where audiences can expect highlights from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.  But there’s still time to book for Al Murray on Thursday 14 May, Sing-A-Long A Frozen on Saturday 23 May and Billy Ocean on Friday 29 May – tickets are selling fast. 

Into June, there’s a range of contrasting music for all music fans – 70s Disco at Parr Hall on Friday 5 June sees live DJs and original vinyl getting you in the mood to boogie the night away to 70s disco sounds of Barry White, Tavares, Billy Ocean, Edwin Starr, Chairman of the Board, Detroit Spinners, Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Chic, Kool & The Gang, Shalimar, Sister Sledge and many more.

On Saturday 6 June, Pyramid plays host to From the Saw Doctors – Leo & Anto in an intimate two-hour acoustic show, featuring stripped back unplugged versions of The Saw Doctor’s hits such as Red Cortina, Clare Islan’ and Same Oul’ Town.

Stiff Little Fingers appear at Parr Hall on Thursday 11 June 2015.  Formed in 1977 in Belfast, Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement with the likes of The Clash, Sex Pistols and The Jam.  Hits include Alternative Ulster and Suspect Device. Their most recent album No Going Back reached #1 in the UK Rock Album Chart.

More music follows on Sunday 12 July with Black Grape – It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah! at Parr Hall reuniting Sean Ryder (Happy Mondays) and Kermit (Ruthless Rap Assassins) and playing a gig at Parr Hall in the 21st anniversary of the seminal album It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah!

Comedy Store returns to Pyramid on Saturday 18 July, with summer special sell-out comedy featuring the best in live stand-up from our friends at the legendary Comedy Store.  See Facebook / Twitter nearer the time for line up.

Looking forward to the autumn, September sees Simon Weston – My Life, My Story at Pyramid on Sunday 6 September in an event which tells the story of one man’s journey from the front line in the Falkland Islands, to being on the edge of death, to becoming a contented father, grandfather and national figure.  Thoroughly Modern Musicals at Parr Hall on Sunday 27 September features some of the biggest musicals from the West End and Broadway with sons from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia and Grease to name a few.

Into October and there’s Nina Conti – In Your Face at Parr Hall on Friday 2 October.   She’s won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without moving her lips.  Timesis Theatre – That’s Amoré will be at Pyramid on Thursday 8 October presenting a fast-paced, funny, highly visual physical theatre show about the thrills and dangers of surrendering ourselves to romance.  Don’t miss the curtain raiser at 7.30pm.

More music from Leo Sayer – Restless Years Tour at Parr Hall on Sunday 11 October.  Known the world over for his army of hits including Thunder in My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You and the transatlantic hits When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Ben Fogle – Call Of The Wild will be at Parr Hall on Thursday 22 October.  BBC 1’s Castaway 2000’s Ben Fogle has gone on to carve a broadcasting career championing wildlife, the world’s wildernesses and the British countryside. Hear about some of his adventures.   Colin Cloud – Forensic Mind Reader appears atPyramid on Friday 23 October and he promises to mix mind, magic and brain science.

ANNOUNCEMENT: BLACK GRAPE bring their comeback tour to Parr Hall!

After 20 years, Shaun Ryder and Kermit have teamed up again to bring you Black Grape’s 2015 comeback tour, and it’s coming to Parr Hall on Sunday 12 July!

The Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, leaving most observers to assume that it was the end for Shaun Ryder, as he struggled to recover from his numerous drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that three years later, a relatively fit and healthy Shaun would return to the top of the charts, with a new band.

Black Grape’s debut album, It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah, is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor. Ryder’s sound was reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense. One of Britain’s best wordsmiths Shaun Ryder’s lyrics have always been delightfully freewheeling, and full of multicolored imagery.

Teaming up with Kermit (ex Ruthless Rap Assassins) he now had a rapper on board with equal skills to bounce off.  Even better, the music has deep grooves and catchy pop hooks that come straight out of left field. From the blaring harmonica of the triumphant Reverend Black Grape and the trippy sitars of In the Name of the Father to the seedy, rolling Shake Your Money and the stinging guitars of Tramazi Parti.

Black Grape has always been the simmering stalking horse, waiting in the wings, for a time to come back to life, and remind people of the huge commercial and musical celebration that it was.

It’s time for the party to start again.

2015 sees the 20th anniversary of the release of It’s Great When Your Straight……Yeah

Shaun Ryder is again back in the rehearsal studios with Kermit, about to unleash the mad carnival that disregards boundaries between rap, house, rock, soul, and pop and is Black Grape.

Tickets are priced at £22 and are on sale from 9am on Friday 24 April via Box Office: 01925 442345 / www.pyramidparrhall.com

The Basil Brush Show – Sunday 26 April: CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with regret that The Basil Brush Show which was scheduled to take place at Parr Hall at 2.30pm on Sunday 26 April has now been cancelled.

Ticket holders will be contacted in due course to issue refunds.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

World Book Night 2015 – free books on Thursday 23 April.

World Book Night 2015 comes to Warrington on Thursday 23 April.  From 5pm, why not pop along to Pyramid and pick up a free book or two?  From beach reads to thrillers to true life stories, there’s books galore up for grabs.  Books for the bus ride to work or college, books for your suitcase for holiday time, books for bedtime….there’s lots on offer.   Warrington’s Pyramid is just one of thousands of venues giving away books and if you go to http://www.worldbooknight.org/news/win-all-titles-competition there’s a fab competition to win even more books.  Happy reading!

World Book Night logo

Nina Conti

Nina Conti

Nina Conti on 2 October.

With the announcement that we’ve got Sarah Millican here on Tuesday 8 December (tickets are selling fast), we’re delighted to tell you that Nina Conti, another brilliant female comedian, is here on Friday 2 October with her new show In Your Face.

Not only a comedian, Nina’s a ventriloquist who’s bagged a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without moving her lips.

 This year, Nina will create a new show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face. With the help of her puppet Monkey and a bag of tricks, anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

 

Nina began her career as an actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company before anarchic theatre director inspired her to become a ventriloquist. In 2008, she won the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her solo show Complete and Utter Conti.  In 2010, Talk to The Hand sold out in Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, Sydney Opera House and New York.

Easter at Culture Warrington

Culture Club is a holiday programme in Warrington for children aged 3-12 and brought to you by Culture Warrington in partnership with Warrington Wolves Foundation. Every school holiday we provide specially themed activities at both Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and Pyramid arts centre.

Here’s what’s on this Easter…

Please note the Museum is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday

Free Craft Activities at the Museum

Join us at the Museum for our free craft activities for kids! The fun starts at 10am and last admission is at 2:45pm. Suitable for ages 3-12, no booking required.

Tuesday 7 April
Bunny Bums

Thursday 9 April
Easter ‘Bunny’ting

Tuesday 14 April
King and Queen of Heart Crowns

Thursday 16 April
Spring Painting

Culture Camp at Pyramid

*** NEW *** Culture Camp consists of three days of arts, craft, dance, music and drama. Create props, write a script, make music, choreograph a dance routine and perform an original piece at the end of the week! The Camp is Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 April and Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 April and costs £40 per child (special Easter price) plus £25 per additional sibling (or £15 per child per day). Each day begins at 9:30am and finishes at 4:30pm. All our tutors are professional artists and we pride ourselves on offering fun, creative and safe workshops at Pyramid arts centre. Booking required – more info here.

Wolf Print Wednesday at Pyramid

Workshops exclusively for children aged 5+ with additional needs. Dance, drama, arts and crafts, drumming and storytelling. Full day: 10am-2pm; £8 per child. Half day: 10-11:30am or 12:30-2pm; £3 per child. Booking required – more info here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sarah Millican

 

We’re delighted to announce SARAH MILLICAN will bring her brand new ‘Outsider’ tour to Parr Hall on Tuesday 8 December 2015!

Tickets are priced at £25 and are on sale from 9am this Friday (27 March) via Box Office in person, over the phone: 01925 442345 and online: www.pyramidparrhall.com.

Sarah Millican: Outsider

In the past when you put Sarah Millican outside, she asked things like: ‘Why? Where is the taxi? Do I need a cardie?’ and said things like: ‘There’ll be wasps. I’ve nothing to sit on. Is that poo? Can we go home?’

But things have changed. Now she has outside slippers. She can tell a chaffinch from a tit (hey). But she still can’t tell if it’s an owl or her husband’s asthma.

Sarah Millican is venturing outside. Bring a cardie.

“To watch Sarah Millican is to watch a box of comedy fireworks going off” The Independent

 

Vacancy: Digital Marketing Coordinator

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Permanent – Full Time (37 Hours)
Salary: £24,892-£28,127

Location: Pyramid and Parr Hall

If you’re a driven, ambitious and experienced digital marketer who is ready to take ownership for digital marketing results at a unique and exciting organisation – this might just be the job for you.

Culture Warrington is seeking a motivated Digital Marketing Coordinator to grow its marketing team. This is a unique opportunity for you to join a team which, not only, is at the heart of culture in the North West, but is actively investing in updating and upgrading our online marketing presence, brand identity and marketing reach. We have a strong and fun team, and ambitious plans for the next five years, and our Digital Marketing Coordinator will play a key role in the development of our business.

You will have a proactive approach to radically improving the digital marketing for our company, which includes Pyramid Arts Centre, Parr Hall concert venue and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery. You’ll be able to find gaps, spot opportunities and make real improvements to our digital marketing. You’ll be able to think strategically, make long term improvements and balance this with the day-to-day execution of marketing in a fast paced events environment. You’ll be a results driven self-starter with a strong understanding of all things digital including SEO/SEM, social media, targeted email marketing, CRM, website optimisation and online advertising and online reputation management.

In return we’ll give you guidance and support while trusting you to make the decisions to enhance our marketing offer. We’ll help you develop your marketing and career skills and give you the opportunity to work in a vibrant, ever-changing arts and entertainment environment promoting a wealth of varied and exciting products.

If you’re the kind of person who loves to take on a challenge and make a real impact – you’ll love this role.

If you’ve got the skills to help us take our digital marketing to the next level, send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you think you’re the person for this role to cleahy@culturewarrington.org.

 

Downloads:

Job description here.

Person specification here.

 

Vacancy: Senior Press & Publicity Advisor

Grade: Scale 8 £28,922 – £32,072

Location: Warrington, Pyramid & Parr Hall (2 Days) Orford Jubilee Hub (3 Days)

Permanent Full Time (37 Hours per week)

Closing date: Thursday 19th March 2015

If you’re a driven, ambitious and experienced press and communications professional who is ready to take ownership for communications and press for two varied and exciting businesses – this could be the job for you.

Sister organisations, LiveWire and Culture Warrington are seeking a Senior Press & Publicity advisor to oversee the strategy and delivery for press, publicity and communications over both businesses.

You will have a proactive approach to radically improving the brand awareness and brand reputation for both companies. You’ll be able to find gaps, spot opportunities, and significantly increase press reach. You’ll be able to think strategically, manage sensitive information, both positive and negative and you’ll be confident working closely with our senior management team and policy team to advise on managing media relations and internal communications. You’ll have a proven track record in generating national and international press coverage.

You’ll be a results driven self-starter with a strong understanding of communications and managing brand reputation. You’ll be able to train, motivate and enthuse others to increase understanding of your field throughout both businesses.

In return you’ll be given guidance, support, and empowerment to make decisions to enhance the reach of both businesses. Support will be provided to develop your marketing and career skills alongside the opportunity to work in a vibrant, ever-changing environment promoting a wealth of varied and exciting products. If you’re the kind of person who loves to take on a challenge and make a real impact – you’ll love this role.

If you’ve got the skills to help us take our press, publicity and communications to the next level, please apply by completing the application form and returning to the following mail box: peoplesolutions@livewirewarrington.org  by Thursday 19th March 2015.

 

Downloads:

Job description here.

Person specification here.

Application form here.

 

 

Irish Ceilidh Dance – Friday 20 March, 7.30pm

As part of Warrington’s Irish Celebration week 14 – 20 March 2015, why not finish the week of with a night of ceilidh when the Pyramid hosts a Irish Ceilidh dance?  Shannagh, a band who are a veteran of several Irish tours and always a popular draw at Manchester’s Irish Festival, will be playing crowd pleasing tunes – the best in traditional music.  Rogers Dance Academy will be demonstrating the art of Irish dance.  Be part of a party to celebrate Warrington’s Irish community and its proud cultural traditions.  You don’t have to have even a hint of Irish identity to join in the fun – everyone’s welcome!   Just £3 on the door with the fun starting at 7.30pm.

 

FREE day of Irish entertainment on Saturday 14 March

Warrington’s Irish community is celebrating its proud cultural traditions this March in a week of activities in different venues around the town.  You don’t have to have even a hint of Irish identity to join in the fun – everyone is welcome!  And why not celebrate with some FREE Irish entertainment on Saturday 14 March (12 noon – 4pm) in Golden Square’s Old Market Place? 

Expect the sounds of Ireland brought to life with local Irish bands entertaining the people of Warrington plus Irish dancing from Rogers Academy of Irish Dancing. Irish cuisine including Irish stew will be available to buy plus pints of Guinness.

12pm – 12.30pm see Beer for Breakfast, a four strong Irish and Ceilidh band playing the best in traditional and contemporary Irish music.

12.35pm – 12.55pm see dancers from Rogers Dance Academy demonstrating the art of Irish dance

1pm – 1.30pm – Shannagh, a veteran of several Irish tours plus regular appearances at Manchester’s Irish Festival, expect Irish favourites,

1.35pm – 1.55pm – dancers from Rogers Dance Academy back on stage

2pm – 2.30pm – Celtic Knot, a Merseyside six piece band

2.35pm – 2.55pm – dancers from Rogers Dance Academy

3pm – 3.30pm – Beer for Breakfast

3.35pm – 4pm – rounding off the afternoon, dancers from Rogers Dance Academy

 

 

Just Confirmed: Simon Weston, The Stylistics and Magic of Motown…

…not all in the same show, although what a show that would be!

 

We’re delighted to get your weekend off to a flying start with the announcement of three amazing shows coming to you in 2105:
Simon Weston – Sunday 6 September, 7.30pm, Pyramid, £14.50 / £13
Voted Britain’s most heroic figure in 2014, the truly inspirational Simon Weston is heading to Pyramid with his ”My Life, My Story’ tour this September.

Tickets and more info here.

 

The Stylistics – Wednesday 11 November, 7.30pm, Parr Hall, £23
Firm favourites, The Stylistics, return to Parr Hall for another night of spectacular soul.

Tickets and more info here.

 

Magic of Motown – Saturday 12 December, 8pm, Parr Hall, £23.50 / £21.50
We’re delighted to confirm another firm favourite of Parr Hall patrons is returning for December 2015.

Tickets and more info here.

 

 Tickets on sale now!

 

Warrington Irish Celebration week 14 – 20 March 2015

Warrington’s Irish community is celebrating its proud cultural traditions this March in a week of activities in different venues around the town.  You don’t have to have even a hint of Irish identity to join in the fun – everyone is welcome!

There’s FREE Irish entertainment on Saturday 14 March in the Old Market Place at Golden Square running between 12 noon – 4pm.  Expect the sounds of Ireland brought to life with local Irish bands entertaining the people of Warrington plus Irish dancing from Rogers Academy of Irish Dancing.

The next day why not be part of Warrington’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 15 March?  Mass at Warrington Irish Club at 9.30am and walk the river of life from 10.30am when the parade starts. The party ends back at the club with refreshments and music from Michael Coyne for the rest of the afternoon (and probably into the night too).

Tuesday 17 March sees The Stars From The Commitments paint the town green at the Parr Hall with a nine-piece soul band from Dublin, including members of the original Commitments’ film.  And down at the town’s Irish Club on Tuesday 17 March you can catch an afternoon of entertainment with Dermot Doyle, followed by an evening dance with Team Healy from 7pm.  And finish the week off on Friday 20 March with a proper Irish Ceilidh dance at the Pyramid with tickets at just £3.  Phew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri 20 March

Irish Ceilidh

Pyramid

7.30pm, £3 on the door

Now Recruiting: Press & Publicity Officer

Love the arts? Passionate about press and PR? If so, we’ve got the perfect job for you!

Culture Warrington is now recruiting for a talented Press and Publicity Officer…

 

Press and Publicity Officer

Permanent

Grade Grade 5 £18,376 – £20,849

Location: Pyramid and Parr Hall

Closing date: Thursday, 12th March 2015

Ref: CW/004/14

Culture Warrington is seeking a motivated Press and Publicity Officer to join its marketing team. You will have a keen and proactive approach to securing positive press and PR coverage for our company, which includes Pyramid Arts centre, Parr Hall concert venue and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery. This is a unique opportunity for you to join a team, which is at the heart of culture in the North West. From maintaining and developing new press contacts, creating press releases and setting up photo opportunities, to building partnerships, and copywriting our promotional material, you will be creative, deadline-hungry and keen to explore innovative PR methods to keep Culture Warrington on the map. You will be responsible for leading on public relations for the hundreds of events, cultural engagement activities, education projects and exhibitions that we host at our venues throughout the year, as well as working on high profile campaigns to increase awareness of our events and festivals. Arts and Entertainment experience essential.

We work and play hard. If this sounds like you, visit www.warrington.gov.uk/jobs for further information and details about how to apply for this great opportunity.

Please visit www.warrington.gov.uk/jobs to download an application form, job description and person specification.

Completed applications are to be returned to jobapps@warrington.gov.uk by the closing date of Thursday, 12th March 2015.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Al Murray Gig Tonight (21 Feb) Postponed

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with regret that the Al Murray performance tonight (Sat 21 Feb) has been postponed until 14 May.

Al would like to pass on the following message:

 

“Ladies and gents, I’m afraid I have lost my voice. I caught a cold earlier in the week and it’s got the better of me. I don’t want to do a show where I can’t give 100% and right now I’m on about 30. We will reschedule tonight’s show for 14 May and hope you can make the new date. Thanks for your understanding, Al”.

If you are a ticket holder, a member of the Sales & Information Team will be in touch with you in due course to discuss the options available to you.

 

Box Office at Pyramid is open as normal until 2pm today – 01925 442345.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Alan Carr sold out on Friday 13 March (not unlucky for him!) but lots of other comedy at Pyramid & Parr Hall

Chatty man Alan Carr’s show has sold out but there’s lots of other top comedians, as well as ‘you saw them here first’ up and coming names here at Pyramid & Parr Hall.

Catch fresh new talent at our regular spots with the Comedy Store on Saturday 7 March, Saturday 4 April and Saturday 2 May.  It’s always a fast seller so be sure to book your tickets now to ensure a laugh filled night.

On Thursday 19 March we’ve got Alun Cochrane – that little ray of sunshine – at Pyramid.  A regular sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival, you’ll know his downbeat tones from the radio in ‘Alun Cochrane’s Fun House’ (BBC Radio 4) and ‘The Frank Skinner Show’ (Absolute Radio).  And his pouty face sometimes appears on TV, most recently as Sam in ‘Trying Again’ and on numerous popular TC comedy shows. He comes over as a right old misery guts but he pulls in big laughs from the crowd.

Counting down to celebrating St Patrick’s Day with the Stars From The Commitments

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 7:30, £17:50

Parr Hall, Palmyra Square, Warrington WA1 1BL

Tickets and information 01925 442345.  www.pyramidparrhall.com

It’s one month until St Patrick’s Day.  So, if you’re a fan of sixties soul music, and a fan of Alan Parker’s 1991 cult film set in a soulful Dublin, then we’ve got a treat in store for you when the Stars From The Commitments roll into town on Tuesday 17th March…

Roll, Sally, roll…indeed.

So, celebrate in style with this nine-piece soul band, featuring within its ranks some of the original cast members from the Commitments film.  Following rave reviews at festivals, theatres and shows worldwide, this talented band are ready to party with Warrington music fans.

With a sizzling soul show lasting two hours, they’ll be performing all the hits from the multi-million selling soundtrack album of the film ‘The Commitments’ and so much more.

Telephone Problems

14.02.15 Unfortunately we are experiencing problems with our telephone lines, meaning you may not be able to contact Box Office. We are working towards a solution and online booking is currently unaffected. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Happiness. Doddy Style!

Ken Dodd
Sat 24 Jan 2015, 7:00pm, £20
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square, Warrington WA1 1BL
Tickets and information 01925 442345. www.pyramidparrhall.com

Warrington’s Parr Hall will host one of Britain’s favourite comedians again this January. Ken Dodd has entertained audiences his whole life and holds a special place in the hearts of northern audiences in particular.

National treasure Ken is winging his way to Warrington from his home in Knotty Ash, with his ‘Happiness Show’, a fun-filled evening of laughter and song.

Come along and enjoy the show – you can be sure that this comedy genius will deliver another truly tattifelarius experience for fun-lovers of all ages.

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Chatty Man Comes to Town

Chatty Man Alan Carr

Chatty Man Alan Carr

Friday 13 March 2015, 8pm  

£27:50, Parr Hall, Palmyra Square, Warrington.

Tickets and information 01925 442345.  www.pyramidparrhall.com

 No stranger to Yap, Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK with his brand new stand-up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap’.  The BAFDA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his roots with his hilarious take on life.

 

Alan Carr, best known for his whacky presenting style on Channel 4’s Alan Carr: Chatty Man and The Friday Night Project, is bringing his weird and wonderful sense of humour to Warrington’s Parr Hall early next year.

But did you know that for Alan, it’s akin to coming home, because Alan cut his teeth in nearby Manchester, on the stand-up comedy scene.  So he can’t wait to tread the northern boards again, when he takes to the road early next year, and to feel the warmth of real northern audiences.

A born storyteller, Alan is an absolute natural on stage.  It’s a new show, so anything could happen…. and probably will.  Get your seats early and watch the mayhem unfold.

 

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information

Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap Tour 2015

Friday 13 March 2015, 8pm.  Tickets: £27.50

Tickets and Information: www.pyramidparrhall.com  01925 442345

The Full-On Fox Tour

Boom Boom – Basil Brush Tour to Hit Warrington

 Sunday 26 April 2015, 11am and 2:30pm, £12 / £10 / £38 Family, Parr Hall, Warrington.

Tickets and information 01925 442345.  www.pyramidparrhall.com

There’s nothing like a bit of cheeky banter and the master of cheeky banter, Basil Brush, is coming to Warrington’s Parr Hall next April with his very own brand of charm and irreverence.

Basil Brush is a star with an outstanding ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh out loud.  He’s naughty, quick-witted, scheming and foxy, we know that much, but he’s also charming and affectionate.

Basil has entertained children and grown-ups alike for over 50 years and with staying-power like that it’s only right and proper that we should pay homage to him in his new ‘Full On Fox Tour 2015’.  The BBC’s Bafta-nominated Basil Brush Show has been seen by millions of viewers all over the globe, from its inception in 1968 right through to today, and was voted best TV comedy show.

Now, Britain’s most loveable fox is back on the road and he fetches his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey) along for the ride.  Together they will take you on a hilarious roller-coaster of laughs, storytelling and song in a brand new ‘live’ stage show packed with fun and excitement.

Poor Mr Stephen can hardly get a word in for being continually interrupted by naughty uncontrollable Basil!!  This is an action-packed show for the whole family….some things you just never grow out of.  Boom Boom!!!

 Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information

The Full On Fox Tour

Sunday 26 April 2015, 11am and 2:30pm.  Tickets: £12/ £10 / £38 Family

Tickets and Information: www.pyramidparrhall.com  01925 442345

 

 

All the Fun of the Farm

Sunday 2 November 2014, 1:30pm & £4:30pm,

£9:50/ £8:50/ £32, Pyramid Warrington.

Tickets and information 01925 442345.  www.pyramidparrhall.com

 So, a pig, a cow, a duck, a horse, a chicken and a lamb – what do they all have in common?  Well, it’s obvious really; they are just some of the characters featuring in ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’, at Warrington’s Pyramid on Sunday 2 November.

 Poor farmer MacDonald has the difficult task of keeping all the farmyard animals on their best behaviour, and things could get a little bit noisy if you ask me.  Why not come along with the family and help Old MacDonald to keep a lid on things?

The People’s Theatre Company return to Pyramid with their stage adaptation of the popular children’s song, and it always makes for a fun family afternoon out.  With two performances available, there’s bound to be one at a time to suit your very own little farm-animals.

 Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Saturday 4 October, 1:30 & 4:30pm.  Tickets: £9:50 / £8:50 / £32 Family

Tickets and Information: www.pyramidparrhall.com  01925 442345

 

 

A Veritable Banquet for the Ears

Wednesday 22 October, 7:30pm, £5 / £4:50, Parr Hall, Warrington

Tickets and information 01925 442345

www.pyramidparrhall.com

 The entrée is a tempting dish of mixed recitals played on the Cavaille Coll organ, by two of the country’s very finest organists, Michael Wynne (Director of Music at St Mary’s Priory, Warrington) and Benjamin Chewter (Assistant Director of Music at Chester Cathedral).  Playing at Parr Hall on Wednesday 22 October, 7:30pm, tickets: £5 / £4:50. 

For the main course, you can savour the delights of ‘Baroque and Beyond’, from the Northern Chamber Orchestra, from Artistic Director Nicholas Ward and Nicholas Daniel on oboe.  Whatever your preference, there will be a flavour to suit all tastes, from Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, to Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue, and Mendelssohn’s String Symphony no 10.  Also at Parr Hall, Thursday 30 October, 7:30pm, tickets: £16 / £7 / under 18’s free.

And to complete this delightful audio sensation, dessert will be cooked up by Warrington Male Voice Choir, The Royal British Legion and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  Together they will deliver an emotional and enjoyable evening which remembers and honours those who lost their lives in the Great War and other conflicts. Performance at Parr Hall, Saturday 1 November, 7:30pm, tickets: £10 / £5.

This is a very fine selection of the best in Classical entertainment, which should leave you feeling just nicely satisfied but wanting more.

Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes

Northern Soul is Back in Town!!

Saturday 11 October, 8pm, £7, Parr Hall, Warrington

Tickets and information 01925 442345 www.pyramidparrhall.com

 Returning with another night of monster Northern Soul oldies at the legendary venue, Parr Hall, Warrington on 11 October 8pm – 1am.

The iconic term ‘Northern Soul’ was coined by writer Dave Gordin, after he noticed football fans from northern England asking for old-fashioned, fast-tempo soul records in his London shop. Driven by obscure tracks from the heyday of American Soul between 1965 and 1971, Northern Soul has always been a subculture based on nostalgia, as in the scene’s biggest days in the mid to late 70s, most ‘new’ records were old records rediscovered.

The final Wigan Casino all-nighter in December 1981 ended with Do I Love You by Frank Wilson, of which there are only two copies in the world, and one recently sold for a reported £20,000. Generations have continued the Northern Soul legacy, and Parr Hall still hosts regular Northern Soul nights, with the country’s finest National Northern Soul DJs once again spinning original vinyl.  Make sure to bring those dancing shoes!!

 Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information

Northern Soul

Parr Hall, Warrington

Saturday 14 June 2014, 8pm

Tickets: £7

Tickets and information: 01925 442345

www.pyramidparrhall.com

Up Close and Personal With The Legendary Joan Armatrading

Friday 10 October, 7:30pm, £27.50, Parr Hall, Warrington.

Tickets and information 01925 442345.  www.pyramidparrhall.com

 In what could be her last ever major tour, Joan Armatrading brings her unique solo show to Parr Hall, Warrington, promising fans an interactive experience that will stay with them for ever.

 Over her 42 years of touring, Joan has never before done a solo world tour.  But as this could be her last major tour, she has decided that now is the perfect time.  Three times Grammy-nominated, Brit Award nominee and Ivor Novella winner, Joan is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading singer, songwriter and guitarists.

The performance will include songs that span her entire career to date, including Love and Affection, Willow, Drop the Pilot and Me, Myself and I.  Joan says “These concerts will be me, solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing….a special lively interactive one to one experience; a unique memory for both myself and the audience” .

Omid Djalili

Wednesday 8 October, 8pm, £23, Parr Hall, Warrington.

Tickets and information : 01925 442345

www.pyramidparrhall.com

 Omid’s back on tour with his new show Iranalamadingdong, following a sell-out four week West End residency and a sold out season at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Subversive and hilarious, Omid has carved out a career as the thinking person’s favourite Iranian comedian. A firm favourite because of his legendary performances, Omid’s stand-up awards include: Time Out Award and EMMA Award for Best Stand Up and a nomination for the South Bank Award.

Omid spends most of his time trying to keep his weight down by yoyo dieting and playing football in West London and is still hoping to get spotted by Brentford Football Club.

 

The Thinking Person’s Favourite Iranian Comedian

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information

Omid Djalili,

Iranalamadingdong

Parr Hall, Warrington
Wednesday 8 October, 8pm
Tickets: £23

www.pyramidparrhall.com

01925 442345

 

Tom Stade …Intelligent Comedy

Nothing Staid About Tom Stade

Nothing Staid about Stade

Wednesday 1 October, 8:00pm, £16 / £14, Pyramid, Warrington.
Tickets and information 01925 442345. www.pyramidparrhall.com

Master of Comedy, Tom Stade is taking the spotlight at Pyramid, Warrington this October, with his unique take on life, its choices and decisions.

Following his ever-popular TV appearances on BBC One’s Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, as well as Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, Tom also sold out at the Melbourne and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals.

Now he brings his exuberant and spellbinding talent to Warrington, to ponder the timeless questions and continue his assault on the global comedy scene. This is incisive comedy with a good sprinkling of Stade’s expertly-crafted mayhem. A real Rock ‘n’ Roll comedian.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Tom Stade
Pyramid, Warrington
Wednesday 1 October, 8:00pm. Tickets: £16/ £14
Tickets and Information: www.pyramidparrhall.com 01925 442345

For a Barrel of Laughs…

It’s Got To Be The Comedy Store

Saturday 1 November, 8:00pm, £14, Pyramid, Warrington.
Tickets and information 01925 442345. www.pyramidparrhall.com

If you’re a comedy thrill-seeker and love the unique feel of live stand-up, make sure you get down to Pyramid in Warrington’s Cultural Quarter this October, for plenty of laughs from some of the most popular comedians in the country.

That’s right….Comedy Store is back, bigger and better than ever, with performances that will have you shaking in your seats with belly-laughs galore!

The Comedy Store comedians can be a cheeky crowd and enjoy a bit of good-humoured banter with the audience, so if you’re up for a laugh make sure you call up early to bag front row seats.

The comedy season is in full swing and Comedy Store will run the first Saturday of each month from now through to December. These shows sell out, so snap up your tickets now and have your fun quota guaranteed from now until Christmas!

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Comedy Store
Pyramid
Warrington
Saturday 1 November, 8:00pm. Tickets: £14
Tickets and Information: www.pyramidparrhall.com 01925 442345

The Elvis Years

There’s a Guy down there at Parr Hall ….Swears He’s Elvis!

Sunday 12 October, 7.30pm, £19.50/ £18, Parr Hall, Warrington
Tickets and information: 01925 442345
www.pyramidparrhall.com

You ready to rock ’n’ roll?
Donna Presley hailed him as “The best Elvis since Elvis!” and he’s here at Parr Hall, Warrington this October with the knockout musical show ‘The Elvis Years’.
Led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay, this really is as close as you can get to The King. The UK’s Number One Elvis show is an outstanding concert production of the West End musical Jailhouse Rock featuring original star Mario Kombou and his incredible band.
‘Images of the King’ World Champion Mario delivers a tour de force performance in this spectacular show packed with over 50 of Elvis’s greatest hits, from the early days of Sun Studios and That’s Alright Mama, through the Hollywood years of GI Blues and It’s Now or Never, the ‘68 TV special with All Shook Up, culminating in the legendary Las Vegas concert, with In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and American Trilogy.

www.theelvisyears.com

Ready to Rock??


Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
The Elvis Years
Parr Hall, Warrington
Sunday 12 October, 7.30pm
Tickets: £19.50 / £18
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Starsailor Coming Home

Starsailor Coming ‘Home’ to Play Parr Hall

Sailing back to Warrington…..


Thursday 18 December, 7:00pm, £17.50, Parr Hall.
Tickets available 19th September. Tel: 01925 442345. www.pyramidparrhall.com

There’ll be Fever in Parr Hall, Warrington this December as top Indie band Starsailor return to their home ground with a string of hits for the Good Souls of the North. Taken from their hit albums ‘Love is Here’, ‘Silence is Easy’, ‘On the Outside’ and ‘All the Plans’, there will be epic songs about loves lost and lessons learned.

Back from Los Angeles and raring to go; “We’re back and playing better than ever”, says drummer Ben Byrne. Fresh from festival season, and supporting ‘James’ on tour, the boys are making time for the home-fans in the North, where the band was formed.

With accolades to their name as impressive as ‘Britain’s Best New Band’ and ‘Brightest New Hope’ award, they have a solid recording pedigree and in 2009 they were named Hard Rock’s ‘Philanthropic Artist of the Year’.

Starsailor have enjoyed more than their fair share of prestigious gigs, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Police, The Killers and U2, and have sold over 3 million albums worldwide. 2014 is the year they have chosen to hit the music scene hard once again, and we are ecstatic to welcome them to Parr Hall. It’s like Christmas has come early this year!

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information

Starsailor
Thursday 18 December, 7:00pm. Tickets: £17.50
Tickets and Information: www.pyramidparrhall.com 01925 442345

Warrington Business Breakfast – Thursday 30 October

The Changing Face of Warrington

Warrington businesses are invited to come along to a Business Breakfast at Pyramid on Thursday 30 October (8:30am – 10:30am), to find out more about The Changing Face of Warrington.

Local Businesses are invited to the networking event, which is led by Councillor Mike Hannon, Deputy Leader of Warrington Borough Council, and will feature various guest speakers.

Participants will hear about the physical changes taking place in the town centre as well as planned events and programmes of activity for the coming year.  We will update you regarding:

–          2013 How did we do?

–          Warrington Town Centre; What’s next?

–          People, place, promise: our legacy

So come along, enjoy breakfast on us, and take the opportunity to network with fellow Warrington business people.  Find out how the plans for the future of Warrington town centre will impact on your business, and how the Face of Warrington be changing for the better.

The Business Breakfast is FREE but has a limited capacity, so click here to reserve your place.

Essential online maintenance – Sunday 19 October

Essential online maintenance has been scheduled for Sunday 19 October.

All systems will be down between 8am and 7pm, during which, access to online ticket sales will be unavailable.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Online ticket sales will be available from 7pm.

Warrington-Voices Sound Installation: Send us your voice memos

Warrington-Voices is a site-specific Sound Installation by Esther Ainsworth e_s_t, for Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2014.

Field recordings, collected in the town and surrounding area in the lead up to the festival, culminate in a sound composition which responds to the unique environment of Warrington, exploring the spirit of place and capturing the rhythms of the way the town moves and lives.

The project seeks participation from the local community in the creation of the work by contributing sound recordings of their locations and experiences of Warrington via voice memo on mobile phone or by emailing sound clips.

Recordings can be sent to Esther using the email or mobile phone number below:

Text Voice Memos: +44 7775 722888
Email Sound Clips: Textures.fm@gmail.com

The recordings contributed by the public prior to the installation will be added and layered into the final work.

The idea explores the capability of sound to deepen and strengthen connections within communities, considering the physical and virtual networks between the people and places of Warrington.

The work will be installed beneath the entrance outside Parr Hall throughout the festival from the 3 October – 1 November 2014. During the festival, the public will still be able to continue to submit sound recordings, which will then be used as part of a final performance at the close of the festival.

More information about this project can be found at:

estherainsworth.com/warrington-voices.html (coming soon)
soundcloud.com/e_s_t

Esther Ainsworth is a Sound Artist trained in Fine Art and Digital Media. Her work investigates soundscapes in specific environments, usually taking the form of installation and performance.

 

It’s Got To Be The Comedy Store

Saturday 4 October, 8:00pm, £14, Pyramid, Warrington.

Tickets and information 01925 442345.  www.pyramidparrhall.com

 If you’re a comedy thrill-seeker and love the unique feel of live stand-up, make sure you get down to Pyramid in Warrington’s Cultural Quarter this October, for plenty of laughs from some of the most popular comedians in the country.

 That’s right….Comedy Store is back, bigger and better than ever, with performances that will have you shaking in your seats with belly-laughs galore!

The Comedy Store comedians can be a cheeky crowd and enjoy a bit of good-humoured banter with the audience, so if you’re up for a laugh make sure you call up early to bag front row seats.

The comedy season is in full swing and Comedy Store will run the first Saturday of each month from now through to December.  These shows sell out, so snap up your tickets now and have your fun quota guaranteed from now until Christmas!

 

Culture Warrington warns of email scam

Culture Warrington is warning people to be on their guard after a credit card scam email was received from an email address claiming to be associated with the organisation.

 

The email, which was sent from item@Warringtonfestivals.org is now being investigated by the Police to ascertain the origin.

The perpetrators attempted to scam people using the similarity between this email address and a genuine event run annually by Culture Warrington, called Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival (www.warringtonartsfestival.co.uk).

Customers should be aware that Culture Warrington would never ask them to provide financial or other personal information, by email.  Bookings are made by contacting the Box Office on 01925 442345 or through the website on www.culturewarrington.org

Anybody affected by this scam should contact the police and Culture Warrington.

Recycling Comes to a Catwalk Near You!

So, here it is. Today it’s the wrapper from your double-choc-chip muffin….tomorrow it’s a bejewelled belt buckle or one half of a pair of earrings, being modelled at a catwalk show in a hot venue!

Sounds a bit unlikely, right?

Well, it’s not as strange as it sounds, because that’s exactly where your recycled items have turned up this week. The children taking part in the show designed and created the fun outfits as part of their Culture Club art class with tutor Mandy Turner, who said “I am really proud of the children – they have such fabulous imaginations and were inspired by the theme of ‘re-use and recycle, using materials picked up mainly from Freecycle and Freegle”

On the catwalk were an array of colourful pieces, ranging from skirts and dresses, to shoes, handbags, jewellery and even face-masks. Tasked with thinking differently about the kind of materials we usually discard, the children chopped, painted, sewed, stapled and glued them into a whole new lease of life.

This innovative and unusual project demonstrates what can be achieved when art is used to illustrate real-life, down to earth concepts like recycling.

Culture Club, a joint venture between Culture Warrington and The Wolves Foundation, delivers art classes plus lots of other fun and inventive activities for children during the school holidays.

Culture Warrington’s James Goodison said ”Culture Club is more than a holiday club; it’s really well thought out to stimulate imagination and creative talent in young people. And if we can use this forum to encourage children to think creatively around the re-use and recycling of everyday items, then it’s going to benefit the whole household”.

Also involved is Warrington Borough Council’s Education & Promotion Officer, Phil Chadwick. He regularly visits schools to share the re-use and recycle message and he thinks that parents might just be missing a trick here. “Children are always receptive to the idea of re-using unwanted bits and bobs”, he says. “There’s a huge amount of fun to be had with recycled materials and the children love to produce a personal and unique gift for somebody they love. A drinks carton can become a purse, a vinyl record becomes a handbag, and odd bits of wool are knitted into a belt. Mums and dads can save money and feed their children’s imaginations at the same time. It’s fun for free and it encourages good re-use habits in the family”.

Although Warrington residents have a great recycling record, there has recently been an increase in the amount of textiles being placed into blue bins. They can’t be recycled in this way, so the council is helping residents by placing information stickers on blue bins to remind householders what can be put in them.

Cllr David Keane, Executive board member for environment and public protection said “People are recycling, want to recycle, and we want to encourage them to do so. It’s important they have the information to do so and the stickers will remind people of what can go into the blue bin. Look out for the stickers in September and keep up the good work”.

That’s not to say that unloved clothing and fabrics have to just go to waste, or end up in landfill. You could donate them to charity, use the Community Recycling Centres and bring sites, give them away on Freecycle or Freegle or transform them into something else like the children at Culture Club have done. Either way, you will be helping to reduce landfill and support recycling in Warrington.

Asked after the performance finale ‘what’s the coolest thing about recycling?’, the children answered “it could save the world”, “you can make great presents for your family”, and “it makes our town Not Dirty!”.

What more is there to say?

 

 

Christian Comes To Warrington With ‘Naked Confessions’

 

From the streets of inner city Manchester to the Boulevards of Beverly Hills, via The ‘Madchester’ Music Scene and a house with an outside toilet. Terry Christian’s debut stand up show, coming to Warrington’s Pyramid this October, takes a snap shot of life overlooked by an all seeing and often unforgiving God.

This show promises to be an hilarious romp through the guilt ridden and occasionally darker realms of life. He brings all the maverick qualities that made him so popular on The Word to the fore in an honest, funny and sometimes profound indictment of religion and the beauty of always, as a last resort , being able to blame God for everything. Sex, violence, religion, class prejudice, it’s all contained in this terrific and funny show.

In the second part of this frankly fascinating show Terry will open himself up to the audience for a no holds barred Question and Answer session, which often results in hilarious stories about Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the late great James Brown.

This show has been highly acclaimed by pundits and the public alike, and tickets are being snapped up. So for an insight into the weird and wonderful workings of Christian’s mind, come along to Pyramid, Warrington’s premier entertainment venue. Bring along your questions – wacky, thought-provoking or just plain strange, and challenge Christian to answer them.

 

 

Comedy Store – Autumn Dates Are In!

 

Stand Up For Comedy on Saturday Nights

If you enjoy comedy and you crave that unique feel you can only get from a live show, then make sure you get down to Pyramid in The Cultural Quarter this Autumn, for plenty of laughs from some of the most popular comedians in the country.

Starting in September, Pyramid is offering monthly Comedy Store performances which will have you shaking in your seats with belly-laughs galore! Recognised as a premier entertainment venue, Warrington’s Pyramid is attracting some of the very best stand-up performers around.

The Comedy Store comedians can be a cheeky crowd and they often enjoy a bit of good-humoured banter with the audience, so if you’re up for a laugh make sure you bag the front row.

The first show is in September and it sells out fast! So get your tickets now and have your fun quota guaranteed from now until Christmas!

 

 

 

Magical Musicals Return to Warrington

Take the breath-taking journey through the magical world of musicals as Back to Broadway, now in its third year, tours to Warrington’s Parr Hall.

This incredible evening features the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Wicked, Copacabana and many more.

Back to Broadway are rightfully proud of their high production values as they cast talented regulars from West End shows to appear in their performances. Spectacular performances, dazzling costumes and original choreography come together to make Back to Broadway a must for anyone intoxicated by musical theatre.

 

 

Warrington Dancers to Perform at Wembley

Dancers from across the country, including Warrington, have been selected to perform at Wembley Stadium this summer for the Challenge Cup Final 2014.

Following the success of last year’s Window on Warrington (WoW) project, Culture Warrington in partnership with Wolves Foundation have received Arts Council Funding to develop this new performance project.

 

Phoenix Dance Theatre, which is said to be one of Britain’s leading contemporary dance companies, will be joining the selected participants over an intense week to create material for the performance.

 

The nationally and internationally renowned dance company from Yorkshire will work with the participants at the Pyramid, Warrington on the 11th – 15th August before their performance with other dancers selected from other parts of the UK.

 

Last year saw over 500 dancers of different abilities from ages 3 – 87 perform to an international crowd of 4,000 in Warrington Town Centre celebrating hosting Samoa for last year’s Rugby League World Cup.


The dancers will perform in front of 80,000 rugby fans on the 23rd August 2014 at Wembley Stadium.

 

 

 

Jason Manford extends sell-out tour to include Warrington’s Parr Hall

Jason Manford’s hugely successful ‘First World Problems’ tour has proved so popular he’s added extra dates this Autumn, including a weekend performance at top Warrington venue, Parr Hall.

Having already performed over 220 shows around the UK, Jason is delighted with the incredible reaction to the tour, and is now performing extra dates right through to December.  Well known for his stand up sets on ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (both BBC One), Jason is popular for his unique take on everything from television to sport, from the gaffes to the feuds and the trends of the year.

On stage Jason encourages audience participation by inviting them to share their ‘First World Problems’ which leads to hilarious exchanges. His warm humour and natural rapport demonstrates his likeability and he’s hugely excited to be playing to a Warrington audience.

 Jason said: “I am really enjoying this show, the audiences are absolutely fantastic and I love nothing more than making them laugh. They have been such a great support and I can’t wait to see more of them this autumn.”

Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 5th August and can be purchased direct from Parr Hall box office on 01925 442345 or visit www.pyramidparrhall.com

Win four tickets to Warrington Music Festival’s headline event featuring Scouting For Girls and a round of drinks up to the value of £20!

Have a night out on us!

Win a night out for you and your mates at Warrington Music Festival 2014!

Scouting for Girls are the headline act of Warrington Music Festival 2014 on Sunday 20 July (doors open at 7pm).

One lucky winner chosen at random will receive four tickets and a round of drinks up to the value of £20 for their party, making the whole value of this competition £100!

For your chance to win, all you need to do is send us an email with the subject title ‘Get me to the music festival!’. In the body of the email, make sure you tell us your name, address and contact number!

Email us at: info@culturewarrington.org

The entry deadline for this competition is 5pm, Wednesday 9 July and the winner will be announced the following day at 12noon. Good luck!

If you’re not lucky enough to be our winner, don’t worry – you can still buy tickets here.

Click here to view the full weekend line-up for this year’s festival.

 

 

Al Murray takes to the stage at the Parr Hall next February!

 

One of the UK’s finest comedians, Al Murray comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall as part of his UK-wide One Man One Guvnor Tour for 2015.


No stranger to Warrington’s Parr Hall, Al Murray, The Pub Landlord last visited with The Only Way is Epic in 2013. Twenty years ago, Britain’s favourite publican Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense, holding back a tide of bottled beer and ninny state nonsense. 

 

With…ahem…strong opinions on everything from France, Germany, Scottish independence to women drivers, Al Murray’s mock-xenophobic and pseudo-prejudiced act is a comedic tour de force.  People take seats in the front few rows of a venue at their peril as his interaction with paying members of the audience remains one of the wonders of the comedy world.

 

Join Al Murray and his alter ego The Pub Landlord with his brand new show after 20 years at the lager top. 

 

thepublandlord.com


facebook.com/thepublandlord

 

@almurray

John Bishop and Jacqui Abbott Sales Update – High Demand

Two big shows, John Bishop and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have gone on sale this morning. As a result, our lovely box office team, phone lines and website have been extremely busy, as expected, so apologies if you’ve not been able to get through – demand has been incredible!

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott come to Warrington


Former lead singers of The Beautiful South, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have re-joined forces for a new tour this December.

After sell out UK shows in the spring, the duo will be making a stop at the Parr Hall on Monday 1st December at 7pm.

Arguably one of the most successful songwriters in the country, Paul Heaton enjoyed great success in the 80’s in The Housemartins with hits including Caravan of Love and Happy Hour before creating The Beautiful South.

Adding Jacqui to the line-up in the 90’s, they enjoyed chart success with hits such as Perfect 10, Rotterdam and Don’t Marry Her until their split in 2007.

Their new album, What Have We Become, is a Top 3 selling album with their second single, Moulding of a Fool, to be released on the 21st July.

Their second tour of the UK this year will see them play venues and festivals up and down the country including Glastonbury and V Festival.

 

Date & Time: 1st December 2014 7pm
Ticket price: £22.50
Location: Parr Hall

 

Announcement!! SOLD OUT! John Bishop to take to the stage at Parr Hall this September!

One of the UK’s finest comedians John Bishop hits Warrington’s Parr Hall on Friday 12 September this year! Tickets are priced at £20 and go on sale at 10am on Friday 6 June.

Before he sets off on his Supersonic Tour for 2014, Bishop has announced a small number of ‘one off’ shows around the country for a pre tour warm up. No stranger to Parr Hall, Bishop last visited this historic venue five years ago and since then has gone from strength to strength to become a national TV personality.

Born in Liverpool, Bishop now lives in Cheshire with his wife and three sons. Prior to his career as a comedian, he worked as a Medical Representative, before leaving to pursue stand-up comedy. He performed for the first time in Manchester in 2000, and subsequently made it to the final in all major new act competitions the following year.

Bishop went on to win awards around the North West and made many TV appearances, including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. He also won the Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist award at the 2010 British Comedy Awards and has released all recordings of his tours on DVD.

During his successful career, Bishop has also been known for his work in Charity, raising £3.4m for Sport Relief in 2012. Most recently in May 2014, he donated £96k to the Hillsborough Family Support Group after being moved by personal statements delivered by the victim’s families at their inquests.

Expect stories from Bishop’s life experiences; fatherhood, cycling around the world, football and working as a nightclub doorman.  This is sure to be a quick sell out so don’t delay and get your tickets ASAP!

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
John Bishop
Parr Hall
Friday 12 September, 8pm
Tickets: £20
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Culture Warrington is Seeking a Press & Publicity Officer to Join The Team!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Press & Publicity Officer at Culture Warrington

Culture Warrington is seeking a motivated Press & Publicity Officer to join its marketing team. You will have a keen and proactive approach to securing positive press and PR coverage for our company, which includes Pyramid Arts centre, Parr Hall concert venue and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.

This is a unique opportunity for you to join a team, which is at the heart of culture in the North West . From maintaining and developing new press contacts, creating press releases and setting up photo opportunities, to leading on our social media planning and copywriting our promotional material, you will be creative, deadline-hungry and keen to explore innovative PR methods to keep Culture Warrington on the map.

You will responsible for leading on public relations for the hundreds of events, cultural engagement activities, education projects and exhibitions that we host at our venues throughout the year, as well as working on high profile campaigns to increase awareness of our events and festivals.

We work and play hard.

If this sounds like you, click below for further information and details about how to apply for this great opportunity.

JOB DESCRIPTION
PERSON SPECIFICATION
JOB APPLICATION FORM

This vacancy is: Permanent
Salary: Grade 4 £16,215 – £17,333
Location: Pyramid & Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
Closing Date: Friday, 6th June 2014
Provisional interview date: week beginning 23rd June 2014

 

Rich Hall returns to Warrington

Rich Hall is the star of the critically acclaimed BBC 4 documentaries Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters, Rich Hall’s The Dirty South, How The West Was Lost plus Channel 4’s topical late night show Stand Up For The Week and he performs his latest show for one night only at Parr Hall on Thursday 29 May.

Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences saddles up and hitches his wagon to tour the British Isles once again.

This is a comedian who’s plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time,  leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe.  Perrier (Edinburgh Comedy Festival) Award and Barry (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) Award winner Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland.

Rich has also become well known for his television and radio work. Notable UK appearances include regular appearances on Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4), QI (BBC1/2), Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The O2, Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive (BBC4), Rich Hall’s Gone Fishing (BBC4), Otis Lee Crenshaw – London Not Tennessee (BBC2) and Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2).

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Rich Hall
Parr Hall
Thursday 29 May, 8pm
Tickets: £16
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

PEACE Play Parr Hall

As anyone one wise enough to have caught a show throughout the In Love campaign will attest – on the road is where PEACE thrive.

This footage below, expertly shot by Jonnie Craig at the Birmingham show in December, goes someway to capturing the essence of seeing Peace live and the youthful abandon with which their ever-growing crowds of fans get involved.

So here we are – only one year since the debut album and they’re already forging ahead with album #2; something fans can keep abreast of here: www.peacelandworld.com.

In celebration – and in true Peace fashion – they’re heading back out on tour taking in towns and cities they couldn’t visit in December.  They open this run of shows headlining Dot to Dot – a festival they also played in 2012 at the other end of the bill. Similarly, this summer they’ll grace the main stage at Reading & Leeds, where last year they packed out the NME tent with an early afternoon slot.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
PEACE
Parr Hall
Wed 28 May 2014, 7pm doors
Tickets: £13.50
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Sooty is headed to Warrington


Sooty and the gang are coming to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Sunday 25 May for two special shows to celebrate Sooty’s birthday.

Filled with fun and laughs for the whole family to enjoy, Sooty,Sweep and Soo are back! The first show is at 11am, followed by a show at 2.30pm.

It’s Sooty’s birthday and you’re all invited to join him and the gang to celebrate it in style with the help of Sooty’s TV partner Richard Cadell, who has a really big job on his hands to try and keep the gang under control.

There will be special party guests including legendry favourites Butch
The Bulldog and Ramsbottom The Snake who will be helping out with all the fun of the show and party games that the audience can take part in.

Along with music, magic and laughter there is the chance to meet the birthday boy himself and his best friend Richard after the show.

Sooty fans old and new will not be disappointed with this new show! With family tickets available from £38 and single tickets at £12 you’d be crazy to miss out!

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
The Sooty Show 2014
Parr Hall
Sunday 25 May, 11am & 2.30pm
Tickets: £12 / £38 family
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Limited tickets left for Billy Ocean

The British King of Soul, Billy Ocean, is back at Parr Hall on Friday 23 May and tickets are selling fast. With support from Denise Pearson from Five Star, this is a show not to be missed!

Billy’s set to grace the Parr Hall stage once again with a new show for fans that may have missed out on his sold out 2013 performance. Don’t miss your chance to hear all the hits including When the Going Gets Tough and Caribbean Queen.

Billy, who is known all over the world in USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime, has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and continues to perform all over the country to adoring fans.

Growing up in London’s East End Billy was drawn to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, these influences moulded young Billy to become the successful artist that he is today.

Billy will be performing such hits as Love Really Hurts Without You and Red Light Spells Danger, as well as other hits from his double platinum albums.

After many years taking time to be with his family, Billy started to tour again and last year performed at Parr hall to a packed audience. The tour was a great success and culminated in him getting the bug once more for writing and recording. Billy’s latest album saw him cover some of the songs that inspired him to write and create music all those years ago, which he will performing in the show.

Limited tickets will not be around for long so get your hands on them now!

 

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Billy Ocean
Parr Hall
Friday 23 May 2014, 7.30pm
Tickets: £20
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Warrington ready for LitFest Weekender

Culture Warrington is getting ready for their LitFest Weekender event during the bank holiday weekend which is set to see a whole range of talented authors and writers making their way to Pyramid.

The LitFest Weekender kicks off with John Hegley’s appearance at Pyramid on Friday 2 May. The acclaimed poet and comedian will read an extract from his new book New And Selected Potatoes and deliver performance pieces which are sung, spoken and awoken with dance. John has performed all over the UK, is a regular at Edinburgh Fringe and has played the main stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Pyramid will be buzzing with activity on Saturday 3 May as lovers of words and budding writers have the chance to attend a range of talks and workshops with some of the best in the business including keynote speakers Curtis Jobling and Helen Walsh.

Featuring a presentation and talk that includes live illustration and cartoons, Curtis Jobling will give an introduction to the acclaimed Wereworld series of fantasy horror novels for teens. He’s possibly most (in)famously known as the designer of the BAFTA winning BBC show Bob The Builder, as well as creator of Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Frankenstein’s Cat. Don’t be fooled by those preschool credentials though – Curtis’s first love has always been fantasy and horror for older audiences, as you shall quickly discover!

Acclaimed and controversial local author Helen Walsh will take part in a Q&A session, bdiscuss her previous prize-winning books and read an extract from her newly released novel – The Lemon Grove. Helen was born in Warrington in 1976. Her first novel, Brass, was published in 2004 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Prize. Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, was the winner of a Somerset Maugham Award and her third novel, Go to Sleep, was published by Canongate to much fanfare in 2011.

Adult fiction author, Lynne Connolly, offers a practical guide to writing erotic fiction for profit and fun, including all the acronyms, rules and the rest, together with the publishers who specialise in publishing the genre. Lynne herself has over 60 novels in circulation.

Kate Feld, editor of the popular Manchizzle blog, will deliver a relaxed two-hour session covering the basics that go into writing engaging blog posts. Whether you’re just starting out or would like a refresher, this workshop gives you the tools you need to publish your own compelling and unique blog.

Can you tell a story in less than 500 words? Learn how to reduce ideas to an ultra-short format with writer and journalist David Gaffney. He’ll leave you wondering why anything has to be longer than a side of A4!  Or why not try your hand at creative writing? Drama specialist Steve Fairclough gives a tutorial on how to write from a variety of perspectives and stimulus including scriptwriting.

Join novelist and publisher Wes Brown for a discussion on the basics of writing for digital platforms. He’ll look at e-publishing, how you develop an online presence and profile, social media, inbound versus outbound marketing, e-book promotions, ‘slow’ blogging, building and maintaining a mailing list and where to go to find news and the latest opportunities.

Get the kids involved in all the fun that words have to offer with creative and crafty sessions. A Tale of Time Travel explores the land of the pyramids, at Pyramid! Be inspired to make an exciting, interactive mini-book. There’s also Rhymetime, a fun and interactive session for under 6s, exploring African actions and sounds through story-telling.

Maureen Banner, Chair of Culture Warrington said:
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to secure acclaimed and well respected authors for the second Warrington Literature Festival and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the town. I hope the people of Warrington and its surrounding areas show their love for books by attending the events”.

For more information visit www.warringtonlitfest.co.uk or call Pyramid Box office on 01925 442345

Scouting for Girls to Headline Warrington Music Festival 2014!

Warrington Music Festival is pleased to announce that Scouting for Girls will be playing a special headline show on Sunday 20 July at Golden Square’s Old Market Place, Warrington Town Centre.

Over the course of three sparkling, life-affirming, Top 10 albums, Scouting For Girls have made the journey from playing pubs in Harrow and Ruislip to headlining Wembley Arena.  Their tale is of three friends who followed their dream, seduced a nation and sold two million records along the way.

Scouting For Girls were born on a cold February evening in 1995, when Suede came to the Watford Coliseum. Roy Stride and his school friend Greg Churchouse went together. For both it was their first gig. That night they knew they’d form a band but what they didn’t know is that it would take over ten years of trying.

In that period, the dream remained. Shared rehearsals in bedrooms and then shared bands came and went but Roy and Greg’s friendship remained steadfast. Along the way, Roy worked for Iceland (the frozen food giants rather than the country) and Carphone Warehouse. And when the pair worked at the Thresher’s on Ruislip High Street, they were joined by another friend, Pete Ellard, who is now band member number three and plays percussion.

After two years of hard touring, Everybody Wants To Be On TV soared into the British top two, This Ain’t A Love Song gave them their first Number 1 single and by 2011 they were headlining Wembley Arena a few miles but several light years away, from their modest beginnings.

2011’s The Light Between Us made it three out of three Top 10 albums as Scouting For Girls evolved into a national institution, the under-rated band we love more than we think we do.

 

Roy Stride, lead guitar/vocals says:

“We’re an old school band. We do everything ourselves. These songs on the Greatest Hits have really connected with people’s lives. People like them because they’re catchy, uplifting and somehow very very British. Me, Pete and Greg aren’t just friends any more: we’re family. That’s why our music sounds so natural.”

 

Greg Churchouse, bass guitar says:

“It’s still about the songs and only about the songs. We play music for the sake of music, not celebrity. If we hadn’t been successful, we’d still be rehearsing every Friday night at wherever would have us.”

 

Tickets are priced at £20 and are on sale from 9am, Friday 2 May at Pyramid & Parr Hall Box Office – 01925 442345 / www.pyramidparrhall.com

 

Vienna Festival Ballet bring their latest show to Warrington


Following on from last year’s stellar performances of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, the collective are touring the country once again with their latest show.

Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It’s the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

Featuring lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Swan Lake – Vienna Festival Ballet
Parr Hall
Sunday 11 May 2014, 2.30pm, £18.50 / 16.50 / 11.50 / 11th ticket free
Tickets and information: 01925 442345 www.pyramidparrhall.com

Westlife star comes to Warrington

 

 

Shane Filan, former lead-singer of multimillion selling boy-band Westlife, will perform at Warrington’s Parr Hall as part of his solo-tour later this year.

The You and Me Tour will call into Parr Hall on Sunday 9 November at 7.30pm.

The 34-year-old sold more than 45 million records with Irish boyband Westlife but in 2012 after 14 UK number one singles, 12 massive albums and numerous tours, the band decided to call it a day.

For Shane the future meant landing a deal with record giants Universal and beginning work on his first ever solo album, You and Me, which was recorded in both the UK and US.

Shane’s debut album was released in November 2013 featuring the singles Everything To Me, About You and Knee Deep In My Heart. Musically Shane decided to mix things up with some up-tempo and mid-tempo songs, all penned by the man himself. The result is an eclectic mix of pop, soul, country, folk and even a hint of traditional Irish music thrown in for good measure.

His first solo tour has recently come to an end with the singer filling venues up and down the country.

Tickets for Shane’s Warrington show go on sale at 9am on Friday 11 April 2014 and can be purchased via box office 01925 442345 or online www.pyramidparrhall.com

Shane says:
“I’m excited to see what the future will bring. I would love to keep touring because I have such a passion for it. And of course I also want to keep on writing and recording music. It’s very different being out on my own but I’m really enjoying it. As long as I get to carry on doing what I love I’ve got no complaints!”

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Shane Filan – You and Me Tour
Parr Hall
Sunday 9 November 2014, 7.30pm, £31
Tickets and information: 01925 442345 or www.pyramidparrhall.com

Official Meet & Greet VIP packages available from: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/shane-filan-meet-and-greet-warrington-09-11-2014/event/1F004C8EEAF7F2B8?brand=uk_vipnation

Warrington Music Festival invites bands across the North West to perform

Happy Mondays headline last year’s festival

Culture Warrington are pleased to announce that submissions to play at Warrington Music Festival 2014 open on Friday 11 April.

Warrington Music Festival brings a weekend of live music to Warrington town centre in July 2014. The event showcases emerging talent and offers bands the chance to play their own material at the same festival which was headlined by Happy Mondays in 2013.

Last year’s festival saw the Salford collective play to a crowd of 3000 at the Old Market Place at Golden Square as the original line-up joined each other on stage for one of the first times in 19 years.

Now in its eighth year, this year’s festival promises to deliver more great artists as well as showcasing new music from across the region.

Any band or artist can enter the festival, which is scheduled to take place across Warrington town centre during the weekend of 18 – 20 July.

The event has been organised by Culture Warrington and Score Creative with support from Golden Square Shopping Centre and Warrington Borough Council.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 2 May. For details on how to enter please see below.

To be in with a chance of performing at Warrington Music Festival 2014 email:
iwanttoplay@warringtonmusicfestival.com

Please include:
Artist name
Contact name
Contact number and email address
Brief biography, links to Facebook, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc
Age of band members

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 May 2014. The artists will then be chosen when the full line up is announced in late May.

New Model Army take to the Parr Hall stage

New Model Army are a legendary global underground cult band. Formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, their beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times.

Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in ‘post-punk’, ‘folk-rock’, ‘politico-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but they have steadfastly refused to belong to any genre.

Without a ‘genre’ audience, and never having had a Top 20 hit single in any country, New Model Army still have album sales in the millions, have attracted some of the biggest producers on the planet (Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd, Andy Wallace, Bob Clearmountain) and have built up an almost religious devotion amongst fans.

Since marking their 30th anniversary at the end of 2010 with multiple retrospective releases and an ambitious series of two-night stands in cities across four continents, the band have endured a series of misfortunes including the loss of almost all their equipment and archives in a studio fire at the end of 2011.

Originally formed as a three piece, the current five piece features Michael Dean on drums, Dean White on keyboards, Marshall Gill on guitar and their latest addition, Ceri Monger on bass (although all members are multi-instrumentalists).

Meanwhile, for the last four years, award-winning BBC/Channel Four director, Matt Reid, has been putting together a documentary film about the group and trying to keep pace with all the events and changes that have happened during the filming process. A cinematic release is planned for later in 2014.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
New Model Army
Friday 25 April 2014, 7.30pm
Parr Hall
£20
Tickets and information: 01925442345 or www.pyramidparrhall.com

Fun activities for all this Easter in Warrington

Culture Warrington and partners at Warrington Wolves Foundation are offering another jam-packed programme of holiday activities for children this Easter.

If you love being creative with art and crafts or you like to sing and dance, then our fun holiday workshops are perfect for you.  During the Easter holidays we’ll be making books, creating a drama performance and writing our own songs as well as dancing and having lots of fun together!

Culture Club is a holiday programme at Pyramid in Warrington for children aged 4-8. The activities run for two weeks from 8 until 17 April and each holiday week we develop differently themed activities.

The fun starts on Tuesday 8 April with Arty Tuesdays from 10am-3pm. If you’re over the age of 5, come and join in on messy creative workshops led by experienced artists.

Culture Club offers two different activities on Wednesdays. Stagestruck is a drama and music workshop for children aged 7+ which runs from 10am-3pm. Wolf Print Wednesdays puts on workshops offering dance, drama, drumming, storytelling and arts and crafts, exclusively for children aged 4+ with additional needs 

Thursdays are all about dancing with Fusion & Fused offering fun and creative dance workshops for children aged 5+, again from 10am-3pm.

If that wasn’t enough to keep the kids occupied this Easter, then pop over to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery where there’s a whole host of free craft workshops over the two-week break. Join the Museum staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3pm and have a go at creating some Easter themed crafts including Eggs-otic Easter Birds.

For more information and to book a place please contact The Wolves Foundation on 01925 248894 or community@wolvesfoundation.com

For further information about Warrington Museum & Art Gallery’s Easter activities call 01925 442399 or email museum@culturewarrington.org

 

BBC Question Time is held at Pyramid

Culture Warrington’s Pyramid arts centre was the chosen venue for BBC One’s political debate programme Question Time on Thursday 20 March 2014.

The programme, produced by Mentorn Scotland, was chaired by David Dimbleby and saw Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liberal Democrat MP, Danny Alexander; Leigh Labour MP and Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burhnam; Dominic Raab, Conservative MP; former Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Jill Kirby, and crime writer Val McDermid, face questions from the studio audience.

The panel discussed a range of current affairs topics chosen by the audience. Amongst the issues debated were the growth of the economy in the North of England and the controversial HS2 high speed rail link taking into account the affects it will have on the North.

It’s the second time the programme has been hosted from the town of Warrington.

Maureen Banner, Chair of Culture Warrington said:
“It’s wonderful that Question Time decided to use one of our venues to film such a popular programme. It really shows the versatility of Pyramid as a building; not only does it have the capacity to host performances and exhibitions but can also facilitate a major television production”. 
 

PEACE Bring Their Latest Tour to Warrington

Indie rock quartet Peace are back on the road. Following the release of their debut album In Love at the start of 2013 they bring their sound to Parr Hall during the summer of 2014.

As anyone one wise enough to have caught a show throughout the ‘In Love’ campaign will attest – on the road is where Peace thrive. This footage, expertly shot by Jonnie Craig at the Birmingham show in December (link below*) goes someway to capturing the essence of seeing Peace live and the youthful abandon with which their ever-growing crowds of fans get involved.

So here we are – only one year since the debut album and they’re already forging ahead with album number 2; In celebration – and in true Peace fashion – they’re heading back out on tour taking in towns and cities they couldn’t visit during their last tour in December. They open this run of shows headlining Dot to Dot – a festival they also played in 2012 at the other end of the bill. Similarly, this summer they’ll grace the main stage at Reading & Leeds, where last year they packed out the NME tent with an early afternoon slot.

*http://youtu.be/iOcOQgEseuU

Buzzcocks Play in Warrington

Buzzcocks have been thrilling audiences for over thirty years.  Once called ‘the Beatles of punk’, their music blends high-octane guitar, bass and drum power with heartrending personal statements of love won and lost or dismay at the modern world to create a unique catalogue of unforgettable and immortal music – music they continue to deliver to fans old and new around the world with undiminished passion and energy.

There are hardly any bands performing today that genuinely deserve the adjective ‘legendary’.   Buzzcocks are one of those very few.  Their achievements are staggering: one of the original holy trinity of British punk (with the Sex Pistols and the Clash), innovators of the independent record scene and genuine punk rock superstars who have been cited as inspirational by bands as diverse as REM, Nirvana and Green Day. 

Eight studio albums, over twenty singles and EPs, a constellation of compilations, covers by other bands and songs on film soundtracks and advertisements have put Buzzcocks among the top echelons of British recording artists.  A Mojo Inspiration award in 2006 is just one of the many accolades they have received for their work.

Buzzcocks have forged a unique relationship with their public and are deeply loved and revered by a global audience. They are simultaneously true to their original ideals and open to new ideas – a happy result of their own uncompromising and individual standing.

Over the years, generations of musicians have tried the Buzzcocks methodology and have made their own variations of it. Most are generous in their thanks to the band that started it all.  Those impressed by the recent waves of ‘punk’ bands would do well to spend an afternoon with Buzzcocks’ seminal pop treasure Singles Going Steady, consistently the band’s biggest seller and a masterclass in genre-busting song craft. This compilation of their first UK Top 40 hits is a classic album in every sense, an astounding collection of stunning moments such as Orgasm Addict, What Do I Get? the anthemic Harmony In My Head and, of course, the song that has become their calling card: Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’t’ve Fallen In Love With?). These songs have been covered by dozens of groups in many styles, a testament to the originals’ strengths not as slices of punk rock history but as examples of song writing craft.

They’re still doing it, better than anyone. Sometimes the archetype is clearly the best.  Buzzcocks – no. 1 in people’s hearts.  Icons, superstars, legends.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Buzzcocks
Parr Hall
Fri 11 Apr 2014, doors 7.30pm, £20 adv
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Commotions Singer Plays Intimate Gig in Warrington

Lloyd Cole of 80s indie band Lloyd Cole and The Commotions has had a successful solo career since the band split in the early 90s and now he’s bringing his popular sound to Warrington’s Pyramid next month.
 
One of the most literate, emotive and witty musicians of his generation, Cole burst onto the indie scene with the Commotions in the mid-80s and stormed the charts with hits such as Rattlesnakes, Perfect Skin and Lost Weekend.

He’s explored many musical genres over the years, most recently releasing the experimental Selected Studies Vol 1 of ambient electronica. He now records and tours solo, based out of his home in Massachusetts. His eagerly awaited new album Standards was out this summer, which Cole describes as sounding ‘like T.Rex or Led Zep playing Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison tunes’.
 

When asked about the new album Lloyd said: “I wanted to make an album with a small fixed palette of sounds, like a Van Gogh, like ‘Highway 61’.  The format is supposedly dead, but I still want to make albums. Not bunches of songs – albums.  For the last 10 years I’ve been primarily an acoustic musician but this is an album for electric guitars, electric bass and loud drums, with piano and a synthesizer for measure.  Not quite monochrome, then, but not ever-changing either: it has a sound.”

This show is not to be missed. But hurry and get your tickets soon as it’s nearly sold out.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Lloyd Cole
Tuesday 8 Apr 2014, 8pm
Pyramid, Palmyra Square South, Cultural Quarter, Warrington, WA1 1BL
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Comedian Tom Wrigglesworth comes to Warrington

Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival. Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle & Time Out Award winner and star of Radio 4 and BBC2, Tom Wrigglesworth comes to Pyramid with an exquisite new show.

In turns, poignant and hilarious, Tom takes an emotional journey exploring his profound relationship with his granddad.  Throughout childhood, they would frequently make tape recordings of themselves interviewing each other.  Reflecting on these early conversations, Tom comes to fully understand the influence this man has had on his own life, and explores the fantasy of being able to make ‘one final interview’.

Expect elegant flourishes of language, twisted logic and whimsical storytelling courtesy of one of the finest and most original comics in the UK. You could also expect next week’s lottery numbers, but let’s deal with one thing at a time. Simply put, it’s about Tom.

This show is in association with Comedy Store.

www.tomwrigglesworth.co.uk

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Tom Wrigglesworth
Sun 23 March, 7.30pm
Pyramid, Palmyra Square South, Cultural Quarter, Warrington, WA1 1BL
Tickets: £12 / 10
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Local Dancers Take Part in Warrington’s Biggest Dance Show

Shine! is back for 2014 and it’s bigger and better than ever. The annual dance event, which is organised by Culture Warrington, is once again offering dance groups and artists from across Warrington and the North West the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Shine! 2014 will focus on the theme of contemporary dance, in order to develop and raise the profile of this style to complement the existing platforms throughout the year that cater for a range of different styles.

In response to high demand of dancers wanting to take part and a growing audience, Shine! 2014 will move to Parr Hall. The venue offers the opportunity for groups to peer review work and is an opportunity for dance artists and teachers to network.

The dance show will feature artists who showcase their creativity, strong concepts, original choreography and professional aspirations in creating high quality contemporary dance performed by a range of groups of all abilities from children to adults.

Last year Warrington saw increased participation in contemporary dance activity through the Window On Warrington project, with a wide variety of groups taking part and for some, performing in a style that they may not usually practice. This was a huge success and Shine! offers a platform to build on the exceptional talent in Warrington and continue to develop contemporary dance within the borough.

Janey Moran, Cultural Engagement Manager at Culture Warrington said:
“It’s great to see such a high standard of dance being created by groups from across Warrington. I’m excited to see how the groups have responded to this year’s theme of contemporary dance which is informed by and borrows from many other dance styles due to its emergence amongst trained dancers. Shine! has grown year on year and we are pleased to be hosting it at Parr Hall this year, which reflects the growing audience and demand for this performance platform.”

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Shine! 2014
Sunday 23 March, 4pm
Tickets: £5 / 3.50 / 14 family ticket
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Cultural Quarter, Warrington, WA1 1BL
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Psychic Sally is Back!

Star of Sky LIVING’s Psychic Sally On The Road and Britain’s favorite TV psychic, Sally Morgan, returns with her outstanding 2014 nationwide tour.

Often referred to as ‘Psychic to the stars’, Sally has built up an extensive client list having read for well-known faces like Katie Price, George Michael and the late Princess Diana.

Since touring each year Sally packs out theatres as people from all over the country come to witness her incredible gift. Her down to earth nature and infectious personality has attracted a whole new audience to the spiritual world and her astounding accuracy keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

This unique theatrical experience should leave you feeling uplifted and enlightened…as they say seeing is believing!
Please note: Sally Morgan is investigational and the show is for the purpose of entertainment.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Sally Morgan
Parr Hall
Wed 19 Mar 2014, 7.30pm
Tickets: £24
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Miles Kane Returns to Parr Hall

After three electrifying homecoming shows in Liverpool in December 2013, Miles Kane takes his exhilarating band on an unmissable fifteen date UK tour which comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Monday 17 March 2014.

Miles, who started his career as the frontman of Indie band The Rascals, is already working on new material for the follow up to his critically acclaimed second album Don’t Forget Who You Are which was released last summer and made the top 10 in the UK charts.

The Birkenhead born indie rocker has enjoyed solo success since releasing his first solo album Colour of the Trap in 2011, which consists of anthems Inhaler and Come Closer.

Miles also has a good friendship with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex turner, a relationship which was formed when The Rascals supported the band on tour in 2007. This led Miles and Alex to form The Last Shadow Puppets and have a number one album in 2008 with The Age of the Understatement.

2013 was a big year for Miles, not only with the release of his second album, but also playing to a packed out crowd at the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival before joining friends Arctic Monkeys on stage during their headline slot on the Pyramid Stage to perform 505. Miles will also be supporting Arctic Monkeys at their two Finsbury Park Shows in May 2014.

Now Miles and his band, consisting of Jay Sharrock on drums, Ben Parsons on keyboards, Phill Anderson on bass and George Moran on rhythm guitar/vocals, are looking forward to playing to another sold out audience at Parr Hall!

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Miles Kane
Parr Hall
Monday 17 March 2014, 7pm
£17.50
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

 

Rock Legends UFO to perform at Parr Hall

British heavy metal rock legends UFO will be performing at Parr Hall, Warrington on Thursday 20th March, fronted by the inimitable vocals of Phil Mogg and featuring other original band members Paul Raymond and Andy Parker plus American guitar hero Vinnie Moore.
 
UFO were formed in 1969 and their influence was strongly felt in the 1980s heavy metal scene. They have been cited as a primary influence of Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, among others.

Seven Deadly, the band’s latest studio album combines present and future with UFO’s greatest fortes. Mogg, Raymond, Parker and Moore released twelve brand-new songs on the album featuring some of the strongest compositions. The album is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO.

The UFO frontman’s thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of Burn Your House Down features all the important UFO strengths, Mojo Town sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and Year Of The Gun features a pointed reference to UFO’s early days.

This album also showcases the technical skills of Paul Raymond and Andy Parker, their music sounding inspired and faultless at the same time, and Vinnie Moore’s exceptional guitar style deserves to be explicitly mentioned.

UFO continue to be a live force to be reckoned with. Their touring schedule has recently taken them to the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Brazil, the USA and Canada, and more shows are always on the horizon.

The band have that perfect mix of talent, charisma and experience but also on each individual band member – all bursting with a zest for action and a wealth of ideas.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
UFO
Parr Hall
Thursday 20 March, 7pm doors
Tickets: £24.50 / 22.50 adv
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Mark Watson Returns to Warrington

Acclaimed comedian Mark Watson has just announced that he’ll perform at Parr Hall later this year following a successful gig at the venue in 2012.

The host of BBC’s We Need Answers brings his latest tour Flaws to Parr Hall on Saturday 8 November with tickets on sale from next Monday (24 February) at 9am. It promises to be Watson’s darkest, most personal show yet but luckiest also his funniest.

Winner of five major comedy awards, the Bristol-born funny man is a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has performed several unusual shows at the festival, including marathon performances lasting 24 hours and more.

His TV credits include popular panel shows Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock The Week, where he’s a regular guest.

Also a keen novelist, Watson hosted a literary workshop-cum-interactive comedy show entitled Mark Watson, And His Audience, Write A Novel at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The aim was to write in a month a novel¬ from scratch written entirely from audience suggestions.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Mark Watson – Flaws
Parr Hall
Saturday 8 November 2014, 7.30pm
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345

Parr Hall’s Famous Organ to be Played Again

Ian Tracey

Parr Hall is home to one of the only Cavaillé-Coll organs in the country which is still within its original specification and next month organ recitals are making a welcome return to the venue with renowned organist Ian Tracey.

The organ was originally brought to Parr Hall from Ketton Hall near Stamford in 1925 and has been a main feature on the stage ever since. The venue has hosted concerts and organ recitals from leading orchestras and cathedral organists over the years but this is the first time Ian Tracey has played at Parr Hall since 2000.

Professor Ian Tracey has been organist at the Anglican Cathedral in his home town of Liverpool for over 30 years and his performances there on the famous Willis organ have thrilled the instrument’s thousands of fans around the world and met with praise from the critics.

His career took off after studying organ at Trinity College, London, where he has now been awarded a fellowship, and he’s also studied under scholarship grants in Paris, with acclaimed French organists Andre Isoir and Jean Langlais.

In 1980 he became the youngest cathedral organist in the country and has since played most of the major venues in the UK and an increasing number in Europe. He has also made 23 extensive tours of the USA, playing in all the major cities. The past two seasons have included concerts in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Bermuda, Paris, Holland, Germany, Jersey & Spain and he returns again to Germany in 2014.

He’s a frequent broadcaster with the BBC and his recordings on the Cathedral Organ have met with wide acclaim from the critics, recording for E.M.I., Chandos and Priory. He regularly examines and over the past 28 years has conducted over 250 concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus.

Ian Tracey also holds fellowships from 20 prestigious musical institutions both here and abroad, including the Royal College of Organists, as one of only 28 honorary fellows worldwide. In 2006, the University of Liverpool conferred upon him Doctor of Music, in recognition of his long and distinguished service to music in Liverpool and of his national and international reputation.

Pyramid & Parr Hall Listings Information
Organ Recital
Parr Hall
Wednesday 12 Mar, 7.45pm
www.pyramidparrhall.com
01925 442345