Learning my lines in an ice bath!

Hi, I’m Siobhan Ebden and in the comedy Curtain Up! I play Pam the first wife, mother of Teresa and daughter in law of Betty. Pam is not always a very easy character to like though she is great to play as she has a sharp wit and some fantastic one liners.  I’ve been involved with Saddleworth Players for a few years, with some smaller roles in a couple of plays and open days. I […]

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So much fun to be part of Curtain Up!

I have long been a supporter of Millgate Arts Centre and Saddleworth Players. Having been a member of Oldham Lyceum players for many years and volunteering on the bar occasionally, I appreciate how much time, effort and energy goes into each production.  Many years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing author Louis de Bernieres on the Millgate stage as part of a fundraising event for Delph Library; another example of how volunteers are so vital […]

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Director’s Preview of ‘Curtain Up!’ by Mike Lawlor

Curtain up! is a hilarious comedy of five women who inherit equal shares in an old dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life again. The females try various fund-raising schemes, but their most ambitious idea is to hold a concert featuring local talent and the world-famous star, Liza Minnelli, who agrees to appear for no fee. However, plans go awfully wrong, when they hear that Liza Minnelli has cancelled. It is a […]

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Audition Notice- Murder Margaret & Me

Wednesday 6th September 730pm in the bar  We’re please to announce a play read through / audition notice for our fourth show of the season Murder Margaret & Me .  The show is directed by Sue Borg and is on from 13th- 20th April and you’ll need to be available for rehearsal 6-8 weeks before show week.     Murder Margaret & Me by Philip Meeks Knit one, bash two. Genteel ladies involved with violent murder […]

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The clash of Hollywood actresses

Review of Bette & Joan I’ve just had the pleasure of catching the new Saddleworth Player’s performance, Bette and Joan, at the Millgate Art Centre in Delph. It is directed by Melvyn Bates and stars Rachel Harrison and Tracey Rontree as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford respectfully. The action of the play takes place in Hollywood during 1962, at the height of the Hollywood actresses renown feud. It takes place in the background of the […]

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Brilliant… bloody brilliant

Carol Davies is directing Saddleworth Players latest show Silver Lining by Sandy Toksvig… here are her thoughts… When I first read Sandi Toksvig’s ‘Silver Lining’ I was in no doubt that Saddleworth Players should do it. I laughed through my first reading of it and I laughed two years later through the cast read through. Putting it on stage though was an entirely different matter.  Shakespeare wrote about ‘the two hour’s traffic of our stage’ […]

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A new way of working for Saddleworth Players

Saddleworth Players are implementing some changes to the way we organise ourselves.   The problem:  COVID closed down all the theatres and when we re-emerged in the recovery season we found that many people who previously were involved didn’t return.  For some it was an opportunity to take stock and retire, for others, the lockdowns provided new hobbies and focus and the theatre has slipped in importance. This current Season  we’ve attempted to carry on as […]

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Trap for a Lonely Man play photo

Opening night review of ‘Trap for a Lonely Man’ by Jude Gidney

The play is set in a ski lodge in France where Daniel Corban has just reported that his newly wedded wife has been missing for 10 days to the police. The Chief Inspector seems unhelpful but promises he will investigate for him. Seconds later the new local priest, Father Maximin, exclaims he’s found his wife and brings her to the chalet. However, Daniel claims he’s never set eyes on this woman before. As the story […]

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Preview – Bette & Joan

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford: two of the deadliest arch-rivals of all time. Born in the same year (though Davis swore ‘Crawford is 5 years older than me if she is a day’, the two fought bitterly throughout their Long and brilliant Hollywood careers. The women worked together only once, in the classic thriller Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? in which their violent hatred of each other as rival sisters was no act. In this […]

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