Ben Hur- opening night review by John Rigby

full of humour and energy John Rigby On hearing of the Saddleworth Players’ plan to put on Ben Hur at the Millgate, I must admit that my first reaction was one of bewilderment, especially as it was going to be played as a comedy. What on earth would it be like? Carry On Crashing, perhaps, or a cross between Hollywood epic and Last of the Summer Wine, with chariots lurching out of control down Stoneswood […]

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Headteacher scores triumph in play

reproduced from News@Ken By Ken Bennett By day, Liz Travis is the popular headteacher in a 200-pupil village school… But from now until October 1, every night except Monday, she playing a starring role in Saddleworth Players production of “Scary Bikers” at Millgate Arts centre, Delph. And Liz, 49, who has lead Holy Trinity Dobcross School for 15 years, says candidly: “The most common question I am asked when I appear on publicity for the […]

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A gentle and at times, hard-hitting ride through northern life, humour, relationships and politics.

A review of opening night by Martin Roche The great thing about a piece of theatre is when the subject matter brings an idea, a concept, a story to the stage which feels original and just works. I think we’re on safe ground in the originality stakes with a two-hander play encompassing foreign cycling trips, bereavement, Brexit, the Miner’s Strike and a burgeoning friendship! I guess it is the latter which is the glue which […]

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From Page to Stage

By Carol Davies On Saturday, the 4th of June 2022 the play ‘Singers not Sinners’ premiered at Millgate Arts Centre, Delph and ran for a week. On the 30th August last it was reprised with the same cast at Oldham Parish Church, now Saint Mary’s with Saint Peter, on the site of the 1701 church. It was an extraordinary experience and a major place on the Journey. Because from Page to Stage IS a journey.. […]

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Scary Bikers Director’s view

Although it dominated our lives, Brexit has so far made surprisingly few appearances on stage, for obvious reasons. It is, however, a key topic – along with grief and cycling – in this humane, funny and perceptive two-hander written by John Godber. The play presents us with an odd couple brought together by loss and a love of bikes. Don, an ex-miner and now a porter at Pontefract hospital, is grieving over the death of […]

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The director’s view of Singers not Sinners @Oldham Parish Church

Putting a play on its feet is, of course, a director’s job but putting your own play on its feet has a slightly different feel to it. It has been a fascinating journey writing and rewriting it on the page and then taking it from page to stage firstly at Millgate Arts Centre and now at Oldham Parish Church. The company’s skills and enthusiasm has made the whole rehearsal experience a joy and Peter Wakefield’s […]

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SPY tackle DNA with style & aplomb

a review of opening night by Verity Mann Saddleworth Players’ Youth (SPY) Theatre, have tackled Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’; a dark look at society’s response to cruelty, bullying, peer pressure and pack mentality with style and aplomb.  Having thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas Production, I was anticipating clever staging, slick scene changes and confident acting, and was not disappointed. The SPYs are a close knit team, the on-stage chemistry palpable, and they bring to life this ensemble […]

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DNA summer showcase for SPY

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Curtain lifts on new season of entertainment at Millgate

by Aimee Belmore Saddleworth Independent (original published by Saddleworth Independent 22/6/22) THE curtain is rising on a new season of theatre, drama, music, films and thrilling entertainment at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph. A Season Preview evening unveiled what lies in store for audiences, and also marked the launch of the Millgate Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Saddleworth Players, which was launched in 1927, moved into the theatre 50 years ago after previously being based in […]

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Call-out for charities to support

Last night we raised £1000 for Saddleworth Churches in Uppermill and Greenfield with a charity evening for Singers not Sinners, attending a sell out performance. Do you have a charity that would like to raise money with Saddleworth Players? The Millgate Arts centre is a creative hub in beautiful surroundings.  We feel lucky to have this wonderful facility in the heart of Saddleworth and  to be able to support the performing arts and community theatre.  […]

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