Lockdown Blues are far behind us

I can tell that the lockdown blues are far behind the Saddleworth Players after sitting in the audience at their latest production at the Millgate Arts Centre – Nobody’s Perfect.

A slick performance of whit and humour, with amazing choreography using the whole of the stage to its full potential. Sitting within the front four rows of the auditorium, we felt we could easily join in the doorstep chats and follow the characters into the living room. Then a swift change of lights and we’re in the efficiently run office of a feminist publishing company, from where women writers are promoted for their raunchy novels.


The play involved a clever and twisted plot that wrapped the characters together similarly to a 1970’s telephone cable tangled into coils. An intercom, mobile phones, and landlines all wove an intriguing web of communication, at times leaving us wondering when they would unexpectantly be tripped up and the brewing secret spill out all over the stage.
From a soft and gentle love connection of the main characters to ever increasing seductive writing of a fictional storyline, the cross over of male and female stereotypes made for fun viewing and amusing quips that left the audience smiling broadly when the final curtain fell.

Well done and thankyou Saddleworth Players for another outstanding evening!

Review by Jude Gidney

Nobody’s Perfect runs from 2nd -9th April 2022

Emma Sykes as Dee-Dee, Ian Perks as Gus , Simon Wood as Leonard
Simon Wood as Leonard, Verity Mann as Harriet
Simon Wood as Mertle

Bar vacancy: we need you.

Linda leads our Bar and needs some additional help

Meet Linda: she leads the bar and needs some help.

The bar is an important part of Millgate Arts Centre and for Saddleworth Players. Audiences can enjoy a drink before, and after the show and cast and crew members can relax after performances. It’s the social centre of this creative community in Saddleworth.

We are looking to recruit an assistant bar leader whose duties will include:

  • Our face at the bar for audiences and members, working alongside a member volunteer. 
  • Leading the day to day running of the bar at Millgate Arts Centre
  • Helping to schedule bar volunteers
  • Cashing up 
  • Restocking Bar 

You will work in partnership with our bar leader Linda and be responsible to the Management Team’s Bar Group. Remuneration: competitive on application 

All our productions are scheduled mainly for evenings and are spread throughout the year. There are also seasonal matinees (Panto).

The successful candidate will need to:

  • hold a personal bar licence or be prepared to train for a personal bar license (we’ll pay for day course & exam)
  • have good communication and money skills 
  • be honest and reliable 
  • be available evenings and some seasonal matinees (Christmas) – we have up to 100 per year *, 
  • usually up to 5-6 hours per shift including setting up prep, stocktaking, banking at end. 

Interested? Any questions?  FULL JOB ROLE HERE 

Do you know anyone who’d like to get involved? contact us. 

Please contact Linda at the bar in Millgate Arts Centre,  Ian Shepherd or  Sandy Dixie. on 01457 874644 #2 for more info or a chat. 

Raffle at The Old Bell raises £324 for the Millgate

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Phil Whiteman of The Old Bell with Anne Wright of the Millgate Management Committee

A very big thank you to Phil Whiteman of The Old Bell, Delph, for raising £324 for the Millgate Arts Centre through a raffle. To show our appreciation of Phil’s efforts we have named two seats in the auditorium ‘The Old Bell’ – the plaques will be appearing very soon.

A right Farndale Christmas Carol

John Tanner in Farndale Christmas Carole
John Tanner plays Gordon in the Farndale Christmas Carol

My name is Gordon and I have agreed yet again (under duress) to assist our Ladies from the Farndale Women’s Guild to be Stage Manager in their forthcoming production of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

I have been watching the cast rehearsing now for several years, and it is beginning to take shape, although I am fearful that their interpretation of the story may be lost on our ever loyal but confused audiences (although our esteemed Director will be inserting a two thousand word explanatory note stapled into the programme).

Set Design and Costumes are worthy of a mention and I am grateful for the loan of a full set of medieval armour which I will be wearing for my protection during these uncertain times on the odd occasion that I am on stage.

We have a very experienced crew handling scene changes, multiple light cues and convincing sound effects.

Unfortunately, none of this crew were available so I am relying on a group of friends from my local ‘Origami Group’.

Please join us at ‘The Millgate Arts Centre’, Delph; the show is running from Saturday 20th November until Saturday 27th November, 2021.

I have it on good authority that they are very funny

John Tanner plays Gordon in the Farndale Christmas Carol.

Book your tickets early at Ticketsource or telephone booking: 014547 874644 (booking fee applies).

‘Passionate Minds’ by Roger Hinchliffe

Do you enjoy the finer things of life, quality media, films, theatre, literature, art; do your musical interests range from good quality pop through to jazz and classical, do you savour live performances? Perhaps your family commitments and work have restricted your time and you’re looking for somewhere local to revive old pleasures or perhaps to enjoy something new. If so, the Millgate Arts Centre, Delph www.millgateartscentre.co.uk with its  newly refurbished auditorium, where there’s something for everyone, might just fit the bill. 

One of the jewels in the crown of the MAC is Saddleworth Concerts Society www.saddleworthconcertssociety.org.ukwhich is privileged to produce the theatre’s first performance of the new Season, its 45th. at the MAC. The SCS is renowned for engaging musicians of the highest quality who are already performing on the world stage of have the potential to do so. There are four productions, starting early this year on 11th. September with the Victoria Quartet and Richard Simpson, principal oboe of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Professor at the Guildhall School of Music; they will be performing chamber music by Beethoven,Lennox Berkeley (Oboe Quartet), Ravel and Mozart (Oboe Quartet).The very popular Chris Holmes Jazz Trio with John Hallam will be returning in November. Early in the New Year the Castalian Quartet, who are emerging as one of the success stories of the international music scene, will be performing music by Schumann, Janacek and Brahms To complete the Season in March, the A4 Brass Quartet, featuring principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands  will be raising the roof in many senses.

Why not become a subscriber for all the concerts at £50 entitling you to one complimentary ticket for any one of the four concerts or buy single tickets at £15 or bring the kids and/or a music student  at £4 each. Book on line at the MAC website or call Geoff Roberts on 01457 875917 or make a cheque payable to “Saddleworth Concerts Society” and send it to Mrs. Bernadette Mongomery, Treasurer, SCS, 1 Hollin Crescent, Greenfield, OL3 7LW or take a chance and buy a ticket at the theatre on the concert evening. 

If you want to get involved in the Society please call Roger Hinchliffe on 07884121010.

The first concert in our new season features the Victoria Quartet and Richard Simpson. Starts 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 September.