Laughs, drabbles and space as festival time approaches
The washing lines are up (see main picture), costumes are being created and there’s chatter about window designs as Macclesfield Barnaby Festival gets near (June 17-26). Rehearsals have started for the immersive family show ‘The Astronomer’s Story’, whose assistant is visiting primary schools at present and for which tickets are selling out, and registration for the window design competition closes on Thursday, June 9. As a town with no venue or arts centre you might think Macclesfield would be at a disadvantage in attracting performers.
Well, it’s true we’re not on the regular circuit for artists, but we are building a reputation as a creative place to bring new work.
Performers often want locations to try out their latest shows – whether well known names or the next big thing.
So we’re delighted comedian and former Grange Hill actor Francesca Martinez (inset) is starting her ‘Wobbly Manifesto’ tour in Macclesfield, before taking it to London.
The ‘wobbly’ bit refers to her cerebral palsy.
Be prepared for a frank and hilarious show at St Michael’s Church on Friday, June 17. Tickets are £14.
Then at King Edward Street Chapel on Sunday, June 19, there’s a rare chance to see new stand-up talent with a double bill of Pierre Novellie and Tom Ward, both touring their shows before appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tickets £12.50.
DABBLE IN A DRABBLE?
Know what a drabble is? No, neither did we.
It’s a story, memoir or poem of exactly 100 words (excluding the title) and the race is on to pen 100 of them – space themed of course – by the end of Barnaby. Pick up a free Drabble Pack from Macclesfield Library with tips and instructions or visit www.maccwriters. wordpress.com. We’re proud that the ‘space’ theme has generated a rich mix of science as well as arts events at the festival.
The Professors Brian Cox and Tim O’Brien event may have sold out in 36 hours, but there are many other fascinating talks and discussions in store thanks to the thriving community of enthusiasts willing to share their knowledge and passion.
Check out the free events at The Park Tavern from Macclesfield Sci Bar and discussions at the park, and the talks, workshops and Deep Space Lab from Macc Astro.
Pick up a Barnaby brochure from the Visitor Information Centre or visit www. barnabyfestival.org.uk for details of all events.
●● The washing line banner to promote the festival