Laughs, drab­bles and space as festival time ap­proaches

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - BARN­ABY BITES

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.


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. word­ 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. barn­abyfes­ti­ for details of all events.

●● The wash­ing line ban­ner to pro­mote the festival

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