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Early birds go!! 25% off tickets

Tickets are now on sale, so get yours early and save money this month. All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on Monday, 27 August 2018. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale. This […]

Hidden Treasures tour

Walk like an Egyptian, right into the treasure vaults of ancient history! This magical mystery tour begins with a secret. The location (somewhere in Rochdale) will only be released 48 hours before the event, giving you just enough time to crack out your hat, whip and leather coat! You’ll be taken on a guided tour […]

Middleton literary walk

Join the borough’s creative writers as they give you their impressions of the most famous (and infamous) buildings and places in Middleton. From The Olde Boar’s Head, to Edgar Wood, to Jubilee Park, they will ponder the history and unveil hidden gems. A short walk across Middleton may change your perspective of a very familiar […]

Mirth & More – Comedy night

Mirth & More comes to Rochdale! Expect a fun-filled night, compered by Kelly J Christopher, featuring music from D’s band, and bringing together four of the best comedians around. The evening’s entertainment features Steff Todd – an impressionist with killer one-liners, Ron Shepard – a renowned conspiracy theorist, Randolph Tempest – professional thespian, and Sarah […]

Theatre Writing Showcase – Write for Women

The culmination of Saturday’s theatre writing workshop with Ian Townsend will be showcased by a professional director and brought to life by professional actors. The short two-hander scripts being premiered will be inspired by classic books and plays from the Maskew Collection.

Keisha Thompson – Lunar

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performance-artist and producer, currently the young people’s producer and manager at Contact Young People’s Company. Last year, Keisha premiered her solo show, Man on the Moon, to sell-out audiences in Manchester. The show went on to receive the Manchester Theatre Award for best studio production. Whilst writing the play […]

Natasha Brown – Dennis the Menace and Friends – cupcake faces

Join Natasha in her cake shop, Brown’s Cakes, and be inspired by Dennis the Menace and friends. Have fun, create pesky sugarpaste figures and keep out of trouble whilst making your own naughty cupcake face out of icing! Please note: there are 2 events, one from 2.30pm-3.30pm and a second, from 4pm-5pm. Visit the Brown’s Cakes […]

Joyce Branagh – Women of the World

Women of the world…and worldly women!  We present readings from the poetry and prose of Rochdale Central Library’s Maskew Collection of classic literature, performed on stage at Rochdale’s wonderful 90 year-old Curtain Theatre by professional special-guest actors (to be announced). Expect a tip-toe through historical and contemporary works, looking at strong women.  And weak women.  […]

All Across the Arts – Festival Fringe #2

Curated by All Across the Arts and hosted by Steve Cooke, local writers and performers reveal their writing flair, via poetry, song and short story, at this festival fringe showcase, celebrating 2018 as the ‘Year of the Woman’. This lively event will be a further celebration of local arts and culture. Places (bookable in advance) […]

Pete Chand and PKCthefirst – Tongue Tied & Twisted

Take a collection of vivid folk tales from all over India, translate them into English from their original language, then tell them from memory, whilst a DJ mixes music and soundscapes live – and you have Tongue Tied & Twisted! This unique and vibrant show is the creation of British Indian storyteller, Peter Chand and UK music producer PKCthefirst, with traditional […]