Visiting Productions

War On Our Doorstep 1939 – Trio Literati

Saturday 27th October, 2018
7:30 pm

WW2 raised hat warmTune into life at the outbreak of war through three Northern diary writers — a housewife, a theatre buff, and a raw recruit to the Army Medical Corps.   From the price of blackout materials, to backstage dramas, to square bashing and lectures on VD, their personal stories give a colourful picture of our community as the world slid into war.

Like the famous “Housewife,49” two of the diarists were volunteers for Mass Observation, set up in 1938 to record everyday life in Britain.

Trio Literati  — “full of energy, wit and style” — are known for their lively mix of thought-provoking content, and light-hearted, clear delivery.  Their versatile musicians — Eleanor Rastall (soprano, keyboard) and Will Rastall (percussion)  — add to the WW2 ambience with the smoky, nostalgic, foot-tapping music of  “Forces’ Favourites”:  The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, Vera Lynn and more.

Tickets cost £9 (£7.50 concessions) and are on sale at and at Bay Tree Books, High St. West, Glossop.

More about Trio Literati at

The Players 

Maggie Mash started her broadcasting career in BBC radio, but is perhaps best known as continuity announcer for Yorkshire TV. She is a reader of audio books and audio guides, and an audio describer at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North.  

Jane Oakshott is an actor, script writer and performance coach. She set up Trio Literati in 2003 and Leeds Voice Day in 2008. Jane was appointed MBE in 2008 for her pioneering revival of street performance of the Mystery Plays.  

Richard Rastall is Emeritus Professor of Historical Musicology at Leeds University, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries: his writings on early music include books, articles, and music editions. He has acted all his life – often the fool, and rarely his age. 

Will Rastall Born in Leeds and now working as an actor in London, Will’s Will photo_ theatre publicitytheatre credits include Lady Anna (Park Theatre); Gods & Monsters (Southwark Playhouse);  Romeo and Juliet (Greenwich Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre of the Dales). Television and film credits include Game of Thrones (HBO); Guilt (Netflix); Bill (BBC Films); Eastenders (BBC);  and the multi-award-winning My Feral Heart (RumJam Films). 

 Trio-literati-Ele 40's mode_WW2Eleanor Rastall comes from Headingley and holds an MMus with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Performances range from classical opera and oratorio to incidental music for The Royal Shakespeare Company and cabaret concerts at the Musical Museum in Kew. Eleanor also runs regular choir and workshop sessions for Music in Offices and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, among others. 


Glossopera Opera Gala

Friday 21st December, 2018 to Saturday 22nd December, 2018
7:30 pm

glossoperaWe are delighted to welcome back Glossopera for a superb selection of opera and festive favourites. These professional opera singers will be accompanied  by a wonderful pianist.

Two evening performances only.

Ticket prices and booking details to follow.


Saturday 16th February, 2019
7:30 pm

crossing imageA new play by Russell Kennedy.

In the clubroom with bar.

In the aftermath of the car crash, things are getting on top of Harriet and to make matters worse she’s just been referred to a shrink.

Who was driving that night?

Are your dreams that important?

And can jelly babies really help?

“The man is bonkers! He’s the one needing guidance.”

You learn a lot about yourself in circumstances like these and sometimes you wish you hadn’t.

Ticket prices and booking details to follow.

One-act Play Festival 2019

Monday 8th July, 2019 to Saturday 13th July, 2019
7:25 pm

curtain-handThe near-legendary Partington Theatre One Act Play Festival now in its 26th year. Not to be missed!

Come and enjoy a great week of One-Act plays. Each evening there will be 2 or 3 short plays with a short critique by a guest adjudicator the end of the evening.

Every night a different programme of very varied one-act plays presented by theatre groups from all over the area and beyond.  New writing rubs shoulders with famous classics.  Lots to talk about!  Our guest expert will sum up the week and hand out certificates and silverware after the final play.

Tickets cost just £3 per evening or £10 for a bargain festival ticket covering all  6 evenings. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre bar or just come along and pay on the night (unreserved seating). You can reserve tickets by emailing


Might you like to enter a play next year?

 If so, please email for more information.

Entry is welcome from all amateur drama groups. It doesn’t matter whether you are based in a theatre, a church hall, a school or somebody’s front room. We aim to be as helpful as possible to newcomers.

Details of the festival’s aims and rules are here.

An entry form which you can copy and print off is here.

Alternatively, email  for a hard copy.