Visiting Productions

My Brilliant Divorce (Hyde Festival Theatre Company)

Sunday 7th February, 2016
8:00 pm

Poster Image with infoBy Geraldine Aron

A studio production in the clubroom.

In this brilliantly observed one-woman play, middle-aged Angela attempts to find a new life when husband Max leaves for a younger woman. Using a wonderful mixture of comedy and pathos, she recounts her journey back to happiness.

Angela (originally played in the West End by Dawn French) will be played by Hayley Johnson whose previous roles at the theatre include Mrs Robinson (The Graduate), Chris (Calendar Girls), Irene Ruddock (Talking Heads) and Peggy Ollerenshaw (Hi-De-Hi). Most recently she has been seen in Romiley (The Wharf), The Isle of Man (The Gaiety Theatre) and Woking (The Rhoda McGaw Theatre) as Nancy in Bryony Lavery’s hard hitting play, Frozen.

TICKETS: Book on line at

Tickets also available at the theatre bar.

Godfrey’s Last Love (Bring Me Sunshine)

Friday 19th February, 2016
7:30 pm

sunriseBy Alan Stockdill

Presented by Talking Stock Productions

Retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton, celebrates his lottery win with a lads’ trip to Morecambe and a beer or two. But life changes once again when he bumps into a twinkly widow, Betty, who’s there on a bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club.
Love, loss, hope, happiness, struggles and smiles, all come together in this charming tale of finding love in the third age. But the path of romance doesn’t always run smoothly. Will Betty and Godfrey triumph over adversity and bring each other the ‘golden years’ sunshine they both deserve?
Tickets: £10.00 (£8.00). tel. 07785 530 129
On-Line at www.wegottickets/talkingstock
Over the bar at the Theatre

Alan’s most recent play, ‘Le Grand Return’ – which was produced at the Partington back in February – won the coveted ‘Best New Writing’ award out of 65 brand new plays and over 100 productions showcased at this year’s Greater Manchester Festival Fringe 2015. It was also nominated for ‘Best Drama’.
Since its inception, Talking Stock has raised over £10,000 for good causes, including Alzheimer’s Society, Childline, NSPCC, Overgate Hospice, Manorlands Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK, Settle Victoria Hall, Bradford Cathedral Artspace, Dementia UK, Copley Cricket Club, Ravenscliffe High School and the Royal British Legion.

One-Act Play Festival

Monday 4th July, 2016 to Friday 8th July, 2016
7:25 pm


Please note – these dates are at present provisional.

The near-legendary Partington Theatre One Act Play Festival now in its 23rd 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 from Greater Manchester Drama Federation at the end of the evening.

The theatre bar opens at 7 0’clock and the curtain goes up at 7.30 each 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 on Saturday night.

Tickets cost just £3 per evening or £10 for a bargain festival ticket covering all  5 evenings. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre bar or just come along and pay on the night. (Seats are not reserved)

Aims and rules of the festival can be seen here.

Interested in entering a play? – entry form (for next year) here.

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