Happenings in May

Eleven members got together to learn how to make resin jewellery – a fun evening and some amazing designs were created. 

Here they are in the moulds and bottle caps …

Many thanks to Elicia for this workshop 🙂

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The Arts and Culture Club had their bi-monthly meeting in the Rams Head to discuss and arrange some cultural outings. The latest Culture Club programme is available from Maggie or our Facebook page

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Moira arranged a gentle keep fit class for members …

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The Thursday Book Club read ‘spill simmer falter wither‘ by Sara Baume

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The Bridge Club met for their monthly get-together …

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The Lunch/Supper Club went to the Three Bears in Hazel Grove for lunch 

 

The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre

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Last Thursday a few members of Culture Club went to see The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  The performance featured a very young cast of volunteer actors in an unusual updating of Aeschylus’s Tragedy, written some 2,500 years ago.  The production followed the traditional form of Greek theatre, having a chorus and one or two principal protagonists, and told the story of a group of young women fleeing persecution in their home country and seeking asylum in Greece.  There were very obvious parallels with the current crisis faced by migrants seeking asylum and indeed with the fate of the Chibok schoolgirls captured and forced against their wills to marry their captors.  A beautiful, moving and thoughtful play.  We all enjoyed it very much.

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Trip to Costume Hire Warehouse

On Wednesday last week, Maggie, Claire and Chris (Claire’s mum) went on a tour of the Corn Exchange Theatre’s costume hire warehouse.  The wonderfully enthusiastic manager, Ludmilla, told us all about the costume hire operation.  They receive costumes from Corn Exchange shows, many of which have been produced to a very high standard to allow for the proximity of the audience to the stage in the Corn Exchange, and make them available to the general public for hire.  Typical hirers range from amateur dramatics societies and schools to individuals attending costumed weddings and balls.  Ludmilla showed us the spectacular costume that she borrowed for the Venice carnival, and to which she is now making a partner, the fashion being for couples to dress alike for the Venice carnival.  
Although some costumes are made by the costume hire team (all volunteers apart from Ludmilla), most of their work involves assisting customers to get the correct look and fit for their costumes and maintaining the large array of outfits, complete with accessories.  The tour was interesting and informative and the costumes themselves sumptuous.  We would all highly recommend the tour to anyone with an interest in theatre and/or costume.
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Francis Bacon in Liverpool’s Tate

3 intrepid members of the Culture Club ventured over to Liverpool’s Tate Gallery to view an exhibition of the works of Francis Bacon.  Bacon is not to everyone’s taste, but we found it illuminating and insightful seeing the works on display, but were in agreement that we wouldn’t necessarily want them on display in our respective houses!
A trip to the Tate is always a joy for those interested in modern art.  They have a rotating display on the other floors complementing their exhibition schedule and it’s different each time we visit.   Yesterday we saw pieces from Louise Bourdain and Rachael Whiteread and my personal favourite was a Grayson Perry vase that was absolutely beautiful.  I’d never seen one up close before and the attention to detail was quite extraordinary.   I would certainly have house room for that!
After the exhibition, we repaired to Jamie Oliver’s Italian for a fantastic lunch special, where the quality was high and the price very reasonable.  A grand day out, all in all!
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The 39 Steps

Culture Club has been busy.  3 outings in one week culminating on Saturday night with a trip to The Lowry to see The 39 Steps.  
 

This wonderful spoof version of Alfred Hitchock’s classic movie from 1939 was magnificently and very energetically performed by just 4 actors in multiple roles and ridiculously rapid costume changes.

It was a joyous romp through a rattling good spy story with dastardly skullduggery at every turn. 

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Visit to Blackwell

Last Wednesday when the sun was shining and the day kind a group of Culture Club members paid a visit to the beautiful Blackwell House in Bowness-on-Windermere. 

This tranquil house, built in the Arts and Crafts style overlooks Lake Windermere, it is home for the summer of an extraordinary exhibition of the works of the sculptor Laura Ford.  

We followed up the visit with a trip to a local hostelry where one of our members quite literally bit off more than she could chew.  Suffice to say that the portions were generous.
 

A really satisfying and lovely day.

Archaeology and Ale in Staircase House

On Thursday  evening five members went on the ‘Archaeology, Architecture & Ale’ tour of Staircase House  click here for the wikipedia entry

Staircase House is a beautifully restored Grade II listed 15th century townhouse situated in Stockports historic Market Place and is famous for its rare Jacobean cage-newel staircase

We had a very interesting guided tour through Staircase House’s architecturally significant undercroft and brewhouse (which are usually closed to the public) and were served various types of beer throughout the tour in order to experience the sort of beer that the mediaeval residents of the house would have drunk.

Afterwards, we visited one of Stockport’s other historic buildings – The Arden Arms 🙂