The Cheshire Rural Touring Arts autumn season

13 September 2019

The Cheshire Rural Touring Arts (CRTA) autumn season has been revealed, touring professional performances to communities across Cheshire. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council are one of the funders for CRTA, Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “CRTA offers over 60 professional shows each year through collaborations with volunteer promoters, artistic partners and the local councils. 

“They bring high quality performances from artists across the UK and abroad. The new season has a wide range of shows on offer including 30 theatre, dance, music and family shows from 29 September to 6 February.  

“The best bit is that these performances take place on our doorsteps taking place in 26 Cheshire village halls, libraries, arts venues and rural museums.” 

This season joins with a Big Imaginations family theatre festival. This festival takes place across the North West involving 22 different venues and organisations. CRTA will be presenting four family pieces as part of this festival. 

Gav Cross is in a pop up story cave in ‘Traditional Tales with a Twist’ at The Fallibroome Academy in Macclesfield on 11 October and at Lache Community centre on 12 October. 

The Stich Brothers with ‘Patchwork Wonders’, is a mix of live beatboxing, imagery, words, electronica, hip hop, Jazz and South Asian classical folk music. It will be a feast for the senses taking place at Lion Salt Works, Northwich on 30 October. 

Matthew Linley Creative brings ‘The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps’ a theatrical treat starring poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young (Radio 4, Radio 2 and BBC 6 music poet in residence) in the style of Tim Burton and the Brothers Grimm. Find this at Tarvin Community Centre on 8 November. This performance is also BSL signed. 

The Bone Ensemble present ‘GULP’ an adventure story about water and the challenges facing our planet. This piece is in partnership with Action Transport theatre in Ellesmere Port and is a closed performance for St Bernard’s School on 7 October as part of CRTA’s young people’s outreach work. 

Theatre this season comes in various styles and to suit many tastes. Nicholas Collett and Gavin Robertson in ‘Done to Death by Jove’, is a theatrical comedy from the detective genre, expect inventive silliness. Performances are at Neston Town Hall on 4 October and Wincham Community Centre on 5 October. 

What a Little Bird Told Me with ‘When Did You Stop Dancing?’ tells the intriguing story of the dancing plague of 1518. These performances take place at the Goodwill Hall, Faddiley on 18 October and Audlem Scout and Guide Hall on 19 October. 

For something completely different there is the dark and strange world of Odd Doll with ‘Seaside Terror’, with hysterical horrors told through puppetry, clown and music. Catch this piece at Crewe Lyceum Theatre studio on 25 October and The Electric Picture House, Congelton on 26 October.  

A trip to the other side of the world from Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee, with ‘The Ramayana’ tells the story of the much loved Indian epic Rama and Sita, through beautiful music and storytelling. 

The final theatre offer this season is from the ever popular Gonzo Moose with ‘Once Upon a Time’ a comedy adventure fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm. Find them at Neston Town Hall on 22 November and Plumley Village Hall on 23 November. 

In collaboration with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) there are three very different dance performances on offer. Altered Skin in Cheshire with ‘Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer’ with performer Shane Shambhu tells the story of his life growing up in East London and his journey through the challenges faced in a mix of cultures, language and race to become an international dance performer. Told through comedy, theatre and captivating dance. These performances take place at Weaver Hall Museum, Northwich on 19 October, Tarvin Community Centre on 9 November and Goostrey Village Hall on 10 November.   

The acclaimed James Wilton Dance with ‘Leviathan’ is a stunningly physical telling of the story of Moby Dick. James Wilton will also be leading a workshop with DOPE boys dance group from Crewe, who will present a curtain raiser to the main performance which takes place at Crewe Lyceum Studio on 26 October. 

The final dance piece of the season is from Luca Silvestrini’s Protein with the well-loved tale of ‘The Little Prince’, as they explore the world, its beauty and the complexity of love, told through dance, theatre and spoken word. This performance takes place at The Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield on 6 February 2020. 

There is an excellent and varied music offer this season. With a truly international flavour of music and styles  Kiriki Club combine musical flair and a raw energetic performance style that dazzles and delights audiences. They are performing at Upton by Chester Village Hall on 29 September, Mollington Village Hall on 15 November and Great Budworth Parish Hall on 16 November. 

Using only their voices and live looping techniques, Candian duo FreePlay present ‘A Cappella around the World’, traveling through musical styles of the world from jazz, European classical, Indian rags to Brazilian Samba and more. Find them at Frodsham Community Centre on 18 October and Little Budworth Jubilee Hall on 19 October. 

There is a beautifully imagined and immersive multimedia music experience from The Peoples String Foundation with ‘Res Publica’. The two piece band brings along a 32 piece Gypsy orchestra with them as their virtual orchestra and combines with beautiful puppetry, projections and sounds. Find them at Cuddington and Sandiway Village Hall on 23 November and Gawsworth Village Hall on 24 November. 

Some Christmas cheer comes via The Churchfitters with ‘Christmas Cracker’, a folk band like no other who have the stage heaving with the sheer amount of instruments they can play. The show is a mix of the traditional and original festive songs. Performances take place at Kelsall Community Centre on 29 November, Little Sutton Library on 30 November and Kettleshulme Village Hall on 1 December.  

For more information about any of the shows, details on how to buy tickets or to see the full CRTA autumn season, visit:


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