The Culture Club has been running for a couple of years now and we have seen a number of shows:-
Calendar Girls, War Horse, The Christmas Show at Liverpool and Manchester, Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music and many more.
We meet a couple of times a year in a local pub to discuss future shows.
Members will be notified of coming shows.
For more information contact Chris or Sally direct or by using this form:
In 2018 we saw a variety of shows at different venues, some arranged by Chris others by Pat.
Our first show of the year was to see Cilla the musical in Chester. We also managed to have a very tasty meal in the Botanist before the show.
Pat arranged a trip to London in June to have a tour of the Royal Albert Hall. It didn’t stop there as the shard and Borough market had to be visited to before the train journey home.
July’s venue was the Exchange theatre in Manchester to see the Queen of Coal.
The autumn was a busy time for theatre trips. One a month, in a variety of locations, each show presented in its own special way.
Jane McDonalds Anniversary tour in Llandudno was an amazing evening and many ladies were wanting to see her again. One of the best loved entertainers and well known for her cruising programmes she is continuing her tours in 2019. A sell out last year and more than likely the same again in 2019.
Joanna Lumley at the Lowry gave us a truly different experience. Her life story was presented with photos and film clips. A very entertaining lady full of humour and adventure. Another sell out show.
The Liverpool Empire was the stage for the Benidorm Live show. Not a show Chris would usually arrange to see but it was a real giggle and very enjoyable. Pat arranged a table at the Liner Hotel prior to the show.
Almost forgot the “All shook up” show at Northwich. The life story of Elvis with foot tapping songs. Another magical evening.
Christmas approaching fast and time to get into the festive mood. Pat arranged a show at a local venue in Northwich. The ticket price was really good value with a show and an afternoon tea. The memorial hall was well supported with the local people much older than us but a really good atmosphere with lots of singlng and laughter.
Whitley WI members do love a good show, all the more if we can enjoy it together! Here are a few we have seen recently:
The Brindley Runcorn
“Desperate to be Doris” – Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding
We arrived on a lovely evening, I am sure most of us were expecting just to hear songs made famous by Doris Day but, I think it was fair to say that, none of us were prepared for the entertainment that followed. We all laughed so much that some of us cried. It was a fantastic show by the theatrical group Lip Service lead by Maggie and Sue.
By day, Dean is a salesman in a nightwear factory called The Pajama Game. Out by night he dreams of singing like Doris – cue ebullient dream sequences involving the show’s umpteen-strong Community Chorus.But will the arrival of new boss Candida Pryce (one of the many parts played by Sue) sully everything for Dean and his workmates, such as the eccentric, inappropriately-named Joy, I.T Ian and the less than fragrant Same (all played by Maggie)? Will Dean be able to rescue Candida’s improbable ‘Doris-less’ amateur production of Calamity Jane, and will Joy ever remember her one line – or is that two?
Garrick Playhouse Altrincham
“Out of Order” by Ray Cooney
We arrived in good time for the show, which enable some of us to have a drink, in anticipation of an enjoyable evening. From beginning to end it was a great show. When you see three doors on the stage you realise what sort of comedy it is going to be and we were not disappointed. A great laugh for everyone.
When Richard Willey, a Government Junior Minister, plans to spend the night with one of the opposition’s typists, things go disastrously wrong – mayhem ensues, involving a ‘Dead’ body, various husbands and wives, and even a District Nurse!
The Lowry Theatre
On their way to a sell out London season the Calendar Girls had a packed week at the Lowry in Manchester so we snapped up tickets for a row of seats and organised a coach. The famous cast, who included Lynda Bellingam, Gaynor Faye, Patricia Hodge and Brigit Forsyth, delighted us with a moving, funny and well staged production. The speakers in that WI are nothing like the ones we have (thank goodness!) but the audience forgave the farcical elements and enjoyed the pathos of John’s fading into death and the surge of happiness as the sunflowers grew on the hillside.
The whole theatre was filled with WI members when we went, and there was a real air of camarderie and the feeling of a shared in-joke. The script had some sharp little digs at Cheshire WI members v Yorkshire ones which convulsed the audience as we were all from Cheshire. A fun evening.
The Opera House Manchester
We organised a coach and, despite horrendous traffic, arrived on time for the performance of South Pacific and enjoyed a colourful and lively rendition of this famous musical. The singing was good, the costumes and scenery were great and it was a very enjoyable evening!