the Swan inSaddleworthFor the second year running, The Swan in Dobcross has joined forces with The Greater Manchester Fringe festival to bring an eclectic programme of gorgeous music, innovative theatre and dynamic comedy to Saddleworth. Landlord Michael Powis, says, “We hope the people of Saddleworth enjoy the chance to see something a little bit different again this year. We have local performers as well as supremely talented people from further afield such as, London, SouthAfrica and Brazil”.

All together The Swan will be hosting 8 shows over 10 performances during the month of July, starting this Wednesday (1st July). For more information check the website Tickets are available from the bar or online

Weds 1st July
“Together in Electric Dreams” by Daniel Thackeray (THEATRE)
Acclaimed comedy-drama based on a pivotal moment in the history of British electronics. 1986: Sir Clive Sinclair’s once-mighty technological empire is near-bankrupt. Sir Clive’s only escape is to strike a deal over dinner with his arch-rival – a former East End trader turned industrial magnate named Alan Sugar. “A lot of laughs” – Manchester Evening News (£8.50, 8pm)

Sun 5th July
Summer Strings with The Abraxas String Quartet (LIVE MUSIC)
From Baroque to Rock is a lively and energetic concert by the London-based Abraxas String Quartet. They will be performing a sumptuous and stunning repertoire from well-known classical works to jazz and popular songs. These internationally renowned musicians usually play to large concert halls with symphony orchestras or at vast arenas supporting the likes of Paul Weller and Elbow. (£9, 7.30pm)

Tues 7th and Weds 8th July
“Le Grand Return” by Alan Stockdill (THEATRE)
A gentle comedy about war, love and remembrance – is back, having played in Dobcross to great acclaim earlier this year. (£10, 8pm)

Sun 12th July
BACH ReLOADED – The Jenni Molloy Trio+ (JAZZ / WORLD MUSIC)
Jenni Molloy’s Bach-inspired jazz trio – plus special guest play sublime and original jazz compositions inspired by the works of J.S. Bach and music from South America, Africa and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to hear this acclaimed trio in such intimate surroundings.
“Superb” – The Sunday Times. (£8.50, 7.30pm)

Weds 15th July
“The Gambit” by Mark Reid (THEATRE)
This an award-winning one-act play exploring abandoned friendships and fierce rivalries as lies, deceit and anger erupt in an epic clash between the defining Grandmasters of the 20th century. 25 years of betrayal played out on a chess board. Catch this extraordinary play here before it heads up for a 3-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe. There will be a Q & A session after the performance. (£7.50, 8pm)

Sun 19th July
“Tieta” Jorge Armado’s classic Brazilian novel adapted and directed by Franko Figueiredo (THEATRE)
‘Tieta’ is a dark comic tale of greed, revenge and murder told using music, story-telling & breaking-form theatre – based on a classic Brazilian novel. A millionaire, returns to her hometown, after an absence of many years. Merely on the promise of her millions, she shortly turns what has been a depressed area into a boomtown. But there is a condition attached to her charity, which the townsfolk realize only after they have become enmeshed in her vengeful plot: murder. As part of The Swan’s commitment to new theatre innovation we are delighted to be hosting London’s Stonecrabs Theatre Company for a week to develop and rehearse this unique theatrical venture. This very special performance will take place at the culmination of their week’s residency in Dobcross. (£5, 8pm)

Weds 22nd July
Kinky Boot Institute: Voyage of Giggle (COMEDY SKETCH SHOW)
The North’s funniest, darkest, theatrical-est live comedy sketch show. Silly satire, politics, pop culture, musical numbers – an exhilarating and dynamic show written and performed by Manchester’s Lewis Charlesworth and Rosie Phillips. Recently described as being like a cross between ‘The Mighty Boosh, League of Gentlemen and the Office’. (8pm, £7)

Tues 28th and Weds 29th July
Faulty Towers: the dining experience (COMEDY DINNER THEATRE)
Basil & Sybil Faulty (and of course Manuel) at your service in in a fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre show (including 3-course meal). What could possibly go wrong? (£50, 7.30pm)

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