Brook Street Unitarian Chapel, Adams Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8DY
Mrs Gaskell and Alison Uttley ‘meet’ in the modern world: experience a journey through time and imagination when ‘From Station to Station’ is performed at Brook Street Chapel, the site of Elizabeth Gaskell’s resting place.
‘From Station to Station’ is specially commissioned by Knutsford Promenades. It features Elizabeth Gaskell and Alison Uttley: two strong, independent and innovative women who, in their own times, challenged the traditional expectations of society, in their own ways. They were fervent believers in Women’s Rights.
Whilst Mrs Gaskell inhabited the nineteenth century and Alison Uttley mostly the twentieth century, this performance sees them meeting in the modern world through a literary ‘time slip’ – a device used by Alison Uttley herself in her novel ‘A Traveller in Time’. Thanks to a collaboration with Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership’s ‘Amazing Women by Rail’ project, the influences of other notable women along the Chester to Manchester line are woven into the lives and views of the two women. From Station to Station uses community theatre to bring Gaskell and Uttley’s achievements and legacy to life.
The props used for the performance have been made at a series of community workshops held at key towns along the Mid-Cheshire Line, including Northwich, Knutsford, Altrincham and Stockport, to symbolise the women and reflect the towns where they lived
All the Holland family were Unitarians. Elizabeth attended this chapel every Sunday with her Aunt Lumb and became a Sunday School teacher when she became older.
Friday 7 September: 1930-2030
Saturday 8 September: 1930-2030
No booking required
A lift in the chapel hall goes from ground level to the first floor exhibition. A level path leads to the chapel. Cars can park outside Adams Hill entrance so that disabled passengers can alight.
Doors will open at 6.30pm and seats will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Brook Street Heritage site comprises a Grade I listed Unitarian Chapel built 1687 – Knutsford’s oldest place of worship – and exhibition rooms featuring Elizabeth Gaskell’s early years in Knutsford. The grave of Elizabeth and William Gaskell and two daughters are in the graveyard amid other well known people. Contact for the day: Beulah Cornes
Brook Street Heritage Site is midway down Adams Hill, opposite Knutsford Railway station. At the bottom of the hill is an Aldi supermarket; at the top of hill are traffic lights and beyond them, Booths Supermarket.