Knutsford Promenades 2013 Saturday 6 July by Slidely Slideshow
Knutsford Promenades 2013 Friday 5 July by Slidely Slideshow
The format of the Knutsford Promenades means it is impossible to produce a detailed timetable for the event. Performances will begin at different times between 2 and 4pm in different parts of King Street. Some will be repeated several times during the afternoons, some will take place on both days, others just on the Friday or the Saturday. Here we highlight just some of the events.
On both days the Promenades will start at 2pm at Brook Street Chapel where there will be dramatised interpretations based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s life and works, and an opportunity to learn about Knutsford’s place in history.
Our Heritage: Street Theatre from Local Schools – Bexton, Egerton and St Vincent de Paul primary schools will be performing original work on the theme of Knutsford’s heritage throughout the afternoon from 2.15pm
Along King Street Artists Occupy the Street – artists James Blinkhorn, Midge Freck and Paul Pigram will create new work. There will be demonstrations from ‘Make it With Mabel’, and Splash Art will create an installation based upon the memories of Knutsfordians who pass by on the street.
Musicians at Work – Cat Allen, Blue Side Out and Ash Hunter will be performing on King Street and on Saturday they will be joined by Roberts Bakery Band and musicians from Manchester Camerata
Knutsford Musical Theatre will be performing songs from 70 years of its musical history playing an active part in the heritage of the town. On Saturday, they will be joined by members of Knutsford Musical Youth Theatre performing an extract from Dazzle.
Ghosts from the Past – on both afternoons there will be in role performances from ‘interactors’, based upon stories associated with figures who have a connection with Knutsford, including King Canute, Lady Jane Stanley, Miss Mattie (from Cranford), George Formby, Henry Royce Trumpeter Major Smith, Highwayman Higgins, First World Soldiers from King Street, and Richard Harding-Watt.
Knutsford Methodist Church will do a promenading performance about the connection of John Wesley to Knutsford.
Memory Catching, Memory Sharing – Waterstones is the place to listen to some of the memories captured by the Knutsford Heritage Centre as part of the Promenades. Public readings of memories will place on King Street at each half hour from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Passers-by can log their memories and thoughts of living in Knutsford on ‘I remember when’ boards positioned along the street and on Saturday a past May Queen will be collecting memories about past May Events from passers-by at Waterstones.
Sally’s taken time out of her busy schedule, including filming the third series of Sky’s Mount Pleasant, to take on the role of a character devised and written by Promenades’ project director Robert Meadows.
“Mrs Higgins could be described as Knutsford’s very own Loose Woman, said Sarah Flannery whose idea it was to stage the Knutsford Promenades. “It’s a lovely part which puts a different spin on the history of Highwayman Higgins and we’re absolutely delighted Sally is joining us – she’s a fantastic comedy actor.”
Jennifer James, of Coronation Street and Dalziel and Pascoe fame, had originally planned to play the role. She had been involved with the Promenades as she, and husband Lee Boardman, are setting up Actor Tribe in Knutsford. They will be offering Saturday classes in a fun, learning environment for children of all age looking to increase their confidence whilst discovering performance skills.
“Jennifer had to pull out of the Promenades but we are so grateful she kindly arranged for Sally, who is a patron of Actor Tribe, to take over the role,” said Sarah.
Photos courtesy of Barnes Walker