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Let’s show Knutsford’s got talent at special Promenades night

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Forget Britain’s Got Talent, it’s time for Knutsford to show it has talent at a special open mike evening at the Knutsford Heritage Centre on Wednesday 12 June at 6.30pm.

The evening is open to any musicians, readers, actors, singer, buskers, groups, who want to take part in the Knutsford Promenades on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July.

“The open mike night will be part rehearsal for those already involved, and part Knutsford’s Got Talent so people can come along and show us what they’d like to perform during the Promenades,” said Robert Meadows, project director.

“You might like to read extracts from older Knusfordians’ stories who have already shared their memories of living in the town, or perform a rehearsed reading of a short monologue in role as one of the historical figures who lived in Knutsford.”

The Promenades are also looking for musicians, and singers who want the chance to sing in the alleyways off King Street.

“We’re also looking for dancers who can jive, twist and shout their way along King Street,” said Robert.

“Perhaps you have some circus skills that you want to show off to the admiring crowds on the Friday or Saturday afternoon?”

Budding artists are also invited to set up and paint or draw for a couple of afternoons near the restaurants and cafes.

Let the Promenades know that you are coming to the special open mike evening at the Knutsford Heritage Centre on Wednesday 12 June at 6.30pm by emailing promenades@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or phone Robert on 07733295435 or 01606 551453.

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Join us at the Canvas Lounge, Thursday 23 May

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Knutsfordians are invited to stroll along to the Canvas Lounge on Thursday 23 May to find out more about the Knutsford Promenades.

The special evening, from 5 to 7pm, is open to everyone interested in playing a part in the Knutsford Promenades – a celebration of the town’s heritage and culture on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July.

“Primary schools, Knutsford Musical Theatre and local artists and performers are already busy planning their contribution to turning King Street into street theatre,” said project director Robert Meadows.

“Thanks to the Canvas Lounge’s generous support, we’re holding a special open evening so people can find out more about the Knutsford Promenades.”

Knutsford Promenades is an arts and heritage project that aims to bring the history and culture of Knutsford alive on two July afternoons when most of King Street will be transformed into a canvas of creative activity.

King Street will become a venue for theatre presentations from local schools and community groups, dramatic monologues performed by amateur and professional actors, musical and dance performances, and recitals. There will also be a number of pavement artists creating work inspired by the town’s buildings and activities.

“We’re hoping a lot of people will come along to the Canvas Bar – we’ll have a couple of short scripts ready for people to try out,” said Robert.

“There are so many ways people can join in including taking on roles as one of Knutsford’s many significant historical characters such as Royce (of Rolls Royce), Highwayman Higgins (and his long suffering wife!), Richard Harding Watt, General Patton, the Hamiltons and many more.

“We are also keen to meet musicians, singers and local poets would be very welcome. We are also collecting memories that people have of living in Knutsford. We want to bring many of those memories to life during the Promenades. There are so many ways in which you can play a part: perfoming a script, poetry reading, interacting in role with passers by, riding along the street on horseback on in the comfort of a Rolls Royce.”

Join Knutsford Promenades at the Canvas Lounge, 76 King Street, 5.00 – 7.00 pm on Thursday 23 May.

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Press release issued by: Julie Tempest Blue Barnacles PR pr@bluebarnacles.co.uk

On behalf of: Knutsford Promenades

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Behind the scenes

imageThe Knutsford Promenades is the brainchild of Sarah Flannery, who has been closely involved with amateur dramatics and community projects for many years.
Project manager Robert Meadows, is a playwright, Theatre Guild judge, and is very experienced in writing and producing community ventures including the Marbury Mysteries and The Salt Tellers.
Town Cllr Mike Houghton has supported the promenades from the outset and helped secure Knutsford Town Council backing to win Heritage Lottery funding.

Photo: Sarah Flannery, right, and Val Bryant at the  Knutsford Heritage Centre. Courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian.

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Take a stroll through Knutsford’s history

Logo 1 LandscapeKnutsfordians are invited to take a stroll through the town’s history and heritage when the Knutsford Promenades take place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2013.

Local schools and performing arts groups are working together to research stories about Knutsford’s past to turn into street performances which will take place in different locations throughout the town.

More than 100 young people and adults will be involved in bringing this open air celebration to life. The town’s schools, Knutsford Musical Theatre, LiPA at Knutsford, and Brook Street Chapel are already taking part.

Knutsford Heritage Centre submitted the successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund that will cover the cost of staging the events. Knutsford Promenades also has the backing of Knutsford Town Council.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Knutsfordians to raise their awareness of the history and heritage of the town as well as being a focus for their thinking about its future,” said Sarah Flannery, Christmas Market organiser.

“I saw at first hand how the Knutsford Christmas Markets brought local businesses together in a new way – now it’s the turn of the Knutsford Promenades to bring together Knutsford’s arts and heritage organisations to demonstrate partnership at its best.

“The Promenades will be an entertaining and enriching experience that is free for all and will help local people to know more about Knutsford’s arts and heritage organisations.”

The Promenades organisers would like to get even more local people and organisations involved. If you would like to participate as a performer or can help with supporting the event please email promenades@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk, phone the Heritage Centre on 01565 650506, or drop off a letter at the Heritage Centre, 90A King Street.

Knutsford Promenades is also keen to hear from Knutsfordians with memories and stories that could be turned into street performances.

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Press release issued by: Julie Tempest Blue Barnacles PR pr@bluebarnacles.co.uk

On behalf of: Knutsford Promenades