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Two Award Winning Shows

'Bysmal Boys Written by Laura Genders | Directed by Tuirenn Hurstfield
Not Being Mean Written by Laura Genders | Directed by Hans Oldham
'Bysmal Boys performances commence at 7.30pm (Tues-Sat)
Not Being Mean performances commence at 7.45pm (Tues-Fri) and 3.00pm (Sat Only)

on 11th Oct | 12th Oct | 13th Oct | 14th Oct | 15th Oct 2022

Remember to book for both of our award winning shows to receive a discount on tickets...

at The Little Theatre, Lord Street, Macclesfield

About 'Bysmal Boys

It’s 1977 and for the first time in Fire Brigade history, a national strike threatens to bring the country to a stand still.

In a quiet corner of Cheshire, the lads of Blue Watch, Macclesfield are waiting with bated breath to see what this means for them. Will their hopes blaze to union glory or smoulder to ashes and what will this mean for the Brigade, their loved ones and the lads themselves?

Through a fictionalised account of the ‘Bysmal Boys of Macclesfield Blue Watch, you will be transported back to the true life backdrop of the strike action as autumn gives way to the Winter of Discontent. Genders’ new play explores this rarely examined period of history and the impact that is still felt today. 

Conflictive, comic yet utterly compassionate, the boys of Blue Watch navigate their individual stories and that of their brotherhood. It may just be 30% but is that all they really stand to lose?

WINNER OF “BEST DRAMA” – GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL 2021

About Not Being Mean

It’s a sunny Sunday morning. Why on earth wouldn’t you be at the top of a bloody great big hill before most people have had their cornflakes, if not for some prolonged metaphor on a having a brand new 360° perspective on the town that you were born and raised in?

Kat is optimistic that the hike will bring about the opportunity to clear out any skeletons from the family cupboard. 

Kirstie is keen to reestablish herself as alpha female in the pecking order.

And Kaye? Well, she’s just happy to have a morning away from the kids. Between fame, fortune and family, can the sisters align themselves or will feuds and fallings out from years gone by once again divide this unholy trinity?

And, more importantly, will we ever find out the truth behind the what happened with Nana and Somerset’s most famous sons?

WINNER OF “BEST COMEDY PLAY” – GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL 2022

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'Bysmal Boys performances commence at 7.30pm (Tues-Sat)
Not Being Mean performances commence at 7.45pm (Tues-Fri) and 3.00pm (Sat Only)

on 11th Oct | 12th Oct | 13th Oct | 14th Oct | 15th Oct 2022

Remember to book for both of our award winning shows to receive a discount on tickets...

at The Little Theatre, Lord Street, Macclesfield

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