In the Autumn of 1982, a group of friends gathered to form The Phoenix Theatre Company. Most of the early members were previously members of Church Road Parent Teachers’ Association, who, as one of their many activities, had performed Pantomimes in the School Hall to swell the PTA funds! As there were interested parties who wished to continue as a dramatic entity, it was decided to form an independent society. Almost inevitably the name for the new society was The Phoenix Theatre Company - a new society arising from the ashes of the old.
Over the years, our society grew and since 1982, we have performed some 94 plays (including theatre suppers and theatre dinners), the actors and plays winning many prestigious awards along the way. The majority of these performances were held at our previous venue Chorley Old Road United Reform Church, but sadly, in 2003, the church and its hall were demolished and since that time, we have been performing wherever we can hire premises.
This, as can be appreciated, eats into our funds before we even consider which plays to perform! Seeking a permanent venue is far from easy, as there are many aspects to consider – some obvious, some less so - but we continue to be hopeful of finding something, somewhere, and any suggestions regarding this would be much appreciated.
Many thanks for supporting Phoenix Theatre Company.
This superb example of the British farce had audiences rolling in the aisles in London and New York! A taxi driver gets away with having two wives in different areas of London because of his irregular working schedule. Complication is piled upon complication as the cabby tries to keep his double life from exploding.
"Run for Your Wife should run for life!"
In her Yorkshire council house, Mari is having a clear out before the 'Big Move'. There's a lifetime of clutter to be sorted, the house to clean from top to bottom, and the squirrels in the loft to be dealt with before she can bow out.
But, as well as memories of holidays in Mablethorpe and day trips to Flamingoland, there's a big box of family secrets to dust off and unwrap. Will Mari decide to let sleeping dogs lie? Or will she force them all to wake up and finally face the truth?
As well as the high standard of productions that Phoenix produces it also prides itself on it's variety of social events throughout the year. Details of these events can always be found on here, so...
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Success at the GMDF!
It was a wonderful night of celebration for societies all over the Greater Manchester area and Phoenix were not only lucky enough to be nominated four times but also take home two wins for the company. We would like to take the time to say well done to all involved in making the season such a memorable one and also to all our friends over at St Philips, Marco, Farnworth Little Theatre and Bolton Little Theatre for their nominations and wins alike.
Nominations / Winners
Best Actor - Ben Latham - Lt. Daniel Kaffee - A Few Good Men
Best Actor - John Whitehead - Col. Nathan Jessep - A Few Good Men
Best Director - Connor O'Beirne - A Few Good Men
Best Actor - Clive McCoy - Henry Horatrio Hobson - Hobson's Choice
David Morlidge... MBE!
David Morlidge is synonymous with amateur theatre in Bolton and while he is a stalwart of Phoenix Theatre Company he is also one of the founding members of BATS.
Last year he was overjoyed at receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at BATS. This year he received the news he had been awarded an MBE for services to the arts and the community in the town. An amazing achievement!!!
“What a birthday present! I’m used to not being at the front which makes something like this difficult.
“I feel very grateful to them and very humbled by it. I never thought in a million years that something like this would happen."
Read more about this wonderful news at: http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/15353902.Society_founder_and_school_headteacher_named_among_Queen__39_s_Birthday_Honours/
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Ros Bell, James Abercrombie, Alison Whittaker, Dave Eyre, Janet Dixon Edwina Freeman, Steve Butler, Phil Ward and Connor O'Beirne
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