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An anarchic journey of family fun at Clitheroe's The Grand

Ed Patrick visited his local car boot sale with a ten pound note and returned with a beaten up plastic guitar, a 1970’s children’s keyboard and a toy tape deck.

Captain Hook in Peter Pan

Auditions open for young actors to perform in Preston's showing of Peter Pan

The search is on for talented young performers, aged between eight and 21, to appear alongside the professionals in the musical Peter Pan.

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Some of the younger cast members of the production The King and I at Whalley's Oakhill School.

Royal command performance was a triumph

The musical, The King and I, was performed by students from Whalley's Oakhill School and Nursery.

Claire Hackett as Auntie Annie and Jane Hazlegrove as stoic mother Ella.

REVIEW: East is East; The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

As news bulletins tell of the conflict between India and Pakistan in 1965, so conflicts rage in the household of George Khan, proud Pakistani and chip shop owner, who struggles to get his seven children to conform to traditional Pakistani values.
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Miss Saigon

Review: Miss Saigon at Manchester Palace Theatre

Get your emotions on standby, the juggernaut of a musical that is Miss Saigon has rolled into town and there is not a dry eye in the house

Lance Corporal Stanley Holman on patrol in Belfast, the son of artist Jamie Holman.

Local and international artists exhibit at three-day Clitheroe art fair

At the height of The Troubles in Belfast, the clattering roar of dustbin lids on pavements was known as rough music as hundreds of women took to the streets to alert the republican community that British Army troops were approaching.

Grimsargh Players were due to perform at The Playhouse Theatre in Preston

Performances by Grimsargh Players cancelled

The Grimsargh Players, who are due to present the comedy The Female of the Species, have had to cancel a string of performances.

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Tributes paid to comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd

Actor John Challis, who played Boycie in comedy television series Only Fools and Horses, was one of the first to pay tribute following the news of Sir Ken Dodd's death.
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Martin Bell on his first day in the House of Commons as independent MP for Tatton in 1997

Martin Bell: My fears for journalism

Martin Bell is the war correspondent who fought to clean up politics. Ahead of a visit to Lancashire he tells Tony Dewhurst his fears for the future of news reporting
The Osmond brothers, Merrill and Jay, wow the audience at The Grand.

An evening of Seventies nostalgia with The Osmond brothers

Osmondmania rattled through Clitheroe like a herd of crazy horses on an evening of Seventies nostalgia at the Grand.

It looks like they're having fun.

Children are literally rocking and learning at Grand sessions

For those about to rock we salute you ... the Grand’s Rock and Learn sessions are proving a gigantic hit with Ribble Valley mums, babies and toddlers.
Actress Joanna Lavelle.

Can you loan Ribble Valley actress a chip pan?

Actress Joanna Lavelle, who is based in Whalley, is sending out an urgent appeal to Ribble Valley residents for a chip pan for a forthcoming production of “Shirley Valentine” by Liverpool playwright, Willy Russell.

There's still chance to catch this production.

A show that’s not to be missed!

You will not be able to leave Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of Calamity Jane without a huge grin, writes Pippa Munro Hebden.


Kendal Calling announces huge line-up for 2018

The award winning festival Kendal Calling have announced a huge line-up for their 13th year.

Derelict on Preston's Flag Market last year

A chance to shine for local artists and performers

Derelict are looking for new and emergent artists and performers from the North West to perform at their platform event in March.

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Alun Cochrane is a man being funny about what he thinks about things

Guinness, pot holes and the Titanic with comedian Alun Cochrane

There can't be many comedians about, if any, that can have Alun Cochrane's unusual claim to fame: "About 10 years ago in Norwich, I was so funny I made a man vomit Guinness all down his T-shirt!"
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Get your tickets now for RATS's new version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

New version of Jack and the Beanstalk kicks off 2018 for Ribchester am-dram group

Ribchester Amateur Theatrical  Society returns to the stage in February with their latest pantomime offering.

Magic boy Jasper Cherry.

Young talent shines at competition

Magic boy Jasper Cherry pulled a rabbit out of a hat to reach Friday’s final of Grab, the Ribble Valley’s inter-schools talent contest.

Jasmime De Goede as Jane Young. Photo: Richard Davenport

Jane Eyre at the Octagon Theatre

This year will be a big year for the Octagon as it celebrates 50 years of making theatre in Bolton.

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Members ofClitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society celebrating at the NODA awards.

Society scoops half a dozen awards at prestigious ceremony

A group of 24 local thespians brought back plenty of silverware when they attended the NODA awards on Saturday.

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