| A brief description of how each performance
of the 2006 season went.
Starting at the Roebuck we found a very friendly and attentive crowd, although with an 'eating' pub such as this we always get the impression of intruding on those eating. A good start to the night in which Beelzebub broke his club!
From there we went to the Chapel House. Here we played to a small but very generous crowd. We found that if we'd been a bit earlier we would have had 4 or 5 times the number of people to play to.
Onto the Church next where again an hour earlier would have seen a full pub as there had been a bonfire locally. Nevertheless still a good and attentive audience. Beelzebub did have the pleasure of disposing of a member of Ringhey's drink. Mmmm... a fine thank you for letting us play on their patch!
The Railway next proved the quietest with the 'younger' crowd
failing to understand the event - Beelzebub could not even find a
suitable drink! Still enough of other age groups to give us a welcome
The Saturday tour was hastily altered in the afternoon after we had intelligence reports that the planned Victoria Tavern in Altrincham had been considerably altered and was no longer considered a suitable venue. Instead we went to the Railway down the road. Here it was not the best start to the evening with just a few people in and those showing utter disinterest by carrying on talking - and us having to perform over the 'plastic' music.
Undaunted and not stopping for a beer with a reception like that we went to the Malt Shovels and what a difference 20 yards up the road can do. The Enterer went it and everyone shut up at his first words. Then his line "... it is in favour that King George shall win." was met with enormous cheers. And it got better from there.
Next up the hill to The Old Market Tavern that was quite comfortably populated. We fortunately got there just before a band was due to start and whilst piped music was playing it was quickly turned down during the Enterers speech. All told a very good reception and once we'd finished the 4 Candles classic rock band struck up. The contrast could not have been greater.
Next door to the Orange Tree and a seemingly somewhat indifferent reception however, chatting to people after it was apparent it was appreciated more than we thought.
Last to the Railway in Hale where we always get a good
was no exception. It was however, empty by normal standards which meant
actually had some room to perform the Play! Our dear and very
landlady there was busy moving chairs out of the way to give us more
then very kindly provided our drinks to finish off the evening. Many
We’re now into the last run of three days and this started with a tour spread between Hollins Green/Rixton and Urmston. Due to traffic our intrepid bus driver was running somewhat late so this put our departure behind schedule. It did not, however, stop us from having a quick pre-drink at the Saracen’s Head as we had to pass there!
The first stop was to the Farmers Arms in Heatley where we’d just caught the tail end of the early evening customers and the start of the late evening custom. A very well received performance with people coming out of the various nooks and crannies of the pub to see us.
here it was over the
Next back over the canal to Heatley again and a visit to the Railway Folk Club, in the upstairs room of, believe it or not, The Railway pub! It was a singers night so we simply waited for a song to finish before we took our ‘unannounced’ turn. Once again a very good reception continuing what was turning into a good and enjoyable evening. On our way back downstairs for departure it became known there was a drink waiting for us courtesy of the Landlord. This was turning a late running evening into a very late running evening.
From Heatley we headed for Flixton and a performance in the Church Inn. It was Quiz & Music night, however we were told the activities would be halted for the performance, which indeed they were. A full pub, an excellent reception, what else could we ask for?
to make our excuses and a swift departure for the Roebuck in Urmston
though. We always have a good reception here and this was no exception,
regardless of last orders being called in the middle of the
performance. It finished the night on a good high ready to take us
through to the last couple of days.
A tour starting in Agden and ending up in Lymm produced a very enjoyable evening. The Jolly Thresher had its largest level of custom we've seen for a number of years and this got us off to a very good start. From here to the Wheatsheaf and again whilst the pub was by no means full it was far more than we've seen in recent years. All told two good receptions.
Next into Lymm and the Golden Fleece as we we're told we should go there as the pub had a change of Landlord. Indeed that was the case however the type of customers has not. whilst they are interested there is so much background chatter (as the try to figure out amongst themselves what is going on!) that it makes it hard work.Over the road to the Bull and as usual its always a good performance in a nice cosy atmosphere.
Next to the Spread Eagle and perhaps not as good as in previous years. Two tables in particular just carried on talking over the whole performance - in fact they probably talked louder. Still the rest were very receptive.Last for the night was the Saddler's Arms. We tried this as a last pub this year rather than the Spread Eagle and so it was somewhat busy. really it was too busy and so took a bit more volume to get the Play across. We'll probably revert to the original order next year. Nevertheless a good finish to the night.
The Gang back at the Saracen's Head after performing at St Werburgh's Church .Well here we are again, the last day, and after meeting in the Saracen's Head it was across to St Werburgh's Church for the Warburton Autumn Fair. Always a pleasant start to the day.
After another drink in the Saracen's Head it was down the road to the local farm for a performance to the family there. Another feature of the day that makes it so special.Once they we're left in peace it was on the bus to Dunham and yet another excellent reception from the Axe and Cleaver. Following a round of drinks there it was back on the bus to Heatley and the Green Dragon. A spread out audience here means we have to work at the performance to make everyone feel included.
So a walk down the road to the Railway and probably the quietest we've known this. Still a good reception from those there and another round of drinks with thanks to the landlord.That's it for the main bit of the tour and so it's a mile walk back to the Saracen's Head for the last performance of the year. Well the pub was alive when we got there. The old pub front door was opened up for us to make our entrance from there. An excellent finish to the night then was followed by supper and music until gone midnight.
This page updated: 13th November 2006.