Thanks to everyone who came down and made the opening weekend of Noises Off and the Heritage Open Days a big success. Hundreds of people came to Chorley Little Theatre and left vowing to come back after having such a great time.

The first two nights of the show had audiences laughing loud, with a standing ovation for the hard-working cast. The crew also get applause for their set change - worth the admission alone! We've also been doing a roaring trade in Fredericks Ice Cream and Prospect Ale.

Over two days, there was a steady flow of people taking the opportunity to look backstage and see the 100-year-old building up close beside the very new renovations we've made in the last 18 months. People from 5 years old to over 80 were shown the building's hidden spaces and discovered just how much work goes into the running of a theatre. There was also a chance to relive happy memories of CADOS shows with the displays we had in the auditorium and bar.

The event was opened by Chorley Mayor Ken Ball and his wife Councillor Nora Ball, who met 5-year-old Danielle Boyd and Barnaby Bear from Manor Road Primary School. They were the first of many to be shown round the building by Estelle Bryers over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, a large group from Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society took a walk around Chorley before coming for an extensive tour of the inside of the building - and a rest in the Empire Bar!

Noises Off runs until Saturday and tickets are still available on the door, online, or from Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 (Please note: Malcolm's is closed Monday)

Things we've learnt this weekend:

  • The Empire Electric Cinema (as Chorley Little Theatre used to be known) was very well-known for showing 3-D films. Staff from other cinemas would come here to find out how to do it.
  • After spending long hours in the Theatre you hear all sorts of strange noises: slamming doors, ticking clocks, toilets flushing - all done by Fred The Ghost?
  • Kids are endlessly fascinated by curtains, stairs, trap doors... and crisps
  • St George's Church, Chorley (also open this weekend) has the only roof of it's kind in the world.
  • No-one remembers the old, smaller, bar. It's been wiped from the collective consciousness.
  • Lots of people think we got people in to do the Noises Off set - but we didn't, it was all done by CADOS members!