Lots of people have been telling us how much they enjoyed Funny Money this week. Here are just a few comments:

"Not been to Chorley Little Theatre for a long time. What a great performance. Really enjoyed the night. Looking forward to the next event." - Susan Cogley

"Miss it at your peril, even the Mayor nearly fell off her chair" - Graham Hargreaves

"Great night. I ache from laughing. It's well worth a watch. Brilliant." - Anne Williamson

We're very sorry to announce that Face Value have cancelled their show here on 29th October, due to them splitting up. Please go to Malcolm's Musicland for a full refund.

Genesis & Phil Collins tribute band Face Value make a quick return to Chorley Little Theatre on Saturday 29th October, and all tickets are just £10. Here's an interview...

How are you feeling about your visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

Really looking forward to it. The first time we were her back in January we loved the place form the word go. Played a lot of theatres where the audience, although very appreciative are quite reserved and it was fantastic to see they were literally allowed to dance in the aisles. Hoping for the same this time.

As a group do you have an ambition that you have not fulfilled yet?

Having played the Matthew Street festival to a crowd of 22,000 and also veterans of four Genesis conventions the only thing left for us ambition wise is that we would love to play a show abroad. That looks like it will happen next year.

What was the last show / gig that you went to see?

Gig: Journey, Foreigner, and Styx at the MEN. Great show for us "oldies"

Show: Ghost Stories (fantastic play and really scary) at The Playhouse in Liverpool. Actually if Chorley Little Theatre could put that play on, it would be stunning.

Do you have any current musicians that you like or admire?

Current musicians I really like are Coldplay, Adele, anyone who is doing something different.

If you had three words to describe yourselves what would they be?

Accurate, Entertaining, Cheap ;-)

How long have you been together and when did you decide to go down the route that you have done being a Genesis / Phil Collins tribute band?

The band was formed back in 1999, but this current line up only since January this year. (Our first gig was at this very theatre). I was in a normal covers band as a singer and people comment on the similarity of my voice to his. So we decided to form Face Value and give it a try as there was nobody at that time playing tribute to both Genesis and Phil.

What in your opinion makes a good gig and do you have any examples?

The most important thing for us is that the audience must be enjoying the gig. No point the sound being great, the venue having enough clearance for the lighting rig, or we feeling like we playing and singing well if they are not enjoying what we are bringing to them. A good example for us (without wanting to sound like I am creeping here) is what happened last time we were here. Audience allowed to dance in the aisles, good time had by all.

What’s next, any future plans in the pipeline?

Hopefully to play a show abroad, and keep bringing the music of Genesis and Phil Collins to the fans for as long as we can.

Face Value - Saturday 29th October, 8pm. Book here!

Fab Four tribute band The Upbeat Beatles make their second appearance at Chorley Little Theatre in November. Their show here last year was a sell-out hit and they've since gone on to appear on BBC Radio 2 with Russell Kane. Here's a quick interview...

 

How are you feeling about your visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

Great!  Keep music live-so we need to support places like this!

As a group do you have an ambition that you have not fulfilled yet?

Not really. We’ve played all over the world and we just want to keep doing it.

Do you have any current musicians that you like or admire?

Adele-love her!

If you had three words to describe yourselves what would they be?

Real, Honest, Rockin!

How long have you been together and when did you decide to go the route that you have done so far?

12 years now. We made our minds up to really go for it 7 years ago when we got our George.

What in your opinion makes a good gig and do you have any examples?

When you make the audience lose their inhibitions. Example-come and see us!

What’s next, any future plans in the pipeline?

Eastern Europe. We played Kiev last year and loved it!

 

 

The Upbeat Beatles - Sunday 13th November, 7.30pm. Book here!

Interview by Denise Kasperkiewicz

 

 

We’ve been a bit quiet these past few months but we’ve not been idle. Here’s all the stuff we’ve done over summer:

Knocked down and rebuilt the rear section of the bar, including adding new stairs, a sink, cupboards and loads more space for storing drink and food. This was essential work after part of the ceiling fell in.

The ceiling fell in because of water still getting into the roof, especially in the rear section of the building. So we’ve plugged the leaks and relaid the roof, which means we can now finally...

...sort out the wardrobe. Our costume room has been damp and home to pigeons for years and become pretty unusable. So we’ve built a brand-new room and have been transferring costumes into it. We’ve got about 200 bags of clothes to clean and sort out, so if you can help with the washing let us know!

Also upstairs we’ve finally finished the rehearsal room, which means we can get more shows in at the same time. The room can be used for acting and dance rehearsals, plus makes a great meeting place and will be an extra dressing room.

There have also been various jobs, from touching up the paint, deep cleaning the auditorium seats, and rewiring the electrics.

All this isn’t obvious to the public but has used up all our money. Now a lot of the structure in place, we’d dearly love to improve our toilets and brighten up the Foyer and then, eventually, move on to the auditorium. Our only income is from ticket sales so come along to our shows to support us.

(If you’d like to sponsor a show, please also get in touch)

In addition to all this, we’ve rehearsed Funny Money 3 or 4 times a week (and built the set!), auditioned and started rehearsals for Memory of Water, readied the script and starting choreographing the Panto, picked the next 8 films, designed & printed the new brochures, and have been beavering away on a new website.

The new season starts next Thursday with Dave Spikey’s show and we hope you can find something you fancy and continue to support us.