The view of Chorley Empire Community Cinema...

You may have seen Chorley Council has proposed a multi-screen cinema for the Flat Iron market. The 6-screen cinema will be part of a retail and restaurant complex extending from the "Iceland" end of Market Walk.

The cinema will be operated by Reel, who have experience of town-centre cinemas, and feature screens ranging in size from 60 seats to 170 seats. This means Chorley Little Theatre will still have the biggest auditorium in town.

However, this does probably mean Chorley Empire Community Cinema will cease to exist in it's current form. The council planning application has tried to make out that the Reel cinema will be showing different content to us, but we find it highly unlikely they will not be showing The Theory of Everything, Imitation Game, Paddington, Gravity, Skyfall, Frozen, or other similar films we have shown in the last few years. It's just they'll be showing them slightly earlier than us. They also show event cinema, just like us.

We would probably have to show niche art films or classics, but in our experience this is unsustainable in Chorley. CECC was formed in 1986 as Chorley Film Society when the Plaza on Bolton Road closed down. The idea was to show films in Chorley until a new cinema came along - we didn't expect it to take 30 years! 1986 was the lowest year for UK cinema admissions, whereas 2015 is on course to be the 2nd or even 1st best since World War II. It's a good time to open a new cinema and we wish Reel well.

It's just the idea that we'll be showing different films to them (as the planners want people to think) is wrong. We don't even know what they're showing and the prices they'll charge!

More broadly, the idea of a unit that brings people into Chorley is to be welcomed, especially if it boosts the night-time economy. If people go for a meal at, say, Nando's then head to Chorley Little Theatre that's great. As long as the council make visitors aware there is more to Chorley than Market Walk (we'll be trying our best).

For now, Chorley Empire Community Cinema will carry on as usual and will soon announce the Autumn 2015 season. When (or if) Reel opens in late 2016 or early 2017 we'll have to see what happens.

In other film news, there will be no children's films this Summer due to a) wanting some time off, and b) building work improving Chorley Little Theatre for next season. Enjoy the summer!


Play written by Mike Harding.
Directed by Kath Ashworth. 01204 699156
Produced by Karen Thompson 01257 277201
Performance Dates: Monday 19th - Saturday 24th October, 7.30pm

Read Through Tuesday July 21st at 7-30
Auditions Sunday July 26th starting at 11am

Synopsis:     Set in the 70s era

Deirdre Ollerenshaw an upwardly mobile working class girl, is set to marry her fiancée Mark Greenhalgh The scene is set on the eve before her wedding. Mark is the none too bright son of working class man made good, Ronald Greenhalgh and his snobbish wife Muriel. Muriel has with the help of her husband moved up in the world and looks down on the Ollerenshaws. The Ollerenshaws  are a working class family made up of a variety of different characters, who can be coarse and swear a lot. Grandad Nip is an old rogue who is a willing helper in all the mayhem. We have an rugby playing best man and a alcoholic priest and a variety of other people they meet along the way. The scenes are set before and after the wedding.

Director Kath Ashworth previously directed the sell-out Mike Harding play Comfort & Joy in 2013.

Character synopsis.
There are a few extras some with lib and some without, they can audition with a principle  audition piece, age not a factor for some parts. Interested people can be considered without audition.

Edith Ollerenshaw  Age 40+ Down to earth working class woman, no airs and graces. Some swearing.
Harry Ollerenshaw   Age 40+ Working class, proud to be British some racist comments, not too bright at times. Some awearing.
Keven Ollerenshaw  Age 20+ Brother of the bride working class Jack the lad, swears a lot.
Deirdre Ollerenshaw  Age 18+ Working class but wants to rise socially in the world.
Peter Ollerenshaw  Age 20+ Brother of the bride working class would be intellectual, right wing attitudes.
Nip   Age 60+ Edith’s dad, an old rogue, coarse  swears a lot.
Mark Greenhalgh  Age 20+ The groom, none too bright, spoilt by his parents into an upper middle class lifestyle.
Hamish  Age 20+ Rugger playing best man upper middle class attitude.
Father Molloy  Age 50+ Alcoholic, Irish, completely eccentric.
Muriel Greenhalgh  Age 40+ Mother of the groom. Working class snob looks down on others only in Act 2.
Ronald Greenhalgh   Age 40+ Father of the groom. Working class man made good, hen pecked but a nice man.

Small roles

Jimmy Peters friend age 20+ right wing anti every thing some lib.
Man in club Age 40+ brief funny conversation with Father Molloy which makes no sense at all.
Stripper willing to wear skimpy costume and dance.
Bridesmaids 2 age 18+ some lib.

Chorley Youth Theatre's production of Grease is entirely sold out.

We do not keep a waiting list as tickets are very rarely returned in advance. Best advice is to come down on the night and see if any are returned then.

Wednesday 15th July - 7.30pm | SOLD OUT

Thursday 16th July - 7.30pm | SOLD OUT

Friday 17th July - 7.30pm | SOLD OUT

Saturday 18th July - 2.30pm | SOLD OUT

Saturday 18th July - 7.30pm | SOLD OUT

Tickets: Adults £10, Children £8. Family Ticket £32

Book at Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362



We are getting lots of messages about joining Chorley Youth Theatre. We have to stress CYT is completely full and there is unlikely to be any opening until at least September 2016. Please do not contact us about joining, as the waiting list is already very long. Please also note our minimum age for membership is 11-years-old and at High School.

CADOS are always looking for new members, but they must be 16-or-over.



SUNDAY 19th July - 1pm, Chorley Little Theatre

Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Dave Reid

Performance dates 7th - 12th September, 7.30pm

The Rehearsals

Tuesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.

The Play

You’ve seen the film so you know what it’s about!

The film has many locations to drive the narrative, but the play script is stuck in a single location. This means that the acting becomes paramount.

It’s a two-hander – Rita, the frustrated wife who married too young and wants a new life and Frank, the university teacher who married for the wrong reasons and wants a new life but deep down knows it ain’t going to happen.

There’s a lot of lines to learn for both actors, but there’s a great opportunity to produce an engaging and tragic-comic performance.

The Auditions - Interested?

There is no preparation to do before the audition – audition pieces will be handed out on the day.

The Roles

Rita (F) - 25-40
Must be younger than whoever we cast as Frank and must have a convincing scouse accent. She’s lively, funny and has few social inhibitions. Her strength comes from the belief that “life must be better than this.” Her conflict comes from her loyalty to class and family that she was brought up with.

Frank (M) 45+
Must be older than whoever we cast as Rita!!! Intellectual, apparently confident and professional, but ultimately sad and lost. His strength is his mind, but that’s slowly being pickled with alcohol and regret. His weakness is the eternal sense of “what might have been?” and “is too late?”


The Process:

Rehearsals will involve detailed characterisation work and intense study of timing and delivery. As it’s a two-hander there’s no room to take a breather – you’re in every scene, so it’s a great acting challenge. The play is very funny, but the comedy will only work if the characters are fully rounded and totally believable. The stage setting will be highly stylised, but the acting has to be totally realistic and believalble.

Fancy a challenge?

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There was excitement at the theatre on Monday night when we welcomed movie star and theatrical legend Sir ian McKellen to the building.

Sir Ian is patron of the Little Theatre Guild and was in Wigan to reveal a plaque in his honour so popped by Chorley Little Theatre to see a rehearsal of our upcoming production of Sherlock Holmes.

McKellen, best known for his roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, is starring as Sherlock Holmes in his new film Mr Holmes, out next week so this tied in very nicely.

Upon arriving at the theatre, Ian was given a tour of Chorley Little Theatre by CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson, which included looking round the dressing rooms, wardrobe and seeing the old proscenium arches from when the venue first opened in 1910.

There was a chance for cast and crew to meet him, in which Mr Holmes met our own Mr Holmes, the actor Dave Reid. Then it was on to the main event of the evening, a rehearsal of Acts III and IV.

We're delighted that he enjoyed the performance, declaring it "riveting" and professionally done.

By far the biggest star ever to come to Chorley Little Theatre, we'd like to thank Sir ian McKellan for showing an interest in us.

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