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George Costigan gives his thoughts on play coming to The Swan in Dobcross

Rita Sue and Bob Too – George Costigan (centre) with Michelle Holmes (left) and Saddleworth’s Siobhan Finneran (right)

George Costigan, star of ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’ and ‘Happy Valley’, gives his thoughts on ‘The Box of Tricks’, a play coming to The Swan in Dobcross on 25 November.

George has appeared in a host of well-loved TV shows including ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Happy Valley’. He rose to fame in 1986 with ‘Rita, Sue and Bob […]

Theatre comedy and music at The Swan with the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

For the second year running, The Swan in Dobcross has joined forces with The Greater Manchester Fringe festival to bring an eclectic programme of gorgeous music, innovative theatre and dynamic comedy to Saddleworth. Landlord Michael Powis, says, “We hope the people of Saddleworth enjoy the chance to see something a little bit different again this year. We have local performers as well as supremely talented people from further afield such as, London, SouthAfrica and Brazil”.

All together The Swan will […]

Afternoon theatre this Sunday

A multi award-winning play enjoying its post-Edinburgh Fringe UK tour will be performed in Saddleworth this Sunday.

‘Away From Home’ is a funny, edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour going in for a hard tackle on football’s last taboo. The play is being performed in the theatre space upstairs at The Swan pub in Dobcross on Sunday at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. The evening performance has already sold out and there are just a few tickets […]

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival comes to Saddleworth for the first time

In July, The Swan in Dobcross will be the only venue outside the cities of Manchester and Salford to be part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

The pub theatre is to play host to nine ‘Fringe’ events including five newly written plays, children’s theatre, Victorian classics, comedy, jazz, cartoons, musical theatre and opera – an eclectic mix for sure. The Greater Manchester Fringe is now in its third year and is a showcase for original and innovative drama, music, […]

Comedy double bill at The Swan in Dobcross

Do you remember the fantastic play, “Spoonface Steinberg”, that we had on here last year? Well, the theatre company behind that production, The Freerange Theatre Company, are coming back to The Swan, Dobcross in June with a double bill of COMEDY plays by Jon Brittain.

The amazingly talented Rebecca Fenwick (who was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award for her role as Spoonface at The Swan) stars in both plays alongside Adam Urey, who impressed us so much in the […]

Best Fringe Production ‘All the Bens’ by Mossley playwright Ian Townsend at The Swan

The Swan in Dobcross is proud to present a play by Mossley playwright Ian Townsend on Sunday 13th April. Tickets cost £8 and are on sale now at the bar or online at There will be an opportunity to discuss the play with the writer and actors at a Q & A session after the play.

“All the Bens” won the 2013 Manchester Theatre award for Best Fringe Production and is on tour around the country, supported by funding […]

Christmas Jazz with the Aniko Toth Jazz Trio at The Swan

On Sunday 15 December, Singer Anikó is joined by Steve Kilpatrick & Alan Williams on guitars, for a Christmas jazz performance in Dobcross.

The delightfully talented singer Anikó returns to The Swan, with her trio for a sumptuously festive Christmas musical evening which includes jazz arrangements of fun and cheeky Christmas songs, such as ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ and ‘Santa Baby,’ as well as Christmas carols with the trio’s unique jazz twist – from a bossanova ‘Silent Night’ […]

KES: More than £930 raised for the Pc Nicola Hughes Fund

(Left to right) Sam Hughes, Bryn Hughes, Natalie Hughes and Rob Stapleton are presented with the cheque from Saddleworth News

The charity film showing of KES by Saddleworth News just over a week ago has raised £931.07 for the Pc Nicola Hughes fund.

The cheque was presented to Nicola’s Father Bryn Hughes and his wife Natalie, along with fellow marathon participant and friend Rob Stapleton. Nicola’s brother Sam was also present at the hand over of the cheque.

Bryn […]

Halloween quiz at The Swan tonight

There is a Halloween quiz tonight at The Swan in Dobcross, with a chance to win many prizes including £100 and an Amazon Kindle e-reader!

There of plenty of chances to win something even if you don’t come top in the quiz.

It costs £1 to enter and you can have up to a maximum of 6 players per team.

If you go for dinner beforehand, you can expect some of their chef’s fine specials – including Transylvanian GHOULash!

Fancy […]

David Bradley gives emotional talk at KES screening

David Dai Bradley (centre) with (left) Rob Stapleton and wife Zoe and (right) Bryn Hughes and wife Natalie

Film fans packed the theatre room above The Swan in Dobcross last night to welcome actor David Bradley from the iconic film KES.

David, also known as Dai, played the starring role as the young boy ‘Billy Casper’ in the hit film, he had enthusiastically agreed to make a personal appearance at the charity showing of the film in HD.

The […]

The Dobcross Concert

The third annual ‘Dobcross Concert’ takes place on Saturday 26th October at Holy Trinity Church in the village, it starts at 7.30pm with organisers in the local community expecting another large turnout.

Appearing this year are the popular folk group ‘The Oldham Tinkers’ and the recently re-formed ‘The James Shepherd Versatile Brass’ brass group.

MC for the evening will be the village’s world champion whistler, David Morris.

Tickets are £10 each and are available from The Swan, Dobcross on 01457 […]

New version of a classic play at Saddleworth pub theatre

Tickets are on sale now for the next professional theatre production to come to the little theatre upstairs at The Swan in Dobcross. ‘Miss Julie’ is a well-known classic by Swedish playwright, August Strindberg and will be given a new twist by acclaimed dramatist, Rob Johnston and the Hyde Festival Theatre Company.

With the popularity of ‘upstairs/downstairs’ programmes like Downton Abbey, there is certainly a fascination with what can happen when relationships develop between people from different social classes. Johnston’s […]

David Bradley to appear at KES film screening in Saddleworth

Saddleworth News has arranged a special screening of the iconic film KES at The Swan public house in Dobcross.

David Bradley, who plays the young boy ‘Billy Casper’ in the film, will be making a special guest appearance at the event. The event will see all proceeds from the ticket sales going to The PC Nicola Hughes North Pole Marathon Charity.

David Bradley as Billy Casper in KES

The film will be screened in the theatre room above the […]

Macmillan Coffee Morning at The Swan in Dobcross

The Swan in Dobcross will be holding a fundraising coffee morning as part of Macmillan cancer charity’s “world’s biggest coffee morning”.

Lorna Hill’s fundraising coffee morning as part of Macmillan cancer charity’s “world’s biggest coffee morning” will be held this Saturday (28th Sept) from 10am until noon.

Admission is £2 (includes tea/coffee and a scone).

Do you remember the classic film KES? If so look out on Saddleworth News for a very exciting announcement by The Swan next week.