Thursday 21 May



Music at Lunchtime: Shebeen

Inspired by the rich musical heritage of South Africa’s townships, Shebeen combines its love of jazz and a passion for ‘that township sound’. The result is an uplifting mix of melody and drive. From the lilting ballads of Abdullah Ibrahim to the furious jive of the Mahotella Queens, the sounds of the Cape are coming to stay.

St Clement’s Church  |  1–2pm  |  Free



LipService Theatre In association with the Lowry:
Tony and Twizzle - The Glory Years

Award-winning Manchester comedy duo LipService, lampoon the cult of celebrity.

Anthony Chalmers and Isobel (Twizzle) Trilling, stars of Celebrity Wheelie Bins, are red carpet favourites.

In a "warts and all" look back at their showbiz careers, Tony and Twizzle perform clips from their fabulous film and TV triumphs, notably Whistle Down your Blouse, Wednesday Night and Thursday Morning, and Sunday teatime TV drama Some Vets Do ’Ave ’Em. Tony talks frankly about how Twiz drove him to drink and Twiz spills the beans about her nervous breakdown after a disastrous stab at Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Glory Years takes a hilarious look at the cult of celebrity brought to you by award-winning comedy duo LipService, aka Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, makers of Withering Looks and Jane Bond.

Please note, only 200 tickets are available for this event. Please e-mail fiona@chorltonartsfestival to make reservations.

Blue Box Theatre  |  7.30pm  |  £8/£6


Manchester Road Players: Out of Order

For details see Wednesday

Chorlton Methodist Church Theatre  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3.50


The Manchester Reed Trio

The Manchester Reed Trio, Rachel Fillhart, Bethan Roberts and Sarah Nixon, makes a welcome return to the Festival with a programme of light, classical music for oboe, clarinet and bassoon. To include Bach, Mozart, Pierne and Bozza.

Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3


Book preview - Robert Graham

Robert Graham, author of Holy Joe, a popular choice with Chorlton book groups in 2006, returns to read from his first short story collection, The Only Living Boy, which will be officially launched in September. These page-turning stories are heartwarming, quirky and shot through with moments of surprise and delight. Copies of Robert’s book, published by Salt, will be on sale on the night.

The Lloyds Hotel (Upstairs)  |  8pm  |  Free


Chorlton Telling Tales: Festival Showcase

Taste the cream of Telling Tales performance storytellers at this special Festival event, where word-weaving and story-spinning will entertain and amuse, mystify and mesmerise.

Chopin Bar  |  8pm  |  £2 including raffle


Chorlton Film Institute present ‘Juno’

Juno is a low budget, Oscar-winning, comedy-drama about unwanted teenage pregnancy. It is a film that combines charm and wit with a fantastic soundtrack. All welcome; no membership required.

St Clement’s Church  |  8.30pm (doors open 8.10pm)  |  £5


Bourbon Street Preachers

Cajun sounds from The Lloyds Thursday regulars.

The Lloyds (upstairs)  |  9pm  |  Free


Chorlton Folk Club: Dylan Night #3 (unplugged)

Bob Dylan won’t be there, but his songs will. Three days before his birthday, Chorlton Folk Club celebrate him again. Anyone can book on the night to play covers of Bob Dylan songs. Fully acoustic - no amps or mics. MC Jozeph Roberts.

South Manchester Cricket Club  |  9pm  |  £2


Late Night CAF: Sound of the Suburbs Record Label Launch Night

A live music night celebrating Sounds of the Suburbs Records, the new independent label based in Chorlton and established by singer-songwriter DJ Mike TV. Expect live performances from the brooding folk-blues player T.G.Elias, a laptop-electro set from Kid Machine, a synth-rock set from Beats for Beginners and a symphonic, raw-rock set from The 1234s. Also includes Kraftwerk Milkmen and Tone Float. CDs available by artists already causing a stir on 6 Music and BBC Radio Manchester playlists. BBQ outside Abode.

Abode   |  9.30pm  |  £4


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