Category: Entertainment

Ammies kick off comedy nights

Steve Shanyaski

Wythenshawe Amateurs FC are hosting a new series of comedy nights kicking off with award-winning Stockport comic Steve Shanyaski topping the bill this month.

Steve has wowed audiences with TV appearances on Live at the Apollo and Comedy Rocks and is described as a “mixture of Eddie Izzard and Peter Kay with a guitar.”

The Ammies have teamed up with Plane Comedy to host the live comedy nights, to be held on the final Thursday of each month, from their clubhouse.

Tickets are£10 and the opening show is on Thursday, September 30th. Doors open at 7:00pm and food will also be available on the night.

MC for the opening night is the Colin Manford. Colin will be joined on stage by the hilarious Nina Gilligan and Callum Oakley before handing over to headline act, Steve Shanyaski.

Tickets can are available from the Ammies Clubhouse or online by clicking HERE.

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast @ Stockport Plaza

BATB 1 - Credit David Munn Photography
Pic: David Munn

It’s the panto season again… O yes it is.

Stockport Plaza has now established a tradition of staging summer or spring pantomimes, and the latest offering is great Easter weekend treat for all the family

The show is the the retelling of the classic tale, as old as time itself, of Beauty and the Beast.

It has something for everyone, with just enough Disney, just enough raucous humour, slapstick and enough song and dance to keep punters happy.

And judging by the reaction from the youngsters watching and joining in the fun this production, staged by Regal entertainment certainly hits the spot.

Kiera-Nicole Brennan  and James Lacey are charming in the title roles and the vain muscle-bound Gaston  who is competing for Belle’s affections superbly played by Philip McGuiness.

BATB 3 - Credit David Munn PhotographyBut it is funnyman Lewis Devine who steals the show, providing the belly laughs and playing to an appreciative audience as French Frank with the aid of Si Foster as Pretty Polly, adding to the hilarity.

After leaving audiences rolling in the theatre aisles laughing with his recent performance as Buttons in Cinderella, and as Muddles in Snow White, both at St Helens, Lewis  bring the same hilarity to Stockport this Easter.

And Stockport Plaza audiences may remember Philip McGuiness as Tin Man 2016’s production of The Wizard of Oz, while his panto appearances for Regal Entertainments include Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

If you’re after an Easter treat for the kids this is it.
Runs till Monday April 22.
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Motown the Musical stars step out

Motown The Musical landed in Manchester this week to rave reviews as the hit show took to the Opera House stage in Motown’s 60th anniversary year for a 4-week run in the city.

To celebrate the show’s arrival, The Supremes stepped out for a stroll in the unseasonably warm sunshine at Library Walks, off St Peter’s Square. Continue reading “Motown the Musical stars step out”

Love is in the air for special Valentine’s movie event

A special five-day movie event in Manchester to celebrate Valentine’s Day featuring six Hollywood blockbuster films has been announced – and tickets are on sale now.

The Valentine’s Movie Experience is the perfect place to mark the annual celebration either with a special loved one or with a group of friends.

The event will be staged in the transformed surroundings of Mayfield Depot near Manchester Piccadilly, running fromWednesday 13 February through to Sunday 17 February 2019.

The film festival is being organised by the team responsible for the hugely successful Magical Christmas Movie Experience,which took place in the same venue in December.

Film fans will be treated to a programme featuring some of the best love stories ever portrayed on the silver screen.

The showstoppers being screened are Titanic featuring Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet; Pretty Woman featuring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts; Beauty & The Beast with Emma Watson; and Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts – there is even a Beauty & The Beast Singalong screening.

A double bill on Valentine’s Day itself (Thursday 14 February) will feature The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston at 6.30pm, followed by Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze at 9.30pm.

The Valentine’s Movie Experience will be packed with romance from beginning to end. Upon arrival, filmgoers will make their way through a secret doorway where they’ll be greeted by a live choir, before strolling through a twinkling snowy forest before taking their seats in the pop-up cinema.

Fans of Dirty Dancing can also look forward to an extra special treat. Live dancers will perform during each screening of the smash-hit film – bringing those incredible dance moves to life, off the screen and in front of their own eyes.

Refreshments will be available to purchase, so visitors can enjoy watching their favourite film, cosy with a hot drink or a cocktail, cuddling up with cosy blankets.

Steven Matthews, organiser of The Valentine’s Movie Experience, commented: “February is fast approaching with that all-important date to celebrate love on 14 February – so make a date and get all romantic and snuggly with your ‘one’ at The Valentine’s Movie Experience, or come with friends to enjoy the fun.

 “We have a wonderful programme of films bursting with love for this special celebration, and fans of Dirty Dancing can look forward to an extra treat when the dance moves are brought to life in front of their very own eyes. Love is most definitely in the air in Manchester.”




Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 7pm


Thursday 14 February 2019 at 6.30pm


Thursday 14 February 2019 at 9.30pm


Friday 15 February 2019 at 6.30pm


Friday 15 February 2019 at 9.30pm


Saturday 16 February 2019 at 1pm


Saturday 16 February 2019 at 6pm


Saturday 16 February 2019 at 9pm


Sunday 17 February 2019 at 1pm

Tickets for all the films start from £14.99.

For more details and to book visit

Wythenshawe young people Make Noise in free event

make noiseThe “sounds of Wythenshawe” will feature in a free music event on Tuesday hosted by the town’s library, starting at 5pm.

The event, called Make Noise, is created and performed by young people from Wythenshawe alongside  Kelly Jayne Jones and Dan Valentine, two of Manchester’s most exciting electronic artists.

Performers have created an electronic soundscape using “found sounds” from in and around Wythenshawe.

The performance is presented by Brighter Sound – a Manchester-based creative music charity – and is part of Both Sides Now, a three-year programme to support, inspire and showcase women in music across the North of England, with support from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund.