Marple Arts Group Programme 2014/2015
The Group offers a weekly programme of music, literature, drama, visual arts and film subjects on Thursday evenings from September to March.
Meetings are normally held at 7.30 pm in the Women’s Institute Hall, 21 Lower Fold, Marple Bridge SK6 5DX.
Car parking is available on local roads, in two adjacent car parks and, by arrangement, at Ludworth Primary School.
Membership is by annual subscription of £35. Visitors and prospective members are invited to attend occasional meetings as guests on payment of our guest charge of £4 per meeting, refundable on payment of the full annual subscription.September 25
The Amity Saxophone Quartet opens our season with a wide range of music from the Renaissance to the present day, including pieces composed specially for the group, and some surprising revelations about the instrument.October 2
The Oldham Coliseum: a glorious past and onwards to a glorious future, presented by David Rustidge, the theatre’s manager.October 9
Eye candy for the soul: Artist, children's author and illustrator Tracy McGuinness-Kelly shows and talks about her work.October 16
Testaments of Youth: When war broke out in 1914, it seemed to a young woman living in Buxton "not a superlative tragedy, but an interruption of the most exasperating kind to my personal plans." Creina Mansfield describes how Vera Brittain and those she cared for fared in the years that followed.October 23
Film: Under Milkwood: to commemorate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, we present the film version of his radio play, starring Richard Burton and featuring Elizabeth Taylor. 1971. Cert 15. 88 mins.October 30
Handel in Italy: David Vickers will reveal how the young composer’s extended trip around Italy laid foundations for his long career in London.November 6
To be or not to be? Shakespeare – Christian apologist or secular moral philosopher? Derek Davidson will consider and illustrate this question.November 13
A Painter's Journey: “On the Shoulders of Giants.” Ghislaine Howard focuses on how she has responded to the challenge of making paintings in an age dominated by everdeveloping technologies.November 20
Seamus Heaney: Vona Groarke will read a small selection of poems from throughout the poet’s career, paying close attention to the language, thematic concerns and formal choices of each – and discovering some magic tricks.November 27
Film: The Innocents: Jack Clayton’s version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, a psychological thriller, starring Deborah Kerr. “The best ghost movie I’ve ever seen” (Pauline Kael). 1961. Cert 12. 96 mins.December 4
Pre-Christmas social with buffet supper and entertainment with singer-pianist Anthony Lye.January 8
Film: Ju Dou: a dark, sensual and visually rich drama set in a Chinese village dye mill, directed by Zhang Yimou, and starring Gong Li. Subtitled. 1990. Cert 15. 95 mins.January 15
Farce and its performance on the stage: presented by Derek Slater.January 22
50 years with music: John Whibley talks about life as a cellist in the Hallé Orchestra, teacher, festival director, manager of Manchester Camerata, concerts manager of the Hallé Orchestra and now director of 'Holidays with Music'.January 29
An Unusual Announcement: Desmond Winterbone explores the ancestry of a 15th century painting of the Annunciation and discovers the messages enclosed in it by the artist.February 5
John Greening: a Life in Poetry. This Cholmondeley Award-winning poet, TLS reviewer, and Eric Gregory judge talks about his many books, including his latest, To the War Poets, from Manchester based Carcanet.February 12
John Ireland: Manchester musician Fiona Richards looks at the composer, who was born in Bowdon and whose family had important local connections. In her talk, music and pictures illustrate his love of nature. February 19
The Strolling Players present An Evening with James Thurber - dramatically illustrating Walter Mitty, The Macbeth Murder Mystery, and The Lady on the 142.February 26
“My Heart Leaps Up . . .”: the impact of Wordsworth's poetry on English landscape painting. Michael Howard will explore the way in which artists and poets have been influenced by Wordsworth's powerful response to the natural world.March 5
Elizabeth Gaskell: storyteller and correspondent. Janet Allan surveys the lively work and busy life of the writer at her newly restored home in Manchester.March 12
Film: The Boy with a Bike: “One of the best films about childhood since Kes”. French with subtitles. 2011. PG. 87 mins.March 17
Annual General Meeting: come to hear how the Group is faring, have your say and taste our wine.
For further information, please visit our website at www.marple-uk.com/arts
or contact Richard McClean (tel. 0161 427 6462)