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Why is this Lady a Tramp? Ask Alan....
on BBC TV during the 1980s and '90s, and his stage-plays, 'The Madness of George III' (1991) and 'The History Boys' (2004), both of which were filmed. Before that, he (along with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller) achieved fame in his mid-20s in the legendary, satirical revue, LONG-suffering playwright,
IN a superb, criticallyacclaimed production coming to Hanley's Regent Theatre in April, you get two Alan Bennetts for the price of one!
Yes, there are two characters by that name in 'The Lady in the Van', the popular writer's funny, yet poignant, piece based on his own, personal experience of residence in a 'posh' part of London. The eponymous female is Miss Alan Bennett. Shepherd, who lives in the playwright's 'Beyond the Fringe' garden, and has (1960). done so (in several, A Hull Truck Theatre dilapidated vans) for production, the over 15 years - without play is directed by him being able to do Sarah Esdaile, whose much about it! recent credits include During World Terence Rattigan's War II, she drove 'The Deep Blue Sea', ambulances; might starring Maxine Peake, have been a nun; for West Yorkshire sells pencils and Playhouse. pamphlets; and 'If there is such a has an unexplained thing as 'must-seeaversion to pianotheatre', then this is music. it,' enthused What's Starring as the On Stage, while The irritating and Stage wrote: 'Hull frequently smelly (in Truck's production AWARD-winning actress, spite of her lavender has spectacular Nichola McAuliffe, plays the talcum-powder) Miss set-pieces, but its Shepherd is Nichola infuriating Miss Shepherd power lies in the McAuliffe, one of way that Bennett's British theatre's most inner thoughts are so loved actresses. convincingly portrayed.' In addition to playing Sheila 'The Lady in the Van' runs from Sabatini in seven series of ITV's Tuesday, April 17th, to Saturday, April 'Surgical Spirit', Nichola won an Olivier 21st, at 7.30pm, with 2.30pm matinee Award for Outstanding Performance performances from Wednesday to by An Actress In A Musical for her role Saturday. in 'Kiss Me, Kate' (Royal Shakespeare Tickets (priced at ÂŁ10-ÂŁ19.50) Company). can be purchased from The Regent Leeds-born Alan Bennett, 77, is, Theatre's Box Office on 0844 871 7649 perhaps, best-known for his two or by booking online at 'Talking Heads' series of monologues www.atgtickets.com/stoke 4
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HOT & COLD FOOD AVAILABLE FROM THE KITCHEN AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES LARGE CAR PARK Our large Concert Room is offered for private hire to all customers on Fridays nights (when available), and you can also relax in the club’s refurbished Lounge.
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Sun 1st ------ Simon Garcia Sat 7th ------ Intrigue Sun 8th ----- Steve Black Sat 14th ---- Laura Ellis Sun 15th ---- Robbie Glen Fri 20th -----TAKE THAT TRIBUTE Sat 21st ----- Girls on Film Sun 22nd --- Darren H Sat 28th ---- Sean Haven Sun 29th ---- Amy. C
Sat 14th - Cool
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Friday April 20th BEAUTIFUL CIRCUS - Take That Tribute tickets ÂŁ3 available at the club Friday May 25th THE GA-GA- Tribute to Lady Ga-Ga plus male vocalist Nathan Jon tickets ÂŁ3 available at the club
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h i t a f t e r h i t f ro m t h e c o lo u r f u l , o u t r ag e o u s 1980 s !! THE 1980s are back in fashion, and, if you're a lover of that decade's music, Baddeley Green Workingmen's Club is hosting just the show for you on Friday, April 20th!
Featuring a fantastic lights show (and presented by Scott Mackenzie Associates), the 'That'll Be The Day' of the '80s offers 70 minutes of all the outrageous fashions and musical styles from one, dynamic decade, ranging from the UK's New Romantics (Spandau Ballet) to American ArtHouse (Blondie).
'Welcome To The Pleasuredome' is a fast-paced, 'high-energy' show, which pays tribute to an entire decade, featuring smash-hits from the stars who shone in - yes, the '80s. This sparkling presentation, featuring fabulous showband, 'The '80s Experience', brings together LIVE onstage' all that was the best from this great musical era (no less than fifteen, separate artist-tributes, giving you hit after hit, exactly as you remember them!).
Tickets for 'Welcome To The Pleasuredome' are priced at just ÂŁ6, and are available from the Leek New Road venue on (01782) 541246 or by telephoning Ant Munday on (01782) 570603/07743-876421.
Amongst the many names eulogised are Duran Duran, Culture Club, Madonna, Wham, Adam and The Ants and ABC.
Readers can also visit the club's website: www.baddeleygreenclub. com
Sunday night in Stoke LOVERS of open mic entertainment should head for London Road Sports & Social Club, Stoke-upon-Trent, every Sunday night. Mick, Steve and Andy are the hosts at the London Road venue, and the music starts at 9pm. 8
Returning Ricky will receive a 'Royle' welcome
In 2001, he starred in the movie, 'Mike Bassett: England Manager', which led, four years later, to the TV series, 'Mike Bassett: Manager'. Born Eric Tomlinson in September, 1939, Ricky also had important roles in two of Ken Loach's films, 'Riff-Raff' (1990) and 'Raining Stones' (1993).
YOU'VE viewed him on television and on the 'Big Screen', and you can see Ricky Tomlinson 'in the flesh' at a Stoke-on-Trent venue soon!
On Friday, May 4th, he will be appearing in 'A Night with Ricky Tomlinson' (alongside brilliant comedian, Gary Skyner) at Baddeley Green Workingmen's Club on Friday, May 4th, making a welcome return to the venue, following his 'sold-out' performance in April, 2011.
These days, he is bestknown as the 'Sultan of Sloth', lovable 'couchpotato', Jim Royle, in 'The Royle Family'; however, his off-screen life has been far more interesting. In addition to being an award-winning actor, Ricky's CV includes being a plasterer, banjo-player, comic, union agitator, political activist and an unwilling guest of Her Majesty's Prison Service.
Please note: the club emphasises that anyone offended by bad language should NOT attend this event! Tickets for 'A Night with Ricky Tomlinson' cost ÂŁ15, and are available from the Leek New Road club on (01782) 541246 or by telephoning Ant Munday on (01782) 570603/07743-876421 or emailing email@example.com
Respected for his honesty, wit and integrity, his first TV role was in Alan Bleasdale's acclaimed 'Boys from the Blackstuff' in 1982, and he also appeared as Bobby Grant in 'Brookside' (1982-88), played DCI Charlie Wise in 'Cracker' (1994-96) and portrayed John Glover, father of Hillsborough stadium disaster victim, Ian Glover, in 'Hillsborough' (1996).
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'Blue Riband' accolade
ELEVEN pubs in North and Mid-Staffordshire are designated 'Blue Riband Inns of Excellence' by award-winning, Stoke-onTrent-based Titanic Brewery. The nonet of venues are The Bell and The Star Inn, both in Eccleshall; The Huntsman, Cheadle; The Jervis Arms at Onecote, near Leek; Top Pub, Brown Edge; The Manifold Inn, Hartington, near Buxton; The Wellington Inn and Den Engel, both at Leek; The Marquis of Granby, in Ipstones; The Fox and Goose, at Foxt; and The Mill at Worston, near Great Bridgeford, Stafford. "We want to reward pubs which are both loyal customers of the brewery and consistently show high standards of service," explained Titanic director, Dave Bott.
New accolade for historic hostelry
THURSDAY, March 1st, was a very satisfying day for Geoff Holland, long-serving licensee of The Hollybush Inn, in the village of Salt, just four miles from Stafford. For, it was on that date that Geoff received the 'Pub of the Month' trophy and certificate for March, 2012, from Neil Butler, Chairman of Heart of Staffordshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). Renowned for the excellence of its food and ales, The Hollybush Inn (as part of Admiral Taverns) offers the widest-possible selection, with beers sourced from the SIBA Local Scheme. Beers from Titanic and Lymestone feature regularly, and a brew from a women's cooperative, Off-Beat Brewery, has also been enthusiastically. Sunday sessions at Bramshall received Last year, Geoff organised a beer festival, LOVERS of folk and acoustic music should when 18 ales and two ciders were on-sale head for The Bramshall Inn, Stone Road, and all sold-out by Saturday night. Bramshall (near Uttoxeter), each Sunday He is planning a summer festival for 2012, from 9pm. and hopes to offer two events each year. Thought to date from 1190 (the second year of Richard I's reign), The Hollybush Inn is purported to be the second-oldest licensed pub in the country, although the records only go back to 1834.
17th century inn wins tourism award
Home cooked food ser ved 12- 2pm M on- Fri Tradit ion al Dishe s • Da ily Specials Wed nesd ay R oast s 2 courses 2 choi ces £ 4 .75 • Sma ll por t ion s av ailable F r es h s a n d wi c he s • Ch i l d r e n ’s M e n u • Sund ay Lunch ser ved £6.2 5 - add a Home M ade Sweet for £1 Open 12- 3pm & 7- 11pm M on- Fri, Sat 12- 4 & 7- 11, Sun 12- 4 & 7- 10.30 Spacious Beer Garden • Car Park Sunday Night General Knowledge Quiz rollover cash prizes Traditional ales including the famous ‘Hollows’ Doubles from £2.50 Buffets & Business Lunches Darts • Dominoes • Skittles Outside Smoking Shelter
FAMOUS, early-17th century pub, The White Lion at Barthomley, has received a prestigious accolade. For, the historic, South Cheshire hostelry (dating from 1614) has been named as one of the ten most interesting and architecturally important ale houses in Britain. The tourism website, visitbritain.com, lists the Audley Road inn alongside renowned venues in the main cities of London, Liverpool and Edinburgh. "The winner of the Good Pub Guide's 'Unspoilt Pub of the Year' Award, The White Lion has a fantastic Tudor interior with low beams, a thatched roof and latticed windows," enthuses the website. "Barthomley is a charming village and, from the pub garden, you can take in views of the early-15th century Church of St. Bertoline." The church is (reputedly) the site of a notorious massacre of local people by Royalist troops during the English Civil War.
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April offers more attractions than ever!!
featuring ingenious alcoves, smart furnishings in traditional colours and an array of historic, framed pictures, relating to (needless say) S.S. Titanic, plus, during the Winter months, a warming fire. For discerning diners, the kitchen (complete with 'dumb waiter') serves up a fine choice of freshly-prepared food, ranging from hot and cold sandwiches, filled oatcakes, salads, breakfasts, ' Hot and Hearty' meals, 'George's pies' and desserts to 'Evening Specials' (Wednesday Turkish fare and Friday Grills), plus excellent Sunday lunches. Additionally, The White Star boasts a good wine-list to complement the excellence of the culinary fare. Pam also offers a veritable myriad of weekly attractions, including Beer and Pint Nights on Monday and Tuesday (plus a popular Quiz Evening each Tuesday), an Acoustic Night with Leroy Legrand (Wednesday) and an Orange Bicycle '60s/'70s Disco every Saturday. Live entertainment also features on the last Tuesday of each month, with the pub's 'Folk Singaround'. Readers ascending the Stoke building's grand staircase will discover its own fullyself-contained function room (furnished to a premier standard), complete with bar (lined with gleaming hand-pumps) and toilet-facilities, ensuring separate attention for your social occasion.
THERE'S always something going on at this Stoke-upon-Trent town centre pub; however, it's 'full steam ahead' for 'mine host', Pam Rowlands, and her team who are offering a couple of 'extra-special' attractions during April! Not only can 'real ale' aficionados quaff a host of superbly-kept, traditional, caskconditioned brews at The White Star's own Beer Festival during Easter weekend (it runs from Thursday, April 5th, to Monday, April 9th), but the following week sees the venue marking an iconic centenary in apposite style. The pub (located on Kingsway, adjacent to the King's Hall) takes its name from the White Star Line, which owned the famous, transatlantic liner, S.S. Titanic liner (captained by Hanley's own Captain Smith, of course), and is part of award-winning, local Titanic Brewery's 'fleet' of retail outlets. Accordingly, it is offering a lunchtime and evening menu, featuring special dishes which appeared on the ill-fated liner's own menu, from Tuesday, April 10th, to Sunday, April 15th (the date upon which the great ship went to a well-chronicled, watery grave in 1912). Lovers of 'cask-beers' always have a great choice of ten brews on offer, with five Titanic products (including four 'regulars'), a quartet of consistently-changing 'guests', and (also a 'permanent fixture') Everards Tiger (the Leicestershire brewery owns the pub, via its deal with Titanic) - all to be enjoyed within the venue's friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The pub's four, regular brews from Burslembased Titanic are Steerage (ABV 3.5%, a refreshing, clean-drinking, hoppy, golden 'session-bitter'), Iceberg (ABV 4.1%, with a combination of Maris Otter pale malt & fine wheat malt providing a real zest), Anchor (ABV 4.1%, an impressive, russet-gold beer with a strong, fruity aroma) and, naturally, its White Star (ABV 4.8%, a light, refreshing, distinctlyhoppy beer with a freshness that belies its strength). And complementing this superb quartet is Everards Tiger (ABV 4.2%, a true, award-winning best bitter with universal appeal and a perfect balance between bitterness & sweetness, with crystal malt giving the beer its rounded, toffee character), the brewery's best-seller. But, there will be an even greater variety of quaffing bliss on offer during April's Beer Festival! "We shall have twelve, different, additional 'guests', plus four or five traditional ciders and a perry," said Pam, who has been 'at the helm' of The White Star, since it was 'launched' as a Titanic outlet on May 9th, 2008, having been licensee at The Greyhound, in nearby Penkhull, for the previous, ten years. The Stoke pub's ultra-smart, striking, modern interior comprises a huge, open-plan area,
Food Served Mon-Fri 12-2.30 & 5pm-8pm Grill Night Friday ∙ Sat & Sun 12 - 2.30 Sunday Lunches Served Mon-Tue Burger & Pint Sat Night DISCO 60’s&70’s Wed & Sun Accoustic Night
Spring Bridal Fayre Signal Radio, now reaching 294,000 adults across Staffordshire and Cheshire every week.
Emphasis strongly on excellence in this Pecks-sponsored event at magnificent venue THE Signal 1 and Signal 2 bridal fayres are now, undoubtedly, established as Staffordshire's premier bridal events since the initial Valentine's Bridal Fayre some eighteen years ago in February, 1994.
into the Ballroom (which is the largest venue-space in Staffordshire). Promising a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs, you will be greeted by a whole host of exhibitors, including bridalwear, men's formal hire, balloons, flowers, jewellery, an ice-cream tricycle, entertainment, photography, videography, a wedding gift list service, teeth-whitening, nail-, hair- and beautytreatments, venuedecoration and venues, including our sponsor, Pecks.
In addition, the Signal 1 and Signal 2 Spring Bridal Fayre (sponsored by Pecks) will be held at Keele Hall on Sunday, April 15th, 2012, between the hours of 11am and 4pm.
Pecks is famous for quality, and your wedding will be special, with Pecks, as they guarantee to impress you and your guests.
Magnificent Keele Hall - located on the campus of Keele University, adjacent to the village of Keele - is one of Staffordshire's finest stately homes, set within hundreds of acres of lakes, woodland and gardens.
It is the ultimate, private, intimate wedding location, and they have put together a very impressive package for your wedding day, offering a polished wedding experience.
It is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies and is the ideal setting for the Signal 1 and Signal 2 Spring Bridal Fayre, as you enter the courtyard, where the selection of wedding cars will be on display, as well as a 'fun-food' bar.
The Pecks wedding packages are designed to offer excellent value-formoney, but feel free to talk to their wedding co-ordinator at Keele Hall. You just buy the dress, the rings and leave the rest to Pecks....
Ascend the stone steps via the Salvin Suite entrance and enter the Great Hall on the first floor, which will be set up for a civil ceremony, before proceeding downstairs throughout The Terrace and
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SPRING BRIDAL FAYRE Sunday, 15th April, 2012 KEELE HALL
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OUTDOOR STAND SPACE BALLROOM (Courtyard) OD1 Rivers Wedding Cars 18 Signature Images OD2 Duttons of Cheshire Ltd. 19 Sitting Pretty OD3 Lewis’s Ice Cream (Fun Food Bar) 20 Moddershall oaks OD4 HeritageWedding Cars 31 J & J Designs 33 Photography by Kim GREAT HALL (First Floor) 35 Smooch 1 Keele Hall 37 Greenwoods (Menswear) Ltd. 2 Civil Ceremony Set-Up 39 The Raddle Inn 4 6
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BALLROOM (Lakeside) (Ground Floor) Debenhams 40 Wedding Rooms Vikki Hughes Photography 41 W. Lewis Penkhull Nurseries White Chimnies 43 Aisle of Brides Lex & Co. 44 Aisle of Brides Videotec 47 Richard Diliberto 48 Studio One Photography 49 Natural Beauty 50 Lanza’s Traditional Ice Cream 51 Synergy Dental Care 53 Formal Affair 56 Amour Bridalwear Due to Easter print deadlines, list of exhibitors correct at time of going to press (14.03.2012)
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canapés, white doves, limousine, bridal and table flowers, wedding cake and wine (£5,500). All-inclusive gold wedding package includes exclusive use of their facilities for up to 50 guests, including wedding breakfast, table-flowers, limousine, wedding cake and wine (£4,500). So, if you're a soon-to-be bride or groom looking for inspiration for your 'Big Day', be certain to get yourself along to the Signal 1 and Signal 2 Spring Bridal Fayre, as it will be the ideal place to pick up a tip or two on how to ensure that you 'tie the knot' in memorable style. The Signal 1 and Signal 2 Spring Bridal Fayre aims to provide everything a bride and groom could want, in order to create their perfect wedding - and all found under one roof at Keele Hall, Keele, Staffordshire. Admission is priced at £2.50 (free-ofcharge for children under the age of five).
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Wedding Guide National award nomination enhances Tracy's treasured reputation!! "IF you're looking for outstanding, friendly customer-service, then look no further than Cherish Bridal: Tracy and her team come highly recommended on all scales." "Cherish Bridal offers outstanding service with a relaxed atmosphere....Tracy and her team are fantastic....Tracy was like my fairy-godmother; she found me a dress that made me feel like a film star....I would recommend Cherish Bridal to every future bride." These glowing testimonials (from, respectively Hayley Louise Flood and Emma Lishman) are just two of myriad of solidgold endorsements of Tracy Hollinshead's Cheshire-based business - you'll find them all on her website: www.cherishbridal.co.uk They also explain why sole proprietor, Tracy, has been short-listed for the 'Bridal Wear' section of the '2011 Wedding Supplier Awards' run by the prestigious publication, The Bridal Magazine. "We have a one-in-five chance of winning, and we'll find out during the fabulous awards ceremony, which is being held at Isla Gladstone Conservatory, in Liverpool, on Wednesday, April 18th," explained a delighted Tracy. Presenting the awards on the evening will be The Bridal Magazine's Regional Manager, Sarah Marks, who said: "The Isla Gladstone Conservatory is a most gorgeous, absolutely stunning venue, having benefited from part of the ÂŁ25 million spent on restoring Liverpool's Stanley Park to its former glory. "The awards ceremony is going to be a celebration of the skills of 300 wedding professionals from around the country, and all those who have made the final five contestants for each section can be especially proud, since they were actually voted there by brides and our readers who took the time out to say how fantastic they think the businesses are! "Voting took place from March, 2011, ending on December 29th; we, then, reopened the voting-procedure for just a week earlier this year, to obtain the shortlist. "We are holding the awards ceremony at a midweek date by way of a party for
wedding professionals, who are, of course, always very busy at weekends," added Sarah. The awards now form an annual event for The Bridal Magazine, which, as the country's biggest online wedding magazine, recently took the step of becoming a printpublication, following the massive demand from consumers. Genuinely living up to its full name (Cherish Bridal Exquisite Gowns and Accessories), the Northwich store offers a stunning collection of wedding gowns, bridesmaids' dresses, 'prom' gowns, evening wear and accessories to fulfil every bride's dream. So, whatever your venue or budget, readers are assured of a finding a gown which will complement your 'Big Day' to perfection! Tracy brings her ten years' experience within the business to offer each client firstclass, friendly, personal service - a winning combination which means that each brideto-be enjoys the unforgettable excitement of finding that 'special' gown in a stress-free atmosphere! And, to complete your look, the shop boasts a beautiful collection of veils, shoes, tiaras and bridal lingerie, especially designed to enhance your dream wedding gown and also complete your bridesmaids' outfits, so that they, too, look gorgeous! A NEW ADDITION TO THE STORE IS THE BELLA ROSA MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/GROOM RANGE. If you would like a 'one-to-one' consultation or have any questions, telephone Tracy and her team on (01606) 351900 or email them at cherishbridal@ yahoo.co.uk "We shall be happy to arrange an appointment for a suitable time," said Tracy, adding: "Interest-free payments are available." Located at 123-125, Middlewich Road, Northwich, Cherish Bridal is open five days a week (Monday-Tuesday & ThursdaySaturday) between 10am and 5pm (afterhours appointments can be arranged, if required). 18
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The theme for 2012 - "Your pets and you: a winning team"
local events run across Britain, from vets' practices to pet shops, and in schools and by charities. 2011 was another, great year for NPM, which (sponsored by Royal Canin and Companion Care) saw nearly 16,500 people visit its website during the run-up to, and during the month, looking at 57,000 pages, with over 3,600 of them registered as supporters.
NATIONAL Pet Month 2012 runs from Saturday, April 7th, to Monday, May 2nd. During this period of 31 days, thousands of people up and down the country will be celebrating life with their pets, spreading the word on responsible pet-ownership or raising money for their favourite charity in fun-filled events! Why not be a part of this of this?
It entered social media via Facebook and Twitter (with the latter having over 750 followers!).
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The 2011 event raised a minimum of ÂŁ12,000 for at least 25 animal charities.
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A photographic competition (called 'Pets in Love') was run in conjunction with 'Your Cat and Your Dog' magazine, and The 'Pet Nose Day' schools art competition encouraged children to get in touch with their creative side and make a mask of their favourite pet.
It is also about raising awareness of how pets make people's lives happier and healthier, and how we can repay the pets which we love by looking after them responsibly. Details of how to join in and become a supporter - whether by setting up an event yourself, by entering one of the National Pet Month competitions, or to see what's happening in your area - are on NPM's own website: www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk
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It is co-ordinated by three trustees: National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) and Pet Care Trust (PCT).
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Created especially for the New Vic, the pioneering home of theatre documentary, 'Where Have I Been All My Life?' by Alecky Blythe explores hopes and dreams in North Staffordshire. Said New Vic Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins: "For half-a-century, we have been putting the voices of local people on stage here; so, for the 50th anniversary, we have something very special lined up with a new documentary. "At the heart of this story is the community of the Potteries, a Cinderella desperately hoping a fairy godmother will come along." OLIVER J. Hembrough as Brian: photo by Andrew Billington.
Blythe, whose verbatim production, 'London Road', went down a storm at the National Theatre last year, visited this area in 2010, and interviewed Stoke City footballers, pottery-workers and schoolchildren, before settling on talent contest, 'Stoke's Top Talent', as her subject. Audience-members will be able to show off their own talents with perennially-popular karaoke in the New Vic bar before performances.
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