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The Theatre Matinee Group in 2007
Programme of Outings
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The Theatre Matinee Group

        The group was formed 6 years ago by a few members from the three U3A branches existing at that time, those being Romiley, Marple and High Lane.
At the beginning of 2004 a new U3A branch was formed to cover Marple Bridge and Mellor. This new branch then became part of the Matinee Group.

        Our aim is to provide theatre outings and transport without the strain and  worry of booking individually. This helps those who do not wish to go on their own and those unable to use public transport. Members are free to use public transport but a coach is provided with a number of convenient pick up points.

        The Group is non profit making, as our only aim is to cover our costs. What we may gain on one trip goes to cover a loss on a subsequent one. We have 6 members on our committee. One member books the coaches and the rest circulate the task of booking the tickets. It is a group decision where we go but we aim to cater for all tastes from comedy and drama to ballet and opera.

       In 2005, for the first time, we organised a trip to The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. This was successful and so we organised another trip in August last year.

Programme of Outings

Saturday 24th February  The Lowry. Birmingham Royal Ballet performing 'Cyrano' a classic tale with music by Carl Davis.

Wednesday 9th May at 2.00pm.  Bolton Octagon. 'Absurd Person Singular' by Alan Ayckbourn.  Ticket price £7.50 plus £6.50 for the coach.  Pick-up points:-  Rose Hill, High Lane, Marple, Romiley.

Saturday 9th June at 2.00pm.  The Lowry Theatre'Office Suites' by Alan Bennett, starring Patricia Routledge.  Tickets £16, coach £6 if required.

Sunday 29th July at 2.30pm.  Buxton Opera HouseGilbert and Sullivan Festival, The Carl Rosa Company present "Yeoman of the Guard".

Saturday 22nd September at 2.30pm.  The Lowry Theatre to see " King Cotton".
It is a powerful, moving story of the struggle against hardship, poverty and enslavement, set during the Lancashire cotton famine and the American Civil War.
 It is a musical by Jimmy McGovern from an idea by Ian Brownbill with music by Howard Goodall.  Last date for booking is 14th August.
Tickets cost £20 and the coach, if needed, is £6.

Saturday 13th October at 2.00pm.  New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-u-Lyme.
'Relatively Speaking' a play by Alan Aykbourn. Tickets cost £6 plus £12 coach.

Saturday 10th November at 2.00pm.   Bolton Octagon present 'Oh What a Lovely War' by
Joan Littlewood. Tickets £8.50
and the coach £8.  Last date for booking 6th October.

Future outings to theatre:-

Wednesday 6th February 2008.   The Royal Exchange presents 'Roots' by Arnold Wesker.
Tickets £10.00
.  There will be no coach provided.  Last date for booking 4th January 2008.

Wednesday 2nd April 2008 at 2.00pm.  The Birmingham Royal Ballet Company will present
'Swan Lake' at the Lowry Lyric Theatre. The tickets cost £25 and will be limited.
The last date for booking is the 15th January 2008 so please book early.

If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see or a particular theatre you would like to visit, please ask, we are here for you.

Group representative:  Pat Whinnerah.
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