Thursday 28th saw another closely-contested poetry slam at MASH Guru with several new faces and an abundance of amazing poems. Congrats to Nick Degg, who secured a second Verse vs Verse trophy for his mantelpiece!Find out more
Banksy's satiric Dismaland theme park featured a 40-ft shipping container filled with miniature scenes of a Northern dystopia by ex-KLF member Jimmy Cauty. Now we need your help to bring it to Macclesfield...Click to donate
We're launching a new spoken-word open-mic at MASH Guru on the last Thursday of every four months (to alternate with Verse vs Verse). Join us at our inaugural event on Thu 29 Sep to share your favourite poems, short stories and more!Register your interest
Amazingly, we're already finishing up our THIRD year of Cinevangelist! We've just released the listings of weird and wonderful films that will take you through to January 2017. Check 'em out & see if you recognise any!See the new listings
Entropy Events is Jude D'Souza, a geek with a comical ignorance of his own limitations and an apparent aversion to sleeping much. When he first moved to Macclesfield several years ago, he found there weren't many things for odd people like him to do...So he decided to rectify that.
Entropy Events is all about Macclesfield with dramatic performances written and performed by locals as well as community events such as the Great Barnaby Treasure Hunt which involve numerous local businesses. Some events have formed communities in their own rights, such as the diverse group of regulars at the Speakeasy open-mic/discussion group.
A major focus of Entropy Events is celebrating the deep bench of extremely talented writers within Macclesfield, both allowing them to perform their work in friendly environments and giving them the opportunity to reach a wider audience. We take pride in the many gifted Maxonians hiding within our ranks!
Entropy Events provides a way of bringing together those who share particular passions, whether that be enjoying poetry or even exploring unique and unusual films - The perfect way to meet people on your wavelength and make new friends.
NEXT NIGHT: 8.00pm Thur 26 January 2017 @ MASH Guru
Poetry, short stories, prose extracts and more! A chance for you to perform your own material or share your favourite poet or author with the audience. Get there at 8pm to sign up for a slot of up to 10 minutes. Performers can have a second slot if time and numbers allow.
A selection of interesting and unusual films that, for one reason or another, haven't gotten the attention they deserve. Ranging from low-budget indies to mainstream films that somehow fell under the radar, from character drama to sci-fi rom-coms, go in knowing nothing and prepare to be surprised. Check out our listings below.
From 8:00pm, alternate Tuesdays @ Snowgoose Café Bar
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An open-mic night without a mic. A book group without a book. Each fortnight, we set a theme and together we explore. Everyone is welcome to share anything they like - Poetry, prose, music, anecdotes, magazine articles - As long as it relates to the theme in some way. We then use these as jumping off points to discuss and debate aspects of the theme. Share your own work or something you love, fiction or non-fiction.
NEXT SLAM: 7.30pm Thur 24 November 2016 @ MASH Guru
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A friendly & unpredictable poetry slam which gives any local poets up to three minutes per round to read original poetry. Contestants must perform with passion, pathos or humour to win over audience judges who will anonymously score them. A few poets are knocked out each round until only one remains to take home the grand prize...
An exhibition made up of secrets submitted anonymously by Macclesfield residents, featuring original artwork and poetry from local artists and writers. Grab a postcard from the Snow Goose or Park Tavern, decorate it to reveal something you've never shared with anyone, & either post to the Snow Goose or drop it in the letterbox on the bar. Click the image above to find out more!
Created especially for the Barnaby Festival in 2011, this popular event has returned every year to greater participation. It's a fiendishly challenging and innovative treasure hunt which sends teams scrambling all over the centre of Macclesfield using quick wits, lateral thinking and modern technology to decipher cryptic clues and take on unusual challenges in a race to crack the final code.
Entropy is pleased to present a reprise of one of the most critcally-acclaimed performances of the 2014 Barnaby Festival. This witty and moving original performance piece observes the streets and characters of Macclesfield in the funny, tongue-twisting style of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, in the centenary year of his birth. Written and performed by award winning poets Jo Bell (former Cheshire Poet Laureate; Canal Laureate 2014) and Ailsa Holland (founder, Moormaid Press; Poet in Residence, Tegg's Nose Country Park 2014) and featuring cello by Lili Holland-Fricke.
This innovative and immersive spoken-word performance is inspired by the lyrics and music of the classic Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon. The structure of the album is used to explore similar themes of money, greed, homelessness, war and death through an interweaving of poems by two of the most prolific, talented members of the quietly impressive Macclesfield poetry scene, both of whom are former champions of the local Verse vs Verse Poetry Slam.
Where were you when life as we know it ended? Set in the present day against the backdrop of an unfolding national crisis, this dark, minimalist drama sees several very different characters tell stories of where they were when the country fell apart...And how they dealt with an unexpected new reality. Trailer available below. (16+)
This innovative, atmospheric and original verse drama by former Cheshire Poet Laureate Joy Winkler combines live musical accompaniment from Andrew Rudd, film by Ian Coppack and art by Carl Longmate and Karen Rossart.
Set in Macclesfield, against a background of secrets and lies, it tells the moving tale of Rosie’s quest to find her birth mother, helped by a stranger and the magic of the Barnaby Parade.
A stirring reading with live musical accompaniment in the atmospheric environment of the Savage Chapel in St. Michael's Church.
Gawain, one of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, encounters challenges, adventure and romance when he arrives in medieval Macclesfield.
Written and performed by Ailsa Holland with cellists Angela Aiken and Lili Holland-Fricke.
Two benefit productions of Eve Ensler's hilarious, tragic and deeply thought-provoking play were directed & produced by Jude D'Souza using a cast of extraordinary local women, many of whom had never acted before. The performances raised local awareness of domestic violence and in 2010 all money raised went to Macclesfield Womens' Aid while in 2011 the funds were used to set up a domestic violence recovery programme in Styal women's prison.
“Absolutely stunningly creative and innovative. I loved all the images in my mind and the use of mixed media to create an amazing atmosphere.”
“A gripping and thought-provoking play performed by a superb group of talented actors...
Made in Macclesfield at its very best.”
The Lost Tale of Gawain
“It was beautiful and romantic and original and, and, and so much more!”
The Vagina Monologues
“I went to the Sunday night performance and woke up thinking about what I had seen on the Monday morning...
The cast of non-professionals should be extremely proud of what they achieved.”
“We thought the play was fantastic. Great ending too...Superbly written, directed and acted!”
“The characterisation made it live – especially loved ‘Town’ character. The music was a perfect backdrop.”