What's on at Waterside Arts

The Festival runs throughout June 2023
Sale Waterside

A Mano a Bocca pre-theatre menu, including a Special Festival Pizza, is available for those attending Festival events at Waterside Arts.
Just show your theatre/show ticket at the restaurant. Every Festival Pizza sold will generate a charitable donation.


Wine Tasting in aid of the Mayor of Trafford’s Charities

 Delivered by Marc Hough of Cork of the North.
Tickets £35. Purchase from Waterside box office or online
Event limited to 50 tickets in total.
Sale Waterside Chambers – 8.00pm. Tickets £35.

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Showtime with Spotlight Drama Youth Theatre, Cadman’s Dancers and Nikki Turner’s Jazz Quintet

 A spectacular evening with Spotlight Drama Youth Theatre’s collection of stories, poetry and drama scenes, Cadmans Dancers, and introducing to the Festival the Nikki Turner Jazz Quintet. NTJQ, formed in 2016, play a wide range of Jazz Standards from ‘Blue Skies’ to ‘Someone to Watch Over me’. NTJQ also like to throw in a few blues numbers like ‘Hallelujah I love him so.” The band features keys, drums, sax, bass, and vocals.
Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00/£6.00 concessions

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‘Hootin’ Annies Big band with Peter Long’ – Celebrating Slater Heelis’s 250 years’ service

This evening, we are bringing the hugely popular and talented clarinettist (and sax player) Peter Long to present an evening of ‘Benny Goodman’ music. An all-acoustic gig set up in the style of Benny Goodman’s band. Along with his virtuosic clarinet playing Peter is a witty frontman with amusing tales to enhance the evening’s entertainment.
Peter has played and arranged for the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra where he worked with Tom Jones, Norah Jones, Solomon Burkes, Dr John, Lulu, Georgie Fame, and Lionel Richie. Peter currently directs the Big Band at Ronnie Scott’s. His own work includes the award-winning repertory orchestra ‘Echoes of Ellington’ whose 2018 album ‘The Jazz Planets’ won The Times ‘Must Have Jazz CD of the year’.

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre- 7.30pm Tickets £10 before end May/ £12 June

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Celebrating Young String Players in Trafford

Young string players from Trafford Music Service will perform as soloists and in an ensemble. The ensemble is made up of pupils of age 6-13, and the players range from grade 1-4 level.

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre – 6.00pm Tickets £8/£6 concessions

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Swing and Swing Again with Jazz Collective

With a niche performance from Trafford Music Centre’s ‘Jazz Collective’ ‘Swing & Swing Again’, led by Josh Savage, will sing and play a variety of musical genres including traditional swing, jazz, Latin, and film themes. There is nothing quite like the sound of a big band and they always have fun, so do come and join them! Suitable for all ages.

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.30pm Tickets £10 before end May/ £12 June/£6 concessions.

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Celebrating Yoga

The 5-session programme provides opportunities for everyone: ‘Yoga for All’ 10.00-11.00, ‘Gentle Yoga for Seniors’ 11.15-12.15, ‘Chair Yoga and Relaxation’ 1.30-2.30,
‘Chakra Balancing and Relaxation 2.45-3.45, ‘Yoga for Back Care’ 4.00-5.00. Tutors from the British Wheel of Yoga. 

Waterside, Chambers Tickets £5 per session

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Following a series of successful UK appearances, Mike Hall’s BOPLICITY octet brings to Sale Festival its own blend of popular jazz offerings, from the Tomorrow’s World Theme to a reimagining of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.

Waterside, Chambers – 8.00pm Tickets £12

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Wind and Brasss Evening with Trafford Music Service

Young wind and brass players from Trafford Music Service will perform as soloists and in ensembles. The Intermediate Wind band is made up of pupils of age 9-14, and the players range from grade 2-5 level. The Concert Band is the Senior Wind band and is made up of pupils aged 13 – 17 and the players range from grade 5-8.

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre – 6.30pm. Tickets £8/£6 concessions.

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Primary School Choir Festival

Choirs from Primary Schools in Trafford take to the platform to perform songs of their own choice, and then come together to sing ‘en masse’ under the direction of Clare Cooper from Trafford Music Service. Suitable for all ages. An hour and half of uplifting songs!

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.00pm.
Tickets: £8; concessions £6.
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Bring Joy and Inspiration’- Floral Demonstration by Susan Maddocks

Sue is from Rishworth, Halifax and has been a demonstrator for 25 years. She has demonstrated in many places including Scotland, Isle of Man and Spain and competed at Area and national levels including being a Chelsea medalist. Flowers are Sue’s world, and she enjoys sharing her love of flowers with everyone. ‘Fun and flowers are my passion.’ Join Sue for a floral arts demonstration.

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre – 7.30pm Tickets £12.50
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Sallow Tree Concerts presents ‘Mercury Strings’

Sallow Tree Concerts are delighted to present this lovely programme of String Quartet classics by Mercury Strings in the beautiful setting of the wood-panelled, Art Deco Chambers. Known for their work on the Ballet by Candlelight Series, Mercury Strings’ versatile approach to performance has captivated audiences in concert halls, cathedrals, arts centres and even in private house concerts and their programme at the Waterside will include Mozart K575, Beethoven Op 18 No 1 and Rachmaninov’s first Quartet.
For further info and to listen to excerpts from this concert: www.mercurystrings.co.uk

Waterside, Chambers – 7.30pm Tickets £16
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Sale Choir Festival 2023

The Waterside’s resident choir ‘The Artful Voices’ have invited all their friends to the Waterside for an evening of choral delight and musical goodness! Local choirs of all ages and backgrounds will come together to sing a range of music that will carry you through the decades and have your toes tapping and your fingers clicking as you sing along to popular songs old and new!

Waterside, Theatre – 7.30pm Tickets £10 before end May/ £12 June/ £6 under 16s

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Mike Andrew as Robbie Williams’ with Mat Walklate and Alex Haynes, the ‘Blues Duo’

In just a short space of time Mike Andrew has become one of, if not ‘the’ No 1 Robbie Williams tribute in the UK and has even gained recognition from Robbie’s own father Pete Conway! He not only sings like Robbie but looks like him! Mat (Harmonica) and Alex (Guitar) are no strangers to the Waterside and perfectly complement our tribute act with their own vibrant compositions that draw on the blues.

Waterside, Robert Bolt Theatre- 7.30pm Tickets £15
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