Playing in Rochdale: September 24

WATCH: Amy Vreeke appears in brand new one-woman show

Contact Theater Presents: Glowing

By Steve Cooke

Contact Theater presents the realities of motherhood in Amy Vreeke’s all-new solo show – Glowing.

Candid, fierce, funny and loud, Glowing is the new comedy theater show conceived and performed by renowned theater maker, writer, performer and new mom – Amy Vreeke – in which she shares her very personal and unfiltered opinions on realities of pregnancy. and motherhood.

One thing Amy has always been sure of is that she wants to be a mother.

She imagined herself pregnant, in overalls, doing yoga and even drinking kale smoothies.

The reality of constant nausea, exhaustion and midnight sausage rolls left her wondering, when does the glow start?


Then, nine months of prenatal anxiety and several stitches later, Amy fell in love with the little human she had created.

But with no sleep, a nationwide lockdown and a crying baby refusing to feed – Amy has found herself disillusioned with the version of motherhood we see so often in the media. And this is how Glowing was conceived and subsequently born…

Inspired by her own personal experiences of new motherhood and from conversations with many other new moms equally shocked and surprised by the realities of expecting pregnancy and parenthood.

Dates: October 18-22.



ROCK BAND MEMBER: Guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne

John Milne and Jim Milne

By Steve Cooke

Tractor were a rock band founded in Rochdale by guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton in 1971.

DJ John Peel signed the band to his Dandelion Records label.

He had a fondness for Rochdale, having worked in a cotton mill there before becoming a DJ.

Looking out of his kitchen window in Peel Acres in Suffolk, he spotted a tractor in the fields adjacent to his house and recommended it as a name.


Tractor’s first release was a 7 inch maxi single – Stoney Glory / Marie / As You Say – for Dandelion.

The recording was made in an attic and bedroom studio of a terraced house in Edenfield Road Rochdale, which John Peel named Dandelion Studios, Rochdale to tie into his record label.

I recently caught up with Jim Milne who told me about another interesting and rather surprising connection to Rochdale.

“For the past few years I have been trying to get a plaque on Drake St for my great, great uncle John Milne. He was the inventor of the seismograph and studied earthquakes and related phenomena first in Japan and then, after returning home to the Isle of Wight.


He went on to explain, “I tried to interest the city council a few years ago, but nothing happened. He is famous in Japan, where his work saved countless lives and has a permanent display of him and his life in the IoW Museum. Although born in Liverpool, the family was based during his youth in Milnrow and Rochdale. The only remaining house is on Drake St.

“I learned a bit about him from my father who had obviously never met him, but there was some folklore in the family about him. He was clearly a polymorph with wide and varied interests. An interesting fact is that, because he was prone to seasickness, he traveled overland to Japan through Europe and Asia, to take up his professorship at the University of Tokyo.

John Milne was born on December 30, 1850 in the Edge Hill area of ​​Liverpool.


He spent his youth and formative years in Rochdale at 147 Drake Street and later at Tunshill House.

Geologist, engineer, and seismologist John Milne is known as one of the most important contributors to the understanding and assessment of earthquakes, developed the first international seismological data network, and created what can be considered the world’s first modern seismograph.

Go Rochedale! Surely John Milne should be remembered in our city by more than a Premier Inn!


tuesday september 27

Lunchtime concerts: Rombald’s Recorder Orchestra

The Coach House in Littleborough hold a series of lunchtime concerts on the last Tuesday of each month throughout the year (excluding December) and these have proven very popular.

TIME: 1 p.m.

Cost: £4 per person (payable locally)

Call: Littleborough Coach House 01706 378481


Where: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough OL15 9AE


Wednesday, September 28

ART CLUB LOCATION: Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale

Wednesday Art Group

The weekly Art Club will regularly explore a variety of subject matter using collage, drawing, painting and mixed media drawing from current Touchstones Rochdale exhibitions and borough collections. All materials will be provided*

Sessions are designed to reduce stress, build confidence and meet others through creativity.

Creative Health and Well Being Ltd is a non-profit organization based in Rochdale.

They run informal and relaxed art sessions while ensuring the topics are informative and help participants learn skills.

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free


Address: Touchstones Rochdale Gallery, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ


Wednesday, September 28

Toad Lane Concerts – Weekly Rochdale Lunchtime Music

Maria King – Concert Pianist Extraordinary (RNCM)

The concert series has been held at St Mary’s since 2001 and received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020…during the pandemic!

Held every Wednesday, Music at Lunchtime is a weekly series of live classical music concerts which has been running since the 1960s. Sessions were originally held at the old Rochdale Art Gallery by the local authorities, but since May 2001 are led by passionate volunteers and Artistic Director, Dr. Joe Dawson.

Cost: £6

Time: Doors open at 12 p.m., concert starts from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Call: Dr Joe Dawson 01706 648872

Where: St Mary in the Baum, Toad Lane/St Mary’s Gate, Rochdale OL16 1DZ

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