The popular Greater Manchester Fringe returns to Dobcross with eclectic programme

AN ECLECTIC programme of top-draw theatre, music and comedy events will be held in Dobcross as part of the successful Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

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INTIMATE: The theatre upstairs at The Swan Inn

Throughout July, The Swan Inn will host eight shows over ten performances as it once again opens its door for the popular festival, which is now in its fourth year.

Highlights will include comedy favourites Basil and Sybil Faulty – and of course Manuel – in Faulty Towers and brand new sketch comedy duo ‘Kinky Boot Institute’, starring Lewis Charlesworth.

A musical fix comes in the form of Jenni Molloy’s Bach-inspired jazz trio, which encompasses music from South America, Africa and beyond.

From London, the entertaining and witty Abraxas String Quartet offers a lively and energetic repertoire from well-known classical works to jazz and popular songs.

On the theatrical front ‘Le Grand Return’ – a gentle comedy about war, love and remembrance – is back, having played in Dobcross to great acclaim earlier this year.

‘Tieta’ is a dark comic tale of revenge and murder told using music, story-telling and breaking-form theatre while ‘The Gambit’ offers a tense, psycho-political drama played out over a chessboard.

And ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ glows with nostalgia for the 1980s as it charts a comic and poignant encounter between two iconic arch-rivals of the British business world: Sir Clive Sinclair and Alan Sugar.

Swan Inn landlords Tim Newbold and Michael Powis regularly host top productions and musicians at the pub and are delighted to host the Fringe Festival again.

They said: “We’re one of the only venues chosen outside of the centre of Manchester and we hope people come along to enjoy the vast range of events on offer.

“You might think you can’t do that here in a small pub in a small village but with some thought and hard work you can. And on top of all this, the pub is open as normal!”

Full details of all events and tickets can be obtained from The Swan Inn or

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