Book Group & Theatre Group

Book Group

Current Book title: Swing Time
Author:Zadie Smith
Date of next meeting: Thursday 30th November 2017
Meeting place: Diane Lee's House
Time: 7.45 pm

Book synopsis:
Two girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.
But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

Theatre Group

Next Theatre Trip: Oklahoma SOLD OUT!
Date of next trip: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Theatre: Plaza Theatre, Stockport
Time: 7.15 pm performance
Ticket Cost: £25.50 (This includes a ticket for the stalls; transport and gratuities.)
Meeting place & Time: TBC. 
Theatre Co-ordinator: Heather Jones

Play synopsis:
Based on the 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” by Lynn Riggs, Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Laurey is a headstrong farm girl and the woman with whom both cowboy Curly and farm hand Jud have fallen in love. When she plays hard-to-get with earnest Curly and instead accepts dangerous Jud’s invitation to the upcoming box social, tensions rise between the men and capture the interest of the whole town.

Further information:
The Stockport Plaza is an award winning example of the finest in 1932 Art Deco architecture which has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to her opening day condition.
 Stockport Operatic Society has built a reputation as one of the foremost performers of the major Broadway hit musicals in the North West with a hatful of nominations and major awards every year.
The show will be accompanied by a 16 piece professional orchestra.
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