Macclesfield Potato Riot Actors’ Workshops, dates for March and April

Did you see us at the Treacle Market? maybe you joined in and helped throw “potatoes” around.  although casting is going well, we still need a few more actors for named roles such as shop keepers/stall holders, militia, potboys(and girls), landlady/lord of the coaching Inn etc. and we also need at least 70 extras willing to dress up in 1812 attire and be urchins, families and individuals out doing their marketing, out of town rioters and onlookers.

We need actors to come along to a rehearsal ASAP  and extras to let John ( sambajohn1@ )or Sam know they are coming and then come to a couple of the rehearsal/ workshops later on.

Here are the dates for the Potato Riot Actor’s workshops/Rehearsals

Tuesday Feb 28th,

Wednesday March 8th

Tuesday March14th

Wednesday March 22nd

Tuesday March 28th,

Wednesday April 5th.

All 7:00pm to 10pm

All at ArtSpace unless notified otherwise.

Dress Rehearsal April 9th, probably most of the day.


There are  lots of different characters, some speaking and some not, so there should be something for everyone. Sam Medway will be leading the sessions and helping to get people into the right role for them.

Do invite friends and family to get involved too as we still need lots more community actors and extras.

Oh and don’t forget its Potato Riot Tuesdays every Tuesday between 12:00noon and 9:00pm at Artspace where we are making props, building sets and sorting out all of the events management stuff. The kettle is always on!

A bit of background information:
On April 13th 1812 there was a riot in Macclesfield.  You can read about the original riot on the Luddite bicentenary website,  13th April 1812 Macclesfield Potato Riot
On April 13th 2017  Macclesfield Community Artspace is staging a re-enactment which will be a free street theatre event
of the riot followed by a ticketed public feast in the Market Square with the fabulous Sheelanagig performing on stage.
Visit the dedicated Macclesfield Potato Riot Website to find out more.
The plan is in place and the band is booked. We are now holding a series of open meetings to raise awareness of the event and to recruit the hands that we need to make it all happen. Whether you are up for being Stage Manager, helping to set up the feast, building props, being an actor in the re-enactment or any of the hundreds of roles that will help to make this one of the towns premier events we’d love to have you on board. Why not come along to one of the open meetings just to find out what’s going on.

The next open meeting is at Artspace on Tuesday 7th Febuary 7:00pm – 8:30. There’s lots to catch up on and lots to plan so hope to see you all there. Feel free to invite anyone along. We’ll be starting to sign people unto community actor roles for the street theatre as well as sorting out all sorts of other behind the scenes jobs.

Don’t forget tickets for the Feast are now on sale on the website.

Macclesfield Community Artspace, 2nd floor, Heapy St, Macc SK11 7JB.

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