Stepping out with Sally at the Knutsford Promenades
Sally’s taken time out of her busy schedule, including filming the third series of Sky’s Mount Pleasant, to take on the role of a character devised and written by Promenades’ project director Robert Meadows.
“Mrs Higgins could be described as Knutsford’s very own Loose Woman, said Sarah Flannery whose idea it was to stage the Knutsford Promenades.
“It’s a lovely part which puts a different spin on the history of Highwayman Higgins and we’re absolutely delighted Sally is joining us – she’s a fantastic comedy actor.”
Jennifer James, of Coronation Street and Dalziel and Pascoe fame, had originally planned to play the role. She had been involved with the Promenades as she, and husband Lee Boardman, are setting up Actor Tribe in Knutsford. They will be offering Saturday classes in a fun, learning environment for children of all age looking to increase their confidence whilst discovering performance skills.
“Jennifer had to pull out of the Promenades but we are so grateful she kindly arranged for Sally, who is a patron of Actor Tribe, to take over the role,” said Sarah.
There will be something for everyone at the Knutsford Promenades which takes place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July, between 2 and 4pm.
Former Tatton MP Martin Bell will be promenading on Saturday afternoon, Knutsford Musical Theatre will be entertaining Promenaders with songs from the shows over the years, and local traders will be entering into the spirit of the event.
“On both days the Promenades will start at 2pm at Brook Street Chapel where there will be dramatised interpretations based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s life and works,” said Robert Meadows, project director.
“There will also be an opportunity to learn about Knutsford’s place in history.”
From there, the action moves along King Street as characters from the town’s history come to life and memories shared by Knutsford residents are shouted from the upper floors of the buildings lining King Street.
“Knutsford Promenades aims to promote learning and knowledge about the heritage of the town in new ways,” said Robert.
“It has enabled local people to share their memories and we will continue to collect memories as part of the day. One of its most important aspects has been the way local schools have been involved in the project, using reminiscences form Knutsfordians and interpreting them as street theatre. This work could not have taken place without funding and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Knutsford Town Council.”
Photo supplied – Article submitted by Julie Tempest