'We love to sing!' Theatre group take music to the streets

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 05 January 2021

Undaunted by the pandemic a talented 10-strong group of professional performers took music to a delighted community’s doorstep.

The Saddleworth-based Act One Parties and Events have been closed since March, but company owner, Rebecca Wood, from Uppermill said “We were really looking forward to an exciting year ahead with lots of bookings for our themed gigs and discos. Christmas was already looking busy.

“Unfortunately, once restrictions came in, we had to cancel everything and as this is our 2nd job (many of us work part time in the week also) we did not qualify for any of the government grants.

“In Summer, we were preparing for a Facebook live gig and managed an outside rehearsal at my home in Uppermill but cases in Oldham rose again and further restrictions meant we were unable to go ahead.

“Christmas guidelines allowed for outdoor carolling, so we took the opportunity to do something we love - sing!

“We posted on our social media page and local Saddleworth residents voted for us to visit their street!

“We went to Lees, Springhead, Grotton and Greenfield on our first night. The reception we received was wonderful and it was fabulous to see so many happy faces on the families enjoying our singing from the safety of their doorsteps! Lots of children were out ringing their bells!

“We also had several private bookings to perform on people’s driveways and gardens. Many  were beautiful Christmas surprises people had bought for their family! It was quite emotional.

“Unfortunately, our plan to visit Uppermill and Dobcross was rained off on December 23 but we decided to do a quick performance in Dobcross Square on Christmas Eve! There was plenty of Christmas spirit in the air and we really enjoyed being able to perform, safely, for the local community.

“If the Tier systems are reviewed by February, we are planning on offering ‘Love Songs Live’ for people to book a doorstep performance for their loved one!”

You can reach the group at: www.act-one-drama.co.uk

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