Ropery Hall celebrates 10th anniversary

Ropery Hall is celebrating 10 years of performances this season with an impressive line-up that includes music, comedy, theatre, the spoken word and film.

The venue, at the northern end of The Ropewalk arts centre on Maltkiln Road has blossomed from showing a few films and putting on a couple of music and comedy nights into a full-blown programme that attracts both established stars and up-and-coming stars of the future.

“At times it is hard to believe that what started out in such a small way has blossomed into one of the most eclectic and diverse programmes of original live performance in the area,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk who is responsible for programming.

“In a small way Ropery Hall has been able to bring live performances to those who might not want to travel but are more than happy to walk or ride down to their local venue and experience what we hope is a programme that has something for everyone,” she continued.

Highlights of the winter season include the return of Snake Davis’s Burden of Paradise, now a trio, Justin Moorhouse, the return of Patrick Monahan, children’s theatre Christopher Nibble, and the regular end of the month Barnstormers Comedy Club and Folk Nights.

“This season it is really difficult to pick out the highlights but one night I know that a lot of people are already looking forward to is the appearance of father and son Chip and Chesney Hawkes on February 17.  Tickets sales have been brisk during the Christmas period and continue to be so.”

One “first” for Ropery Hall this season is Sax Sunday being held on the first Sunday of the month with sax maestro Snake Davis playing with a different invited guest in a stripped back format.

“Each of his guests will be virtuoso musicians in their own right and each evening will include new pieces, collaborations and adaptions of well-loved tunes,” Liz revealed.

Full details of the programme can be found at

Another date for the diary is Saturday  April 15 when The Ropewalk opens the whole building to the public as the 17th anniversary of its  birthday is celebrated giving visitors the opportunity to have a look at what goes on  behind the building’s closed doors.


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