Rochdale Musical Theatre Company Newsletter December 2018

RMTC performed the musical, RENT, at Heywood Civic Centre from Tues 20th– Sat 24th November 2018. Many thanks to all those members and friends who helped to make this show a success. Thank you to all those that helped with front of house and to those that helped behind the scenes in so many different ways. You are vitally important to the Society and the shows could not go ahead without your support.

RENT, has received fantastic reviews from the critics that came to watch. A review by Paul Downham from Northwestend begins, ‘I am constantly surprised by the ever increasing levels of talent treading the boards in “amateur” theatres across the UK. Yes, it has always been good, but I truly believe that the only difference today between the amateur tag and the professional one is money. This was especially evident tonight at Heywood Civic as Rochdale Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) presented the timeless RENT.

The full review can be read on the RMTC website, (

A review from ACT (Association of Community Theatre) also praises the show, as this short extract highlights, ‘Both actresses, Sophie Lord (Maureen) and Kyanna Cronshaw (Joanne) gave stellar performances. The break-up duet, “Take Me or Leave Me” had that ‘wow’ factor. All the other members of the community were believable giving convincing support especially in the company number “La Vie Bohème”.

The full review can be read at:—rent.html?fbclid=IwAR2B-R85YX8JdYxPlE7E-WXpgO1QEa_Nt88R6IA4MD0OaLvMjJYe6fDq-rs

A third review, from Number 9: Theatre Music and Film, commends the Society on the talented cast, ‘It’s a gritty and tragic story with a vocal score and characters requiring a hugely talented and multi-disciplined cast, and I more than happy to report that that is exactly what RMTC’s production had.’ This review by Matthew Dougall concludes, ‘This is the third show I have seen now from this company. The first was the northern premiere production of ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’, followed last year by ‘The Full Monty’, and this boundary-pushing society just gets better and better!’ This review can be read in full at:

Chosen Charity

This year RMTC chose to support a local charity called Early Break with the performance of RENT. RMTC are delighted to have raised £243.61 with collections from the audience and a donation from the 200 Club. RMTC were proud to raise awareness of Early Break which supports families with alcohol and substance misuse related issues. RMTC would like to thank the audience members for their generosity.

200 Club

 A full list of winners can be found on the RMTC website and this is updated each month.Many thanks to all 200 Club members for your continued support. The most recent charities to receive donations from the 200 Club are: Early Break and Guide Dogs For The Blind.

If you would like to join the 200 Club, which supports the continuation of the Society, or if you would like to suggest a charity (preferably a local charity) to receive a donation from the 200 Club then please do get in touch. The 200 Club costs £5 per month and the Society would love more members to join.

ACT Awards

Saturday 17th November 2018 was the ACT Awards night and RMTC are delighted to report that five members who played in The Full Monty were nominated for awards…

 Congratulations to Sean Caffrey, who played Nathan, for winning the award for Most Accomplished Youth in an Adult Musical and to Joanna Astley (who played Jeanette) for winning Most Original Character Actress. RMTC are delighted for you both!

 Three other members received nominations for their roles, so a huge Well Done to them too, namely Mike Wignall, who played Dave and was nominated for Most Original Comedy PerformanceDan Killeen, who played Malcolm, for Most Accomplished Supporting Actorand Phil Swift, who played Jerry, for Most Accomplished Actor. RMTC are very proud of you all.


 The AGM is to be held on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at Rochdale Sports Club at 8pm. Please do come along and have your say on the future of the Society. Don’t forget to bring your subs! Please do join us for drinks afterwards in the bar downstairs.

RMTC would like to wish all members and friends A Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019!


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