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Workers of Manchester - Past and Present


Friday, April 5, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

Workers of Manchester - Past and Present

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MadLab Penny Theatre presents a night of films for your viewing entertainment.

Come one, come all to the greatest show in the North!

Before Megaplexes, before the Hacienda - if you wanted a night out after toiling at the mills, you went to the Penny Gaff. With a high rate of poverty amongst the predominantly working classes, entertainment at the theatre (or early cinema) was impossible for most. Thomass Whiteley Travelling Showman, 1910

To draw back the curtains into the past, for one night only, MadLab will be seeped in the inception and growth of early mass entertainment. Come down and enjoy a show with your fellow workers, while we put on a night of thrills and spills - of cotton bales and more.


Experience the thrills and excitement of two ‘moving pictures’ from the North West Film Archive accompanied by the musical talents of Sam (he’ll always play it again).


Ticket prices are a penny - inflated to keep up with the times.


But that’s not all - history is nothing if we don’t learn from it. We’ll also be screening films made by local film groups using some of the footage from the North West Film Archive. More information about how to take part will be posted soon.

Heritage Lottery FundWorkers of Manchester is a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, called The Ghosts of St Pauls. Stay tuned for further details. There will be discombobulations. This project is supported by an 'All Our Stories' grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
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When & Where

36-40 Edge Street
M4 1HN

Friday, April 5, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

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Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.


We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects.


Our courses are learning for doers. Every one of our courses, whether it's electronics or coding, writing or making, is powered by the same magic. Bring your curiosity and a little bit of imagination, and we'll amaze you with what you can do!


Our main base of operations is a three-storey, 3000 square foot Industrial Revolution-era former weavers’ cottage centrally located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. We are less than ten minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations, and just two minutes walk from the Arndale Shopping Centre. For directions, please see our website: http://madlab.org.uk/find-us/

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Workers of Manchester - Past and Present
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