Celebrity Judges Announced for the 2016 Great Village Bake Off


Sunday 21st August sees the Great Village Bake Off return to Manchester’s Gay Village. In it’s 4th year, this year’s Bake Off promises to be the best yet!


Hosted by non-other than Manchester’s own Misty Chance who is excited to be hosting the event again this year and said “for budding pros and novices alike, you can enter the ‘Great Village Bake off’ this year held at the Molly House”.


Misty Chance isn't the only honorary Village Baker, we are pleased to announce that this year's judges are Sandy Docherty (BBC The Great British Bake Off 2015) and Howard Middleton (BBC The Great British Bake off 2013).


Sandy who first rose to fame on in the 2015 series of The Great British Bake Off she has spent the last few months looking to use her time on the show to benefit others. The down-to-earth mum from Leeds - who enchanted audiences with her sparkling personality and comedy stylings - was sent packing from the Bake Off tent in 2015 after her crème brûlée was liquid, her meringue disc was less disc, more broken hat box and her cheesecakes were a disaster. But for Sandy, appearing on the show was a positive experience. She said “My best moment was the camaraderie around the bakers and the whole production team”.


Since being on The Great British Bake Off you can often find Sandy at shows, markets and exhibitions giving cooking demonstrations and sharing her wealth of knowledge. Viewers of the Great British Bake Off will remember Sandy for being mischievous and bubbly personality


Howard was first brought to our screens in the 2013 series of The Great British Bake Off where he made headlines by being the victim of custard theft! Since then he has appeared at numerous food festivals around the country, written a book all about gluten free baking and we are excited for Howard's return to the judging panel this year. Of his return Howard said " I'm delighted to be heading back to the village for some serious bun judging, The competition will be hot and fierce... just like the bakers."


The format of the bake off is as easy as pie: sweet or savoury. Bake whatever you like and bring it along to the Molly House at 1pm on the 21st August, the only limit is that it must fit through the door! Entry is free and tickets can be found at www.villagebakeoff2016.eventbrite.co.uk .


Prizes will be awarded for the Best Fairytale Creation and the Best Beginners Cupcakes with bonus points being awarded for campness and originality the prizes and top spot Star Baker are yours for the taking.


So get the oven pre-heated, take your whisks out the drawer and flour the surfaces for your chance to win.

The Ruby Slippers Steps Into St Helens!


Love is a drag in the new comedy play which steps in to St Helens Theatre Royal this Autumn



Following its sell-out debut run in Liverpool, the exciting new comedy play The Ruby Slippers is coming to St Helens Theatre Royal for one night only and tickets are on sale now.


The Ruby Slippers is a play about love, friendship, identity and prejudice within the LGBT community, taking theatregoers on a rollercoaster of emotions. The show will run at St Helens Theatre Royal, on Thursday, 3rd November 2016.


Raz is on top of the world, owner of his paradise Blackpool drag club, The Ruby Slippers. He has met Ryan, the man of his dreams, however all is not as it seems. Business is poor and a rival club has opened which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star acts, Drag Queens Phoenix and Destiny.  Also Ryan has a secret that will change everything.


The two-act comedy drama comes from writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul and directed by Mark Heller, it explores a subject rarely seen on the theatre stage.


Writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul commented: “When creating The Ruby Slippers our main aim was to write an honest story that showed the highs and lows of being in love when there are difficult obstacles to cross. The play also tackles transgender issues and we hope audiences enjoy what we have set out to achieve, by creating a play full of compassion, humour and outrageous one-liners but with a strong underlying message.”


The talented cast is led by James Rogerson as Raz and Jamie Paul as Ryan, they are joined by Debra Redcliffe (Helen), Emma Vaudrey (Laura), Owen Richard Farrow (Destiny) and Jordan Simms (Phoenix).


The show is created by Break A Leg Production in association with Bill Elms.


Co-producer Bill Elms said “It has been a pleasure to follow the journey of this show from the page through to the stage, and watching the audience reaction to a great piece of accessible work. I believe this show will go far, it has all the elements for a great night out at the theatre, a great script, great comedy and most of all a great storyline.  I am delighted to be a part of its growth, I know that audiences in St Helens are going to love it.”


Raz is hopelessly in love with his flat mate and barman, Ryan. The feeling is mutual. However, Ryan has a secret, known only by his mother Helen, who supports her son’s decision and encourages him to tell Raz the whole truth.


So put on your high heels, slap on your lipstick and get ready to strut your stuff down at The Ruby Slippers for a riotous, glamourous, comical, yet emotional evening where the power of love is tested and the truth is about to be revealed.


“A riotous night of entertainment for all… dynamic, accessible and unique theatre… extremely entertaining” North West End


“An important piece of writing for the LGBT community” Seen Magazine


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St Helens Theatre Royal

Thursday, 3 November 2016 – 7.30pm

Tickets £19.50 (concessions available)

1 in 10 goes free




Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000 or log on to: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com.

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