Manchester City fan Bill gets the blues in new show

Published: 6 July 2013
Reporter: Steve Orme

Actor and writer Bill Cronshaw takes his new work Maine Road Blues to Buxton Fringe this week.

Cronshaw, who grew up in Manchester and pledged his allegiance to Manchester City FC from an early age, offers “an affectionate, humorous and nostalgic look” at the one place dear to his heart: Maine Road.

The show marks the tenth anniversary of the club's move from Maine Road to its updated site.

Cronshaw’s style is based on what he terms “living theatre”, an approach based on a scripted play that evolves and changes through interaction with his audience and by updating the content each night.

He says, “The Beatles sang: ‘There are places I remember’. It’s all too true that we hold fond memories of special places in our lives.

“But for fans of one certain location in Manchester the memories are still as strong as ever and what once stood there, now long gone, still retains a fascination that fails to diminish.

“In my latest production I explore the memories that Maine Road has evoked in me and many other City fans.

“But the production is far more than that: it explores nostalgia and our love of the past. I hope, even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll find it an enjoyable experience.”

Cronshaw will perform Maine Road Blues in the Blue Room at the United Reform Church, Buxton on Tuesday at 8:30PM, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:15PM, Friday and Saturday at 4:45PM and Sunday at 7:15PM.