MAODS 50th birthday

THIS year MAODS are celebrating its 50th anniversary by putting on a programme of even more spectacular shows.

Out of 550 applications across the country, MAODS is one of only a few societies in the North West to have been awarded the rights to perform Shrek – The Musical this spring at the George Lawton Hall in Mossley.Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

It is already beating records, with tickets for the Saturday matinee selling out in just one week and only limited tickets for the Friday and Saturday nights remaining.

Shrek the Musical is a one-of-a-kind, hilarious fairy-tale in which curses are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes.

Grumpy, gruff, green ogre Shrek lives alone in his swamp. The world fears him and he is more than happy to leave the world to itself.

Suddenly his hermit existence is ruined when a group of homeless fairytale characters – Pinocchio, the Wicked Witch, the Three Little Pigs, and more – burst into his swamp, seeking refuge from the persecution of the cruel, vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad.

Join unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon.

Add a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude to give an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance which is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

Performance dates are April 27 to May 2, including a Saturday matinee at the George Lawton Hall, Mossley.

Tickets cost £16.50 + booking fee and are available online from or call 07717 594274.

There is a special offer for tickets for the Monday and Tuesday shows: four tickets for £60 or five tickets for £75 (equivalent to £15 a ticket).

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe), and the creative team is Ian Bennett (director), Jane Wood (choreographer), Paul Firth (musical director) and Samantha Griffiths (assistant director). The full cast list can be seen here:


One lucky reader can win a family ticket (for four people) to see Shrek the Musical at the George Lawton Hall, Mossley, on Monday, April 27 or Tuesday, April 28.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send us your answer to the question below:
Which princess do Shrek and Donkey set out to rescue?

Entries can be emailed to or write to Shrek Competition, Mossley Correspondent, Units 3-5, 45 High Street, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6HS.

Entries must reach us by Friday, February 28, 2020. The judges’ decision is final.

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