ARNOLD BENNETT 150th Anniversary events April 06 2017

Presentations and Screenings celebrating our greatest Writer

26th May-17th June, New Vic Theatre  "Anna of the Five Towns" - new adaptation

14th June, New Vic  Phoenix Singers/Claybody, Bennett 150th Anniversary Concert 

1st July, St. John Fisher High School  N S Symphony Orchestra Bennett Concert

14th July, Middleport Pottery 7pm "Arnold and Marguerite" Bill Ridgway play

until July 2017 Potteries Museum & Art Gallery  Arnold Bennett Exhibition

1st September, 7.30pm, Keele University  Samira Ahmed + Bennett Book Prize 

2nd September, 10.00am-5.00pmKeele University  Annual Bennett Conference

15th September, 7.45pm Screening of Piccadilly, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek

21st September, 7.30pm  "Play it Again, Mr Bennett!" concert - Penkhull Festival

20th October, 7.45pm  "On Stage Mr Bennett", Foxlowe Arts Centre

Free Screenings - Spring/Summer Season 2017 December 02 2016



WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Ticket-free – No booking required. Free parking adjacent to Film Theatre - enter from College Road opposite Queen Anne Street.

Wed 28th June         7.45pm

THE WINTON CHILDREN - With Love from Penkhull to Prague

 The inspirational story of a group of Jewish Czechoslovak children who fled Nazi occupied Prague during World War II and found refuge, community and friendship in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The film was produced by Stoke-on-Trent based film producers Inspired Film and Video alongside Stoke on Trent City Council and the City Centre Partnership using a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The Winton Children - dubbed this in honour of Sir Nicholas Winton who masterminded their safe passage - reunited for a weekend of reminisce 70 years since first meeting at Penkhull Children’s Home. We followed them on their journey back to Stoke to capture their memories as well as the emotions stirred up by the visit to their old childhood neighbourhood. We captured their emotions and memories as they returned to Stoke, how they had been greeted by people when they first came to the area 70 years ago, what had changed, what was still the same and their reflections on the role the area and their experiences had played in the further achievements in their lives.

We gave context to the story by securing interviews with Sir Nicholas’ daughter, Barbara, Lord Alf Dubs, Ruth Smeeth MP and historian Fred Hughes.

In addition to archive photographs supplied by “the children” and historian Richard Talbot we were aided with footage provided by the Stephen Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The resultant 32-minute film not only shares this story but asks the viewer to relate to the plight of current refugees across the world. It’s a moving tribute to the extraordinary lives of some remarkable people.

Plus supporting programme. Conclusion of the 2016-2017 season of screenings.