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20th Century Boy – Review

PICTURE Warren Sollars (Marc Bolan) 20th Century Boy The Musical - UK Tour - Photo Robert DayOpera House, Manchester until Saturday 26 April

Part musical, part family drama, 20th Century Boy delivers pathos, poignancy, power chords and an electrifying journey through the music of glam rock legend Marc Bolan.

I found this a cathartic musical experience and a welcome relief from current chart sounds. I sensed that many of the audience, who would have been there first time around, probably felt the same.

And there could be no doubt about the audience’s delight when they got up to dance to the playful, mercurial, yet muscular, rock sounds and driving riffs from some of the best-loved and best-selling songs of the glam rock era, like Get it on, Hot Love and Jeepster.

In 20th Century Boy we enjoy the rags-to-riches ride, seeing a believable Warren Sollars playing Marc Bolan in transition, first as a peacock-proud, suited, fifties buck, then as a folkie Bob Dylan wannabe, then as a languid, candle-surrounded, acoustic-guitar-playing hippy dreamer troubadour and, finally, in his apotheosis, as the electric-guitar-playing driving force of glam rock anthem machine, T.REX.

Marc Bolan’s life was cut tragically short and the show depicts the wreckage of hurt people who wonder can they forgive each other, or themselves, for what happened.

It’s a story about people struggling to communicate and bridge a geographical and emotional gap to deal with shared grief. It’s told in a satisfying way, with characters painted in broad brush strokes, through minimal, yet effective, dialogue which engages us and takes us with them on their journey.

And the vehicle for the story, which skips effortlessly between different time zones, is the quest for knowledge by Rolan Bolan – played by Luke Bailey (Waterloo Road) – the son who lost his father when he was just two years old. Rolan wants family members to share their memories of the dad he never knew.

The show’s impact builds, not just from the family drama, nor from the inevitable trajectory to the sad ending, but from the way time zones are crossed and re-crossed, to create a layering effect, which builds and melds with the music in an evocative and sometimes haunting way.

After the tale reaches its inevitable denouement and the curtain calls are taken – the show revs up again for a rock concert – to send the audience home with Marc Bolan’s triumphant musical legacy ringing in their ears.

It’s the music that matters and 20th Century Boy will make you want to dust down your guitar – or buy one – and add playing in a band to your list for life – whatever your age.

So why don’t you? Long live rock and roll.

Picture: Warren Sollars (Marc Bolan) in 20th Century Boy, pic by Robert Day.

 20th Century Boy is on at the Opera House in Manchester until Saturday, April 26. Performances are on Friday 25 April at 7.30pm and Saturday 26 April at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from the Box Office. For group bookings phone: 0844 871 3038.

For tickets online:


Win two gold package tickets worth £35.00p each

WFM with The Big Christmas Baby Shower Event at the Renaissance Hotel on December 4th are giving you the chance to win two gold package tickets worth £35.00p each which include entrance to the event,welcome cocktail,buffet lunch, discount vouchers worth over £3,000.00p, a deluxe goody gift bag, participation to win prizes and entry to a prize draw.

To enter just answer the following question:
What is the name of the TV character from the cbeebies Waybuloo who features in Nappytastic’s Facebook photo album and email your answer with a contact phone number to closes 3rd December 2011 The winner will be contacted by telephone.


The Big Christmas Baby Shower Event

The Big Christmas Baby Shower Event at The Manchester Renaissance Hotel on December 4th 2011 are looking for 10 expectant mums to be to model the latest in maternity wear also any local Wythenshawe businesses that would like to showcase their mother and baby products please contact Saloma Kelly email or phone 07855 709 034


Wythenshawe FM Comedy Night!

Benchill Conservative Club, Crossacres Road, Wythenshawe
Thursday 17th November 2011, 8pm till Late

Tickets cost £5, Which you can buy from Benchill Conservative Club or Wythenshawe FM, Forum Learning, Room G24.

Wythenshawe FM presents a night of laughter and fun for the people of Wythenshawe! 6 comedians will be taking to the stage and all of them have a connection with Wythenshawe.

The line up will consist of; John Warbuton (MC), Seymore Mace (Headliner), Jay Hampson (Opening act), Josh Deegan, Adam Rushton and Lewis Jones who all completed the fantastic comedy course held in Wythenshawe by Manchester City Council.

In the dark times of this recession and the weather getting colder there is no better remedy than having a good laugh. So come along and support your local radio station by laughing until your sides split!

For more information contact WFM Office: 0161 499 7982

Or email


Classical Spectacular!

The UK’s greatest classical music show is back with the very best in classical music, beautifully choreographed alongside stunning laser, light shows

If you fancy winning yourself a pair of
and firework shows!
tickets to  Classical Spectacular! Tune into GaileyM on this Friday’s Bigger Breakfast from 7am til 10am
This exceptional classical experience brings the Manchester Evening News


To life with all the intense and emotional moods.
Classical Spectacular
Seen by over 2 million people around the world  Classical Spectacular features incredible

 lights, lasers, fireworks and special effects.
Thrill to the sound of the world’s favourite
classical music performed by a huge cast of
250 performers that makes Classical
Spectacular such a unique experienceClassics include Nessun Dorma, Land of Hope
and Glory, 1812 Overture with thundering
canons and indoor fireworks.

New artists for 2011, Swan Lake Finale and
Dying Swan scene with guests from the
Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Manchester Evening News Arena –
Saturday 26th November


Wythenshawe Park play areas project.

Wythenshawe Park play areas project.

Wythenshawe Park Watch have made plans to improve and transform children’s play areas in the park, they have a business plan and a funding application have been made with Kevin Shackell, the play development officer for Manchester City Council’s neighbourhood cultural and community services department, opinions from local residents are needed to shape play in the park for the future.
To have your opinion on the play project please contact
Kevin Shackell on 0161 227 3390
Email: k.

Events News

c’est un triomphe for Wythenshawe FM

c’est un triomphe for Wythenshawe FM

Mike Dawson, Wythenshawe FM presenter, stand-up comic and playwright will be undertaking a huge charity bike ride between the 19th and 24th September 2011. Mike will be cycling a total of 284 miles from Westminster Bridge in London to the Arc De Triomphe in Paris and its all in aid of Wythenshawe FM. All funds are gratefully received for this extremely impressive challenge and you can donate on our JustGiving page at
You can also sponsor me by texting GEJQ95 £1 to 70070. Thank you!

In Mike’s own words: “You might think it’s a long way to go and get a paper but phew, 284 miles is no laughing matter. Just to say that there are absolutely NO costs from any money donated as every single penny goes straight to WFM. At a time when most people are watching the pennies any small donation is welcome!”

“I probably don’t have to tell most people that WFM is a charity and much more than just a radio station, so you would be donating to something brilliant and local. If you don’t know about the station then you can find out at

For more information you can contact Wythenshawe Fm on 0161 935 4086 or email


Well done to the winners of the Creative Crafts Competition

Well Done to the winners of the creative Crafts Competition

Stephanie Acton from Northwich,
Sue Goldstone from Knutsford,
Rosemary Fay from Stockport,
Andrea Melia from Manchester,
Amy Gallagher from Withington.


Win Tickets To The Creative Crafts show Everyday on The breakfast show

Win Tickets To The Creative Crafts show Everyday on The breakfast show

The Creative Crafts Show Event City, Trafford Centre, Manchester
1 – 3 September 2011

The Creative Crafts Show has moved and will now be held at EventCity, situated adjacent to The Trafford Centre which is the biggest shopping mall in the UK.  This new exhibition centre has ample Free Car Parking and great access by public transport so it will be great for visitors.

The format of the show remains the same and promises to inspire you whether you are an experienced crafter or a beginner looking for a new hobby.

Features at this event include:

Stephanie Weightman – free 45 minutes sessions with the designer and presenter.

Debbi Moore returns with a range of new exciting designs to wow the crowds.

Make & Take Workshops from a range of crafting experts. Including beading, deco patch, needle felt, fusing fabric, collage and quilting amongst others.

Free ‘have a go’ area Supported by Craft Habitat. This is an area where budding crafters can have a go using all the latest stamps, punches, dies, papers etc and with no time limit or cost involved.  It is the perfect place to let your imagination go and experiment with new idea.

Knitting Know – now supported by Come and meet like-minded knitters in your area – swap ideas and get handy hints and problems solved. Open to all ages free of charge.

Fabric & Dress Making area – two exciting workshops a day covering fabric and design

The Show is your opportunity to shop for those hard to find supplies as well as stock up on your favourite craft products!  There are workshops where you can learn new techniques from the experts and a wide selection of exhibitors.

Admission prices are £7.95 adults, £6.95 concessions and accompanied children under 16 are free of charge.  Reader Offer – Book in advance using promotional code PR1 and you can save £1.50, get a half price catalogue voucher and be entered free of charge into a prize draw to win up to £300 worth of craft vouchers* (*Redeemable at the show only).  Group offer buy 6 tickets and get 1 free. Tickets for the show and Stephanie and Debbie’s workshop sessions can be booked in advance at or by calling 01822 617744.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets Just answer this simple Question

Q. Where is The Creative Crafts Show been held?

Phone our office on 0161 436 0580 or email please include you details so that we can send the tickets to you


Your chance to enter a free draw for a family ticket for the Grand Masters final on Sunday 4th Sept at the Manchester Men Arena

Selco Masters Grand Final 2011.
ManchesterMEN Arena Sunday 4th Sept.

Your chance to enter a free draw for a family ticket for the Grand Masters final on Sunday 4th Sept at the Manchester Men Arena, the teams this year are Man Utd, Man City, Glasgow Rangers, Liverpool, Leeds, Aston Villa, Watford and Notts County.

The tickets have been provided by Masters Football ,To enter to win a family ticket which gets 2 adults and 2 children entry for the finals night answer this question,

Was it Man Utd orManCitywho won the 2010 Northern Masters at the MEN last season.

Send in your free entry to by midnight Monday 29th August 2011 with your chosen team, your name and telephone number.

Each entry will receive a reply confirming receipt of entry, the draw will take place on the WFM 97.2 Sports Show on Tuesday 30th August between 11 and noon.

Good Luck.


Win a pair of tickets to go and see Abba Forever at the Wythenshawe Forum on September 17th!

Win a pair of tickets to go and see Abba Forever at the Wythenshawe Forum on September 17th! For your chance to win just answer this
simple question:

Q: What is Abba spelled backwards? Is it…

A. Dada
B. Baba
C. Abba

Phone our office: 0161 935 4986 or studio on: 0161 436 0580 with your answer for a chance to win this amazing prize!


Raghu Dixit Interview (Win yourself a signed Copy of Raghu Dixit’s Album)

Raghu Dixit came to Wythenshawe FM’s Studios before heading to a concert at Manchester’s Band on the wall, David Cox and Chris Hoyles from the Breakfast Show interviewed Raghu.

Songlines Music Awards 2011 Newcomer winner Raghu Dixit was the highest selling non-film music artist in India in 2009, an indication of his huge popularity in the country where Bollywood is king. The debut album, Antaragni – The Fire Within, reached number 4 on the Official UK World Music Chart in May 2011. His sound mixes Indian traditional music with folk rock, dominated by his soaring voice. The media buzz in the UK intensified following an appearance on BBC’s “Later with Jools Holland” in November 2010 which resulted in the performed song reaching number 2 on the UK iTunes World Music Chart.

Raghu Dixit has been touring the UK this summer including prestigious slots at Glastonbury and Latitude. The band are now set to continue building an international following with an extensive list of performances over the UK.

David and Chris are giving away Raghu’s latest Album just answer this simple question

At what age did Raghu Dixit start playing the guitar?

Email your answers to at (Mark subject as Raghu Competion)

Entries Close Tuesday 16th August all correct answers will be entered into a draw and drawn Live On Wednesdays Breakfast show with David


David May Interview (Win his latest Album)

David May Popped into the Studio for a Chat with David Cox and Chris Hoyles.

David is from Edinburgh and has played with Guilt Edge, Cactus Jack, The Heaters , Texas Breakfast and two tribute acts, Hotel California, and Black Rose.
and writes theme music for the theatre and TV as well as his own music.
His favorites guitarists/Influences are; Gary Moore, Andy Powell, Carlos Santana, Ray Gomez, Rory Gallagher, Nils Lofgren.

You could Win David’s Latest Album “Lone Wolf” by answering
David wrote the song Daniel (which is feature on his new Album) for whom?

Email your answers to at (Mark subject as David May Competion)

Entries Close Wednesday 16th August all correct answers will be entered into a draw and drawn Live On Thursdays Breakfast show with Chris