‘Silk’ star Maxine names Trades date

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‘Silk’ and ‘Dinnerladies’ TV star Maxine Peake is making a special date with the Calder Valley in the new year.

She will join the Eccentronic Research Council to narrate a show about the Pendle Witches at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, in January.

Bolton-born Maxine will taking on the narration duties as the ERC kick up a storm of synth pop as the musical accompaniment to a selection of prose poems, based on a psycho-geographical trip taken by a priest and a nun from Salford to Pendle to learn more about the town’s most notorious daughters.

“Maxine is one of our best young actors so we had to fit this gig in around her incredibly busy filming schedule,” said Trades entertainments manager Mal Campell.

“It’s a real coup to get the only Yorkshire date for this fascinating show.

“ERC’s live set with Maxine was a big hit at the award-winning Festival Number 6 held at Portmerion.”

RADA-trained Maxine’s career really took off last year when she played hard-as-nails barrister Martha Costello QC in the smash hit BBC One legal drama Silk. But she first came to the public’s attention when she joined Victoria Wood to play dim Twinkle in Dinnerladies.

Since then she has won plaudits playing the feisty Veronica in Shameless and the critics loved her portrayal of Myra Hindley in See No Evil: The Moors Murders.

Maxine is also an accomplished stage actor, taking on a demanding leading role in Terence’s Rattigan’s Deep Blue Sea at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.

She also took the title role in Miss Julie at Manchester’s Royal Exchange as well as writing, directing and starring in a BBC radio drama about legendary cyclist Beryl Burton.

Maxine Peake and ERC will play the Trades Club on Saturday, January 19.

The oddball Sheffield electronic duo ERC are Dean Honer, formerly of electronic music group All Seeing I, and Adrian Flanagan.

Tickets are now available at the club (tel: 01422 845265) or from www.wegottickets.com and are limited to four per person.