A former Victorian family home sparkled with excitement with pop-up performances from some of the best acts in the region.
Now in its fourth year, The Writers’ Ball packed nearly all of the 15 rooms in the house, former home of the Grace Family.
The event, not just for writers, featured a line-up including comedy, theatre, spoken-word poetry, live animation, dancing and dining.
This year 35 artists from across the region came to perform including Royal Exchange Manchester associate artist Josh Coates alongside performances from local budding young actors and writers.
The bill included actor and director Mike Dickinson from Great Sutton, returning to his home town, Action Transport Theatre Young Writers, Manchester based Art With Heart, singer Matt Bailey, poet Louise Fazackerley with dancer Sarah Gough and many more.
The popular event saw approaching 100 people through the doors.
Mike, who attended Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, co-founded Naughty Corner Productions.
His play ‘The B*****d Queen’ won the Sunday Times National Students Drama Festival Award for Best New Writing in 2014.
After a successful run this year at the Edinburgh Festival and sold out shows in London, he has since been offered a residency in Edinburgh at next year’s festival.
A snippet of Mike’s award-winning play was performed at the gig which saw theatremakers, performers and revellers from across the north westheading to Whitby Hall for a night of pop-up performances and partying.
Ahead of the evening Mike said: “I’m looking forward to being introduced to some new talent in Ellesmere Port.
“The Writer’s Ball sounds like a fantastic opportunity to get new work out there and seen by people doing the same thing.
“I never knew ATT was around when I was growing up. If I had I would have definitely got involved and hope to in the future after hearing about it’s impressive work with young actors and writers.”
He added: “I’ve recently seen a lot of people doing well from Ellesmere Port, whether in sports or performing arts, so I’m always happy to help spread the word.”