Powerhouse Town

powerhouse townPowerhouse Town sees six lives collide in a Manchester betting shop. By closing time one of them is dead.

Eileen, the manageress, sees them all….the lovers, the leavers, the bobbers, the weavers. Betting on anything, the dark horse, the flight of a ball, the upturned hand full of the wrong cards.

Drawing on issues of industrial decline, political disaffection, and the false hope that a flutter provides, each characters life story shows how it’s never a straight line from start to finish.


Archive 2015


Valedictory and the Pushing Up Daisies Festival 2015

Pushing Up Daisies Todmorden

Valedictory forms part of the week long Pushing Up Daisies Festival in Todmorden and we’ll be at a fabulous venue in the centre of town. The Todmorden Unitarian Church is a Grade 1 listed building dating back to 1865 and is a much loved, characterful and quirky community space set in an elevated position overlooking the town. 

There is just one performance at 7.30pm on Monday 18th May so places are limited. Tickets are a nominal £2 each and all proceeds go to the Pushing Up Daisies Festival. Tickets will be available on the door on the night but feel free to contact us if you’d like to reserve yours in advance.



Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2015

Cary Grant Is Interested. Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2014

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is where it all began for Made It Theatre Company in 2014 with Stephen Dodwell’s playwriting debut ‘Cary Grant Is Interested’. As a result of that play and its critically acclaimed appearance at Hebden Shorts, Stephen went on to write and perform in ‘Valedictory’ which toured the North West early in 2015. Stephen returned to the Shorts again in June 2015, this time as an actor in the play ‘You Talk Like Marlene Dietrich’ by Len Horsey which was directed by Made It’s Amanda Hennessy. On the same bill was a new play by Sal Corcos called ‘Parenting Positively’ that featured Ann Brown. 

Bruce Cutts’ images from Hebden Bridge Shorts 2015

Audience Reaction


What our audiences said…

stephen-beach-sm‘Well done everyone. Great to see such talented actors in action – and thought-provoking scripts too. Congratulations and good luck for Manchester’


‘What a tightrope to walk, between anger and anguish, an interesting debate lifted into drama with panache.  You were all really committed and this held the audience.’



 ‘I write to  thank you for Valedictory  and  how important are the issues which it explores: the impact on the family of a decision to end life. I look forward to seeing more Made It theatre.’


stephen-kitchen-sm‘Well written and acted. Original and powerful.’


‘For your first production it was a real ‘statement’ showing that you’re aiming high.’


Thank you to everyone who supported us in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Salford and Chorlton. We’re working on a new play which will premiere in Manchester in 2016. More news soon.

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Hebden Bridge

hebden-viewHebden Bridge Arts Festival takes place annually in June and July and one of the sell out events, Hebden Shorts, inspired us to bring Made It Theatre into existence.

In 2014 Stephen Dodwell entered his short play ‘Cary Grant is Interested’ into the competition to become part of that year’s programme and deservedly won a place amongst the six productions which were performed over three nights at the town’s Little Theatre.  

The evenings were so popular and so enjoyable that we all wanted to see more new writing being performed in Hebden Bridge and so Made It was born.



Playwright Stephen Dodwell

Tom and Sarah have differing views on how their disabled daughter should face the end of her life. They also have unfinished business from the breakdown of their marriage. Holly, their daughter’s nurse, has had experiences in her past that have made her re-evaluate her own opinions on end of life care.

Valedictory looks at the issues surrounding the topical debate about assisted dying and tries to imagine how one family would cope as they agonise over the right thing to do.




Listen to playwright Stephen Dodwell talking to All FM prior to the debut of his new play, Valedictory which was performed in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Chorlton and Salford in 2015.  Read more about Valedictory.