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SMTC in rehearsals for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

SMTC in rehearsals for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Dwarf Shortage Hits SMTC Panto!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 11th-14th December 2013 – The Little Shakespeare Theatre – Shakespeare Crescent – Eccles Manchester M30 0PE evenings at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm

It’s time to gather the family and head to Salford this week as Salford Musical Theatre Company prepare to put on the classic pantomime fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs… with a twist!

Writer, Director & Producer Mike Clarke wasn’t able to find any vertically challenged people under 3 feet tall within the Salford area of Greater Manchester to play the seven dwarfs, so he decided to rewrite the tale giving it an unusual angle!

Even the local press picked up on the challenges faced by SMTC prompting the “Dwarf Shortage” headline and article in the Manchester Evening News and a similar article in the Salford Advertiser, in the same week!

Mike Clarke said “I put out an appeal for adults under 4ft to come forward via social media at the start of September and unfortunately there were no takers, so I decided to re-write the story using acronyms and a little bit of clever wordplay to explain why adults ranging from 5’4 to 6’3 were playing the parts of the seven dwarfs. In this story D.W.A.R.F.S. stands for Drillers, Well Borers, Architects, Rubble Shifters, Fossil Hunters and Skilled Workers! Its just a little bit different, but we are still telling the traditional story of Snow White”

Tickets start at just £5 for children under 12, £7 for adults and £25 for a family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children.

Tickets for Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December have already sold out and seats are limited on all other performances.

To book please call the dedicated Box Office number 07565685671 or book online at https://smtcsnowwhite.eventbrite.com (fees apply)

SMTC presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 11th-14th Dec 2013

SMTC presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 11th-14th Dec 2013

This years eagerly anticipated panto production follows on from SMTC’s award winning pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’, also written, directed and produced by Mike Clarke, which won the NODA District 1 Best Pantomime in 2012!

Autumn Surge In UK Property Prices Predicted

Autumn Surge In UK Property Prices Predicted

Various residential property indices published by banks and mortgage lenders have shown that UK house prices have been increasing for some months, however the latest survey from Rightmove shows that property asking prices have actually declined over the summer although it is predicting an autumn surge in uk property prices.

The Rightmove report says that there was a summer  slowdown in residential property prices as discretionary sellers were distracted by the heat-wave and have been waiting to market their properties.

Those property vendors who were unwilling to wait had priced properties more aggressively and asked an average of £3,704 (GBP) equivalent to 1.5% less for their property in August compared with the previous month’s asking prices.

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Online property portal, Rightmove states that it has recorded a drop in the average asking price for residential property this month, the first significant fall since January 2012.

Average UK residential property prices have fallen by 1.7%, a drop of around £4,138 (GBP),

The demand for residential property has been low due to a number of factors:

  • Euro 2012
  • The weather, deterring potential buyers from viewing properties,
  • The Olympics, for distracting people’s focus away from moving.

Righmove said that there were twice as many people trying to sell a property than those trying to buy one, with each branch of the agency having an average of 75 residential properties that they were unable to sell.

The company warned property vendors that further asking price cuts could be necessary to secure a sale.

Director of Rightmove Miles Shipside, said: “The fact that we have not seen major price falls in the UK and that many areas are not awash with ‘For Sale’ boards may lead some sellers to be over-optimistic with their pricing. New seller numbers may be down some 30% on the period prior to credit-crunch, but the numbers achieving a successful sale are down by half and average unsold stock levels are creeping up.”

The West Midlands was the only region in England and Wales where prices increased in July compared with the previous month – with asking prices up 2% to £191,121.

In contrast, residential property prices dropped most in London, compared with the previous month, with a fall of 3.6% to £460,304.

New property instructions coming to market have seen vendors raise the average asking price by 4.1%

The average property asking price for new instructions put on the market within the last 4 weeks is now £233,252.

The almost £11,000 increase is up from January’s average asking price of £224,060, despite a warning that much of the residential property stock already on the market in some parts of the UK, is “over-priced and unsaleable”.

Rightmove have described the highest monthly increase since April 2002, the biggest rise in UK property asking prices for nearly ten years as “a surprisingly strong uplift given the challenging economic environment”.

But it said that the rise is partly fuelled by cash-rich sectors of the market, where buyer demand is exceeding suitable property supply.

Director Miles Shipside warned property vendors: “There is pricing power if you are selling the right type of property in the right place, where enough potential buyers have access to funding. But if your local market does not have those characteristics and your price-pump is based on little more than seasonal optimism and an estate agent’s hot air, then be prepared for buyer response to be a let-down.”

He added: “In some micro-markets, sellers have the upper hand, but on the whole, a buyer with cash or a mortgage offer is the one in the driving seat.”

After depressed activity in the UK property market over the last four years, some households have decided they had to get on and move. This means that here could be a growing acceptance by the British public that the state of today’s housing market is the new norm.

Mr Shipside said: “Search activity on Rightmove is up by 19% on January 2011 and it could be a sign that some of those who can afford to move have decided to get on with their lives, driven either by desperation or by coming to terms with the constant barrage of negative economic news being the new norm. You can get tired of gloomy news or get used to it, and indeed for some cash-rich buyers, life has moved on to such an extent that it’s like the Lehman Brothers collapse never happened. Stock levels are still on the high side in some less active parts of the country, but much of that stock is perhaps over-priced and unsaleable. However, in some micro-markets, the shortage of existing and new instructions has helped contribute to the largest monthly jump in new selling asking prices for nearly a decade. While the mass-market stays at home, those that have access to funding continue to be active and have spending power, resulting in this month’s big price hike.”

Average weekly listings on Rightmove are currently 30% below 2007 (pre-credit crunch levels), with a weekly run rate of 24,406 new listings.

Rightmove’s current asking price of £233,252 appears to be £70,000 ahead of current actual property selling prices, when compared with the selling prices currently being reported by Halifax and Nationwide of £160,907 and £162,228 respectively.

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