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Come to our 2019 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

MONDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER at 7:30pm
at Levenshulme Old Library

Levenshulme Old Library is looking for new Trustees to help us flourish and grow.
If you are interested in helping us achieve our mission to create a unique, vibrant and successful Arts and Culture Centre for Levenshulme, please get in touch or come along on the 23rd September to find out more.
We are especially seeking Trustees with experience of building management,
the arts sector, finance and health and safety.


Levy Little Theatre at LOL

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Bringing young communities together through drama.

Regular sessions at Levenshulme Old Library.

Check out our webpage for details or connect on Facebook.

LLT believe that communal creativity inspires young people to express themselves positively and explore their individuality; building confident, robust characters with a healthy sense of play. 

Gemma here! As you may well be sending your child to come and create drama with me, I thought it would be good for you to know a bit about me and my story behind setting up LEVY LITTLE THEATRE.

I moved to Levenshulme in 2014 and immediately loved the community spirit here. There is such a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds and our young community are very lucky to be growing up in such a rich environment.

It is my belief that, since our children are the future of our local communities, we should encourage them to connect in a non-school setting, so they can learn to create as a team – a micro-community, if you like – in which they can communicate positively and grow together through drama.

So, what better place to do that than in an old library, a centre of knowledge and imagination which was once the heart of its local area. Levenshulme Old Library is establishing itself as an arts, community and culture centre and I am so pleased that LEVY LITTLE THEATRE can be a part of that.

I currently offer weekly classes for TOTS (ages 3-5), KIDS (ages 6-11) and  YOUTH (ages 12-17).

We’re hiring a part time building coordinator

Applications are now closed

Due to our increasingly busy building LOLCIO are now seeking to recruit a new member of our team, to help manage day to day activities in the building, help us connect to our community and support the trustees in their oversight role.

This will be a part time role, totalling 21 hours per week, 14 of which will be based in the building on a daily (weektime) basis, and the remainder flexible, including some evenings and weekend working.

Being proactive, experience of working within a similar organisations, a calm and organised approach and an ability to problem solve under your own initiative are the key attributes we are seeking. A good knowledge of our local community is a bonus.

If you are interested in this role we ask you to send a CV, with two references and write a short statement (maximum 1 page in Arial 12pt) saying how you will meet the person specification, your relevant experience and how you will approach dealing with the varied challenges this post may throw up.

Send your application by email to

Or by post to: LOLCIO, C/o 28 Cromwell Grove, Manchester, M19 3GB

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 26th July 2019

Download the Job Description

Download the Person Specification

Events Calendar

The calendar below is for the main space events at LOL.

If you are interested in events in the Nest Wellness Centre, run by the Owl and the Coconut please see their separate calendar at this link.

Levenshulme Old Library Calendar

16th September 2019
  • Little Fire Yoga 16th September 2019  5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

17th September 2019
  • Bob Tales 17th September 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

18th September 2019
  • Dance like a Mother 18th September 2019  10:15 am - 11:45 am


    Instructor & Wellbeing Lead
    Dance Like a Mother CIC
    T: 07791 850489


  • 55UP group 18th September 2019  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Levy Little Theatre 18th September 2019  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • LYP 18th September 2019  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

19th September 2019
  • LYP meeting 19th September 2019  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Yoga 19th September 2019  7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

    Synergy - Movement for health and happiness organised by Yoga Stef

22nd September 2019
  • Levy Little Theatre 22nd September 2019  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

23rd September 2019
  • Little Fire Yoga 23rd September 2019  5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

  • LOL Annual General Meeting 23rd September 2019  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

24th September 2019
  • Bob Tales 24th September 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Greater Manchester Coalition Of Disabled People 24th September 2019  4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Youth Forum

  • Provisional Booking 24th September 2019  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    GMCDP Youth Forum

  • Levenshulme Women's Institute - monthly meeting 24th September 2019  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Contact the group on Facebook

25th September 2019
  • Dance like a Mother 25th September 2019  10:15 am - 11:45 am


    Instructor & Wellbeing Lead
    Dance Like a Mother CIC
    T: 07791 850489


  • Levy Little Theatre 25th September 2019  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • LYP 25th September 2019  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

26th September 2019
29th September 2019
  • Levy Little Theatre 29th September 2019  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Levy Fringe Arts & Culture Festival

Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival

Levy Fringe: Arts and Theatre in Manchester

The Levy Fringe summer festival of culture 2019 is now over, but find out what went on on our LevyFringe page.

Like us over on Facebook to keep updated about other events throughout the year, or email us at if you’d like to get involved in 2020.

Book nowBuy tickets for quality drama and comedy acts at Levenshulme’s 3rd annual Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival from as little as £4.50 thanks to support from Arts Council England on TicketSource, or Like the Levy Fringe Facebook Page for updates about all of these plus more free community events, which will be happening throughout Levenshulme, Manchester from June 22nd until July 14th 2019. If you’re a fan of theatre or would like to see what it’s like; this festival is perfect for you! Download a pdf of the festival for all the for all the great events of Arts and Theatre in Manchester [1MB].

Based just a few miles south of Manchester City Centre and connected by frequent transport links, Levy Fringe has comedy, cabaret, storytelling, drama and circus theatre, and visual arts – something for everyone looking for a bit of local fun this summer.

This year’s Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival will be delivered with support from Arts Council England. Keep up to date on our Fringe page.

Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival

Image credit: Robert Day

Just some of the theatre and comedy acts at this year’s Levy Fringe…

Kapow at Levenshulme Market June 29th 2019 (FREE) – Grow is a lively, energetic and vibrant dance theatre duo by Kapow. A comment on humanity and a comedic gardening show combined. It’s a playful and touching celebration of the power of nature to rejuvenate, take over spaces and grow through the cracks. Kapow – Dance Circus Theatre are based here in Levenshulme, Manchester and are excited to connect with our local community and those from further afield through performance at the Levenshulme Fringe Festival.

Brawn, Friday July 5th 2019, 19:30, Levenshulme Old Library, £4.50
A raw, emotional and illuminating piece of theatre, BRAWN explores the powerful desire for physical perfection, and the silent, anxious struggles of the men who experience it today. Once a smart kid in the classroom, Ryan is trapped in a life he doesn’t want to lead. He feels increasingly suffocated in a world obsessed by self-image and measures his self-worth in muscle mass.
“Brawn offers us an arresting portrait of physical perfectionism sparked by unrealistic representations of the male body in advertising and popular culture, and demonstrates the damage this can do.” -BROADWAY BABY

Sarah Kendall & Daliso Chaponda, Thursday July 11th 2019, 19:30, Levenshulme Old Library, £4.50
More bang for your buck as As Sarah Kendall, two-time Edinburgh Best Show, Perrier and Time Out Comedy Awards nominee previews her brand new show ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe.
AND Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalist, Radio 4 alum and Youtube start Daliso Chaponda brings his new show Blah Blah Blacklist, a satirical look at disgraced and blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we’re ashamed we once admired. Both acts are included in the ticket fee!

HollyZone History, Saturday July 13th 2019, 19:30, Levenshulme Inspire, £4.50
Holly’s hilarious take on historical facts, will have you in stitches, and you might just learns a thing or two! Think of it as Mary Beard meets Fleabag! “From adventurers on British ships, to former sex workers turned scourge of the Chinese empire, and the Irish pirate queen who met Elizabeth I, meet some of the most resourceful, intriguing and salty women in history in this funny, factual, fearsome show about famous, fabulous, female pirates”. Ages 14+

Levenshulme Old Library presents “5 Gloucester Avenue”

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Friday 15th March at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 16th March at 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
£5.92 (£4.32 concessions) inc. booking fee
A promenade theatre production at 5 Gloucester Avenue, M19 3WT of five short plays inspired by the people who lived there and what might have happened to them.

Full event information and Tickets

5 Gloucester Avenue is a promenade theatre production involving 5 short plays. We take the audience around five rooms in the house including the garden! Each play is inspired by the people who have lived in the house since 1901 and what may have happened to to them. Book your ticket now as there are limited spaces available.

Support us

Without our sponsors and supporters we couldn’t do what we’re doing at Levenshulme Old Library. The CIO, occupants, users and friends are truly in awe of our supporters for helping us every step of the way on a long journey.

One Manchester have given us exceptional support from day one.
MCC from the neighbourhoods team, to the council, to the town hall, thank you.
Manchester Community Central have been utterly priceless, fantastic.

If you would like to support us please email us by clicking here or use the form on our contact page (click here).