OUR VICTORIA FAN DAY
Bury Art Museum 10am-8pm & Library Gardens 11am-6.30pm.
FREE ENTRY (some events are £5) – see individual events for info
‘She said, “Kitty, do you like to have fun?” I said “no, I don’t. I had enough of that in 1957 when I got trapped in a lift with a hula hoop salesman.”’
Calling all Victoria Wood fans. Join us for a day celebrating the life and work of our Vic. Take time to chat, reminisce, laugh, share stories, dress up, singalong and remember how Victoria made us so happy. Whether you loved her songs, drama, comedy, or her musicianship, you’ll find something to love at this fabulous fan day.
It’s free to come into Bury Art Museum, but you’ll need to book for some of the individual events. The Fan Day Marquee in Library Gardens (by Victoria’s statue) is free to drop in at any time during the day, no ticket needed.
BURY ART MUSEUM
10.30-11.30am – A talk with Andy Hollingworth
Gallery D. Tickets £5
Andy Hollingworth has been photographing the country’s greatest comedy talent for 25 years. As well as snapping Victoria Wood, he was a keen follower of her work. Join Andy as he talks about working with Victoria, and his career documenting the UK’s comedy scene for many years.
From 11.30am – Andy Hollingworth snaps fans!
Gallery B. FREE – no need to book
Come to the Art Museum wearing your favourite Victoria Wood costume or prop and have your photo taken by star photographer Andy Hollingworth. The best fan portraits will be selected by Andy and shown at next year’s Happy festival. It could be you up there with the stars!
1.30-2.30pm – Hands Up Who’s Happy? by Steve Cooper
Gallery D. FREE – no ticket needed
A short, sharp comedy. Karl, an uptight casual Gallery Assistant, is delivering a short presentation about Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre but keeps getting interrupted, corrected and provoked by Sam, a young firebrand Happy Festival volunteer. Karl wants to talk about Bury icons and Victoria Wood, Sam wants to talk about Bury activist Betty Tebbs and the total collapse of society. Something’s gotta give…
2.30-3.30pm and throughout the day
Join in with some toe-tapping, hilarious songs from Doolally and Hannah Brackenbury through the day including The A to Z of VW, a new song from Doolally inspired by the Victoria Wood archive, live at 2.30pm. The wonderful Hannah Brackenbury, well-known, well-loved and well-awarded for Victorious, her joyful tribute to Victoria, plays some of her best known songs.
3.30-4.30pm – Victoria, A Q&A hosted by Jasper Rees
Gallery D. Tickets £5
Hosted by Jasper Rees, author of the hugely successful Let’s Do It, Victoria Wood’s authorized biography, our panel share stories and talk about what it was like to work with Victoria, what impact she’s had on their work, and on the wider comedy and TV scene in the UK. Featuring two of Victoria’s brilliant musical directors, David Firman and Nigel Lilley; writer and performer Vikki Stone and Dr Peter Deakin, lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Salford.
5pm – Met Express Whose Line is it Anyway?
Never fear, M.E.S.H are here. If you’ve got a problem our Met Express Super Heroes can solve it. From fighting Covid to taming unruly hair, we have a Super Hero that can deal with anything. Join us and see our heroes in action as they deal with any situation that comes their way. Improv fun with the gang from the Met. Get ready to shout out suggestions and watch mayhem ensue!
THE HAPPY MARQUEE AT LIBRARY GARDENS
We’ve got songs, have-a-go musical activities and Victoria-inspired dance.
No need to book, just come and join in the fun. FREE
11am-noon ALFA – give it a go!
Go on, give it a go! Try out different musical instruments with ALFA, Bury’s inspiring music maestros . Suitable for all ages.
12.30-12.45pm & 4.30-4.45pm – Lucky BagS by Ruth Jones
with Claire Fildes and Sophie Trueman
A new dance piece that’ll put a smile on your face. Created especially for Happy by choreographer Ruth Jones, inspired by the Victoria Wood archive, Lucky BagS is a dance through Victoria’s TV classics with some of the greatest characters ever seen. Meet workout teachers Kayleigh Staley and Carley Barley, who’ll put you through your paces, plus some very special dinnerladies and the always hilarious inhabitants of Acorn Antiques.
4-4.30pm Hannah Brackenbury
Join the award-winning musical comedy performer for a joyful tribute to Victoria.