Square Chapel reveal jam-packed line-up for new season

Daddy Is That You? at The Square Chapel
Daddy Is That You? at The Square Chapel

Exciting time are ahead at the Square Chapel in Halifax.

The centre for the arts has announced its line-up for September to December and it’s jam-packed with entertainment.

Ben Rothera, from the Square Chapel, said: “We’re delighted at the quality and variety of shows coming up between now and the end of the year.

“We’ve another really exciting programme of comedy, theatre, music, children’s shows and dance so there’s something for every interest and every taste.”

The artists include icon of 80s and 90s TV comedy Phil Cool, who will be performing on Saturday, September 15.

With the most flexible face in comedy, he can impersonate George W Bush one minute, Paul McCartney the next and then Bugs Bunny the minute after that.

Moradokmai Theatre Community will be bringing their new musical play Daddy! Is that you?’to Square Chapel on Sunday, September 9.

The 50-strong theatre troupe live and work together in a self-sufficient community in rural Thailand.

They mix Western and traditional Thai theatre techniques to create shows that appeal to people from all over the world.

A show designed for the whole family, ‘Daddy! Is that you?’ is a fun and energetic performance based on two well-known Thai stories about young people searching for their fathers.

The talented performers switch between actors, musicians and narrators in a play that will entertain adults and children alike.

Before the show, in the afternoon, the theatre community will run an hour-long workshop for anyone aged eight and over.

As well as creating theatre, their commitment to supporting children and young people has led them to starting 40 drama clubs in schools and opening a free alternative boarding school.

On Sunday, November 25, The Horse and Bamboo Theatre will tell the classic Hans Christian Anderson story of The Nightingale through a mesmerising blend of masks, puppetry, animation and music.

The same group will also perform Angus: Weaver of Grass on Friday, September 21 - the story of Angus McPhee who was severely affected by World War II and spent 50 years in a psychiatric hospital.

A cabaret-style celebration of the Brontes, their lives and times will be performed by Scary Little Girls with The Full Bronte on Friday, November 30.

The homage to English literature’s most famous sisters us a performative romp through everything people love about the Brontes and their creations.

Green-fingered enthusiasts may find Losing the Plot, performed by Mikron Theatre, right up their stret.

It tells of the gardners of Thistledale Allotments, who are a ragbag bunch of diggers and dreamers, and the annual heaviest and longest competition - a time when old feuds and new flirtations threaten the fragile peace.

The show full of old music hall tunes, new songs and the story of love between the land, the people and their giant vegetables, takes place on Thursday, September 20.

There are a host of other acts lined up including a Yorkshire Film Archive screening of a selection of films from the last 50 years made in Halifax on Thursday, September 6 and a comedy set in the town - I Heart Halifax performed by Hard Graft Theatre Company - on Wednesday, September 12.

Hull Truck Theatre will perform The Strange Case of Dry Jekyll and Mr Hyde on Thursday, November 15, while Lip Service Theatre will take to the stage on Saturday, November 3 with Inspector Norse - a Swedish self-assembly crime thriller featuring Inspector Sandra Larsson.

There will also be music from a host of performers including Phillip Dyson on Friday, September,ber 14, The Budapest Cafe Orchestra on Saturday, September 22, the Souled Out Band on Friday, September 28, Calderdale Big Band on Saturday, October 6 and Olivia Moore and the Owl Ensemble on Friday, October 5.

For tickets to any show at the Square Chapel, call the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk where there is also information about other forthcoming shows.