Halifax war play scoops UK Theatre award

An August Bank Holiday Lark, performed by Northern Broadsides at Oldham Coliseum
An August Bank Holiday Lark, performed by Northern Broadsides at Oldham Coliseum
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A Halifax theatrical touring company has scooped an award for its play in commemoration of the centenary of World War One.

Northern Broadsides’, Dean Clough, co-production of An August Bank Holiday Lark won best new play in the UK Theatre’s regional theatre awards.

The Deborah Mc Andrew’s play is set in a Lancashire village in 1914 and depicts the chaos and destruction caused to everyday life and all those caught up in the war years.

The Guardian reviewed it as “a powerful and moving reminder that the war not only destroyed million of lives but killed many of the joys that made those worth living”.

UK Theatre chief executive Julian Bird, said: “What makes the awards particularly unique is that they not only celebrate the achievements of British theatre-makers and performers, but also the venues and their teams’ considerable contribution to the theatre industry.”

The Northern Broadsides production was in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme.