New season of shows aim to put a spring in the step

editorial image

Family shows, films, comedy, theatre and a folk weekend will put a spring in the audience’s steps at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, next season.

While work continues on a £6.6 million extension to Square Chapel, the venue remains open for business and has a packed programme of entertainment from January to March.

The season has an early highlight when Square Chapel patrons George Costigan and Tim Pigott-Smith will present ‘An Evening with G&T’.

The two actors will perform some of their favourite prose, plays, poetry and songs on Sunday, February 28. The evening will also include a ten-minute play written and directed by Square Chapel patron Sally Wainwright.

Musical highlights include visits by Square Chapel favourite Snake Davis, and nine-piece Mongolian band AnDa Union. There will be musical tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Byrds, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent, and The 309s will host a Jive Night.

Square Chapel will present its first Folk Weekend on March 4, 5 and 6. The weekend will include a rare screening of the Bob Dylan documentary ‘Don’t Look Back’ and performances by Tom McConville and his band The Transpennine Sessions, Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts and North Sea Gas.

Making return visits to fill Square Chapel’s comedy slots will be Robert Newman with ‘The Brain Show’ on Saturday, February 20 and Mark Thomas on Saturday, February 13.

The accent will also be on fun for families with a preview show of ‘Tom Thumb’ on Sunday, January 17, ‘Cecil’s Starlight Safari’ on Monday, February 15, M6 Theatre Company’s ‘Tadpoles’ on Sunday, February 21 and Monday, February 22 and ‘How the Koala Learnt to Hug’, based on the bestselling book by Steve Lee, on Tuesday, March 29. There will also be the chance to meet the author who will sign copies of the book.

Theatre fans will be able to enjoy ‘The Second Best Bed’, on Friday, January 22, a play marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, as well as ‘Acting Alone’ on Saturday, January 30 and ‘Punching the Sky’ on Friday, February 26.

The season promises more than 60 shows, talks, films and events. For a new brochure or booking information contact 01422 349422.