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Ready: The dancers at their final rehearsal

Celebrating summer with style

Talented young dancers took to the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, stage last Sunday to present their summer show “Formation”.

London, UK. 07.04.2016. National Youth Dance Company presents the premiere of "In-Nocentes" at Sadler's Wells. Choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, Artistic Director for NYDC for 2015 - 2016, with lighting design by Peter Harrison, set and costume design by Laura Hopkins. NYDC is touring the work from 26 June  23 July 2016. The dancers are: Monique Ademilola, Jasmine Bayes, Tomas Brennan, Jamie Buchanan, Arthur Clayton, Isis Clunie, Olivia Doyle, Lucia Fortune-Ely, Christian Griffin, Bar Groisman, Rachael Harrison, Alex Henderson, Amie Hibbert, Christopher Hicks, Tommy Hodgkins, Noga Inspector, Taitlyn Jaiyeola, Kaylee Jaiyeola, Ethan Joseph, Niamh Keeling, Rose Lewis, Blue Makwana, Dominic McAinsh, Iona McGuire, Kennedy Muntanga, Daniel Nattrass, Jessica Nixon, Jasmine Norton, Ethan Nott, Chris Pilbeam, David Prempeh, Jackson Shallcross-Platt, Kia Skilbeck, Ben Todd-Jones, Tre Usoro-Williams, Chad Wakefield, Molly Walker, John-William Watson, George Williams, Hallam Wood. Photograph � Jane Hobson

Square dance

Dance Creates Conference.

Janet Wright's exhibition of aerial photography is at Todmorden Information Centre through July 2017

Todmorden pictured from on high in Janet’s aerial exhibition

Todmorden photographer Janet Wright is exhibiting a selection of aerial shots at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre until the end of July.

Great Yorkshire Show: The ultimate guide

Great Yorkshire Show: The ultimate guide

Yorkshire's showpiece agricultural event is less than two weeks away.

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Opera North will continue to get funding from the Arts Council.

Arts Council reveals £5.3m boost in funding for Yorkshire

The Arts Council has this morning announced an increase of more than £5m for projects and organisations based in Yorkshire.
Top director: Mike Leigh

Cameras roll on a moment of English history

Cameras were rolling in Calderdale again last week when film-makers returned to the area, this time to film a big-budget film about an infamous moment in British history.

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Alan Carr

The Price Is Right returns with Alan Carr at the helm

The Price Is Right is returning - with Alan Carr as host.

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Laurie Dyer, of Mytholmroyd, has written a book of stories featuring his springer spaniel Dolly, to raise money for the rescue charity he got her from. The illustrations are by his half-cousin James Dyer.

Laurie swaps beat for books

A former policeman is looking to raise money for a dog rescue charity by turning author.


Runway 2017 winner Ellie cruises through her first shoot

There was nobody more surprised than Ellie Smith when she was announced as the winner of Runway 2017.

Artists offer a taste of ‘Freedom’

Artists offer a taste of ‘Freedom’

Art-lovers will be able to enjoy a taste of ‘Freedom’ at a new exhibition at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse this month.

Joan Eardley: A Private View 
2017 World Premiere and Tour 
Heroica Theatre Company
4th May 2017

Picture by marc marnie


About the play: Anna Carlisle�"s ground-breaking new play celebrates a gifted life stopped in its prime and will give audiences an opportunity to spend time in the company of a great painter as she makes her way through a life of joys, frustrations, disappointments and triumphs. In this compelling and moving promenade production, audiences will come to understand what it was that fired Joan Eardley: they will hear the voices of her cherished Samson children of Glasgow and the sounds of the Catterline storms. They will feel as if they are almost standing in the waves and cornfields with her, and experience for themselves the overwhelming impact of her finished works.

Written by Anna Carlisle 
Directed by Marilyn Imrie 

Cast: Alexandra Mathie, John Kielty, Ashley Smith 
Creative team: Production manager � Katie Hutcheson, Stage manager � Rachael Miller, Designer � Clai

Eardley play is back in Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge theatre company Heroica brings its acclaimed play celebrating the life of Anglo-Scottish painter Joan Eardley to Calderdale this weekend - having played to sellout audiences both sides of the border.

Brighouse 1940s weekend

Turned out nice again!

It seems barely believable that just five years ago the first 1940s Weekend was held in Brighouse.

Shirley Fielder, Claire Ashworth Susan Shaw and Linda Sayer all dressed up as Madonna at Todmorden Carnival to promote the fair

All raring to go for country fair

‘Come along and support YOUR Todmorden’.

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Festival floods town
with watery works

Festival floods town with watery works

The theme of this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is Water and local poet Winston Plowes is one of the artists taking inspiration from the town’s waterside setting, a confluence of rivers and canal, writes Paul Clarke.

FUNNY GIRL,              , MUSIC - JULE STYNE, Lyrics  Bob Merrill, Book  Harvey Fierstein, Director  Michael Mayer, Choreography  Lynne Page, Set Design  Michael Pavelka, Costumes  Matthew Wright, Lighting  Mark Henderson, The Savoy Theatre, London, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

Sheridan’s starring role

Sheridan Smith steps onto the stage at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford next month in a show that has won critical acclaim and enjoyed record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre in London.

Theatre and Comedy
Win tickets for one woman space race

Win tickets for one woman space race

Atlantis is a one woman space race, taking its audience on a journey through Disneyland, dance school, a family holiday and into outer space before asking it to look back and reconsider the planet we inhabit.

Theatre and Comedy
Nine days of top class entertainment

Nine days of top class entertainment

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has revealed this year’s line-up for the nine-day eventwhich starts in June, writes Paul Clarke.

Shall we

Shall we dance?

Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite couple, Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe return to the Victoria Theatre with their spectacular show Somewhere In Time.

Actor George Costigan talks to performing arts students at Calderdale College.

Q&A: Happy Valley star George Costigan on his favourite people and places

Actor George Costigan rose to fame in 1986 in Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Most recently on TV in Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley, he is also a patron of the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax and divides his time between France and York.

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