Awaken your senses with Square Chapel’s new season – Enjoy Films, Exhibitions on Screen, Theatre, Music, Family Shows & Exclusive Q&A’s

Between Aug and Dec 2017, Square Chapel sold 22,000 tickets to events and films in their programme! That’s 1,000 tickets more than they sold in 12 months in 2016. They also sold over 40,000 lattes since the new café/bar opened in June 2017, demonstrating that Square Chapel is a place that brings its community together to share a cuppa and enjoy the cultural offer in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

After the successful opening of a new building in the heart of Halifax and an autumn season with a record number of sell-out events, Square Chapel Arts Centre is back with another jam-packed season to blow away those winter blues.


Films & Exclusive Q&A’s

Journey through the birth and evolution of Factory Records and Manchester’s iconic Hacienda scene with a screening of the 00’s cult classic 24 Hour Party People (Friday 2 February, 7.30pm) starring Steve Coogan as the ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter, Tony Wilson. The film will be followed by a Q&A and exclusive House DJ set from the original Hacienda DJ, Graeme Park. Square Chapel will stay open into the wee hours with a special late license, giving fans a chance to relive those party nights.


Actor and Square Chapel Patron, Reece Dinsdale will take to the Square Chapel stage for the first time with an exclusive Q&A about his role in the 1980’s cult film ID and his career in TV, film and theatre. ID, based on a true story, is set in the late 80’s where four young police officers are sent undercover to infiltrate a gang of notorious hooligans attached to a London football club. Only total commitment will gain the undercover cops the acceptance they need to do their job, but how far will they go?


Whether it be starring in the apocalyptic drama ‘Threads’, the popular comedy series ‘Home to Roost’ with John Thaw, his award-winning stage performance as Alan Bennett in ‘Untold Stories’ or his recent debut as director for the television drama ‘Moving On’, Reece has done it all and fans can get up close and personal and hear all about it on Sunday 4 March, 7.15pm.


Yorkshire born film director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor) returns to her home county on Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm with her emotionally charged third feature, Dark River. Barnard’s film follows estranged siblings Alice and Joe in their bitter dispute over the tenancy of their family farm. Film fans can join the acclaimed Director after the film at Square Chapel for a questions and answer session about her work.


Extreme mountaineering enthusiasts can climb their way up the cobbles to Square Chapel for an evening of  Tales from the Top with mountaineer Mollie Hughes and a screening of the 2017 documentary Mountain (Saturday 13 January, 7.30pm). In May 2017, in temperatures of minus 35°C, Mollie Hughes successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest from the North side. This was Mollie’s second time standing on top of the world having already summited the South side of Everest in 2012. Achieving this feat at the age of 26 made her the youngest woman in the world and the first British woman to successfully summit from both the north and south sides of the world’s highest mountain. Join Mollie as she discusses her motivational story, followed by a screening of the astonishing documentary Mountain. The perfect evening for those who love the great outdoors!


In her weekly podcasts, Edith Bowman talks to film directors, actors and composers about the music that inspires them and how they use music in their films. Square Chapel are delighted to be working with Edith who has exclusively picked five films to screen in Halifax that showcases her love of music in film. Bowman’s choices include Arrival, 24 Hour Party People, Trainspotting, Lost in Translation and This is Spinal Tap – all of which will be screened at Square Chapel Arts Centre between January and March 2018.



Exhibition on Screen

The Exhibition on Screen films have been enjoyed by more than 1 million people in cinemas worldwide and now screen in 54 countries. Square Chapel are delighted to have joined the list of cinemas screening these rich and beautiful pieces enabling fans to enjoy blockbuster art events from galleries around the world. Audiences can experience an immersive cinematic journey through the world’s art and its creators including David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts, Cezanne: Portraits of a Life and Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing.




Theatre fans are in for a treat with a thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Saturday 3 March 2pm & 7.30pm). This production is set to immerse the audience in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. This is unmissable theatre for those with a dark side.

On Saturday 10 February, 7.30pm John Godber fans can see the classic comedy Teechers, a production about life at a struggling ‘sink school’ following the unsuspecting new drama teacher, Mr Nixon. Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.


From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads (Friday 9 February, 8pm) tells the tale of a young David Bowie obsessive. Martin is a boy with problems – an illness no-one understands and a head full of sound and vision. So, when an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. What follows will change his life forever…Powerful and touching, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving production.


The Best of BE Festival (Friday 2 March, 7pm) is Birmingham’s international festival of performing arts. Each year, they package up their top 3 shows from the festival and share them with audiences around the country. This year the festival features 3 delicious 30-minute samples of mask, theatre and circus from across Europe, all in one evening.


Spanish company Kulunka Teatro present André and Dorine, an old couple who are forced to find ways to remember what once joined them together after the sudden onset of Alzheimer’s disease – a moving story, beautifully told through full masks. In What Does Stuff Do? Bristol-based performer Robin Boon Dale will spend 30 minutes, literally, tripping his way through a part guide, part motivational speech on juggling. Romain Teule’s showLégende, unpacks the possibilities of language, and plays upon the (mis)interpretation of words, with amusing results. The evening also includes food as well as the 3 delightful pieces of performance, the perfect treat for any theatre fan.


Audiences are invited to step into F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age novel The Great Gatsby (Thursday 5 April – Friday 13 April) with this immersive theatre show that will transform Square Chapel. It’s the roaring twenties, an era of bootleg liquor and red-hot jazz and Jay Gatsby has invited Halifax to one of his infamous parties – the hottest invite in town. The cocktails will be flowing, music flowing and the part in full swing. Party goers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion or simply sit back and be ready to be absorbed into the immersive Gatsby world.


Pay What You Can

Pay What You Can is based on trust. Square Chapel encourages theatre goers to make a judgement for themselves on what they can afford to pay from the £1 – £20 pricing option for some of its shows. This season the arts centre have 5 shows for audiences to choose from.

Mistero Buffo (Thursday 18 January, 8pm) is a one-man masterpiece packing in over a hundred characters and controversial views of the Bible’s best-known stories. This is a daring and timely reminder that sometimes we need to pay attention to the smallest voice and not the most powerful.


We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Thursday 22 March, 8pm) is a remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. Hear how she stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with her selfless dedication and how she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity that inspired future generations.

Follow Mickey and his team of cornermen who don’t have much luck in the boxing world until they sign up a young boxer whose winning ways show them a world of success they’ve never known. The theatre show, Cornerman will be performed at Square Chapel on Thursday 22 February at 8pm.


Sad Little Man (Thursday 8 March, 8pm) is a stand-up act set in the mind of a young man (Lee) in shock. This beautifully executed piece of theatre is a combination of performance poetry, physical theatre and projection telling the story of the many lives of Lee and someone he loves.


If I Say Jump (Thursday 29 March, 8pm) follows the life of Jenny, a vicar and her problems. Her creepy ex-husband keeps sending her flowers and won’t sign the divorce papers. The church hall is being renovated by a dodgy builder, who’s being investigated by the police. And her best friend Danny has turned up in the vestry with a gun. If I Say Jump, is a bold and exhilarating tale of contemporary Britain, and is a show for anyone who has ever asked themselves “why did I just do that?” It skillfully blends storytelling, comedy, original music and a live soundscape to chart a morally ambiguous quest for peace and wellbeing in a chaotic time.




Blow away the winter blues and get the dancing shoes on with Hope and Social (Sunday 21 January, 8pm). With five albums under their belt and hundreds of gigs including Glastonbury, Hope and Social will entertain the people of West Yorkshire and beyond with their energetic, joyful and dance-along music. Hope and Social create a truly unmissable evening for all music fans.


Square Chapel and Huddersfield based Ensemble 360 have joined forces to commission an entirely new piece of music to celebrate the new Square Chapel Arts Centre for all to enjoy (Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm). Local composer Paul Robinson has written this new piece of music with excerpts of verse by the Square Chapel over 50’s writing group and the original poem written by the founder of the Chapel, Titus Knight. This concert weaves the history of Square Chapel and the important role it plays in the community it serves and where it is today.  The piece will be sung by the Hepton Singers and played by Ensemble 360 and is sponsored by Robin and Jessica, two of the original founders of Square Chapel.


Other live music highlights include Stick the Wheel (Sunday 11 March, 8pm) – the five-piece folk band described as a ‘shot in the arm for contemporary folk music’, and English Folk Singer John Kirkpatrick (Friday 30 March) just to name a few.



Valentine’s Day

Square Chapel have the perfect evening for those who love a bit of romantic night out. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the greatest romance in film history. See Brief Encounter on the big screen from 7.30pm or from 8pm join the talented English folk father and daughter duo, Martin and Eliza Carthy for a special Concert.



Other Events

Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London (in 2016) retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on. Maconie fans can join him at Square Chapel (Saturday 20 January, 8pm) for an entertaining and enlightening journey through Britain then and now. Stuart is a bestselling author of travel, culture and social history books as well as one of Britain’s best known radio presenters.


Head to Square Chapel from 3.30pm on Saturday 2 February for Afternoon Tea with Wendy Cope. This idea of a slightly seditious but seriously good iconic moan about life’s little irritations over a cuppa with Wendy has proved unfailingly popular with fans. Audiences can expect a hilariously dissatisfied and ironic set either side of the tea…with questions and answers to round off the event, plus an after-show book signing. At times sharp and punchy, at times soft and contemplative. This is the perfect afternoon tea entertainment.

On Wednesday 28 March, 8pm audiences can laugh, sort their life out, stay sane, plan their death and help save the NHS with Dr Phil’s Health Revolution. It’s Doctors orders!



Families are invited on a journey around the world in a custom-built yurt with Landscapes (Sunday 28 January, 11am & 2pm). This award-winning show is a theatrical experience like no other! Audience are taken on a sensory journey around the world where the sun rises over a buzzing desert, where snakes and eagles hunt for food.  In the rainforest, apes, butterflies, spiders and birds try to steal the crocodile’s eggs.  Jelly Fish and turtles light up the underwater world of the deep ocean and in the freezing Antarctic, a mother penguin shields her chick from the cold arctic air.  This non-verbal show is magical and a real treat for all the senses.


On Sunday 25 February, 2.30pm families can enjoy a retelling of the popular children’s story ‘Snow White’ with Red Earth Theatre’s Mirror Mirror. With magical storytelling, puppetry and sign-language, this is the perfect half term treat for families.


On Sunday 11 March, 2.30pm celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ bestselling book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and see one of the best loved nursery rhymes come to life. Families with young children can relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warimg family fun.


Little ones are invited to join Stan and Mabel and a whole carnival of animals as they escape from the school for Wild and Dangerous Animals in search of a safe place to call home. Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space (Saturday 24 March, 2pm) is a concert for families and features a brand-new illustrated story with original music.


So, head down to the new cultural quarter in Halifax and awaken your senses with a whole host of films, Q&A’s, live music gigs, theatre, and family shows for all the family.


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