What’s on Sept-Dec 2018


Enjoy Another Jam-packed Season of Films, Theatre, Comedy, Talks and Events at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

September – December 2018


Celebrate the First Anniversary since the Arts Centre opened the New Building & Thirty Years Since The Original Building Was Saved (for £25) From Being Torn Down


Hear from two of the founders of Square Chapel and the architect and their dream coming to true https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ve0EiKWZk


Square Chapel Arts Centre has never been busier as people flock to experience the new copper-clad jewel in Calderdale’s cultural crown.


The award-winning multi artform venue in the heart of Halifax first opened its doors in 1988 when six local theatre lovers saved the then derelict former chapel paying £25 and starting with the vision of transforming the building into a nationally significant space for live performance and safe place for the local community.  The organisation is now approaching its 30th birthday (September 2018) and continues to go from strength-to-strength.


June 2017 saw the completion of a long-held ambition and £6million redevelopment project which doubled the size of the building and provided a much needed second auditorium and cinema, stylish café-bar, additional workshop space, welcoming foyer and improved access for all building users.


Stats and facts

  • During September to December 2017, Square Chapel sold 25,000 tickets to events and films in their programme!
  • That’s 1,000 tickets more than they sold in 12 months of 2016.
  • Since it’s opening last June, over 120,000 people in the new café-bar have enjoyed:
    1. 35,000 hot drinks
    2. 9,000 slices of cake
    3. 17,000 hot meals
    4. 23,000 pints of beer
  • In the first 6 months of opening the new building, they saw 48% new audiences (this was usually an average of 15% in previous seasons).
  • There was a 50% increase in membership holders.
  • Before the opening in June 2017 they saw an average of 40,000 (per month) hits to our website, since opening that has gone up to an average of 90,000 per month.
  • 35% of tickets were concessions and accessibly priced making the arts available to people for whom cost might ordinarily be a barrier
  • Supported 2200 school children to experience the magic of live theatre
  • Square Chapel programmes over 600 films and 200 events per year, this is to ensure there is something for everyone.


The arts centre doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all as they just announcement their jam-packed September to December 2018 season. Download the full brochure here.


The programming seems to be going from strength-to-strength and attracting names and faces like artist Nick Sharratt, the first ever Doctor Who Director Waris Hussein, Award-Winning actor and Director Reece Dinsdale, Broadcaster Iain Lee, TinStar actor Ian Puleston- Davies, Composer Laura Rossi, Comedians Samantha Baines, Rob Newman and Nish Kumar, Poet Ian McMillan, The Golden Voice of Cricket Henry Blofeld, and Musicians Hayseed Dixie, John Smith, FRIGG and Glen Tilbrook.




On Tuesday 27 November, 7.30pm Join Doctor Who fans to see the first two episodes of the popular long-running TV series and meet the first ever Doctor Who Director, Warris Hussein as the public can ask him them burning questions in the Q&A hosted by author Tim Neal (Tim was also featured in the ‘Doctor Who and Me’ exhibition held at the National Media Museum, Bradford in 2014).


An Unearthly Child was the first of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was initially broadcast on BBC TV in four weekly parts, of which Square Chapel will be screening the first two. The serial introduced William Hartnell as the First Doctor.


For those who enjoy films with a live score, head to the arts centre on Sunday 25 November (2.30pm and 7.30pm) to see The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks on a big screen featuring a live score from the Orchestra of Square Chapel. The film will also be introduced by the original composer Laura Rossi and the Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum, Dr Toby Haggith. The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (1917) is the original film of the British Army’s autumn campaign on the Somme, which ran from 15 September to 18 November 1916.


As part of the national OCD Awareness week (7-13 October 2018) Square Chapel will have an exclusive screening of the film ‘Dirty Filthy Love co-written by actor Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street and Tin Star) and Jeff Pope.


The film is about an architect’s life falling apart as a result of his affliction with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome. Based on true events, watch Michael Sheen and Shirley Henderson star in this touching and funny tale. The screening will be following by a Q&A with friend of Square Chapel, Ian Puleston-Davies as he talks about how he copes with OCD. The evening will be hosted by Ashley Fulwood (CEO of OCD UK and fellow OCD suffer). Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm.


On Tuesday 6 November from 7.30pm, join other film fans for An Evening with Yorkshire Film Archive and see the astonishing record of life in Yorkshire and the North East of England over the past 120 years. Made by amateurs and professionals – the collections include industrial footage, Yorkshire and Tyne Tees TV news and programmes. All capturing a fascinating social history of life in the regions over the decades.


Join Square Chapel patron and award-winning actor and director Reece Dinsdale on Sunday 2 December, 7.30pm for an exclusive screening of the Threads – a film that caused some viewers to become a shivering wreck for weeks after watching this post-nuclear masterpiece.


Threads follows young lovers Ruth (Karen Meagher) and Jimmy (Reece Dinsdale) who decide to get married after Ruth unexpectedly gets pregnant. But their quiet lives in Sheffield, England, are threatened when the Soviet Union and United States go to war. After a nuclear attack destroys a NATO base 20 miles from Sheffield, the town falls into chaos. Ruth and Jimmy are separated as the fallout spreads. Ruth must struggle to survive alone in the postapocalyptic landscape. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Reece Dinsdale (hosted by broadcaster a fan of Threads and Reece Dinsdale – Iain Lee) to talk about his time filming Threads and his career in TV, film and theatre.



Square Chapel has a packed programme of comedy to keep audiences laughing as the dark night start rolling in this autumn.


Comedian Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a national tour and he’s stopping off in Halifax! Expect jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and loads of belly laughter! Friday 28 September, 8pm.


Star of BBC Radio 4s series ‘Appisodes’ and Netflix special ‘Live From The BBC’, regular co-host of the Guilty Feminist Podcast, Felicity Ward is back for her second nationwide tour, smaller and funnier than ever! See her live at Square Chapel from 8ppm on Sunday 7 October.


Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D and BBC Radio 4) brings her complete sell-out Edinburgh show to Halifax for one night only (Friday 2 November, 8pm). Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle.


Rob Newman attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers. One not to be missed! Friday 23 November, 7.30pm.


Fresh from hosting his weekly hit radio show The Verb, poet, broadcaster, comedian and Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan is joined by Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss to present a hilarious night of words, music & breath-taking comedy, featuring songs, stories and a musical created out of thin air! Friday 14 December, 7.30pm.




Square Chapel Arts Centre have a great line-up of music next season including the Voice and face of Squeeze Glen Tilbrook (Wednesday 21 November, 8pm); The brilliant John Smith with his rumbling acoustic fingerstyle and his gravel like voice. Smith has also performed alongside the likes of Jackson Brown, Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker. Fans can see him in Halifax for one night only – Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm.


Other highlights include the award-winning quartets (Notos Quartet and Jerusalem Quartet) playing on behalf of the Halifax Philharmonic Club; the unique sounds of the Tennessee band Hayseed Dixie (Tuesday 18 September, 7.30pm). The world first got a taste of this band in 2001 with the release of their first album titled ‘A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC”



The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate 50 years of international commentating by touring the country with his brand new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio! Fans won’t want to miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today! Join Henry Blofeld on Sunday 23 September from 7.30pm




The world class Gandini Juggling return to square Chapel with their latest offer Sigma – combing their trademark and contemporary circus style with geometry, mathematic and classical Indian dance in a highly visual show performed by an all-female cast with a percussion score. The award-winning show and company will be in Halifax as part of Square Chapel’s opening season offer on Friday 7 September, 7pm.


The opening night (Friday 7 September, 8.15pm) of the new season also welcomes back Dugout Theatre with their show Songlines – a contemporary fable and coming-of-age love story with an original soundtrack of live folk music from critically acclaimed band TRILLS.


2Magpies Theatre presents Ventoux on Sunday 4 November 7.30pm. Ventoux is a restaging of the dramatic battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the Tour de France 2000 on Mont Ventoux. Once regarded as the greatest race in the history of cycling, we now know that both Armstrong and Pantani doped during their careers. At the time both were champions in their own right – Pantani winning the Tour de France in 1998, and Armstrong winning in 1999. In 2000 they went head to head on Mont Ventoux. They crossed the line together but their careers spiraled in wildly opposite directions. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles; Pantani died of a cocaine overdose alone in a hotel room. Armstrong denied, lied and cheated where Pantani was caught.


The Forecast (Thursday 18 October, 8pm) follows the story of four women from four corners of the globe float in mid-air. Fleeing war, poverty and environmental destruction they now have a new job, as human garden ornaments! Tethered to their new reality, this four-way odd couple bicker, banter and are forced to confront what freedom means to them.


WOKE – By Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough (Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm) is a new story about the 20th-century African-American experience. Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?


Pay What You Can


Square Chapel are back with another programme of Pay Way You Can (PWYC) theatre shows. PWYC is all about trust. It’s about the customer making an judgement for themselves about what they can afford to pay choosing from the £1-£20 pricing options. Square Chapel want to make theatre access and available to everyone. The PWYC shows take place every second Friday of the month.


This is includes A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Sad) on Friday 12 October, 8pm. It’s an all singing, all dancing new musical about depression. Taking an difficult and taboo subject, the company turn it into a show that is sensitive, joyful and completely inspiring.


Shivers is a co-production between Square Chapel Arts Centre, Harrogate Theatre and the Book of Darkness & Light who create chilling original ghost stories with live violin score. (Friday 14 December, 8pm




Staring on Thursday 29 November, Square Chapel will be hosting a micro-festival of euphoric performances that invites the public to Look Closer at the stories that make us all human. It’s a festival that also celebrates the extra in ordinary and reimagines the spaces and platforms for how we talk about the world around us.


On Saturday 1 December, 2.30pm, audiences are invited to experience 600 People – from Doctor Alexander Kelly from Sheffield-based theatre company Third Angel – a show that looks at the brief history of humankind and our ever-changing place in the world.


Wallflower on Friday 30 November is a show that’s presented in two different versions – one is a ninety minute show and the other is a five hour dance marathon that you can drop in and out of or stay for the whole experience. The idea is to try to recall every dance you have ever danced. Some of the dancers are professionals and same not. Everyone is encourages to join in as it’s all about how music can shape out lives.



Head to Square Chapel for three incredible dance shows put together by award-winning companies and renowned choreographs. Point of Echo on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September is presented by Bgroup & China Plate and is a haunting tale of love, death and monsters, blending the tones of a Wes Anderson movie with the eerie dread of The Twilight Zone all choreographed by internationally recognized Ben Wright.


This Really is Too Much is a superb dance comedy by Gracefool Collective taking place on Thursday 25 October, 8pm and Windows of Displacement – a autobiographical solo show that blends dance and song with spoken word is a beautiful and gentle piece taking place on Thursday 22 November, 8pm.




There’s lots for families to see and do this season at Square Chapel including Nick Sharratt’s Draw-Along (Saturday 27 October, 2pm). Little ones are invited with their grown-ups to join the much-loved children’s writer and illustrator, Nick Sharratt (Shark in the Park and Pants) for this family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for all ages. He’ll be showing families how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips as you draw along with him. Fans are also encouraged to bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in!


For more family fun experience what happens when The musicians of Eboracum Baroque join author, Terry Deary to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Horrible Histories. Take a journey through Georgian England and expect a gruesome tale or two along the way! Interspersed with Terry’s tales, hear music from the time by the famous composer, George Frederick Handel, performed on instruments including the Harpsichord and Baroque Trumpet. A performance full of fun and laughter for all the family. Sunday 21 October, 2.30pm





For more information, images, press interviews and press tickets please contact Sofia Cann, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tel 01422 353073 Mob 07835558000 sofia@squarechapel.co.uk


Alec Gladok – Marketing Officer Alec@squarechapel.co.uk

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