Head to Halifax for a Star-Studded Line-Up of Guests and Events (April – July 2019) PRESS RELEASE

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This week (Tuesday 5th March) Square Chapel Arts Centre launched their new April – Jul 2019 programme of events with an evening hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins and entertainment from the popular Yorkshire brass band, Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners and the Orange Box Young People’s Choir – that includes singer Callum Butterworth who recently got through to the live competition stage of ITV’s The Voice.


The evening included laughter, entertainment and the unveiling of some of the best as well as exclusive music, film, theatre and literature events coming to Halifax this April- July.


BBC Radio 6 Music’s presenter, Chris Hawkins said: “It’s such an impressive and enviable programme – as strong as anywhere in the UK. I love what Square Chapel are doing, the venue and everything about it.”


This month (March 2019), the arts centre was also awarded ‘Pub of the Season’ for Winter 18/19 by the Calderdale branch of CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale. A fantastic accolade ahead of their Beer and Gin Festival taking place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July.










Image: Chris Hawkins – BBC Radio 6 Music 

Film: Up North: Film & Television Festival:

Film fans can enjoy the latest big releases, classics, arthouse films and In Conversation events at Square Chapel Arts Centre with their ongoing film offer. Catch the stunning Rembrandt (Sunday 14 & Tuesday 16 April) and Van Gogh (Sun 9 June & Tuesday 11 June) Exhibition on Screen films or join larger than life actor Brian Blessed (Saturday 15 June) for a screening of the film Flash Gordon followed by a Q&A with the man himself, and if that’s not enough, you can also enjoy live in concert, Bulsara and His Queenies – a remarkable seven piece band that perform the music of Queen.


As well as the Arts Centre’s ongoing film programme, there will also be a month-long Film and Television Festival, celebrating northern voices on screen and behind the camera (3-29 May). The festival includes Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric (Saturday 4 May) – a film starring the Manchester United legend Eric Cantona. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast members Steve Events and Stephanie Bishop.


One not to miss is the new feature documentary The Wedding Present – Something Left Behind (Tuesday 21 May) about the “greatest break-up album of all time” followed by a Q&A with Director Andrew Jezard and BBC 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins. Featuring interviews with the original band members and key players in the record’s history, the film follows the album’s story through the eyes of the fans who have carried it with them for a lifetime. The story concludes with the band’s homecoming show in Leeds where the city witnessed a blistering and emotional final-ever performance of the album!


Fans of the hit TV series Last of the Summer Wine will love Summer Winos Live! (Friday 24 May). Two Men, Two Hundred and Ninety-Five Episodes, One Obsession… Bob Fischer (BBC Radio Tees) and Andrew Smith’s gentle love of Last of the Summer Wine quickly became a quest to watch all episodes, while visiting locations, meeting the cast and, ultimately, turning their passion into a show. The duo will take to the Square Chapel stage to explain just how Last of the Summer Wine has taken over their lives, and what you can learn and love from the world’s longest-running sitcom! Fans can expect dressing up, audience participation, lots of reminiscing, and kazoos.


The full festival guests and events will be officially announced on Thursday 21 March where selected guests and the public will be invited along. The festival is supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.



Literature events:


Author, Will Self – “There can be no more thrilling idea of intimacy than connecting with someone through the agency of the written word.” Will Self’s razor-sharp take on our modern world is combined with an unnerving exploration of something much older: the very heart of what makes us human. The prolific and celebrated journalist and Booker Prize nominated author of Umbrella, Phone, Shark, How the Dead Live & Great Apes, will be gracing the Square Chapel stage on Thursday 6 June for an evening of selected readings.


Poetry lovers can see the award-winning Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage (Friday 14 June), who will be performing from a range of his work, including his new collection ‘Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic’. A former probation officer from Marsden, near Halifax. Simon Armitage is Professor of Poetry at Leeds University. He received the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Join him for one night only as he returns to his beloved Wes Yorkshire.

beloved West Yorkshire.


The inimitable Jenni Murray (Sunday 14 June) celebrates great women from around the world – rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names. She has met and interviewed many of the women featured. They led while others followed. They stood up and spoke out when no one else would. They

broke the mould in art, music and literature. Each of them fought, in their own way, for change. A History of the World in 21 Women celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world.



The legendary former England cricket captain, David Gower (Thursday 23 May) often described as one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of all time, promises to share his thoughts on 2019’s Cricket World Cup and The Ashes. Fans can expect tales from captaining his national team to victory in the Ashes as well as memories of flying that Tiger Moth over Queensland.



In light of the anticipated TV series ‘Gentleman Jack’ written by Square Chapel Patron sally Wainwright, the arts centre has teamed up with local author Clara Barley for the launch of her debut novel ‘The Moss House’. On Sunday 14 July, hear about the passionate story of local landowners Anne Lister and Ann Walker in the 1830s, as they fall in and out of love with each other, and in and out of favour with those around them. Join the writer and explore where fact meets fiction, followed by a Q&A and book signing.






Music lovers can see Belfast born, Duke Special live on stage on Friday 17 May. Duke’s creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre.



Eddi Reader (Thursday 13 June) who is probably best known as the former lead singer of the 80s band Fairground Attraction, has won multiple awards including three BRITS and found solo success with her top 40 singles ‘Patience of Angels’ and ‘Town Without Pity’. She also famously harmonised with Annie Lennox, touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four. Reader will be entertaining fans in Halifax for one night only at Square Chapel.



Multiple BBC Folk Award-winning fiddle player and founding member of Lau (probably the most avant-garde and dynamic experimental folk supergroup of our time) Aidan O’Rourke, spent a year writing daily musical responses to James Robertson’s short story collection: 365 – one song every day! As a result, he has now teamed up with BBC Jazz Award-winning piano and harmonium player Kit Downes and together with O’Rourke’s innately Scottish traditional musical backbone crossed with Downes’s jazz influences they bring you an unforgettable evening of powerful live music (Wednesday 15 May).


Square Chapel are delighted to welcome (for one night only – Tuesday 18 June) the incredible and world-renowned pianist Derek Paravicini. Audiences will be blown away by the talent of pianist Derek Paravicini. Born blind, Derek demonstrated savant-like abilities as a child and was a musical prodigy on the piano. Able to play any song from memory, Derek has wowed audiences around the globe with his breath-taking talent and technique. Join Derek and special guests, including beneficiaries of The Amber Trust, the Highbury Choir and the Orange Box Choir.


Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners entertained those who attended the Square Chapel season launch event this week and will be back on Wednesday 3 April for their full live gig. One way to describe their music is New Orleans meets 90s club classics…a rave funeral without the body! This is no sombre occasion: Mr Wilson’s collective musical talent pay homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson. The perfect evening for those who love to get up and dance.















Square Chapel have teamed up with Huddersfield based theatre company Dick and Lottie to celebrate Ayckbourn 80th birthday, and 60 years of his playwriting, with an exclusive rehearsed reading of Ayckbourn’s 4th play – Standing Room Only (Thursday 4 July). Written in 1961 the play, set in the future, follows a family’s life in their home, a double decker bus, and how they deal with an illegal pregnancy. The audience will be joined by Ayckbourn’s archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, for an informative talk prior to the performance.


Square Chapel have two plays written by broadcaster and writer Nick Ahad. These include Mikron Theatre’s Redcoats (Friday 24 May) and The Chef Show (Thursday 20 June). Mikron’s shows are amongst the most popular selling at the arts centre and The Chef Show invites audiences to discuss the play with the cast as well as sample the food being cooked on stage by a local chef! The perfect night out for those who love theatre and a curry!


On Thursday 4 April, theatre fans can see Sparkplug. This play follows Dave who loves Rod Stewart, Joanne and his Ford Capri. Only Joanne’s about to have someone else’s baby. This is a poetic exploration of family, race, identity and love, it’s a story of a white man who becomes the adoptive father and best friend of a mixed-race child.


The art centre’s Pay What You Can scheme is going from strength-to-strength. Pay What You Can is all about trust. It’s about the customer, making a judgement for themselves about what they can afford to pay from a pricing option ranging from £20 – £1 and taking a chance on something new! This season there are four plays as part of the Pay What You Can option; including Evros: The Crossing River (Wednesday 19 June). After winning numerous awards and being featured on BBC World Service, this spellbinding theatre show comes to Square Chapel as part of Refugee Week 2019. The story follows five families on their journey to find a safe haven. International physical theatre company, Seemia, dive into the refugee crisis, fusing musicality, movement and poetic text.





There’s lots to see and do for the little ones too! On Saturday 8 June, join popular children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt and draw along with his interactive family show! He’ll be showing families how to sketch favourite characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways of creating creatures like dragons and unicorns, and giving lots of top tips. To celebrate his latest book ‘Nice Work for the Cat and the King’ everything will have a special ‘royal’ twist!



From a royal drawing to TV Royalty, Children’s TV royalty Sam and Mark, as seen on CBBC’s Big Friday Wind-Up and Copycats, are taking to the road with a brand-new live show and will be heading to Halifax on Wednesday 29 May! Join the BAFTA award-winning duo for an unmissable hour of entertainment, jam packed with sketches, jokes and games, in a show full of fun and laughs for all the family.


For a full list of what’s coming up at Square Chapel, Halifax visit Squarechapel.co.uk, pop in or call the Box Office on 01422 349 422.




For more information and images contact Sofia Cann, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tel 01422 353073  sofia@squarechapel.co.uk



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