Square Chapel Arts Centre in West Yorkshire Announce a Cracking line-up of Events to Keep the Winter Blues Away 


Brochure  – January – April 2020

Square Chapel Art Centre’s Spring 2020 season launch was held at the venue last night (Tuesday 3 December) and was hosted by BBC 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins. The programme for January to April 2020 includes an evening with ex-boxer Frank Bruno, an exclusive rehearsed reading of The Pillowman by their patrons actors Reece Dinsdale and Ian Puleston-Davies, a night with the comedy genius Dom Joly, a concert with the iconic punk princess Toyah Willcox, the four times Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, the other four lads from Liverpool – The Real Thing, the woman with the golden voice Sarah Jane Morris from The Communards, 80s & 90s pop sensation The Christians, and a visit from national treasure Christopher Biggins to name a few.


Chris Hawkins said: “I’ve fallen in love with Square Chapel, their ambition, creativity and what they stand for. They set the bar high”.


Square Chapel Arts Centre productions:


The public are invited to join Square Chapel patrons Reece Dinsdale and Ian Puleston-Davies alongside their friend’s actors Karen Henthorn (War Horse, Dark Heart and Coronation Street), Steve Evets (Gentleman Jack, Vera and Brassic) and Mark Charnock (Emmerdale) for an exclusive reading of The Pillowman on Sunday 2 February.


The Pillowman is a dark comedy play by Irish playwriter, screenwriter, producer, and director Martin McDonagh who is best known for the films In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri 2017). The play is based in an interrogation room where writer, Katurian, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door the writer’s mentally disabled brother Michael waits. The detectives want to

know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and why in particular they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.


The patron reading is just one of the events curated by the arts centre itself. The second one next season is

Outrageous Fortune: Hamlet as told by Gertrude by Square Chapel and their Associate Artist, Debs Newbold taking place on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 March. Gertrude is a wife, a mother and Queen of Denmark. She’s an intelligent and fearless woman whose power is consistently undermined by the men around her. In the 400 years since Hamlet was written, this production asks what, if anything, has changed?


Theatre lovers are invited to purgatory, where everything they know about Gertrude is torn apart and reimagined by one woman and a jazz drummer, in a funny and fierce act of revolution. There’ll be tea, a visit from Joan of Arc and a live drum score.



Cinema & Live Music  

On Saturday 18 January, the ‘other four lads from Liverpool’ tell their story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York, and international stardom. Against a backdrop of racism and social and political turmoil, The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to hit #1 in the pop charts with ‘You To Me Are Everything’.

For the first time Eddy, Chris and Dave tell their incredible story of a 45-year-long career. After five decades, they remain the true pioneers of British soul. The evening includes a documentary about the band followed by an in live on stage Q&A.

From punk princess to cult stage actress, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer. She is one of Britain’s beloved household names an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage and screen actress and music composer. Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-five albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in over twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes. On Saturday 1 February fans can watch Jubilee on screen followed by an ‘in conversation’ event with Toyah and round the night off with a live stage gig.


As part of Square Chapel’s LGBT history month, on Thursday 13 February the arts centre will be screening the Tempest directed by Derek Jarman and starring Toyah Willcox and Christopher Biggins. The film will be followed by an in conversation with the English stage and screen actor, Christopher Biggins who is probably best known for his role as Lukewarm in the BBC sitcom Porridge and for winning I’m A Celebrity – Get me Out of Here. Audiences can expect an entertaining evening from this national treasure.


Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits… Ideal World, Forgotten Town, Father, and Harvest for the World, The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s. Still headed by lead singer Garry Christians, the band are enjoying a revival touring the UK and Europe. Fans can catch them in Halifax on Saturday 14 March and find out why Chris Evans said ‘it was the best.


Best known for her music with The Communards, soul and jazz diva, Sarah Jane Morris’ new album Sweet Little Mystery, is full of songs by Scottish singer/songwriter John Martyn. The album is a joint project between Sarah Jane Morris and guitarist Tony Remy. Together they pay homage to the sublime genius of John Martyn – a restless, often self-destructive artist whose unique voice and music is both breathtakingly bold and achingly tender in its beauty. This show on Saturday 18 April marks the 10th anniversary of Martyn’s tragically early death aged 60.

gig I’ve ever been to.’


Dan Donnelly is a singer songwriter who has played in countries worldwide and has supported acts such as Air, The Darkness, Bob Geldolf, Ian Dury and Duran Duran to name a few. When not touring his own music, Dan is a fulltime member of Indie Rock band The Wonder Stuff. Music lovers can see Dan live on stage on Friday 31 January.




Frank Bruno MBE first became noticed as a young strong lad who was winning all his fights in the Amateur ranks becoming the Youngest ABA Heavyweight boxer. In 1995 he went on to become the World Champion. For those who did not follow boxing, the fights against Mike Tyson made Frank a respect household name.


After retiring Frank Bruno hit the headlines suffering from a series of mental breakdowns. Frank is very vocal about the treatment he received and decided to speak out for the thousands who suffer in silence. He is now a mental health campaigner advising large organisations and Government agencies and has also set up his own Mental Health Foundation. Fans can see Frank Bruno in conversation with Luke Ambler (Andy’s Man Club) on Saturday 21 March where they will discuss the highs and lows of Frank’s career and mental health.


Chrissie Wellington became a professional triathlete at the age of 30, but quickly became the world’s No 1 female Ironman triathlete, a four times World Champion and World Record holder! In 2009 she was voted ‘Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year’ and in 2010 was awarded the MBE.


Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007, finishing five minutes ahead of her nearest rival, was described as the ‘biggest upset in Ironman history’ and ‘a near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships’. Now the Global Lead for Health and Wellbeing for Parkrun, in this rare appearance, Chrissie will share her inspirational story and enthusiasm for driving positive change across the world through the power of sport and participation. Extreme sports fans can hear from Chrissie on Wednesday 22 April.


Square Chapel have a real treat for all Oasis fans! 2020 sees the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest debut albums of all time, Definitely Maybe. Fans can join the drummer – the man behind the beats of iconic songs such as Supersonic and Rock ‘n’ Roll Star! On Saturday 18 January, Tony McCarroll talks openly about his journey with Oasis. Expect stories about the highs and lows, the egos, drink, drugs, and the odd hotel room trashing as Oasis rocketed to a worldwide super stardom.



Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV, and now the writer and broadcaster will be undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globetrotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he’s visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger. The bestselling author will meet fans after the show on Thursday 2 April to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

On Saturday 25 January, Jack Carroll (Britain’s Got Talent & Live at the Apollo) & Pete Selwood (Yorkshire comic of the year) bring their new show to Halifax. Impairment is a disability-based sketch show, poking fun at the problems they deal with on a daily basis. The show will feature lots of laughter, videos and fun.

On Friday 31 January, the world- renowned clairvoyant, medium and psychic is back in Halifax after his sell out show last season! Clinton Baptiste, played by actor Alex Lowe, is the hapless clairvoyant from Peter Kay’s smash hit Channel 4 TV show Phoenix Nights. Clinton will give readings to the audience, offering advice from beyond the grave.



In 1926 Agatha Christie was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She said she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Where is Mrs Christie is a play that asks…was she lying? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance? Audiences can find out in this one woman show taking place on Friday 3 April.

True, traumatic, funny, ultimately triumphant. Based on a true-life story, Green Door is refreshingly rich in humanity and humour, weaving a love of Shakin’ Stevens and shiny shoes into a disturbing story that affects far too many of us. Theatre fans can see this inspirational show on Thursday 2 April.

Moby Dick on Thursday 13 February is based on Herman Melville’s classic tale of the hunt for the great white whale. To celebrate the bicentenary of Herman Melville’s birth, artist Ross Ericson brings his classic tale to life in a stunning solo performance. Ericson is a force to be reckoned with.



Families are invited to see a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (Saturday 21 March), as they are taken into the magical heart of the jungle. Learning the jungle law with Baloo and Bagheera, Mowgli is finally brave enough to challenge his enemy, Shere Khan. This family show is packed full of adventure, comedy, puppetry and music.

Another family title includes Little Red Riding Hood on Thursday 9 April. It’s Christmas Eve and Grandma is not feeling well…luckily, Little Red Riding Hood has a basket of supplies to save the day. Just keep to the path, don’t talk to strangers and don’t mention Grandmas whiskers! Families with little ones will love this brand-new, hilarious, magical and heart-warming version of the classic story.

For more information and to book visit www.squarechapel.co.uk or call the box office eon 01422 349 422


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

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