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Guest Blog: Charmaine Childs on POWER

Guest Blog: Charmaine Childs on POWER

This Spring Charmaine Childs, a Strong Lady of extraordinary abilities, will perform at the Lawrence Batley Theatre her new show POWER. Here Charmaine delves into what power means to her, what to expect from her show, and why it’s important to embrace both fragility and strength in an increasingly polarised world. I’m very excited to […]

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Phoenix Dance Theatre’s The Rite of Spring: Haitian Voudou, what is it?

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s The Rite of Spring: Haitian Voudou, what is it?

In 1913 when the Ballet Russes performed to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for the first time audience members at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées were shocked at the avant-garde nature of the work and apparently broke out into riots. Now, over 100 years later Phoenix Dance Theatre perform a reworking by Haitian-born choreographer, Jeanguy […]

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Interview: Local writer Angie Smith tells her own story

Interview: Local writer Angie Smith tells her own story

Angie Smith, Artistic Director of Jamrock Productions, transports audiences from Huddersfield to Jamaica with her original plays. Her latest play, My Hurt, My Pain, My Dreams, opens at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Friday 31 May. We sat down with Angie to chat about her inspirations and her love of writing and theatre. How long […]

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Interview: Playwright Cody Daigle-Orians on In The Bones

Interview: Playwright Cody Daigle-Orians on In The Bones

Cody Daigle-Orians is a Louisiana-born playwright, educator and arts programmer living in Hartford, Connecticut. In his second collaboration with Huddersfield-based company, Root & Branch Productions, Daigle-Orians sees his play In The Bones relocated to the north of England. In The Bones follows the 2018 Greater Manchester Fringe Award–winning 18 Victoria. When did you write ‘In […]

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New show Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig Announced

New show Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the Lawrence Batley Theatre will be staging the adaption of Matt Haig‘s bestselling book Reasons To Stay Alive as part of a national tour by English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres. English Touring Theatre, who staged French Without Tears and Othello at the LBT will be bringing the show to Huddersfield from Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 October. At 24 Matt’s […]

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Guest Blog: Richard Watson – The Stories of ‘Queers’

Guest Blog: Richard Watson – The Stories of ‘Queers’

This April, the Huddersfield Thespians present Queers, a series of short monologues written in response to the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act. In 1967 the Sexual Offences Act legalised homosexual acts between consenting men of 21 or over, in private, in England and Wales. Later laws did the same for Scotland in 1981 […]

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