The Story Begins…

Stories have shaped the world around us for as long as we’ve been able to share them. Over the next few years we’re going to be working with some absolutely incredible people to look at how and why we tell stories for today. They’re called Storytellers, and they’ll be creating completely new stories for you, on stage, right here in Huddersfield.

Meet our first two Storytellers.

Nikita Gill

Nikita Gill is an Indian writer and is the most followed poet in the UK, with more than half a million followers. You may have seen her latest book in shops – it’s the bestselling Fierce Fairytales & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul; a collection of fairytales for a new generation, focusing on gender stereotypes and the darker side of classic stories. Her new book Great Goddesses was released in Autumn 2019.

Nikita will be bringing her stories to life on stage for the first time at the theatre, creating and staging work in Huddersfield over the next three years.

‘This is my first foray from page to stage and I feel honoured to collaborate with the Lawrence Batley Theatre. I’m excited to tell stories for people outside the mainstream. To tell stories that put women front and centre and stories that have the power to change the world we live in. We’ve already started work on the first show and it’s shaping up to be wonderful. I’m really looking forward to sharing the magic with the people of Huddersfield’ Nikita Gill


ThickSkin is one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies and has toured its award-winning productions across the world. As a Storyteller the Lawrence Batley Theatre co-commissioned How Not To Drown in 2019 – a new play by ThickSkin which toured the UK and won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The partnership will then continue with new plays commissioned in 2020 and 2021.

‘We want to bring more people into the theatre not just to watch a show, but to take part in making it. We love theatre that draws on many forms but at the heart of what we do, we want to tell good stories. Sometimes true, sometimes fantasy, we hope our shows are always physical, visual, engaging and imaginative’ Neil Bettles

Our Storytellers will be making and creating work right here in Huddersfield before sharing it around the country and beyond.

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