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Festival events
Sunday July 3

Sundays in the Square

Free shows in St George’s Square
between 1.00pm and 4.00pm

Performers include Calderdale Community Samba and Calder Valley Voices

Book Weekend at Little Theatre

Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

7.30pm (to 9.30pm approx)
£5 (£4)

Light refreshments and drinks will be available from 12.30pm to 5.30pm both days. A wide range of books will be on sale supplied by Bookcase.

Helen Cross

Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

1.30pm to 2.30pm

Helen reads from and talks about her two novels: the recently published The Secrets She Keeps and her debut novel My Summer of Love which won a Betty Trask Award. Of this the press said “A sharp, disturbing and highly original debut novel” (Sunday Mirror); “Energetic and blackly comic” (The Times) and “I think it’s brilliant” (Julie Burchill). You can see the BAFTA winning film My Summer of Love at the Picture House Saturday July 2 at 8.15pm.


Saskia Hamilton

A play with Jenny Tarren and Amanda Waldy

3.30pm to 4.30pm

The American poet Saskia Hamilton is author of two poetry collections, As for Dream (2001) and Divide These (2005) and is also the editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell (Faber 2005).
Today she launches Canal: New and Selected Poems 1993-2005 (Arc), her first UK publication and also sheds light on the mysterious and seminal writer, Robert Lowell.
In association with Arc Publications

Fairly Tales

The Black Sheep Comedy Company

The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

5.30pm to 6.30pm
£5.50 (£3.50)

The acclaimed improvised storytelling family show. Tales created directly from suggestions from the audience. Puppetry, poems and performers come together in a kaleidoscope of laughter and mischief. “One of the most enjoyable shows at the Edinburgh Festival” (Times Educational Supplement), “The performers are combing the audience for words, opening dictionaries at random, getting us to imagine objects in boxes… Fairly Tales is that rare beast: refreshing, unpretentious theatre that celebrates its raw ingredients and reinvigorates the link between teller and listener" (Time Out)
Not suitable for under 5’s.
In association with James Seabright

Cragg Vale Gamelan Farewell Concert

Heptonstall Parish Church

7.30pm (to 9.30pm approx)
£8 (£6) children and full time students £1

It’s 18 years, almost to the day, since CVG started its life as the UK’s only touring, community gamelan. A celebration of those years, this final concert will include some of the best music from the band’s repertoire since 1987, and will feature Musical Director David Nelson’s Concerto for a Million Trees with soloists Ed Oxley (didgeridoo) and Peadar Long (saxophones, flute, whistle and bagpipes).


Beckett’s Outbursts

The Godot Company

The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

8.00pm (to 9.45pm approx)
£9 (£7)

This programme, created for the Godot Company by John Calder out of Samuel Beckett’s action and dramatic monologues, concentrates on the author’s fascination with the oddities of human behaviour and the outbursts of protest and anger at the lot of man, apparently abandoned on a planet in an enormous and incomprehensible universe, often trusting in a God who is called caring on scant evidence. Beckett is not only a great tragedian, but an unusual humourist who explores the comic dimensions of our follies and our obsessions. Extracts from Watt, a novel written in English during the war when he was hiding from the Germans in occupied France as a member of the Resistance, occupies much of the evening and contains much of the author’s funniest writing. The Texts for Nothing and the Molloy Trilogy are also performed as well as other extracts.
Introduced by John Calder who was for many years Samuel Beckett’s publisher and friend. This is a rare opportunity and insight into the writings of one of the giants of 20th century literature.

The Godot Company is a cooperative of experienced actors formed to perform the works of Beckett.