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Saturday July 9


Tutti Frutti Productions

St Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd

Two performances: 10.00am and 1.30pm
(each performance lasts 45 minutes)

£5.50 (£3.50)

Broken furniture, messed up beds and tears of anger and frustration …who’d have thought that a bit of porridge could lead to so much havoc? Tutti Frutti’s delicious new production tells the story of Goldilocks…a girl who should have known better. With four performers and a live vocal score (ranging from songs and serenades to sighs, spits and splutters) this show is funny, stylish, slightly bonkers and suitably wicked. It will appeal, appal and delight adults and children over 3.

Lunchtime recital with Due Voci

Heptonstall Parish Church

1.00pm (to 2.00pm approx)
£4 (£3) children and full time students £1

“Due Voci” are sopranos Mandy Doyle and Vivien Burr. Specialising in classical duets, their beautifully blended voices have been captivating audiences at local musical events for several years. This recital programme, drawing on their repertoire from Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams, will delight the ear and touch the heart.

Helen Clare and Chris Woods – poetry reading

Blue Pig, Midgehole, Hardcastle Crags

6.00pm (to 7.00pm approx)

Helen Clare is a poet captivated by the patterns and patterning of science. She began her career as a Biology teacher and her writing continues to delight in the whorls and sprung-coils of our physical lives. Tonight she reads from her debut collection, Mollusc (Comma Press). “…a new seam opening up in British poetry – every rift loaded with ore” (Hugo Williams). As with Helen, Chris Woods’ poetry is fascinated by the biological sciences. His first collection, Recovery (Enitharmon) drew much from his experience as a doctor, whilst his more recent work revels in the majesty of the Pennine landscape. His poetry has been widely broadcast and he has won many poetry competitions including the Peterloo Poetry Prize.
In association with Comma Press

The Chinook Clarinet Quartet

Heptonstall Parish Church

8.00pm (to 10.00pm approx)
£8 (£6) children and full time students £1

Ranging from Albinoni to Charles Mingus and including pieces especially written for them by leading contemporary composers, the Chinooks present a programme that encompasses early music, jazz, African rhythms, Latin American dance such as tango and rumba and much more. They’ve performed at the Bridgewater Hall, the Wigmore Hall and at the South Bank. They have to be seen, as well as heard, to be believed.


Defying Hitler

By Sebastian Haffner adapted for the stage by Rupert Wickham

Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

8.00pm (to 9.30pm approx)
£9 (£7)

Rupert Wickham performs his own adaptation of Haffner’s memoir of growing up in pre-war Berlin, exploring how and why the Germans were seduced by Hitler and the Nazis. This is an extended version of the very successful platform performances given at the National Theatre last autumn.

A sensitive, thought-provoking play which brings to life Haffner’s candid, witty and extremely moving account of his early life and reflections on the momentous political events taking place.
Craig Brown says of the book “if you have never read a book about Nazi Germany before, or if you have already read a thousand, I would urge you to read Defying Hitler. It sings with wisdom and understanding.”

The performance is by kind permission of the author’s children, Oliver Pretzel and Sarah Haffner, directed by Peter Symonds and presented by Theatre Unlimited