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Music & Theatre Bookings


Dean Clough Festive Fair 2016
Sat/Sun Dec 3rd & 4th from 10.00am to 5pm
On December 3rd and 4th the Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough will be seasonally stuffed with tables full of paintings, drawings, prints, books, jewellery and ceramics from some of Yorkshire’s finest artists, makers and even the odd poet…*

And just to make sure it’s safe to bring your family we’re even putting on an impromptu RETRO VIDEO GAME mini-festival… so Dad can play Sonic, Mario or Elite while the kids check out the state of contemporary visual art.

Dean Clough illustrator Chris Mould will be on hand to sign copies of the sequel to last year’s best-selling (indeed, classic) festive fable: Matt Haig’s ‘The Boy Who Was Christmas’ (it’s called ‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ ). Other Dean Clough Studio artists will, of course, be there along with the usual Dean Clough buzz of exhibits (from iconic regional art to the huge LEGO model of the mills), shops (from the Jack Wills Designer Outlet to the Replicar alloy car model shop) and heritage features.

* Current Festive Fair exhibitors include: Ami Hallgarth/ BOBSHAPED/ Carrie Scott Huby/ Charlotte Whitmore Jewellery/ Chris Rivers Nuttall/ ContraryMary Designs/ Dean Clough Artists/ Di Terry/ DoodleDuck Designs/ Evie Bird/ Fox + Lilly/ Galea Belinscaia Studio Pottery/ GT Graphics/ hot butter yarns/ Julia Ogden/ Katie English/ Leigh Shepherd Designs/ Linda Bullyement/ Mary’s House Designs/ Opal Gems/ Purple Faye/ Rachael Walker/ Red Plate Press & Gemma Lacey/ Roy Hubbard & Andrew Morrison/ Salvaged Gardens/ Suzie MacKenzie/ The Lost Fox/ Wicked Gen Crafts/ Wil (More Festive Fair details on

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JB Priestley: When We Are Married
29 Nov-10 Dec at 7.30pm*
*No performance on 2nd Dec; matinees on 3rd & 10th Dec at 2.30pm and on 4th Dec at 4pm.

*** If the on-line booking service is not functioning, you are welcome to call the box office on 01422 255266 between 9.00hrs to 17.00hrs

"Here is the true, beating heart of British theatre" - The Daily Mail

Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal present this revival of J B Priestley’s classic comedy 'When We Are Married'.

Set in in 1908 in the town of Cleckleywyke in the West Riding. The Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts are highly respected pillars of their community … but not for much longer. Married on the same day in the same chapel, they gather to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The celebrations are short lived when they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed and they are actually not married.
In fact, they have been living in sin for 25 years.
First performed in 1938, J B Priestley’s heartily entertaining northern comedy plays right into the hands of the acclaimed Northern Broadsides – a company celebrated by audiences for its charisma, vitality and relish of language.
When We Are Married is directed by Barrie Rutter whose previous directing credits include Northern Broadsides recent productions of The Merry Wives, the award winning An August Bank Holiday Lark, We Are Three Sisters and Othello featuring Lenny Henry in the lead role.
Says Barrie: “When We Are Married is the quintessential Yorkshire comedy with an absurd plot overflowing with authentic attitudes of the day; fun for the cast as well as the audience. Having wanted to stage this classic comedy for many years and also have the opportunity to once again co-produce with York Theatre Royal, I really can’t wait to get this wonderful new revival on the road.”

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Film Night: Rare Exports - a Christmas Tale
Thursday 8th December 2016 at 7.30pm

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Finland 2010. 82 minutes. Dir. Jalmari Helander.)

Lapland. A pack of wolves slaughter a reindeer herd after being driven mad when an American research team uses explosives to investigate a burial mound. Or so it appears. When local herders Rauno and his son Pietari go to demand reparation they unearth something utterly unearthly. Inspired by a pair of cult internet ‘shorts’, Jalmari Helander’s re-working of the Santa Claus myth has cinematic scope, potent shocks and a tense denouement. Just don’t bring the kids.

“An original, daring, carefully crafted film, that never for one instant winks at us that it's a parody. In its tone, acting, location work, music and inexorably mounting suspense, this is an exemplary horror film, apart from the detail that they're not usually subtitled ‘A Christmas Tale’ and tell about terrifying wild Santas.” - Roger Ebert.

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Isaac Button: Country Potter
A supporting event to Rupert Brakspear's exhibition 'Lost and Found'.

Weds, 23rd November, 7.30 PM (doors at 7.00pm).
The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough (D Mill), Halifax Hx3 5ax.

A rare high-quality screening of the un-edited 1965 film that depicts the working life of 'Soil Hill Pottery' near Halifax (courtesy of the Yorkshire Film Archive).

A FREE, informal opportunity to celebrate and recall a family business that helped inspire a craft revival. Features a brief talk on traditional pottery in West Yorkshire.

Refreshments provided. All welcome, but please RSVP to

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Second Wednesday in the Month (12th October, 9th November, 14th December at 7.30pm)
In The Loom Lounge Café, D Mill

Poetry reading and performance events featuring guest poets and local writers organised by Keith Hutson. The October gig features guests Lydia Macpherson and Peter Wallis.

Everyone welcome, informal atmosphere. Coffee and cake etc. available to buy. No ticket price but end of the evening donations invited. ‘Open spots’ available for writers interested in gaining performance experience. More details from Keith on
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Michael LeCount (l) and Tony Priestman (r)
(pic: Lorne Campbell)
Michael LeCount (l) and Tony Priestman (r) (pic: Lorne Campbell)
The Dean Clough Lego brick model
The Dean Clough Lego brick model will eventually use around a million bricks, be 35 foot long and have a chimney that's over 7 foot high.

RIGHT NOW, though, it's a 'mere' 15 foot long... and actually it's still pretty stunning.

Lego modellers Michael LeCount and Tony Priestman are at present studiously crafting the landscape around the East end of the half-mile site that used to be the world's largest carpet mill. You can see how it is progressing - for free - at any time during the normal gallery hours of 9.30am to 5.00pm, seven days a week.

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Any resemblance to Gaia Holmes is purely coincidental...
Any resemblance to Gaia Holmes is purely coincidental...
Igniting the Spark!
Join poet Gaia Holmes for a series of friendly weekly workshops designed to give your muse a kick where it counts. Discussions of craft and technique that focus on inspirational exercises to generate poetry or prose. Tuesday evenings. More details from

Session price (payable on the night): £5.00 (£3.50 concs).

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Young or old, athletic or sedentary - Tai Chi is designed for you!
Young or old, athletic or sedentary - Tai Chi is designed for you!
Tai Chi
The Corner House @ Dean Clough
Every Tuesday 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Calm mind: Strong body!

Specialist guidance in Tai Chi sessions held by Marsha from Tai Chi Tigers. Tai Chi strengthens muscles, improves balance and co-ordination and is good for blood pressure and posture. First timers welcome to come and watch before committing to a six-week session. Ring Marsha on 07810 094395.

SPECIAL OFFER of £30.00 for a six-week course fee (ie £5.00 per session). PLEASE NOTE: This event is not available via the internet. Booking is via the telephopne number above and payment is made on the day.

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Image by Keith Hanselman
Image by Keith Hanselman
Life Drawing
A regular life-drawing session takes place at Dean Clough every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Convened by painter in residence Doug Binder, the sessions run from 10.30 to 12.30 in the morning and from 1.30 to 3.30 in the afternoon.

Bring your own materials. Fees are £5.50 per session (ie £11.00 for the whole day).

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