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"The ultimate feelgood movie"... even if you
"The ultimate feelgood movie"... even if you're not French!
Dean Clough Film Nights
Reel Solutions present a series of acclaimed films that have missed out on the commercial circuit (and a few neglected classics, to boot).

Screenings include background notes and occasional (brief) speakers, all presented cabaret style in the Crossley Gallery. Donations taken for refreshments.

All films start at 7.30 pm
Tickets £7.50 or £5.00 concessions.
You can pay at the door and get more details on 01422 255266.

Thursday 8 October: La famille Bélier
France/Belgium 2014, Cert: 12A, 101 mins, EST
16 year-old Paula is the ‘ears and voice’ for a family whose other members are deaf mutes. But Paula has discovered that she has a beautiful singing voice and a life away from the farm beckons. What will happen if she leaves? A big hit in France with romance, social commentary and a music competition. “The ultimate feelgood movie” (Sight & Sound)

Thursday 22 October: The Wonders (Le meraviglie)
Italy/Switz/Ger 2014, Cert: 15, 107 mins, EST
The Wonders is simply ‘wonderful’. 13 year-old Gelsomina, the eldest of four girls, keeps the family bee-keeping business going while dreaming of appearing on TV. This Cannes prizewinner is a timely film about marginal families and migration in Central Italy, partly based on writer-director Alice
Rohrwacher’s experiences and featuring a surprise appearance by Monica Bellucci.

Thursday 29 October: Funny Bones
UK/US 1995, Cert: 15, 125 mins
Peter Chelsom’s surreal black comedy offers an affectionate recreation of entertainment traditions in his home town of Blackpool. With the highly-gifted Lee Evans, Oliver Platt, a host of British character actors and important cameos by Leslie Caron and Jerry Lewis, this overlooked gem is now in danger of becoming a cult comedy classic. (Part of Halifax Comedy Festival - includes a poetry reading by one of Les Dawson's old scriptwriters...)

Thursday 5 November: West (Lagerfeuer)
Germany 2013, Cert: 15, 100 mins, EST
Nelly (Jördis Triebel) flees East Berlin for the West in 1978 with her young son but is distressed and puzzled to be interrogated about the boy’s dead Russian father. Triebel won prizes for her stunning performance in this mysterious and emotional drama – one of the best ‘based on real events’ stories about what it means to be a refugee.

Thursday 19 November: Timbuktu
France/Mauritania, Cert: 12A, 93 mins, EST
Abderrahmane Sissako set out to explore what happens when a group of ‘jihadists’ take over a city and try to impose a strict Islamic regime. We see the impact on the townspeople and on a Bedouin family in the desert outside the city. The result is surprising, turning this into one of the most discussed films of the year.

Thursday 10 December: Theeb
Jordan/Qatar/UAE/UK, Cert: 15, 96 mins. EST
Theeb is the youngest son of a Bedouin sheikh in the Arabian desert in 1916. When a stranger appears and asks for a guide through dangerous territory, hospitality requires that he must be helped. Theeb demands to join his older brother on the trip in this acclaimed ‘Bedouin Western’.

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First time at Dean Clough: Mishka Adams has one of the sweetest voices on the jazz circuit.
First time at Dean Clough: Mishka Adams has one of the sweetest voices on the jazz circuit.
Dean Clough Jazz: 'Stories to Tell'
Friday 23rd October 2015 at 8.00pm
In the Crossley Gallery
£15.00 (£12.00 concs)

Pete Churchill (piano and vocals); Mishka Adams (vocals); Ben Barritt (Guitar and backing vocals); Mark Lockheart (saxophone); Adriano Adewale (percussion)

Pete Churchill is the composer, pianist, singer and Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music – and a long-standing ‘friend’ of Dean Clough. His latest CD sees him team up with renowned, Manila-born jazz singer Mishka Adams for a set of his own, heartfelt songs that will appeal as much to devotees of singer/songwriters as to jazz fans.

Backing up these two impeccable voices are the ever-impressive harmonic work of guitarist Ben Barritt, Adriano Adewale’s understated but vibrant percussion and some choice and delicate interludes by high-flying saxophonist Mark Lockheart.

Gentle and beautifully arranged, this is Dean Clough’s only jazz gig this Autumn while building works continue to disrupt our normal venue… be sure to enjoy it!

“A charming, intimate, modest and friendly album” – Peter Bacon, ‘The Jazz Breakfast’

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Andre Vincent's Mislaid Heroes of Comedy
Wednesday 28th October 2015 @ 7.30pm in the Crossley Gallery.
Tickets £8.00 - either on the door or via the Halifax Comedy Box Office on 01422 305959 or

Frankie Howerd, Roy Castle, Jimmy Jewel and Sandy Powell: all Yorkshire comedy legends to whom we look back with love and respect. But what of local comedy heroes who have slipped through the cracks, the ones who paved the way for current, modern comics, or those who should be remembered simply because they were so important in their day?

One of these was local lad, John Henry - BBC Radio’s first-ever comedy star. Another is Halifax's very own Wilfred Pickles whose career covered TV, stage and film. And then the superb Charlie Williams who started out as a footballer for Doncaster Rovers.

Each deserves more recognition in the archives of comedy history, and we have found just the man to give it to them.

Renowned stand-up and performer André Vincent has added yet another string to his bow with a series of informed, astute and of course, humorous presentations on the UK’s mislaid comedy heroes. Vincent will talk about ‘The Mislaid’ of Yorkshire’s Variety, Clubland and entertainment circuits: using well-known and not-so-well-known clips, he will reveal some surprising facts and unexpected connections within Yorkshire comedy.

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 “Conrad Nelson’s powerful performance as Leontes is matched by the mastery and magical realism of his direction,” so says
“Conrad Nelson’s powerful performance as Leontes is matched by the mastery and magical realism of his direction,” so says 'The Stage' of The Winter's Tale.
Northern Broadsides: The Winter's Tale
In The Viaduct Theatre
Northern Broadsides and Harrogate Theatre present
THE WINTER'S TALE by William Shakespeare
24th to 28th November 2015 at 7.30pm (Mat Sat 28th Nov at 2.30pm)
Tickets: £17/£15 concs.* (Tues-Thurs); £19/£17 concs.* (Fri-Sat); £16.00/£14.00 concs.* (Sat Matinee). *Reduced prices also available for restricted view seats. Click 'booking' for details.

The acclaimed Northern Broadsides presents a daringly theatrical and heartbreakingly human new staging of Shakespeare's tale of reconciliation, love and forgiveness – The Winter’s Tale.

The play opens on New Year’s Eve in 1999; the Millennium bells ring out with hope for the new century. But a lower, ominous note underscores these festivities and the characters are quickly plunged into darkness.

Seized by sudden, irrational jealousy King Leontes falsely accuses his pregnant Queen of infidelity with his closest friend, who flees without answering the accusation. Leontes then proclaims his newborn daughter a bastard and condemns the innocent to death. But the child, Perdita, survives.

What follows is a beautiful and beguiling love story where the cold hand of winter gives way to the brightness and vibrancy of spring.

**** The Stage
**** What's On Stage
**** Yorkshire Post

"It's worth noting too the musicianship on offer here, proving the multi-faceted aspect of Northern Broadside's talented ensemble. They deserve great credit and this play will surely go well over the next months as it begins a national tour." - What's On Stage

The Winter’s Tale’s excellent cast will feature director Conrad Nelson as Leontes, in his first stage role for Northern Broadsides since his acclaimed performance as Iago opposite Lenny Henry in Othello in 2009. He will be joined by Hannah Barrie (Macbeth, Chester Performs); Jack Lord (The Mist in the Mirror, Oldham Coliseum); Ruth Alexander-Rubin (Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Northern Broadsides); Vanessa Schofield (The Borrowers, New Vic Theatre); Jordon Kemp ; Michael Hugo (Around the World in 80 days, New Vic Theatre); Andy Cryer (King Lear, Northern Broadsides); Andrew Whitehead (She Stoops to Conquer, Northern Broadsides); Jessica Dyas (I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire, New Vic Theatre); Lauryn Redding (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Waterloo Vaults); Russell Richardson (An August Bank Holiday Lark/She Stoops to Conquer, Northern Broadsides) and Adam Barlow (Bell, Book and Candle, New Vic Theatre).

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Like Ted Hughes, Martin Mor is a poet. But did you ever hear Ted tell a joke? And we bet he couldn
Like Ted Hughes, Martin Mor is a poet. But did you ever hear Ted tell a joke? And we bet he couldn't ride a unicycle, either...
Dean Clough Comedy Nights
Comedy takes a break over the Summer; but we're back for the Halifax Comedy Festival in October... Watch this space!

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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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