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'Kon Tiki' - an exciting launch at Dean Clough in more ways than one...
Cine Galleria
Dean Clough in partnership with Reel Solutions presents ' CineGalleria': a selection of new releases and established classics on digital in the Crossley Gallery. Mixed cabaret seating, drinks available. Fortnightly Thursdays at 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday 29th January 2015 at 7.30pm
Dir. Bryn Higgins GB 2014 96 mins (15)
An extraordinary performance from Agyness Deyn drives this compelling tale of an epiletic young woman’s search for her young brother. Set in Saltburn, North Yorkshire and London, Bryn Higgins’ absorbing film uses dramatic impressionistic techniques to memorable effect. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday 12th February 2015 at 7.30pm
Fantastiq presents: Night of the Living Dead
Dir. George A. Romero USA 1968 96 mins (15) b/w
In a remote wooden farmhouse seven people fight for their lives against ever-increasing numbers of flesh-eating ghouls. Vilified by critics and ignored by distributors on its release, George A. Romero’s audacious, ground-breaking shocker ushered in a new era of modern horror. Presented by Fantastiq, the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film festival. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday 26th February 2015 at 7.30pm
Under Milk Wood
Dir. Andrew Sinclair GB 1972 88 mins (12A)
Richard Burton and Ryan Davies are the drunken, rollicking nocturnal visitors to Dylan Thomas’s ‘llareggub’; with cameos from Peter O'Toole (as blind Captain Cat) and Elizabeth Taylor (as sailors' whore Rosie Probert). A formidable Celtic ensemble includes Siân Phillips, Glynis Johns, Angharad Rees, Vivien Merchant and Talfryn Thomas.
+ Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh
Writer and broadcaster Tony Earnshaw presents an exploration of the work of a fearless and versatile performer. Lion of the Welsh is a lively and objective re-consideration of Richard Burton’s oeuvre, using many of the actor’s own words and clips from his films.(Runtime: 50 mins). Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 7.30pm
Dirs. Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg Norway 2012 114 mins (15) Some subtitles.
In 1947, ignored by the scientific community, the ‘experimental archaeologist’ Thor Heyerdahl set sail in a balsa wood raft on an epic 5,000-mile journey to prove that the Polynesian islands were populated from Peru. Guided only by the currents he was accompanied by five companions, only one of whom had ever been to sea before. A true story that makes for splendid, old-fashioned adventure filmmaking. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday, 26th March 2015 at 7.30pm
Love is Strange
Dir. Ira Sachs USA/Fra/Braz/Gre 2014 94 mins (15)
Together for years and recently married, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are forced out of their home and obliged to test family loyalties by being unwanted (and reluctant) houseguests. A fascinating study of how lives can be forcibly re-evaluated, this is also a gentle and subtle study of commitment and mutual devotion. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

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The Impossible Gentlemen
GWILYM SIMCOCK (piano), MIKE WALKER (guitar), STEVE RODBY (electric bass), ADAM NUSSBAUM (drums)

The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX
Weds Feb 4th 2015 at 8.00pm
TICKETS: £20 (Concs: £15)

The Anglo-American jazz ‘supergroup’, The Impossible Gentleman features internationally acclaimed British piano sensation Gwilym Simcock, Salford guitarist and UK treasure Mike Walker and American bass and drums superstars Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum. The result is nothing less than remarkable with four unique talents, all superb players in their own right, coming together to create something new and powerful.


"Crazy name, crazy group, but crazy like foxes". The Evening Standard 5 stars
"World-class jazz - nothing short of sensational." The Guardian 4 stars
"It’s terrific". The Telegraph 4 stars
"It’s simply outstanding." BBC Music Magazine 5 stars

"This shimmering jewel of style and substance is jazz at its most exalted, and simply has to be heard. Here's a crude and approximate map reference, but one that gets close to the buried treasure. Imagine guitarist Pat Metheny's trio masterpiece, "Day Trip" add a pianist of commensurate genius, and you are banging on the disc's front door. It is that good". Allaboutjazz

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The escape from Colditz was nothing compared to the escape from Coldrick...
The escape from Colditz was nothing compared to the escape from Coldrick...
Le Grand Return
The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX
Thursday Feb 5th at 7.30pm
Tickets £10
Booking on 07785 530129 or
(PLEASE NOTE that both phone and on-line booking is NOT via the Dean Clough Box Office)

Written and Directed by Alan Stockdill
Produced by Catherine Pasek

It’s 1994 and the 50th anniversary of D-Day looms. Tommy, Alf and Edwin are incarcerated in Coldrick Nursing Home. In spite of his ever-worsening heart condition, D-Day veteran Tommy is determined to break out and rejoin his old comrades on the Normandy beaches. But how will they all get out - and what will happen along the way? This gentle comedy drama is about love, remembrance, war and peace. (Profits to The Royal British Legion).

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We can see 5% of the universe. 25% of the rest is
We can see 5% of the universe. 25% of the rest is 'Dark Matter'... but the largest part (ie 70%) is 'Dark Energy'.
Cafe Scientifique: Forensic Entomology
Forensic Entomology: 'Crime Scene Insects'
with Dr Stefano Vanin, University of Huddersfield
Wednesday February 11th 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Cooking School Café, Dean Clough, HX3 5AX

Since several different kinds of insects are involved in the decomposition of a body, they can prove useful in speculations concerning phenomena that occurred at the moment of or just after death. One aim of forensic entomology is to provide useful information concerning the time of death by analyses of insect evidence. The estimate of the PMI (Post Mortem Interval) can be obtained by analyses of the growth rates of insects present on the body, with a particular emphasis on temperature. In cases of an extended PMI, insects may assist in determining the season of death, as significant differences in insect faunas between warm and cold seasons are well documented. It is also possible to determine post-mortem movement of a body and there are also differences in the insect faunas between buried, submerged and exposed remains. The examination, identification and analysis of insects associated with human remains, combined with a knowledge of insect biology, can provide another level of detail in addition to anthropological, archaeological and medical data, in the reconstruction of events occurring close  to the time of the death as well several years or centuries ago. 

Dr Stefano Vanin obtained an MPhil in Biology at the University of Padova (Italy). Since 1998 he has provided entomological expertise for different Institutes of Legal Medicine in Northern, Central and Southern Italy. As part of his PhD he spent several months at the Biological Station of Roscoff (France) and at the University of Georgia (USA). He later worked as a researcher in Entomology for the National Center for Biodiversity (CNBF-CFS). He worked on an EC funded project (EUCLOCK) developing genetic and statistical methods and experiments in general and behavioral genetics. In 2011 Stefano became a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Biology in the School of Applied Sciences, where he lectures in Forensic Entomology, Epidemiology, Data Handling, Crime Scene Investigation, and Evidence Presentation.

Cafe Scientifique is part of a national array of voluntary talks and debates based on scientific themes to which EVERYONE is welcomed. There is no admission fee, although donations towards the speaker's expenses are requested at the end of the evening.

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 11th @ 7.30pm
Fungi: Friend or foe? with Dr Robin Sen, Manchester Metropolitan University

Full details of this and other upcoming talks on

Food served 6.00 to 7.00pm. To avoid disappointment pre-order on 01422 366516 or via

Ciabatta Pizzas with mixed salad
Choose from:
• Roasted vegetables and halloumi cheese topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Slow roasted pulled pork with BBQ sauce, peppers and topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Spanish chorizo, salami, red onion with mozzarella and black olives – £6.75

Chicken Korma Curry
Served on a bed of boiled rice, accompanied with warm pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

Vegetable Rogan Josh Curry
Served on a bed of boiled rice, with warm Pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

Sharing Platter for two
Onion bhajis, vegetable samosas, lamb koftas, naan bread, olives with mixed salad and fresh yogurt dip – £9.50

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Rich Wilson breezes in from darn sarth in February...
Rich Wilson breezes in from darn sarth in February...
Dean Clough Comedy Night
Hugely popular monthly comedy nights with top performers from the UK national circuit.
Tickets £10. Free ticket for table of eight (ie £70) via the box office on 01422 255266.
All performances start at 8.00pm. Bar available between performances.
(Details of pre-gig meals available on or telephone 01422 366516)

The NEXT GIG on FRIDAY, 20th February 2015 features some of the best upcoming talent on the UK circuit with...

RICH WILSON - A man doing the job he loves and spreading the pleasure. If only ALL comedians worked that way, eh? "He's a very very funny man"-Frank Skinner.
RORY O'HANLON - The Irish Times wasn't wrong to label Rory as giving "...a joke every 40 seconds"; but on the strength of his first visit here last year, we'd suggest he's much smarter than a mere 'gag-meister'.
DANNY McLOUGHLIN - Affable and sharp; an increasingly popular MC in the North and finally making long overdue inroads onto telly guest-spots.

Future Gigs: March 20th with Jimmy McGhie, Stuart Mitchell & Dan Nightingale * April 17th with Justin Moorhouse, Jess Fostekew & André Vincent * May 15th with Paul Tonkinson, TBC & André Vincent * June 19th with Tom Wrigglesworth, Andrew Ryan & Martin Mor * July 17th with Rob Rouse, TBC & Martin Mor.

Features adult material. Performance details may change.

Come early and try our new menu with Curry, Pizzas and Koftas available to pre-order!
Freshly cooked on the premises and served between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.

• Chicken Korma Curry
• Served on a bed of boiled rice, accompanied with warm pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

• Vegetable Rogan Josh Curry
• Served on a bed of boiled rice, accompanied with warm Pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

• Ciabatta Pizzas with a mixed salad.
• Choose from–
• Roasted vegetables and halloumi cheese topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Slow roasted pulled pork with BBQ sauce, peppers and topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Spanish chorizo, salami, red onion topped with mozzarella and black olives – £6.75

• Sharing Platter for two
• Onion bhajis, vegetable samosas, lamb koftas, naan bread, olives with mixed salad and fresh yogurt dip – £9.50

Please pre-order your food choices and reserve your table by phone or email. If you have a large party that you would like us to cater for do not hesitate to contact us on 01422 366516 or via

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King Lear by William Shakespeare
Northern Broadsides' production of Shakespeare’s

Directed by Jonathan Miller
Designed by Isabella Bywater
Lighting by Guy Hoare

Premieres in the Viaduct Theatre on:

Feb 27th and 28th 2015 at 7.30pm (Preview nights)
March 3rd to 7th 2015 at 7.30pm (NB Tickets for March 4th will not go on general sale until Dec 14th 2014)
Matinee performance on March 7th at 2.30pm

King Lear is the story of a family at war with itself. Lear, an ageing and deeply flawed individual, wrecks his relationship with his three daughters and in doing so, loses all he has. What is there left? This question, which is Lear’s predicament and Shakespeare’s genius, invites us all to think upon what we might gain when nothing is all we have.

Jonathan Miller famously described King Lear as “The most interesting play Shakespeare ever wrote”. With his keen eye for the subtleties of human behaviour and a sharp focus on the emotional power of the story, be prepared for a ‘Lear’ stripped back to its heart and soul; intimate, moving and utterly believable.

This is Miller’s second collaboration with the multi award-winning Northern Broadsides; a company whose trademark vigour, simplicity and down-to-earth performance style has won over a whole new generation of Shakespeare fans. 

If you’ve seen King Lear before, forget everything you know as Jonathan Miller brings his remarkable talent for detailed human observation to the play. You will see it afresh.

“Northern Broadsides have a vigorous aesthetic, a way of doing Shakespeare that is revelatory.” – The Independent on Sunday

“Northern Broadsides can bring Shakespeare to life as gripping, accessible theatre for today simply by making the words sing.” – The Guardian

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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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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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