VIRSA – A celebration of South Asian Heritage Month 2022
Calderdale’s South Asian Heritage Festival begins with a Weekend of Celebration at Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Piece Hall.
The festival, commissioned by Calderdale Council, promises a month of events and activities to celebrate the long and rich history of British Asians and the positive impact they have within the borough. It will bring together leading British Pakistani and Indian writers and performers plus local businesses and community groups at venues across Calderdale.
The Piece Hall
The Piece Hall event begins at midday and will feature Indian drumming, henna painting, calligraphy arts, face painting, antique Pakistani jewellery, handmade bags and free, fun, family activities in the main courtyard. There will also be music and writing workshops and performance events at Square Chapel Arts Centre over that weekend. All activities are FREE! And there will be a real community market feel in the courtyard … a chance to celebrate the friendship and generosity of South Asian culture …
Square Chapel Arts Centre
Brilliant FREE workshops for women and girls, not just of South Asian heritage. This is an invitation to all women interested in culture, identity, sense of place and empowerment.
Booking is essential. You can book workshops and events at Square Chapel Arts Centre here: squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/
Saturday 16th July @ 1.30 pm
” I Belong Here ” – Talk & Writing Workshop with Award Winning author Anita Sethi
A two-hour session with Anita Sethi. Short talk after which Anita will explore themes of place, nature, journeying – both geographical and emotional journeys – and how nature and writing can bring a sense of belonging.
Saturday 16th July @ 4 pm
Into the Wilds – New South Asian Writing
Fox & Windmill is the UK’s first independent book publishing company for British South Asian writers. They are dedicated to bridging the gap in the industry for writers from underrepresented backgrounds and sharing their unique stories and perspectives.
Sunday 17th July @ 2pm
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Free Workshop & Performance Event
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. In 2019 she published Postcolonial Banter, an anthology of poetry critiquing racism, Islamophobia and notions of national identity. The collection includes poems which have had millions of online views and been featured across TV and radio.
Saturday July 23rd
Square Chapel will host a screening of acclaimed film ‘Lakeer’ followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer
Saturday July 23rd – South Asian Comedy Club
Comedy club with some of the best South Asian comedians on the comedy circuit.Calderdale’s museums and libraries will feature a number of displays and events to complement the celebrations. This is an opportunity for all communities to come together and share the best South Asian culture has to offer – please let your friends and colleagues know and help make this a regular feature of Calderdale’s Cultural Calendar! The full programme of events and activities can be found at:
Anne Lister Birthday week 1st-10th of April
“What a dynamo of a character! A Nineteenth Century land-owning, business-operating, mountain- and social-climbing genius who didn’t take any guff from any man. A woman who wanted a wife! A woman who recorded every bit of her interior and exterior world, leaving us a written record of her life and times, unmatched by anyone, ever.” — https://www.annelisterbirthdayweek.com/ Why, What Who
The festival will bring Anne Lister’s story to life through tours, talks, gatherings and the distinctiveness of Halifax’s stunning heritage sites, including Anne’s historic home, Shibden Hall, plus Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall, Dean Clough, The Victoria Theatre, Bankfield museum and many more.
Libraries across Calderdale will mark Anne’s birthday with displays, writing workshops, drawing corners, themed kids’ activity sheets and more.
More information and visiting / booking details for events can be found at the Visit Calderdale website:
Visit Calderdale: Events information and things Anne Lister related
Anne Lister Birthday Week festival
Anne Lister’s birthday celebration goes global
Inaugural meeting of the Anne Lister Society 8-9 April
Stick Man Live on Stage at the Victoria Theatre!
The much loved Christmas themed story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler comes live on stage at the Victoria Theatre and you still have time to book tickets!
Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town!
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
This award-winning production, from the team behind Zog, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, and Tabby McTat features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
There are four performances to choose from:
Friday 1.30pm and 4.00pm
Saturday 10.30am and 1.30pm
To book your tickets, visit here: Stick Man at the Victoria Theatre
For more performance news and events visit Victoria Theatre Online
The Victoria Theatre
t: 01422 351158
The Victoria Theatre
Santa’s Christmas Rescue – Online Christmas Show from the Victoria Theatre
The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas.
Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live theatre show for children up to age 7 or those who are simply young at heart! It will be streamed from 10 December 2020 and for just £5 you can have unlimited views up until 3 January 2021.
The online streaming of Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a great opportunity for people to support their local theatre in such a difficult time for the industry and ensure live performances will be back once more next year.
There is also an option to purchase a ticket at £7.50, with the additional £2.50 going to Acting for Others, a charity supporting theatre professionals throughout the UK.
For more information and links to the download please visit: https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/santaschristmas-rescue and please share this message far and wide so that families with young children can still enjoy some live theatre in the safety and comfort of home this Christmas.
HAOS Productions presents Shrek The Musical
Make way for some ogre-sized family fun as HAOS Productions brings the greatest fairy tale never told to the Victoria Theatre this summer.
18th to 22nd of September 2019 – 7.15pm
Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP
Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairy tales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Featuring all new songs as well as the cult Shrek anthem ‘I’m a Believer’, Shrek brings all the much-loved characters you know to life on stage – destined to delight audiences of all ages!
Tickets from £19.75* – Click here for further details or to book.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Victoria Theatre
The Tiger Who Came To Tea will be showing at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax from Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July 2019.
This is a musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr.
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show,The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour to the Victoria Theatre Halifax, celebrating over 10 years on stage!
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show at the Victoria Theatre; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!
Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval).
Suitable for children aged 3+.
Watch the trailer at TigersTeaLive.com
Dates for the shows are;
Friday 19 July 2019, 1:30 pm
Saturday 20 July 2019, 11:00 am
Saturday 20 July 2019, 2:00 pm
Sunday 21 July 2019, 11:00 am
Sunday 21 July 2019, 2:00 pm
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/book?show=32401 or by calling the Box Office on 01422 351158.
Dirty Dancing at the Victoria Theatre
Dirty Dancing is coming to the Victoria Theatre Halifax this April!
The classic story will be performed on stage, Wednesday 17–Saturday 20 April, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
Don’t miss your chance to see this sensational new production.
To book tickets from £31.75 go to https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/dirty-dancing-classic-story-stage or call the Box Office on 01422 351158.
Spamalot Comes to the Victoria Theatre
The Halifax Amateur Operatic Society present Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.
SPAMALOT – The Monty Python Musical Spamtacular from Wednesday 10 April to Saturday 13 April – all at 7:30pm.
Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful classic film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, SPAMALOT is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious flatulent Frenchmen.
Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – which unsurprisingly results in unending uproarious consequences, accompanied by a plethora of calamitous comic tunes including Brave Sir Robin, We’re Knights of the Round Table and the perennial favourite Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
“Funnier than the black death!” This Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical will undoubtedly be another jewel in the crown for HAOS Productions, our local renowned Theatrical Company that wowed us previously with such successes as Memories from the musicals, Hairspray, Beauty & the Beast and the hilarious The Producers. Don’t miss the opportunity to find your grail, roll in the aisles, and experience one of the greatest classic comedy film to musical conversions of all time!
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/monty-pythons-spamalot or by calling the Box Office on 01422 351158.
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom at Victoria Theatre
On Friday 22 March, 4:00pm and Saturday 23 March, 10:00am, 1:00pm and 4:00pm, you will have the chance to see Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom at the Victoria Theatre.
“Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small…”
From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!
Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure.
Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, they go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum, even plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle, and oops, let’s hope there’s not another jelly flood!
Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
Children under 12 months do not need a ticket for this event and can go free.
Book online or call the Box Office on 01422 351158.
Giants of Science at the Victoria Theatre
From the people who brought you the hilarious – 6 Wives of Henry VIII, Living Spit are returning to Halifax, this time to the Victoria Theatre with their new comedy show on Thursday 28 February, 7:30pm.
Howard Coggins knows nothing about Science. Stu Mcloughlin knows even less.
Nevertheless, they have agreed to give a lecture on the subject, and after enlisting the help of the smartest scientific sages of the ages, that’s just what they aim to do.
They’re determined, like a pair of Atoms missing a couple of electrons, to stay positive. With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry and the silliest of scientific songs, you can expect this raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity to be… well, if nothing else, thoroughly entertaining.
It might even be… scien-triffic!
Tickets are available through the Victoria Theatre booking office on 01422 351158.