Festival organisers give Picture House the bum’s rush

Burlesque dancers and friends outside the Hebden Bridge Picture House.
Burlesque dancers and friends outside the Hebden Bridge Picture House.

Organisers of Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival have planned their 2014 event - and the town’s Picture House is not among their venues.

Festival co-producer Heidi Waddington said: “Our original application to use the Picture House for next year’s event was refused in May.

“In the five months it has taken to fight the decision and for Hebden Royd Town Council to decide to rescind their original decision, put a new booking policy in place and invite us to re-apply, we have been busy making plans for next year’s event without them.”

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre and the refurbished Birchcliffe Centre will host events, as will Mytholmroyd Community Centre and Todmorden Hippodrome.

Co-producer Lizzy Goodman said: “It’s always been important for us to work with venues that will make us feel welcome. We wanted to stage events in Mytholmroyd because we feel that the village gets overlooked by other festivals and events - we shall be holding our opening night party and burlesque bazaar in Mytholmroyd Community Centre, along with a number of workshops. We are also staging a series of workshops in the Birchcliffe Centre along with a very special one-off daytime event.”

Heidi added: “When we realised that we wouldn’t be able to use the Picture House for the 2014 festival, we set about looking for an alternative venue. We are delighted to announce that our gala show on Saturday, May 3 will be staged in Todmorden Hippodrome - it’s the perfect venue for the biggest event of the festival.”

Lizzy said: “We’re glad that there is now a clear booking policy in place at the Picture House - it’s just a shame it came nearly six months too late for us.”

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2014 will be staged from May 1 to 4. For updates sign up for the mailing list at www.hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival.com