I hear voices...and this time the boys are back in town!

The boys are back in town...Martin Cook, Chris Stott and Richard Holley will be among the actors performing Voices of Todmorden
The boys are back in town...Martin Cook, Chris Stott and Richard Holley will be among the actors performing Voices of Todmorden

TODMORDEN tales will soon be given voice in the town’s Hippodrome Theatre - and this year, the boys are back in town!

The Hippodrome, Halifax Road, Todmorden, will be hosting a weekend of local drama and creativity on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12 - writes Andy Fraser.

The six winning entries of the Voices of Todmorden competition will have their writing talent showcased over two nights of performances.

As in previous years, the monologues are being directed, staged and acted by members of Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS). Though, as TAODS’ Justine Sutcliffe is keen to say, this time the boys will be back in town.

“Last time it just so happened that all the winning pieces were for women performers. This time round, even though we only have one male writer, there is a much more even split between men and women. They’ll make for a great evening’s entertainment,” she said.

Also new to this year’s winners will be their inclusion in the Talking Newspaper for Todmorden. Each winning entry will be recorded and sent out to the monthly subscribers of this invaluable service for the visually impaired, said TNT’s Alison Greenwood.

“The Voices of Todmorden competition is ideal. It is about local people, local talent and because the monologues are designed to be performed, it works very well as part of our monthly service for the blind and partially sighted.

“The Talking Newspaper comes out every month and includes the top stories from the Todmorden News, interviews, quizzes and any other items of note.

“We hope to release the winning entries from the Voices of Todmorden over the coming months, maybe two or three at a time, depending on how quickly we can record them.”

Performances will be held over both nights and one overall winner will be announced on the Saturday evening.

Doors open at 7pm, and performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Todmorden Information Centre in person or by calling 01706 818181 or by booking online at www.todhip.org