TWO will celebrate northern life

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WITH two weeks to go until the Hippodrome Theatre hosts Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of ‘TWO’, Andy Fraser caught up with director Janet Spooner to see how rehearsals are going.

“Extremely well, actually,” Janet said.

“Everyone is a bit nervous as opening night gets closer, but I’ve got every faith it’ll be fantastic.”

Janet, a teacher at Hebden Royd Primary School, joined TAODS ten years ago and has been seen on stage in numerous productions, but this is only her second directing role.

“Directing is very different to acting,” she said.

“I’ve had great fun working on TWO but I’m a bit envious of the actors who get to perform it on the night.”

One of the things Janet sees as the strength of TWO is that the 14 characters with all their ups and downs, laughter and pain, are played by only two actors.

“It’s a celebration of northern life from a time when your local landlord and landlady were the hub of a community and in their world the whole range of life and emotion comes out,” she said.

“The play brings that out excellently.

“It should involve the audience laughing, crying and marvelling at the different characters on stage.”

Tickets for the show, which runs from June 20-23, are available from Todmorden Information Centre in person, by calling 01706 818181 or online at