Help community art project to take flight through next week

VOLUNTEERS are needed for an innovative community performance taking place in the upper Calder Valley next week.

Todmorden Unitarian Church will host Taking Flight, a performance exploring the themes of emigration, displacement and the search for home through storytelling, music, dance, puppetry and theatre.

Thingumajig Theatre, an internationally known puppet troupe based in Todmorden which helps to produce community events such as the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, has been collecting and shaping stories of people who have moved into the area from a great distance away.

Local performers who will take part include musicians Daniel Bath and Razwan Sarwar, artists Sonya Moorhead and Matthanee Gig Nilavongse, and poet Siddique Mirpuri. Barka – the Polish and English choir at St Joseph’s Primary School, Todmorden – will also perform at the event on May 6 and 7.

Volunteers are needed to help perform and create set pieces, giant puppets and lanterns for the show (8pm on both nights).

Free drop-in making sessions for adults and teenagers will be held at the Unitarian Church from May 2 to 6, running from 10am until 5pm each day. Child-friendly family sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, from 3pm to 5pm.

Anyone who would like to perform should contact the team and attend rehearsals from May 3 to 5. The project has been supported by a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Performances are free, although donations are welcome.

For more information, contact Andrew on 01706 812645 or email