Our young actors in spotlight

Emma Wisnieski, Holly Carter and Olivia Brown try on their union jack dresses
Emma Wisnieski, Holly Carter and Olivia Brown try on their union jack dresses

MORE than half of Calderdale Theatre School students are from the Hebden Bridge and Todmorden areas and many will be appearing at Square Chapel, Halifax, after it was chosen to be part of the National Theatre Connections programme .

Performances of The Prince of Denmark by Michael Lesslie and After Juliet by Sharman Macdonald will take place on March 15, 16 and 17 at 7.30pm, while performances of Cuba by Liz Lochhead and The Queen Must Die by David Farr will take place on March 22, 23 and 24 (also 7.30pm).

Three of the directors are also from the upper valley.

Gillian Kerrod directs The Prince of Denmark, a prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, for which local teenagers Joe Cotton, Sol Cotton, Aidan Good, Dan Cox, William Foulds, Fin Pritchard and Eve Gregory have all been learning to fight with rapiers, funded in part by support from Hebden Bridge Rotary and Hebden Royd Town Council.

John Laing directs jubilee comedy The Queen Must Die, in which valley students Olivia Brown, Holly Carter, Joe Myers Hill and Tom Willsher appear.

On the bill on the same nights is Cuba, directed by Robert Garrett, set in a girls’ school at the time of the Cuban Missile crisis. It features local students Penny Brown, Rosie Orford, Beth Reeder, Beth Jones, Ella Saltiel, Beth Sutcliffe, Esther Suthers, Kitty Wilson Duncan and George Seabourne.

For tickets and other details, call 01422 349442