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83 Halifax Road, Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 5BB
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The Fire of Olympus; Or, On Sticking It To The Man

The Fire Of Olympus, Or On Sticking It To The Man

Tim Benjamin's opera about the story of Prometheus and Pandora, which re-imagines Handel's operatic works. Performed by Radius Opera in English.

Sat 9 Nov


The Frou Frou Club Halloween Spooktacular With Cabaret Against The Machine

Lady Wildflower Sidge Rushton present…THE FROU FROU CLUB HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!An evening of Burlesque, Alt-Cabaret Neo-Circus acts with LIVE band: Cabaret Against The Machine.Each performer will be performing never-seen-before acts accompanied by live music and a unique set list of Halloween-esque tunes. Expect movie monsters, camp creatures, sensual succubi, devilish dancers and more… Starring a cast of internationally acclaimed, award-winning burlesque performers AS YOUVE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE!This show also marks The Frou Frou Clubs 8th Birthday! Don your best party outfits or Halloween costumes and help us celebrate 8 years of Burlesque in Hebden Bridge Todmorden - There WILL be cake!Starring:LOLO BROW - Neo burlesque artist, ringmaster and Lizard lady, Lolo Brow is an award winning trash-bag. Since flopping on to stage in 2011 she has lowered the tone of many stages across the world. With skills ranging from fire, to sideshow, to butchery, Brow has been quoted to be a cultural whiplash to those used to a more classic showgirlRUBYYY JONES -Rubyyy Jones is a glittering force of nature! Burlesque Hall of Fame Winner! And a big, fat,fabulous, queer Canadian! A provocative femmecee, an innovative and award winning neo-burlesque artist, a pioneer of the Queerlesque genre and a marvellous mentor to many: Rubyyy is creator, curator and creature of the night! From Las Vegas to Paris, from Stockholm to Toronto, Hebden Bridge and beyond, Rubyyy has brought their signature ferocious style and focused disruptions to stages and spaces all over the world. From tongue in cheek sing n flings to hardcore, heart wrenching ceremonies, Rubyyys work in lesque and live art is a balance of dance, queer performance and neo feminist activism.HARLEY QUEEN - Funny? Freaky? Frabjous? The colourful carny is coming to Town! Harley Queen is a dancer aerialist who mixes an eclectic mix of dance styles and teasing techniques while twirling on and flying above the stage. Joining us all the way from Stockholm, Sweden, for one night only! Harley has performed at some of Europes most prestigious Burlesque festivals, circus attractions and Pride events and is excited to bring her unique blend of ballet, contemporary dance, aerial hoop burlesque to the UK!Harleys mesmerising performances have been known to stop time… just a little… and her hypnotic gaze will leave you breathless and begging for more!LADY WILDFLOWER - International showgirl Lady Wildflower commands audiences with her fierce, high-energy performances, full of drama and passion. Oozing sex appeal and with charisma drippingfrom her sparkling talons, Wildflowers show-stopping acts dazzle, entrance and delight.Voted in the Top 20 UK Burlesque performers every year since 2014 and recently placednumber 67 in the world by 21st Century Burlesque. An award-winning nipple tassel twirler, Wildflower has performed all over the world over the past decade, including China, New York regularly stars on stages all over Europe.CLEOPANTHA - An extraordinarily fierce performer, known for fusing hip hop dance with striptease. Her performances are high energy with a sprinkle of bad ass attitude! Cleo trained professionally at one of Europes leading dance institutions, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Cleo has had the pleasure of working with top music artists including Fatman Scoop, Plan B, Rudimental and Major Lazer and starred in a Michael Jackson biopic for Channel 5. Cleo has been taking the Burlesque world by storm over the past few years with performances at prestigious events including Torture Garden, Boomtown Festival, Glastonbury Festival, The Cocoabutter Club at Underbelly Festival and headlined the Bristol Burlesque Festival to name a few.RITA RUMPUNCH - A dash of dynamite, a sprinkle of sass and a whole lotta booty shaking that really packs a punch! Gaze upon her if you dare! This award winning neo burlesque newbie will bring you to your knees with each bodaciously beautimous body ripple. Rita trained under Lady Wildflower and went on to win Audience Choice award at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festivals Legend in the Making competition. Rita will beguile your senses, mesmerise the masses and bring you drop dead gorgon gorgeousness. But beware… whatever you do… dont look into her eyesThe band:CABARET AGAINST THE MACHINE - 4-piece jazz-rock band who mix the crushing funky rhythms of Rage Against The Machine with the smooth Jazzy sensibilities of Ella Fitzgerald.Featuring:Sidge Rushton (Bass/Artiphon): Musical Director and provider of the big low endAmy Stone (Saxophone): Sexy tones and careless whispersLewis Wheeler (Guitar): Hes going to slip on his g string and do it with a strap on!Oriol Sala (Drums): If you need a funky groove hes got the ride idea…With 40 years of combined music experience from some of the best function band musicians, touring artists, acoustic experts and RNCM conservatoire graduates in the UK. They have featured at sold out shows at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival and The Frou Frou Club plus Kendall Calling Festival. Cabaret Against The Machine twist your favourite pop, rock and classic tunes into a sexy, sleazey rumpus that will make you want to strut and shake your butt!The live band kept the crowd dancing and played amazingly, especially as we finished the night singing as one to This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, which is no surprise as this was most assuredly one of the greatest shows I have ever seen! - The MancunionYour Host Lead Singer:CECE SINCLAIR - Shes a shimmy shakin pocket rocket with a voice like velvet. A powerhouse of pure energy with moves to make your body shake and a voice to soothe your soul… Dancer, singer, circus performer, ecdysiast and host, Cece is one of the most in demand burlesque artists in Europe. Voted in 21st Century Burlesques Top 20 Burlesque performers in the UK in 2015, 2016 2017 and named in the Top 100 Worldwide burlesque figures of 2018, Cece is a firm favourite at all of the top Burlesque shows nationwide.Her impressive CV includes performances at prestigious festivals such as Hebden Bridge and Vienna Boylesque Festival as well as several music videos and films.DRESS CODE: Halloween costumes and/or sparkly party finery is encouraged (There will be best dressed prizes!) but youre equally welcome in smart casual attire.Approx running time: Doors: 7:15pm, Show: 8pm - 11pm (with interval.) Plus after show party in the bar til Midnight. Please note - these timings are approximate and, as its a live show, may alter slightly.Suitable for over 18s only. No photography/videography during the show please (but you may selfie to your hearts content before, after during the interval.)Sorry, no refunds/exchanges.This is an inclusive space that welcomes people of all ages (18+), genders, sexualities, races, religion and identities. We will ensure that the bathroom in the venue room is gender neutral for the evening. We will not tolerate any kind of homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, ableism, fatphobia or non-consensual touching. Any behaviour of this sort will resort in expulsion from the event without refund. Treat everyone with respect and well send that love right on back to you. If you find reading that off-putting, then this probably is not the event for you.

Sat 2 Nov


Grimm Tales - Adapted By Philip Pullman

Rediscover the magic and wonder of the original Grimm Tales, retold by master-storyteller Philip Pullman. In Philip Wilson's stage version, youll meet the familiar characters Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel Gretel and some unexpected ones too, such as Hans-My-Hedgehog and the Frog King. Full of deliciously dark twists and turns, these tales come to life in all their glittering, macabre brilliance a delight for children and adults alike.Philip Pullman and Philip Wilson have said that the Grimm Tales work so well on stage because: 'The most marvellous or preposterous or hilarious or terrifying events happen with all the swiftness of dreams.Grimm Tales will be performed as immersive storytelling, "in the round" in the Hippodrome stalls For the first time ever, our actors are stepping off the stage and into the middle of the audience for a vivid new version of the classic fairytales.All we need is the word Once and were off!

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Imaginary - The New Musical

Imaginary is an exciting, funny and inspiring musical about the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination and what it means to grow up.Milo is Sams only friend and they spend all their time together. Using only their imaginations, they transform the world around them into a magical place of adventure and excitement. But as Sams first day at a new school approaches, his mother worries that Milo is holding her son back, stopping him from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises and secrets. When Sam makes friends with Alice, real adventure beckons. Can Sam and Milos friendship survive in this new world, where a painful revelation threatens to change their lives forever?Complete with imaginative staging and a live show orchestra, the Award Winning Hippodrome Youth Theatre gives you a chance to see something new and direct from the West End

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Sat 26 Oct


Improv Night At Tod Hip

After the success of TIG!'s first Improv Night we're back!!For another one Night Only…until the next one…Todmorden Improv Group (TIG!) is proud to host another evening of spontaneous improvisation live in the Hippodrome FoyerPLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE NATURE OF THESE GAMES THERE WILL BE SOME ADULT LANGUAGE AND INNUENDO. WE ADVISE THAT TICKET HOLDERS BE OVER THE AGE OF 15Featuring regulars from TIG! there will be new and old 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' games and songs galore in a show where everything is made up on the spot based on audience suggestions and the points don't matter.So come along armed with your best suggestions ready to see props used, drinking songs sung and quirky characters gatecrash a party amongst others.Extra points if you bring along a large secret prop we can use on the night!!

Fri 27 Sep


Open Mic Night

Hosted by Wednesday Writers Theresa Sowerby Katie AtkinsonWednesday Writers regular open mic nights are becoming a cultural highlight in Todmorden for their eclectic mix of spoken word, song and interesting musical interludes. Wednesday Writers are an independent writers group formed in Todmorden in 2007 to practise the art and craft of writing. The group writes short stories, plays and poetry, and members include winners and finalists in local and national competitions. The Wednesday Writers encourage local writers to share their journeys and to continue to develop as writers. Come along to read, share, perform or just to listen.The event is in the theatre foyer.

Mon 4 Nov


Philippa Gregory In Conversation With Mike Poulton

Historical author Philippa Gregory in conversation with writer and adapter of classic plays for contemporary audiences Mike Poulton.Historian and author of period biographical fiction, Philippa Gregory is one of the most popular novelists writing today. She is best known for her portrayals of the women of the Tudor court of Henry VIII, most famously Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl.Born in Kenya in 1954, Philippa Gregory moved to England with her family and was educated in Bristol. She worked as a senior reporter on the Portsmouth News and as a journalist and producer for BBC Radio.She has a BA degree in History from the University of Sussex and a PhD in 18th-century literature from Edinburgh University. Her first novelWideacrebecame an instant worldwide bestseller, which wasfollowed by the haunting sequelThe Favoured Child,and the final book in the trilogyMeridon.Released in August 2019, Tidelands is the first in a new series from the Queen of historical fiction. The book is set in the English Civil War and includes one of the many failed attempts to rescue Charles I before his trial. This was the first time the people of England united to control the power of the English king and was a turning point for the men and women of England.Philippa Gregory lives in the North of England with her family.Bradford-born playwright Mike Poulton began writing for the theatre in 1995. His most recent work includes his versions of Hilary Mantels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC at the Swan Theatre in 2014, which transferred to Londons West End and Broadway. He returned to the RSC in 2017 with a new version of Robert Harriss best-selling Cicero novels, entitled Imperium, which was staged as six plays in two performances.

Wed 6 Nov


Sally Wainwright: A Life In Writing

BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright will discuss her 30-year writing career with Michelle Hodgson, director of Huddersfield Literature Festival on Friday 8 November at Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre.Sally Wainwright began her career as a scriptwriter on the long-running radio serial drama The Archers. She began her television career on Coronation Street and went on to win the Royal Television Society's Writer of the Year Award for her mini-series Unforgiven. She created the ITV drama series Scott Bailey, for which she won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Writer. Her television credits for the BBC include the critically acclaimed Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax, both of which have won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series, and To Walk Invisibleabout the Bront family. Her latest drama for the BBC, Gentleman Jack, was filmed in Yorkshire and portrays the life of 19th-century lesbian diarist and wealthy Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister.

Fri 8 Nov


Simon Armitage

The best-selling poet Simon Armitage, who was appointed poet laureate in May, will open the Festival on Friday 1 November at Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre.Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His work draws on the rich vernacular of the north and his sequence of poems In Memory of Water is carved into six stones along the Pennine watershed between Marsden and Ilkley that now form the Stanza Stones Trail. He has received numerous accolades, including the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2018. He received a CBE for services to poetry in 2010. In 2015, Armitage was appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry and is the author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers. His acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has sold over 100,000 copies, and his work features regularly on the national curriculum. His new collection Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic was published in May.

Fri 1 Nov


Sleeping Beauty

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