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Programme September 2017 —February 2018

Cinema @the Courthouse

And our Autumn/Winter Programme 2017–18. Here you will find all of our latest programme and event information. We hope you enjoy this season and thank you for your continued support. Keep up to date with our latest news and events by visiting our website at


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Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley LS21 3AN. Tel: 01943 467466 The Box Office is open from 10am–4pm Monday to Saturday Please note that if you pay for your tickets by card, we charge a £1 fee per transaction to cover the cost of providing a card payment service. While all details are correct at time of going to press, some changes and additions may take place. Check when you purchase your tickets.

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Thursday 25 January 118 mins, PG Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

Thursday 16 November 101 mins, 12A Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

Thursday 14 September 100mins, 15 Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard

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Thursday 11 January 111 mins, 12A Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike



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Thursday 14 December 106 mins, 12A Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Cover images (clockwise from top left) : Eliza & Martin Carthy, Professor Robert Winston, The Ugly Duckling, Dodgy, Proper Job Theatre Company – Medusa, Jan Ravens, Stephen K Amos.



Movie Matinees start at 2pm with tea/coffee available from 1.30pm. Tickets for all films: £4 includes tea/coffee and biscuits. All films will be shown with subtitles.

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Where a concessionary price is listed, these tickets are available for the following groups: under 16s, people in receipt of benefits, in full time education and Senior Citizens (60+ and retired).


Thursday 26 October 103 mins, 12A Starring: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas




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We would like to thank the many local companies who give us their support. The Courthouse Project (Otley) Ltd. Company registered in England and Wales No. 4303404. Charity No. 1090877

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THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES Thursday 28 September 104 mins, 12A Starring: Joan Collins, Pauline Collins

SULLY: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON Thursday 12 October 96 mins, 12A Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

La La Land

LA LA LAND Thursday 30 November 128 mins, 12A Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Thursday 8 February 127 mins, PG Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

VICEROY’S HOUSE Thursday 22 February 106 mins, 12A Starring: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Thursday 5 October 87mins, U Dir: Otto Bell



Thursday 19 October 83 mins, 15 Dir: Hope Dickson Leach

Otley Film Society is a not for profit organisation that is committed to bringing diverse cinema to Otley. To find out more about the films, or membership, see, or email: Thursday screening of films starting at 7.45pm with bar open from 7pm. Guest Tickets: £4. All films will be shown with subtitles.

MOONLIGHT Thursday 7 September 111mins, 15 Dir: Barry Jenkins

Manchester by the Sea

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Thursday 4 Jan 137 mins, 15 Dir: Kenneth Lonergan


Thursday 18 Jan 106 mins 12A Dir: John Carney


Thursday 23 November 118mins, PG Dir: Garth Davis


THE OLIVE TREE Thursday 21 September 100 mins, 15 Dir: Iciar Bollain

Thursday 7 December 124 mins, 12 Dir: Asghar Farhadi

The Olive Tree


Thursday 1 February 130mins, 18 Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Thursday 21 December 118 mins, 15 Dir: Matt Ross

Family Heritage Open Day

Martin and Eliza Carthy

Saturday 2 September £12 8pm

Saturday 9 September 10am – 4pm Free

Saturday 9 September 8pm £16




THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS This dynamic quartet play Scottish traditional music at its best. The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rockn-roll intensity or haunting introspection. “Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from all over the world. The band is one of a kind.” The Desert Shamrack, Scottsdale, AZ .

Thursday 2 November 99 mins, 15 Dir: Pedro Almodovar


The Olive Tree

The Tannahill Weavers


A UNITED KINGDOM Thursday 15 February 111 mins, 12A Dir: Amma Asante

Come and join us throughout the day for guided tours of Otley Courthouse. Find out about its history and how it has evolved since Victorian times. The Courthouse timeline in the cell corridor sets out the history of Otley Courthouse in context with local and national events. There will also be a small selection of children’s activities.

MARTIN AND ELIZA CARTHY The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform songs from their first duo album of traditional material entitled The Elephant. For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. Eliza Carthy is one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize, Eliza has performed and recorded with artists including, Paul Weller, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Eliza has copresented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made many appearances on BBC TVs Later with Jools. Do not miss the chance to see these two iconic performers in what is sure to be a sell-out show.

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Otley Folk Festival 15—17 September


Otley Courthouse is excited to once again be a part of this year’s Otley Folk Festival sponsored by Black Sheep. The Courthouse will be hosting a number of events across the festival with real ale also available.

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Kenny Spiers

Friday 15 September 8pm £16

Saturday 16 September 4–7.30pm £4

Saturday 16 September 8.30pm £10





AN EVENING WITH CONCERTINA SPECIALIST STEVE TURNER AND THE HUT PEOPLE Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and plays mandolin and banjo. The Hut people (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves by Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage.

Come and join us for our annual ceilidh which this year is being hosted by French Dance supremos Les Panards Dansant. Expect to be dancing to music that is a combination of French and Breton traditional music with a driving rhythm and enthusiasm that makes it hard to stay in your seat. Our main objective is for everyone to have fun. Everyone is welcome to come along and just turn up and dance.


Kenny Spiers sings Scottish folk songs. With accompaniment from guitars, piano and accordion, he whistles his way through such well loved tracks as Norlan’ Wind, Loch Tay Boat Song and Vinnie Den. Newer songs by Kieran Halpin and by Kenny himself also feature in his highly accomplished performance.

All tickets for these events can be bought from either the Otley Courthouse box office, or the Otley Folk Festival website.


Phil Langran

Sunday 17 September 1–3pm £8

Sunday 17 September 4pm £8


JOKERMAN by Michael Wood Jokerman is a hybrid musical, docu-drama and satirical comedy with actors and musicians. Bob Dylan/’Jokerman’ is on trial for crimes against music. He has often courted controversy and you will hear both sides of the argument, for and against. “You’re right from your side, I’m right from mine”. (One too many mornings, 1964). Given that Dylan has written nearly 400 songs, there won’t be room for all of them, but there will be a wide selection of old and new Dylan material. (Yes, he’s still got it! – Or has he?) So, is the Nobel Prize-winner a genius beat poet who rides the cultural zeitgeist or an inauthentic protest ‘rhymster’ with the worst voice in the world? You, the Jury, will decide! Be there.


DAVE VERMOND AND THE PHIL LANGRAN BAND Two of Otley Folk Festival’s most popular singersongwriters, Phil Langran and Dave Vermond, will be appearing at the Courthouse during this year’s folk festival. Phil Langran, whose band has become one of the Festival’s regular highlights, will be performing a rare solo gig, sharing the bill with Dave Vermond, one of Wharfedale’s best known singers and writers. Phil Langran’s songs are beautifully crafted, full of melody, emotional warmth and wry humour. His onstage wit and spontaneity will be ably matched by Otley’s own Dave Vermond. As a dynamic performer with a host of wideranging songs, Dave never gives less than his best. Phil and Dave first met in 1959, at the same village school in Essex, and again by chance in Leeds in 1987. Since then both talented artists have made Otley a regular venue and we are thrilled that they can join us at the Courthouse this year.

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Otley Science CafE


Science Café

Pip Utton

Simon Yates

Pete Brown’s NewGrass Cutters Band

Outside the Box

Gordon Giltrap

Thursday 14 September 7.30pm £5

Friday 22 September 7.30pm £11 14+

Friday 29 September 7.30pm £13

Saturday 30 September 8pm £15

Friday 6 October 7.30pm £11

Saturday 7 October 8pm £16





SCIENCE CAFÉ Speakers set out their key ideas in 10–15 minutes and 20 slides. Then it is over to you to ask the questions. Watch the website for new speakers. All welcome, whether you are a beginner, an expert or still at school.


PLAYING MAGGIE Not merely a reflection on how to portray this lady but a live audience with Margaret Thatcher. Pip Utton is The Iron Lady! Saviour or witch? Love her or hate her? Not for Pip to decide, only to portray. She divided the nation like no other politician, she changed the face of British, perhaps world politics forever and the effects of her influence and policies are still felt today. Listen to her philosophies, her inspiration and her logic, and then take the chance to question her. Pip Utton is a Fringe legend and is known throughout the world for his spellbinding portrayals of Hitler, Churchill, Dickens, Casanova, Chaplin, Hancock and many others. Maggie is probably Pip’s greatest challenge yet. Pip not only becomes Margaret Thatcher but risks taking audience questions, and answering them as Maggie!


SIMON YATES On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book Touching The Void and the later film, both climbers became household names. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited. Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.

PETE BROWN’S NEWGRASS CUTTERS Pete Brown, son of Rock’n’Roll veteran Joe, has formed a new and wonderfully talented Bluegrass band. Featuring the same superb musicians who tour with Joe Brown at his sellout gigs the band includes the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso Richard Collins, Mike Nichols on bass, legendary drummer and singer Phil Capaldi plus top producer Pete Brown on guitar, lap steel and mandolin. Collectively they’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Joe and Sam Brown, George Harrison, Deep Purple, and Dave Gilmour, to name but a few. There are stunning new arrangements of rock and pop classics, plus the finest vocal and instrumental performances anywhere. The NewGrass Cutters are guaranteed to have you grinning and singing along.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: A LIVE SHOW ABOUT DEATH Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award winning burial ground owner. Her unique insights and experiences have created a highly original and beautifully cathartic show, combining mercurial tales and miraculous truths, collected over the years from life’s finishing line. Funny, wise and taboo busting; Outside The Box confronts the ‘elephant in the room’ with grace and humour, asking its audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life, with a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the funeral industry (from one who knows!). Outside the Box is Liz’s first solo show since Breaking The Silence, which was performed over 100 times to audiences around the country. Breaking the Silence was described as a “Masterpiece of it’s genre” and shortlisted for the Amnesty Prize at Edinburgh Festival in 2008.

GORDON GILTRAP Over five decades, Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one of the UK’s most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned. This innovative guitarist is back out on the road performing many of his amazing songs with incredible arrangements in what promises to be an electrifying solo acoustic show. Expect to hear classics such as Heartsong and Lucifer’s Cage alongside new material from his latest album The Last of England. A show guaranteed to enthrall guitar aficionados, acoustic enthusiasts and music lovers in general, don’t miss the chance to see one of the UK’s most important and influential guitarists in action.

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Front Country


James Hornsby as David Copperfield

The Asylum Monologues

Heidi Talbot

Sunday 8 October 2–6pm (sign up from 1.40pm) £5 Age 12–18 Tickets from Otley Courthouse and Ilkley Literature Festival

Thursday 12 October 8pm £13

Saturday 14 October 8pm £14

Monday 16 October 7.30pm £5

Friday 20 October 8pm £15



Sunday 15 October 7.30pm £8/£6 Tickets from Otley Courthouse and Ilkley Literature Festival

Theatre Ice and Fire present:


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An exciting afternoon of fun workshops for young people who love writing – everything from graffiti, to writing for comics, short stories and songwriting. I

FRONT COUNTRY An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was never going to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they learned to play roots music their own way, with the tools they had on hand. They’re progressive yet organic with a sound that’s brand new but familiar at the same time. Front Country blend everything from highlonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality. Although Front Country has a foundation in traditional music, they are creating their own path and sound with grace, poise, confidence and extreme skill. They call it “roots pop” and it’s easy to agree with them. In fact, you can’t deny the infusion of these two sounds.

DODGY Acoustic This is a standing gig Dodgy started life 27 years ago. In that time, they released six albums, countless singles, toured the world, criss-crossed the UK, as well as managing to take a well-earned break for 10 years. Now, back in action, with Dodgy Acoustic, Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Stu Thoy will perform in a series of intimate acoustic shows playing stripped back versions of Dodgy classics, including Good Enough and Staying Out for the Summer from recent critically acclaimed albums Stand Upright In A Cool Place and the current album What Are We Fighting For. Dodgy have always loved acoustic shows, the songs are written and rehearsed in acoustic format but they rock and they are loud – this is a chance to hear the songs in their melodic, harmonious glory!


DAVID COPPERFIELD James Hornsby is a veteran of well over one-hundred and fifty theatrical performances. In a career spanning thirtyfive years he has worked with some of the country’s leading playwrights including Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Dame Kay Mellor, Richard Cameron and of course, for many years with John Godber at the renowned Hull-Truck Theatre Company. After the success of last year’s sold-out performance of Great Expectations at Otley Courthouse, James is returning with one of Charles Dickens’ best loved novels David Copperfield. Performed as a one-man show this versatile actor will portray a cast of characters including: Aunt Betsey Trotwood, Peggotty, The Murdstones, Mr Micawber, Dora Spenlow, the scheming Uriah Heep and of course our hero, David Copperfield. I

THE ASYLUM MONOLOGUES Otley Welcomes will host an evenings performance of The Refugee Monologues, in partnership with Ice and Fire. The three stories are drawn from the testimonies of refugees from across the globe, and describe the terrors of their home country and eventual escape to claiming asylum here in the UK. No part of the stories are fictionalised. The three stories will be told by Otley’s Town Poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard, local resident and actress Astrid Copeland and Edinburgh Fringe sensation and spoken word poet Matt Abbott.

HEIDI TALBOT Heidi Talbot’s career has long seen her regarded as one of Irelands most prolific folk singer songwriters. Her fifth solo LP Here we Go, 1,2,3, traverses musical styles from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The Co Kildare singer/ songwriter, who now resides in Scotland with her musical partner and husband John McCusker, is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine. After the launch of In Love and Light at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival in January 2008, Talbot featured as a guest on albums by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, and she has also sung on records by Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, and Idlewild. This is a rare chance to catch Heidi live on her solo tour.

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Michelangelo – Love and Death

Gravity and Physics Science workshops

Beauty and the Beast

Tom Allen © Steve Ullathorne


Furrow Collective © Seth Tinsley

Saturday 21 October 7.30pm £8

Friday 27 October OCTOBER HALF TERM EVENT 10am–12pm & 1-3pm £6 Age 7+

Saturday 28 October 3pm Tickets: £7 for film and food, £4 film only

Saturday 28 October 8pm £12 Age 14+

Saturday 4 November 7.30pm £12 /£10 Age 16+

Sunday 5 November 8pm £14


Theatre Proper Job Theatre Company present:



EXHIBITIONS ON SCREEN PRESENT: MICHELANGELO – LOVE AND DEATH Directed by David Bickerstaff. Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.


GRAVITY AND PHYSICS SCIENCE WORKSHOPS If you think that science and physics is boring, then think again! We are pleased to be welcoming back Dawn Feather and her team from Inspired Workshops for this fantastic event. To celebrate our 10th anniversary of the Otley Science Festival, come along and get involved in some great experiments and create some really cool stuff all inspired by the marvel that is gravity. Through a series of experiments we’ll explore how physics is used to make things roll, bounce and fly! Plus you will get to make your own stopmotion films using plasticine and lego.


FIZZ, FILM AND FISH AND CHIPS Beauty and the Beast: PG, 129mins Join us for an afternoon film screening with a glass of wine, and followed by fish and chips from The Maypole Fisheries (or veggie option. Choose food option when booking). A new remake of the classic tale takes on a different form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. Stars: Emma Watson and Dan Stevens

TOM ALLEN: ABSOLUTELY The sharply dressed, wellspoken, disparagingly camp son of a working class Bromley family, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute. In the last year Tom, has supported Sarah Millican around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs and even passed his driving test! Catch him now and you’ll be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous!


Following the success of Nosferatu (2015), innovative storytellers and theatremakers Proper Job Theatre Company collaborate with award-winning writer Helen Mort to re-tell this classic myth from the point of view of Medusa, as the second part of the Monster Trilogy. This modern adaptation shows Medusa growing up, in modern society and sheds light on the softer side of the ‘monster’ we think we know. This powerful story has echoed throughout generations and through a contemporary setting we see how her story is still important and relevant today.


Described by MOJO as “a mouthwatering collaboration”, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship. Since their critically acclaimed debut At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Their new album Wild Hog launched in November 2016 to huge critical acclaim. Having won Best Group and Musician of the Year for Rachel Hutton at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Furrow Collective have an air of immeasurable quality as well as making their songs vibrantly new.

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Mon 6 – Sat 11 November 2017

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Mon 6 – Sat 11 November 2017

For more information about the exciting schools programme and for the latest news, check the website Tickets for all events are available from Otley Courthouse.

Otley Science CafE

Jan Raven


How the Koala learnt to hug

Molecule Trail

Silly Science Toddler Time – Families

Monday 23 October– Thursday 9 November

Monday 6 November 11am – 12pm £3 per child, accompanying adults free Children 5 and under




Find the 15 molecules hidden around Otley in various shops in our FREE to enter molecular trail. Pick up a leaflet from Otley Courthouse or download it from the Science Festival website, then hunt the molecules for a chance to win a molecular modelling kit. Return your entry to Otley Courthouse before 6pm on Thursday 9th November. First three correct entries picked at 11am at the Science Fair at Otley Courthouse on Saturday 11 November will receive a molecule modelling kit. Many thanks to Spiring Enterprises Ltd and Keele University School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.


SILLY SCIENCE TODDLER TIME FAMILIES Our scientific extravaganza of fun filled activities for toddlers returns once again to the Courthouse. Let your child explore with their senses the scientific world around them. Laid on especially for the Courthouse by the Otley Children’s Centre, this is a very popular ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Supported by Otley Town Council.

Silly Science Toddler Time Groups

Stefan Gates

Festival Science Café

Monday 6 November 1–2pm £3 per child, accompanying adults free Children 5 and under

Monday 6 November 7.30pm £10/£8 Age 7+

Tuesday 7 November 7.30pm £5 under 18s free



SILLY SCIENCE TODDLER TIME GROUPS A science fair specifically aimed at groups of under 5s from nurseries, play groups and childminders only. This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Supported by Otley Town Council.

STEFAN GATES: THE UTTERLY REVOLTING SCIENCE SHOW Embark on a hilarious, high tech and utterly disgusting journey through the body with BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates. Expect robots, remotecontrolled humans, mindblowing video footage of our guts, digestive chemistry and a very noisy fart machine. You’ll never look at your own body in the same way again! This hilarious show based on rock-solid science will amaze both kids and adults.


FESTIVAL SCIENCE CAFÉ Now in its tenth season, the 40th Otley Science Café promises to bring the usual eclectic mixture of scientific topics delivered in bite-sized chunks for your entertainment. We will have our traditional trio of speakers, each given a quarter of an hour with plenty of time for you to quiz them afterwards. Join us for a relaxed and fun evening of science suitable for all ages and all interests.


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Mon 6 – Sat 11 November 2017

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How the Koala learnt to hug

Mon 6 – Sat 11 November 2017

How the Koala learnt to hug

Prof. Robert Winston

Hidden Fifures

Rashik Parmar MBE

Marty Jopson

Otley Science Fair

Prof. Monica Grady

Wednesday 8 November 7.30pm £20

Thursday 9 November 7.45pm £5 / £4 Otley Film Society members

Friday 10 November 7.30pm £10/£8 Age 11+

Saturday 11 November 10am–4pm Free event Suitable for all ages

Saturday 11 November 7.30pm £8 Age 7+



Friday 10 November 12.30–2pm £7 including buffet lunch Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential






Join Marty Jopson, Otley resident and the BBC One Show’s science bloke as he places himself in grave personal danger for your entertainment and amusement. Will his steely nerve and a set of equations save him from a broken hand and third degree burns? Can physics alone protect you from Mr. Spiky and the Pendulum of Doom? Only one way to find out.

Science Fair for stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. The Courthouse will be alive with local and regional groups showing off the best science Yorkshire has to offer. Build yourself a molecule, have a go with the robots and play with some physics. Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day.

PROF. ROBERT WINSTON: MODIFYING HUMANS: WHERE DOES GENETICS STOP? Professor Winston has been responsible for making science understandable to generations and is one of our leading specialists on fertility and IVF. In this talk he addresses the subject of genetics, and the progress made with screening for genetic defects and disorders before a pregnancy has even begun. However, the same methods could be used to modify genes. Is this a wonderful new world or a very risky and frightening Frankenstein monster? Supported by Otley Carnival.


Especially for Otley Science Festival, the Otley Film Society brings you Hidden Figures. The true-life story of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. Followed by a discussion of the film and the book on which it is based.

SCIENCE LUNCH: A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Rashik Parmar MBE, the IBM Technical Executive for Europe, as he discusses how Technology seem to be in all parts of our daily lives, from ensuring we have clean water through to providing entertainment. IBM’s Research Division has identified five technologies that will change our lives in the next 5 years. This talk will discuss the 2017 predictions and explore the likely impact.

Supported by Otley Carnival.

PROF. MONICA GRADY: AN EVENING WITH A SPACE SCIENTIST Join Professor Monica Grady CBE, a world expert on meteorites, for a journey through her scientific career and interests. From Martian meteorites, to the Rosetta space probe and appearing on Desert Island Discs, this is your opportunity to listen to and ask questions of one of the leading British Space Scientists.

Note, some fully risk assessed audience participation will be sought.

Otley Science Festival Funders

Otley Carnival


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Jan Ravens

Brian Kennedy

The Ugly Duckling, image © Jessica Knight

Bomb Happy

Tom McConville Band

Stephen K Amos

Saturday 18 November 8pm £15

Sunday 19 November 8pm £17

Monday 20 November 10.30am & 1.30pm £6 adults, £5 children – free accompanying adult with every 10 children Age 3+ and families Schools show and family event

Friday 24 November 7.30pm £12 Age 12+

Saturday 25 November 8pm £12

Wednesday 29 November 8pm £17.50 Age 16+

Theatre Everwitch Theatre in partnership with York Normandy Veterans and Helmsley Arts Centre present:



JAN RAVENS: DIFFICULT WOMAN Who runs the world? Fifty something women, apparently. Dead Ringers star, Jan Ravens takes to the road with her wellloved impressions of Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, Hillary Clinton and many others, including Kirsty Wark, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce. Why, she asks, are women perceived as difficult, when we are just being decisive, ambitious and tenacious? Well, come on, why? Jan has been seen on, and contributed across the satirical spectrum on shows such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Mock the Week, QI, Question Time, Today and PM. Difficult Woman reflects the current political climate and the huge part women have to play in it with views on Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, and lots of people who aren’t Scottish. This is the age of the powerful woman….


BRIAN KENNEDY Brian is an internationally celebrated singer, songwriter, novelist and coach on The Voice of Ireland as well as a former lead performer with Van Morrison’s Blues and Soul Revue for six years, and featured as lead performer in Riverdance on Broadway for nine months. His stream of chart-making albums, A Better Man’ (1996) and Now That I Know What I Want (1999), both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album. But it was Brian’s heart wrenching live performance of You Raise Me Up at the funeral of football legend George Best that earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts. No show would be complete without including a selection from his back catalogue so come, experience and celebrate that voice, musicianship and personality. Hearing is believing!

Theatre/Family Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal present:


In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for mummy’s enormous egg to hatch. But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duck! Teased and called ugly by his siblings, our hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. The lost and lonely fledgling hides in brushwood and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong…. Moving through all four seasons, tutti futti and York Theatre Royal bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale. With a menagerie of mischievous animals, this charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.


written by Helena Fox Bomb Happy evocatively brings to life the verbatim memories of the five remaining York Normandy Veterans who, as young lads from York, Leeds, Sheffield and London, find themselves part of one of the most important military operations in World War Two. Told in their own words, Bomb Happy follows each Veteran’s unique journey from D-Day to VE Day and highlights the lifelong impact of PTSD. Plus, there is a unique opportunity to meet the real men behind the stories after the show.


The Tom McConville band is surely the most entertaining, exciting fourpiece operating on the festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year Tom McConville, this band also features Shona Kipling, herself a BBC Folk Award nominee, and one of the finest accordion players in the country. Add to that David Newey’s ‘incredible, unique guitar playing’ (BBC Radio 6), and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best bass player in Britain’, and you have a force to be reckoned with. Whilst this band has a backbone in traditional music, you’ll hear country, jazz, blues and rock and roll, all being delivered by an acoustic four piece. Tom’s exceptional voice is bought to the fore with big choruses and a great choice of songs and tunes. They’ve played every major festival, arts centre and theatre in the UK so it’s about time they came back to Otley!


STEPHEN K AMOS: BREAD AND CIRCUSES Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter. Stephen is a star of BBC2’s Live at the Apollo, BBC1’s Have I got news for you, and his own BBC2 series The Stephen K Amos Show amongst many others. He is also a regular on BBC Radio 4 both as a guest and in his own shows, including: Life An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?

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Otley Courthouse September 2017—February 2018



The Idol (Ya tayr el tayer)

Terry Abraham admiring sunset from Ingleborough

Matthews’ Southern Comfort

Otley Victorian Fayre © Chris Winpenny

The Way Down Wanderers

Giselle © Bill Cooper

Thursday 30 November 7.45pm Tickets £5, Otley Film Society members £4

Friday 1 December 7.30pm £8/£6 in advance, £9/£7 on the door

Saturday 2 December 8pm £16

Sunday 3 December 12pm onwards Free

Friday 8 December 8pm £13

Friday 15 December 7.30pm £10




Film Otley Film Society and Leeds Palestinian Film Festival present:

THE IDOL (YA TAYR EL TAYER) Since his early years in his native Gaza, Mohammed Assaf has had a golden voice. In 2012, he is a student and drives a taxi to finance his studies. He wants to start singing again but he can envisage singing as a career only in leaving Gaza. His only hope is to participate in the famous “Arab Idol” contest. But how to leave the place without a visa? Based on the true story of Mohammed Assaf.


TERRY ABRAHAM An evening with award-winning and critically acclaimed outdoors broadcaster Terry Abraham. After being made redundant 5 years ago, self-taught filmmaker Terry Abraham chased a dream producing programmes promoting the British Countryside. His debut documentary Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike broke records for the BBC and has been seen by several million viewers. Once again working alone and camping out on the fells, he recently released the sequel to his Lakeland trilogy Life of a Mountain: Blencathra which has proven to be an even bigger hit with audiences. Terry will share stories and give an insight into how he goes about his work and talk about his experiences producing his latest and biggest documentary to date featuring legendary mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE – The first and only Briton to have climbed all 14, 8000m summits.


MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT Never let it be said that Iain Matthews is one to dwell on past successes. These days, most band ‘reunions’ take place because of the huge financial rewards available and occasionally, record company pressure. In the case of Matthews Southern Comfort, neither reason applies. Forty years on, the sounds and songs just keep on coming. The new MSC, a quartet, features an all Dutch lineup. With renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer, BJ Baartmans. Keyboardist, Bart de Win, fresh from several seasons with the Birds of Chicago and his acoustic duo Tipjar. Rounding out the lineup is the relatively unknown Amsterdam singer songwriter Eric Devries. This spectacular band, represents both the past and the present, as Matthews cleverly reinvents some of the classic MSC songs, to accompany the new originals. If you’re looking for an evening of pure, unadulterated, sonic bliss, Matthews Southern Comfort delivers.

OTLEY VICTORIAN FAYRE The Courthouse will be open all day during the Fayre, so why not come in from the cold for hot drinks and a mince pie. Keep checking our website for full dates and times of special events happening during the day.

THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fastgrowing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show. Their brand new self-titled LP features rip-roaring banjo, carefree mandolin, soaring harmonies, and lush low-end strings. Expect a high energy start to December with this gig!

GISELLE: DANCED BY THE ROYAL BALLET From The Royal Opera House, the greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences. Giselle kills herself. Distraught, Albrecht wanders the forests and discovers that Giselle has become one of the Wilis, shades of young women who died before their wedding day. The Wilis dance all men that come across their path to death; but Giselle intercedes on Albrecht’s behalf. Her forgiveness saves Albrecht and releases her from the Wilis, so that she may finally rest in peace.

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Otley Courthouse September 2017—February 2018



The Abominable Snowman

A Winter Union © Redwood Photography

Courthouse Quiz with a fish n chip supper

Otley Station 1965

Ben Waters

The Marrakesh Express © D. Muschialli

Tuesday 19 December 2.30pm £9 adults, £7 children moononastickproductions. com Ages 3+

Friday 22 December 8pm £15

Friday 5 January 7.30pm £8 per person in advance including food £5 with no food

Friday 12 January 7.30pm £8/£6 in advance, £9/£7 on the door

Saturday 13 January 8pm £12

Friday 19 January 8pm £10 in advance, £12 on the door






Theatre/Family Moon On A Stick present:


Meet the Abominable Snowman in this very silly, very snowy adventure into the mountains. The Abominable Snowman is big and hairy and scary…or is he? With footsteps, so big you can fall into them no wonder everyone’s afraid of him. But Snowball isn’t scary at all. You’d be better to call him the Adorable Snowman! Moon On A Stick reinvent this wonderful tale of an unlikely hero with a delightful blend of puppetry, live-music and enchanting storytelling perfect for ages 3+.


A WINTER UNION – CHRISTMAS MUSIC Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and Christmas classics from both sides of the Atlantic. Originally formed in 2015 for a one-off yuletide concert by members of The Willows, Hannah Sanders and Megson, A Winter Union returned in 2016 for more shows including London’s Cecil Sharp House and a live session on BBC Radio 3. This year brings the band’s first line-up change with BBC Folk Award nominees Gilmore and Roberts joining in place of Megson.

COURTHOUSE QUIZ The New Year Quiz returns to test your general knowledge. Have fun pitting your wits against Bob and Gill, our regular quiz inquisitors, and enjoy a fish n chip supper in the interval. You might even win a prize! To avoid disappointment book your table early. Max of 6 people per table. The bar will be open from 7pm.

Starting in August 1865, and for 100 years thereafter, there were two ways to travel by train from Ilkley to Leeds. Both used the Otley-Ilkley joint line as far as Burley Junction where the routes diverged. In By Rail to Otley, Prof Mike Dixon traces the origins of the railway through Wharfedale and in particular the Burley – Arthington link, its working from 1865–1965, its demolition and gradual disappearance. Using archive photographs, old maps, satellite views and on-the-ground exploration, Mike takes us through a nostalgic story that embraces railway and social history, geography and industrial archaeology. By Rail to Otley is a fascinating exploration of local railway history that will appeal both to rail enthusiasts and the general public.

BEN WATERS Ben is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Screaming Lord Sutch, PJ Harvey, Amy Macdonald, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Charlie Watts, The Ronnie Wood Band, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart, The Teenagers, Nine Below Zero….and the list keeps growing! In fact not only has he worked with Jools Holland, he played at his wedding, as well as Jools himself returning the favour and playing in Ben’s band! Expect an evening of fast paced, upbeat and highly skilled piano playing with tracks such as Honky Tonk Train, All Right, OK, you win and Broken Piano Blues. What a great way to start the new year!


Back by popular demand, The Marrakesh Express return with a live performance of music from Crosby Stills Nash and Young. The Marrakesh Express are John Butler, Rick Wilson, and Adam Ellis. Together these three great voices deliver a note perfect performance of some of the finest harmony singing in all music. Telling the story of the formation of this super-group and including songs from The Hollies, The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the band take the audience back to a time of protest, revolution, dropping out, and making great music. This is the only show of its kind, and a truly brilliant night’s entertainment.

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Otley Courthouse September 2017—February 2018



Martyn Joseph © Izaak P Slagt

Nine Below Zero

Seaside Terror

Suzannah Lipscomb

The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Christopher’s Caterpillars

Friday 26 January 8pm £16

Friday 2 February 8pm £12

Saturday 10 February 7.30pm £16

Friday 16 February 7.45pm £10/£8



Friday 9 February 7.30pm £11 Age 12+




Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called ‘The Welsh Springsteen’. With shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, Martyn stands in his own right, giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Theatre Odd Doll In association with Little Mighty present:


Saturday 17 February 2.30pm £9 adults, £7 children Ages 2–7


2016 was one of Martyn’s busiest, including being nominated in the ‘Hardest Working Artist’ category at the UK Independent Music Awards, as well as the only folk artist to receive any nomination. One of his songs, Nye, celebrating Nye Bevan, the author of the NHS, has been enthusiastically received by audiences everywhere, as well as having BBC national airplay on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s 6 Music show. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, Martyn writes, sings and plays from the heart.

NINE BELOW ZERO DUO Nine Below Zero’s founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham have gone back to their blues roots and are performing a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. These are the first ‘old style’ blues shows the pair have performed in the 35 years they have been working together. Covering songs by blues legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and Leadbelly, they also play unplugged versions of well-known Nine Below Zero material. Dennis said: ‘’with these shows we are really trying to go back to the strippeddown simplicity of early blues being played in its rawest form on acoustic instruments. To see Mark perform in this environment is truly a masterclass and it’s a little daunting for me, to be playing acoustic guitar. No hiding behind the Marshall amp!”


It’s holiday season. The season of terror! Odd Doll take a trip to the seaside, where they find more than they bargained for. The only other inhabitant of the dilapidated pier is a rather sinister ice cream man. And he’s got some very strange stories to tell… His mind-boggling collection of hysterical horrors includes Evil Seagulls, Zombie Donkeys, and Bingo Hairballs. But will anyone who experiences it live to describe it? Stuffed with fun frights and ice cream chills, Seaside Terror is a celebration of the British horror and British holidays of the 1970s. Funny, nostalgic and visually stunning, Odd Doll use their trademark brew of puppetry, clown and specially composed music to fill the stage with nerveshattering shocks.

Suzannah Lipscomb has become a regular on our TV screens of late, presenting and writing documentaries including: BBC Four’s series Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home, as well as her most recent series on Channel 5 with Dan Jones and engineer Rob Bell The Great Fire. In this talk, Suzannah explores the connections between George RR Martin’s series The Game of Thrones, and the 15th century Wars of the Roses. When England was torn in half by the rival houses of Lancaster and York, Lipscomb discusses how eerily close this is to GoT’s battle between the houses of Lannister and Stark. Beginning with Richard II’s deposition by Henry Bolingbroke, she considers the great dynastic struggle of the fifteenth century through to the rise and fall of Richard III, and the deaths of the Princes in the Tower.


One of the 20th century’s most important singers, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the folkmusic scene during the 1960s and ‘70’s. However, she lost her voice in mysterious circumstances, and retired from musical life. This documentary explores the story behind the icon, and chronicles Shirley’s battle, at the grand old age of 80, to rediscover that voice she lost so many years previously. Here is a film about loss and redemption. A film about sacrifice, healing and rebirth. A film which suggests that, during these turbulent, untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins now more than ever. Followed by a Q&A session with the film director and a recorded music performance.

Family/Theatre Topsy Turvy theatre present:

CHRISTOPHER’S CATERPILLARS Written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton and adapted for the stage by Claire Alizon Hills, Topsy Turvy Theatre return with everyone’s favourite guinea pig in his latest adventure – Christopher’s Caterpillars. Christopher Nibble and his best friend Posie have been busy growing plants and food in their garden whilst taking care of their six hairy pet caterpillars. But when their crawly comrades disappear without a trace the gardening guinea pigs swap their trowels for magnifying glasses and turn detective! Will Christopher and Posie crack the case and bring their caterpillars home to Dandeville... or have they vanished forever? Written especially for children aged 2–7 (and their big people too) and told with Topsy Turvy Theatre’s own blend of energetic storytelling, handmade puppets, original music and stunning scenery.

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Otley Courthouse September 2017—February 2018


Otley Courthouse September 2017—February 2018

Robin Ince © Timoyhy Ginn

Keith James

Friday 23 February 8pm £14 Age 14+

Saturday 24 February 8pm £14



ROBIN INCE: PRAGMATIC INSANITY Back by popular demand, Sony Gold award winning comedian Robin Ince presents another in his line up of unhinged standup comic lectures. Fresh from his live tour with Radio 4s Infinite Monkey Cage pal Prof Brian Cox, Robin delves into his mind and possibly your mind too. Robin’s first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe.


Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. After last year’s sell out performance of The Songs of Leonard Cohen, we are pleased to welcome back Keith James with his stunningly beautiful concert The Songs of Nick Drake. Keith was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The result has been over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, including Glastonbury Festival and it finally comes to Otley!

National Theatre Live

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE EVENTS National Theatre Live is a ground-breaking initiative broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world live, via satellite. It is now a regular feature at Otley Courthouse. See our website for details of the latest productions and also sign up to our mailing list to keep completely up to date!

10th Anniversary Science Festival Display

David Starley

Otley Courthouse entrance

VISUAL ARTS AT THE COURTHOUSE Curated by members of the In-House Arts Group The In House Arts group curate monthly visual arts exhibitions at the Courthouse. Also throughout the year they display art and crafts for sale in our cabinets. If you are a maker and would like to have your work included, please email for more information exhibitionsatotleycourthouse

September Otley Camera Club

November 10th Anniversary Science Festival Display

December–January David Starley Professional Saltaire based oil painter. David Starley


SINGING FOR THE BRAIN A fun, relaxed and friendly singing session led by a trained facilitator. Everyone with memory loss and their carers welcome. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. £1.50 per session including tea and biscuits. Courthouse designer craft fairs

On the last Sunday of each month to coincide with the Otley Farmers Market from 9.30am–1pm. Our Designer Craft Fairs showcase the talents of local craft workers. All items are designed and made by the stallholders, and you have the chance to buy unique, handmade jewellery, stationery, gifts, art work and more! Admission is free and the café is open, so come along for a browse, a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee and a piece of cake! To have a stall of for further information please email


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ROOM HIRE We have a number of rooms available to hire for private meetings, 1-2-1 workshops and classes, training days and conferences; the Courtroom, The Robing Room, Sec 1, The Art Room as well as the bar and café for private events. All rooms have flexible layouts and hold different capacities depending upon your requirements. We can cater for any budget and offer packages to include refreshments and lunch within the price. Book your party here with us and let us put the “art” into “party”! As well as private events such as gigs, talks and presentation evenings, our venue is the perfect backdrop to any event

OTLEY COURTHOUSE FRIENDS SCHEME The Otley Courthouse Friends Scheme is our way to say thank you for being a loyal supporter and champion of the Courthouse. As a Friend you will receive a regular newsletter, invitations to exclusive events, a priority copy of the programme and the opportunity to book early bird tickets. In addition from as little as £10 a year as a Magistrates level Friend, you will receive a discounted film voucher; as a Crown level Friend at £25, you will receive 2 full complimentary film vouchers; and finally as a Supreme level Friend at £50 you will receive 4 complimentary film vouchers (2 per programme). Thank you for your continued support to the Courthouse. Your generous donations enable us to keep offering an eclectic and interesting programme of events and activities.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS A wide variety of clubs, societies and classes run in the Courthouse every day and for all age ranges – from language to exercise classes, community choir or orchestra to book club or creative writing. You can pick up a list from the Courthouse reception or download one from our website.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER Volunteers are the life blood of the Courthouse. With their vital help we run the café, box office, or steward events. Full training and support is given. If you can spare some time, contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 01943 467216 or volunteer@

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