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Otley Courthouse an ar ts and resource centre for ever yone

Spring Programme 2013

Old Dance School gigspanner strangeface theatre And all our usual array of music, dance, film, comedy, theatre and more!

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Plenty to entertain, amuse, challenge and excite this Spring! Follow the acts on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

Reading/writing Performance Dance Art/Exhibition Ilkley Literature Festival event

All children under 12 attending events must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that while all details are correct at time of going to press, some changes and additions may take place. Please check when you purchase your tickets. Many events sell out! To be sure of a seat please buy in advance!

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Otley Film Society

7.45pm with bar open from 7pm Season continues on Thursday 10 January with A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affære) [Denmark/ Sweden/2012/137 mins] Director: Nikolay Arcel and includes Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on 24 January and The Angels’ Share on 14 March. Guest tickets £4. Full details at

Salsa at Otley Courthouse!

Friday 11 January from 7.30pm Fun, relaxed salsa social for everyone, no matter how long you’ve been dancing, hosted by popular local Salsa teacher, Lillie Connor. Come and be inspired, with or without a partner. Comfortable shoes are all you need. Class: 7.30pm for beginners and improvers. Dance for everyone starts at 8.30pm. Tickets £5 Class only, £5 Dance only, £8 Dance and Class.

1. The Angels’ Share, Otley Film Society 2. Planet of the Baybes 3. Matt Parker


Planet of the Baybes

Saturday 12 January 2.30 and 7.30pm A retired, washed up starship captain, Buck Harder, receives a distress call from a former colleague from his space travel days. Can Buck get his act together and cross the galaxy to save his friend? Set in the 23rd Century, Planet of the Baybes is a comedy, science fiction musical made by Ian White (veteran of local pantos) and Wassef Massaad (well known on the working man’s club scene). It has taken over ten years to bring the project to a screen and features a huge cast drawn from the local am dram world! Tickets £10/£8 concessions.

Matt Parker is The Number Ninja

Saturday 19 January 8pm Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker takes a hilarious tour through the world of numbers. Expect everything from debunking number nonsense and flagrant sudoku abuse to the mysterious patterns in the locations of ancient monuments ... and defunct Woolworths stores. Life’s a game for Matt and his infectious enthusiasm

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Otley Courthouse Spring Programme 2013 will draw you into his comedy world. Direct from BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Robin Ince and Brian Cox. As seen in sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “Certainly not just for maths geeks.” Chortle Tickets £12/£10.

Salsa at Otley Courthouse!

Friday 25 January from 7.30pm See Friday 11 January for details.

Sherlock Holmes – an After Dark Murder Mystery event

Saturday 26 January 7.30pm Someone will die before the night is out, and it’s up to you to help Holmes and Watson discover who the victim is and administer the antidote before it’s too late. An evening of interactive entertainment starting in the Courtroom with crack codes and decipher clues to lure you around the building. Search for the victim, apprehend the killer and be crowned Super Sleuth of the evening! Great family night out for all ages. Tickets £10/£8. Make a team, come as a group! Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £32. Group of 6 adults £52. Fundraiser for the Courthouse.

The Devil’s Violin Company: A Love Like Salt

Friday 1 February 7.30pm Three wonderfully engrossing tales drawn from the past and skilfully spun into gripping stories for the present. Love is put to the test as the audience is transported to King Arthur’s Camelot, the Breton

shores and the ancient Britain of King Lear. An alchemic experience that will have you on the edge of your seat, A Love Like Salt is a rich tapestry, peppered with magic and morals, lovers and villains, desire and disguise. Compelling storyteller Daniel Morden lures the audience onto a rollercoaster ride in this haunting, hypnotic fusion of music and word. Aided by the dramatic, driving rhythms of a skilled and inventive strings and accordion trio, Oliver Wilson-Dickson – Violin, Sarah Moody – Cello and Luke Carver Goss – Accordion. Tickets £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door. Suitable for anyone over 12. See show trailers at

Contact Theatre: CountryBoy’s Struggle

Friday 8 February 7.30pm Maxwell Golden brings his eclectic mix of Hip Hop, physical comedy and drama to Otley, following the journey of a struggling MC from the cliffs of Cornwall to the streets of London. One man plays over 30 characters to narrate this fast funny and honest story in a ‘tour-de-force performance’. This production is promoted in conjunction with the Drama Department of Prince Henry’s Grammar School, who will also work with Maxwell in a Hip Hop Theatre workshop ahead of the show. Suitable for age 12 and above (some strong language). Tickets £8/£5 in advance or £9/£7 on the door. Available from The Courthouse or from PHGS Young Promoters on smithc70@

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1. After Dark Murder Mystery event 2. Devil’s Violin Company 3. Countryboy’s Struggle


Otley Courthouse Spring Programme 2013 Strangeface Theatre Company: The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio


Young People’s Heart’s Club Night

Fish ‘n Reels

Friday 15 February 7.30pm Exceptional mask and puppet theatre, which appeals to both children and adults. Based on the original story by Carlo Collodi, Strangeface bring an extraordinary mix of masks, puppets and live music to this tale of wild mischief and temptation. In a style closer to Roald Dahl than Walt Disney, the Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio takes us on a fantastical journey from his first moments as a talking log through a madcap series of scrapes with fairies, nefarious rascals Fox and Cat, a sinister puppet-master, and a trip to the Land of Cockayne. In turns thrilling and heart-warming, moving and comical. And you get a chance to ‘tour back stage’ at the end of the show. Families with children of 5 + Tickets £8/£6 in advance, £9/£7 on the door. Group and Family tickets available.

for 12–16 year olds only Saturday 16 February 7.30–10pm Brilliant night for younger teenagers – young headline bands, disco, young comedians and poets, juice bar. Dress up, come with your friends – dance all night. Tickets £5.

Friday 1 March 8pm Music played with a love and originality that leaves audiences spellbound. Peter Knight’s Gigspanner is a trio formed by the legendary fiddle player best known for his ongoing 40 year association with folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span. The trio also features Roger Flack (Guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (Congas/Djembe). Whilst the bedrock of the band’s repertoire is rooted in British traditional music and song, their musical reach probes into areas such as French, African, Eastern European and Aboriginal themes. “Peter Knight has put together a tight trio with which to let his playing fly … stepping lightly through folk, classical, baroque and jazz, Gigspanner produce music of intelligently crafted brilliance”, Songlines Magazine “Brilliant, moving and inspiring.” Chris Leslie, Fairport Convention. Tickets £12/£10 in advance, £13/£11 on the door.

Saturday 2 March 3–7.30pm Otley Film Society and Otley Action for Older People present two classic films from the ‘40s and ‘50s together with a fish and chip supper (or veggie) in the interval. Phone OAOP on 01943 463965 in advance to book tickets, transport and meals.

Salsa at Otley Courthouse 1. The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio 2. Young People’s Hearts Club Night 3. Gigspanner


Saturday 2 March 8.30pm Free style dancing session tonight with no class at the beginning. Tickets £5.

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Otley Courthouse Spring Programme 2013 Science Café

Friday 8 March 7.30pm Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides. “Always a really fun and inspiring evening. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school.” Marty Jopson. Tickets £4/£3.

Robin Nolan Trio

Saturday 9 March 8pm Don’t miss one of the world’s bestknown and most admired gypsy jazz trios on their first performance here at Otley Courthouse. Robin Nolan has been lauded for his musical genius by the late George Harrison, Willie Nelson, and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Robin has played with every major gypsy jazz artist and headlined every major gypsy jazz festival across the globe. Booked at London’s Royal Albert Hall on this spring tour, expect some of the finest guitar playing you are ever likely to hear! “In these days of Cacophony it’s great to hear some proper music!” George Harrison Tickets £12/£10 in advance, £13/£11 on the door.


Friday 15 March 7.45pm Otley Courthouse brings one of the latest blockbusters to your local screen. Bar, ice creams, popcorn all available! Tickets £4, £3 to Courthouse Friends and free to OFS members.

Old Dance School

with support from Seafret Saturday 16 March 8pm Birmingham’s cinematic septet unleash their duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, wind and vocal harmonies and earth shattering grooves – one minute rip-roaring, then next beautifully delicate. A listen to their album Chasing the Light confirms that delightful balance. Dream up celtic fiddle tunes and string quartet recitals, songwriting and screen composition credentials, rhythms of the Peruvian cajón, Scandinavian jazz trumpet stylings and a passion for early music if you can. “Genuine creative fizz… It’s full on, full of life and verve.” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 Tickets £11/£9 in advance, £12/£10 on the door.

Lempen Puppet Theatre: The Fisherman and the Pearl

A show made in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society Thursday 21 March 10.30am and 1.30pm The sea is all around us but we know so little about her life. This is the story of a fisherman’s love, and a precious gift that gives him knowledge of the creatures below the waves. A comic, tragic, yet hopeful telling of a story that affects us all. With puppetry, mask, storytelling and animation for everyone over the age of 5. Tickets £4 adults/£3 for children. One free ticket for adults accompanying school groups of 10. 1. Robin Nolan 2. Old Dance School 3. The Fisherman and the Pearl

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Otley Courthouse Spring Programme 2013 Otley Youth Theatre

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 7.30pm OY! Theatre began in 2000 and has produced twelve new plays, as well as sketch shows, many with original music. The 12–16 year olds always start with improvisation and develop ideas together until they find a story and characters from which to create a new play. Expect the unexpected. More information in the New Year from the Courthouse website or

Keep it Cash

Saturday 30 March 8pm Taking you from the humble gospel beginnings of the Tennessee two, right to the emotional and final American Recordings, this is the Johnny Cash tribute show. Keep It CASH fully capture the energy and spirit of the music, in a multiinstrumental stage show with echoes of blues, black gospel and the spiritual music, that influenced Johnny Cash and ultimately immortalized him as a cult figure. Tickets £12/£10.

Green Fair 1. Otley Youth Theatre 2. Keep It Cash 3. Anna Massie and Mairearad Green

Saturday 13 April 10am–4pm Campaigns, charities, crafts, therapies, environmental groups, workshops, entertainment, fantastic food. Free entry.

Anna Massie and Mairearad Green

ago. Since then she has toured in Kate Rusby’s band, joined Blazin’ Fiddles and continued to develop her assured style playing predominantly guitar, but also banjo and fiddle. Together, she and Mairearad Green (accordion, smallpipes) form a duo of exceptional dexterity, captivating skill and that rare, natural warmth of stage presence that charms without trying. This is Scottish folk music as it was surely meant to be: energetic yet relaxed, true to the tradition yet informal and above all, serious playing but great fun. Tickets £11/£9 in advance, £12/£10 on the door.

RSPB Conservation in Action and the Yorkshire reserves

Thursday 18 April 7.30pm Come and hear about the RSPB conservation priorities and what’s new in our local bird reserves. Mike Harris, Corporate Partnership Manager in the North of England, will give an illustrated talk giving a broad brush overview of the current RSPB approach to conservation and the species of conservation concern in the UK, featuring some species re-introductions, including the White-tailed Eagle, the shorthaired bumblebee and the Pine hoverfly! Where relevant, this will then be discussed in the context of the RSPB’s Yorkshire reserves – Bempton Cliffs, Blacktoft Sands, Old Moor and the Dearne Valley reserves, and Fairburn Ings. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door. Fund raiser for Otley Courthouse and the RSPB.

Saturday 13 April 8pm Scotland’s Anna Massie played SaltaireLive and The Courthouse’s first ever joint show seven years


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Otley Courthouse Spring Programme 2013 Salsa at Otley Courthouse

Friday 19 April 7.30pm See Friday 11 January for details.

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Boothby Graffoe

Saturday 20 April 8pm “Nomad. No sane either...” A brand new Boothby tour for a brand new Boothby studio album released in February 2013. Plus local comedic support. “Boothby Graffoe is a multi-talented, darkly hilarious, grade A British eccentric, who can twist your funny bone one minute, and break your heart the next. .” Stewart Lee. Tickets £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door.

Hot Ice Theatre present

The Historians

Friday 26 April 7.30pm A funny, moving and unlikely tale of friendship between two teenagers and their town. Stepping shell-suited out of the 1990’s, Chucker and Mucker offer their lives as a lens on the extraordinary history of Halifax. Belting breakneck over hill and down cul-de-sac, Chucker and Mucker run amok, terrorising Woolworths, traumatizing pets, decimating dance floors and discovering that sometimes home is an unfamiliar place… Tickets £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on the door. Winner: Fringe Media Network Award, Edinburgh 2011 “A touching comic play” the Observer Small Venues Network Tour

The Otley Chamber Orchestra Concert

Otley Methodist Hall Sunday 28 April 7.30pm Our resident chamber orchestra perform a range of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Tickets £8/£6 under 18s free. Tickets from the Courthouse or on the door. Fundraising event for Otley Courthouse.

In-House Arts Exhibitions and Displays A group of volunteers curate and publicise monthly exhibitions featuring the work of local visual artists. Our foyer displays a continually changing selection of high quality cards and craftwork by local makers. January: In-House Arts – work by the resident art group at Otley Courthouse. February: Guiseley Art Club – diverse artwork by local artists in a variety of media. March: Prince Henry’s Grammar School Sixth Form Exhibition: Insights and Reflections. If you would like to submit your work for consideration for a future exhibition, please email In-House Arts at exhibitions@ or call into Otley Courthouse.

Otley Courthouse Needs You!

Volunteers are the life blood of the Courthouse, helping in the cafe, on reception and stewarding at events.If you would like to join our fantastic team and can spare some time please contact Jane Clifton, Volunteer Coordinator, on 01943 467466 or volunteer@ Full training and support given.

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1. Boothby Graffoe 2. The Historians 3. Otley Chamber Orchestra 4. From Prince Henry’s Grammar School Insights and Reflections exhibition


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Café in the Courthouse

Box Office: 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. tel: 01943 467466 email: Book online at Credit Card Payments can be made in person or by phone. £1 charge per transaction. Buy tickets for several events on one card purchase – £1 charge. Concessions: Under 16s, people in receipt of benefits, in full time education and Senior Citizens (60+ and retired). Refunds: Tickets are non-refundable except in the event of a cancelled performance. Resale may be possible on sold out performances only. Please check with box office.

10am–3pm on Monday to Saturday. Fair Trade teas and coffees, delicious cakes, sandwiches and snacks.


Bar opens 45 mins before events, serving a range of bottled beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

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The Courthouse is fully accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs welcome. An induction loop is available in the Courtroom. A large print text version of this brochure can be made available on request.

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Otley Courthouse Spring 2013 programme  

Events at Otley Courthouse from January to April 2013

Otley Courthouse Spring 2013 programme  

Events at Otley Courthouse from January to April 2013