Page 1


Programme March– August 2017

Cinema @the Courthouse

And our Spring/Summer Programme 2017. 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



Tickets are non-refundable, except in the case of a cancelled performance. Resale of tickets on sell out performances may be possible providing tickets are returned to the box office.


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.

To sign up and receive electronic copies of our programme and newsletters please visit our website


The Courthouse is fully accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.

A large print text version of this brochure can be made available on request.





Thursday 20 April 102 mins, 15 Starring: Helen Mirren

JOY Thursday 4 May 124 mins, 12A Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro, Bradley Cooper

Thursday 13 July 91 mins, 15 Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks


LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP Thursday 9 March 92 mins, U Starring: Kate Beckinsale


One Way

fOtley Courthouse




Kirkgate Parish Church



Absolutely Fabulous

Love and Friendship

i Pateley Bridge

f One Way


Eye in the Sky




Thursday 8 June 123 mins, 15 Starring: Renee Zellweger, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent

Cover image: Reform Theatre– Hopeless Romantics


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

Telephone: 01943 467466 Email: Website:

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).


Movie Matinees

An induction loop is available in the Courtroom. See website for further details. E-tickets will be available to print upon completion of purchase. Please note that booking fees do apply on our website.







L rras



Pool p





HAIL CAESAR Thursday 23 March 106 mins, 12A Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney

Market Bus Square Station



Lee d

sR oad




f Brad

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

Thursday 6 April 84 mins, 12A Starring: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers

In the Heart of the Sea

War Horse



Thursday 18 May 122 mins, 12A Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cililan Murphy, Brendan Gleeson

Thursday 10 August 146 mins, 12A Starring: Emily Watson, David Thewlis

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Welcome to Otley Courthouse

A6 5

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017


Cinema @the Courthouse


Otley Science CafE


OTLEY FILM SOCIETY 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.

Our Little Sister



Thursday 13 April 128 mins, PG Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda

Thursday 25 May It is now traditional to leave the last screening of the season free until after the international film awards. Watch out for the title nearer the date!



Embrace of the Serpent


MUSTANG Thursday 16 March 97 mins, 15 Dir: Deniz Gamze Erguven

VICTORIA Thursday 30 March 138 mins, 15 Dir: Sebastian Schipper

Thursday 20 April 125 mins, 12A Dir: Ciro Guerra

THEEB Thursday 4 May 100 mins, 15 Dir: Naji Abu Nowar

Friday 2 June 7.30pm £6

FILM SOCIETY QUIZ Book your table (by phoning 01943 884070) for this popular annual quiz – the questions are not just about films! Ticket price not only includes an evening of fun but also a ploughman’s buffet and prizes! Teams of not more than six please. The bar will be open from 7pm.

Otley Science Café

Acoustic Strawbs

Hedda Gabler

Thursday 2 March 7.30pm £5

Saturday 4 March 8pm £16

Thursday 9 March 7pm £12




SCIENCE CAFÉ In the first café of 2017 speakers set out their key ideas in 10–15 minutes and 20 slides. Then it’s 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.

ACOUSTIC STRAWBS As Strawbs move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made them Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band. The band started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass, before moving into the mainstream by making the first Strawbs album with Sandy Denny in 1967, a year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. With hits such as Lay Down and Part of the Union they were one of the most successful bands of their time. The acoustic side to the Strawbs’ music is celebrated here by the trio David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of Strawbs which had a remarkable seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200 in the USA. This is a rare chance to hear this iconic band play acoustically in what is sure to be a sell out gig.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: HEDDA GABLER Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony award winning director Ivan van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking 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!

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017



What the Floyd

Oysters 3


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Martin Taylor

Christopher Nibble

Saturday 11 March 8pm £13

Sunday 19 March 8pm £15


Saturday 25 March 3pm 91 mins, U, starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn Dir by Howard Hawkes Film only £3 Film and supper £6

Saturday 25 March 8pm £15


Thursday 23 March 7.45pm £5 (£4 for Otley Film Society members)

Saturday 1 April 2pm £8 adults, £6 children Ages 2-7

WHAT THE FLOYD What The Floyd’s mission is to capture the true experience of a Pink Floyd concert. With astonishing musicianship, high technology and a blazing light show this is no regular “tribute act”. The band come with a reputation for an energetic and accurate recreation of the legendary Pink Floyd sound and show. Expect soaring guitars, swirling organs and strobe lighting. What the Floyd’s current set is based on Pink Floyd’s legendary 1994 Division Bell Tour and P.U.L.S.E, the live album that followed. The tour, which would be Pink Floyd’s last and most extravagant, was at the time the biggest tour ever, playing to 5.5 million people in 68 cities. The set included hits from Dark Side of the Moon as well as Another Brick in the Wall, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb and more. What the Floyd’s concert will be a chance to experience Pink Floyd’s classic songs, performed in a very intimate setting.

OYSTERS 3 Oysters 3 are an offshoot of folk-rock outfit Oysterband, and consists of the three founding members, Ian Telfer, John Jones and Alan Prosser. Having started off as a Ceilidh band in the late 70s called Fiddler’s Dram, the group effected a name change and began experimenting with radical arrangements of traditional songs, determined that traditional music should not just be a branch of the heritage music industry. Since then they have recorded numerous albums, toured internationally, won 5 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and collaborated with the likes of June Tabor. They insist they are still full of ideas, and it seems that there is still much more to come from these prolific musicians. Here you are invited to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career.


COVERDALE – A YEAR IN THE LIFE This film records the people, places, events and the changing seasons in this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales between Dec 2014 and Dec 2015. The film explores life in a 21st century community which although steeped in rural history, has also changed with the times. To be introduced by the makers of the film. Fundraiser in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Otley Courthouse.

Film Fish ‘N’ Reels

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES Presented by Otley Film Society in association with Otley Action for Older People, join us for a nostalgic trip back to the golden age of cinema going, with fish and chips or veggie option to follow. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are terrific in their musical comedy roles as gold diggers aboard a ship bound for France with nothing on their minds but the pursuit of men with money. Marilyn gets to do the now classic routine of Diamonds are a girls best friend, and Charles Coburn plays an old timer with a yen for Marilyn who has a yen for his wife’s tiara.... If you need transport contact Otley Action for Older People (01943) 463965. Please book your food option in advance.


MARTIN TAYLOR Martin Taylor is widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion and humour, with a strong stage presence. This has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. Martin’s career has seen him collaborate with artists including Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Stephane Grappelli, George Harrison, and Jamie Cullum. He has also performed solo at Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall as well as amassing 15 British Jazz Awards.

Theatre/Family Topsy Turvy theatre presents

CHRISTOPHER NIBBLE Written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton and adapted for the stage by Claire Alizon Hills, Topsy Turvy Theatre, the company who brought you The Lost Present, and Christmas is Cancelled and Katie Saves the Day, proudly present the charming Christopher Nibble in a tale of dandelion derring-do! The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing from all over town. Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day? 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.

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017



Mark Radcliffe

Saturday 1 April 8pm £14.50

Comedy Music

Maddy Prior


The Shee

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Remi Harris

Thursday 6 April 8pm £16.50

Saturday 8 April 8pm £12

Monday 10 April 8pm £12.50/£11 in advance £13.50/£12 on the door

Tuesday 11th April 2.30pm £8 adults, £6 children Age 3+

Friday 21 April 8pm £12


Family Theatre Pigtale Productions presents


Music MARK RADCLIFFE: MADDY PRIOR SHOULD YOU BE Maddy Prior, best known as the singer in Steeleye Span, INTERESTED Radio and television presenter, musician, writer, friend of the stars and all round cheese fetishist Mark Radcliffe has been making a little go a long way for several decades now. Radcliffe joined BBC Radio 2 in 2004 after 14 years at Radio 1, and has presented various TV shows for the BBC including coverage of the Glastonbury Festival. On BBC Radio 2, he presents the weekly programme The Folk Show. On BBC Radio 6 Music he cohosts Radcliffe & Maconie with Stuart Maconie. His live show is full of songs and stories of middle aged angst and ennui along with tales of ineptitude and encounters with some of music’s most famous names who Mark has on speed dial. Even if his calls are blocked at the other end. He’s finally run out of friends and so now has no choice but to go it alone. Expect a night of high class entertainment.

has built a career on exploring traditional music. Whether its ‘electrifying’ folk music with Steeleye Span or working with the likes of June Tabor, Martin Carthy and the Carnival Band, Maddy rediscovers and reimagines the songs of our past. Her latest album 3 For Joy is a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. The album sees her working with long time musical partner Giles Levin of the Carnival Band. They are joined by Hannah James a young but accomplished accordion player and clog dancer. Hannah is a member of Kerfuffle and Lady Maisery, who also duos with Sam Sweeney and produces traditional dance shows. The trio take in material from England, Scotland, Bulgaria, Klezmer and the Appalachians, combining huge harmonies with driving tunes.

Theatre 2Magpies present


Ventoux is a restaging of the dramatic battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the Tour de France 2000 on Mont Ventoux. Once regarded as the greatest race in the history of cycling, we now know that both Armstrong and Pantani doped during their careers. At the time both were champions in their own right – Pantani winning the Tour de France in 1998, and Armstrong winning in 1999. In 2000 they went head to head on Mont Ventoux. They crossed the line together but their careers spiralled in wildly opposite directions. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles; Pantani died of a cocaine overdose alone in a hotel room. Armstrong denied, lied and cheated where Pantani was caught. Ventoux restages this race, knowing everything that we now know in 2017. With a pair of road bikes, stunning footage of Mont Ventoux and actual race commentary, 2Magpies bring the excitement of the Tour de France to the theatre.

THE SHEE The Shee are an exceptional all female band featuring Lillias Kinsman-Blake, Shona Mooney, Rachel Newton, Olivia Ross, Laura-Beth Salter, and Amy Thatcher. Their music features original compositions alongside a wealth of traditional material. As well as successful performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, The Shee demonstrate an impressive array of individual musical achievements including BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician 2006. To mark their ten year anniversary in 2016, The Shee launched Continuum – an exciting project in which they asked their favourite folk musicians to compose pieces for the band. Written by amongst others Kathryn Tickell, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting and performed by The Shee, Continuum has featured on the BBC Radio 2 Folk show was album of the month in fRoots magazine, and will be played live during what promises to be a fantastic evening.


The Moon has got a story to tell about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one magical night, Marina meets a mysterious watery boy swimming alone and her life is never the same again! With hand-crafted puppets, singing and tap dancing, The Tap Dancing Mermaid is an innovative and exciting one-woman show written and directed by Tessa Bide in association with the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol.


Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist from the UK whose unique style blends elements from gypsy swing, jazz, blues, rock, electronic and world music. Primarily self taught with the help of his dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017



Otley Green Fair

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band

Twelfth Night

Northanger Abbey

Corinne West – photo © Chris Richardson

From When A Monster Is Born illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Saturday 22 April 10am–4pm FREE

Saturday 22 April 8pm £10 in advance £12 on the door

Thursday 27 April 7pm £12

Friday 28 April 7.30pm £11/£9 Age 10+

Saturday 29 April 8pm £13

Monday 1 May 2.30pm £6 adults, £5 children age 5+

Theatre Box Tale Soup present



OTLEY GREEN FAIR Campaigns, charities, therapies and local crafts are all on offer at the Otley Green Fair. Entry is free. There will be a range of entertainment and a children’s workshop from 11am–1pm, with an environmental theme. The café will be serving Fairtrade drinks and snacks, as well as locally produced vegetarian and vegan food.


Theatre National Theatre Live

THE JON PALMER TWELFTH NIGHT ACOUSTIC BAND Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a Back again after two sell out performances in 2016, The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a highly acclaimed six-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around Otley. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums. Describing the band as “a cross between The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band – with a bit of Waterboys and Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure”, Leeds Music Scene said the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band left them “spellbound and desperate for more!” Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony. For another chance to see Jon and his band perform live, do not wait to buy your tickets as this event will sell out!

new twist on Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books) as a transformed Malvolia. An ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).


Box Tale Soup’s version features a cast of just two human performers and seven handmade puppets. The production aims to remain as faithful to the original work as possible, taking the vast majority of the dialogue verbatim from the novel. This, combined with the use of puppetry, has made the production a favourite of Austen lovers and sceptics alike!

California songwriter Corinne West is a poet, a tunesmith, a visionary and an utterly stellar performer. A very well-established figure on the acoustic roots scene, West has recorded five criticallyacclaimed albums and has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Her distinctive style is marked by lush vocals, pristine guitar and bold lyricism that reflects grit, discerning optimism and a true love for the human experience. Her current release Starlight Highway has received rave reviews globally including The Daily Telegraph selecting it as one of the top records in 2016. Inspired by her lifelong study of mythology, West believes that music, poetry and art reflect greater universal truths and affirm the connectivity of all things. Although her sound is ever-evolving, this fundamental theme permeates her work.

Noel Byrne and Antonia Christopher’s previous acting credits include the BBC’s Dr Who, The Hour, and HBO’s award winning Game of Thrones. They formed Box Tale Soup together in 2012.

Corinne will be accompanied by the supremely talented cellist Dirjie Childs who whilst being classically trained, is best known for her improvisation and creativity during her live performances.

NORTHANGER ABBEY Jane Austen’s classic novel Northanger Abbey tells the story of the young, naïve and unlikely heroine Catherine Morland. We follow her to Bath where she is introduced into high society. We see her falling in love and we watch with horror as she allows her overactive imagination to get the better of her.


NICK SHARRATT’S BIG DRAW-ALONG Back by popular demand after his sell out visit in 2015, join much loved award winning illustrator Nick Sharratt, known for his popular picture books such as You Choose and Just Imagine, and find out exactly how he creates them. From coming up with the ideas to drawing the amazing illustrations, he’ll show you how to create a character on a page and share some of his very best drawing tips. Expect fun and games and plenty of chances to join in. Bring paper, pencil and something to lean on so you can draw along with Nick.

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017




David Starkey

Hopeless Romantics

Power in our Hands

Coope, Boyes and Simpson

Otley Singers

Friday 5 May 8pm £12.50

Monday 8 May 7.30pm £20

Saturday 13 May 7.30pm £12

Thursday 18 May 7.45pm £5 (£4 for Otley Film Society Members)

Friday 19 May 8pm £13

Saturday 20 May 8pm £7/£6




Theatre Reform Theatre present



Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage.

Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today.

Film Otley Film Society presents

This 5 piece ensemble breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief.

The Reformation is the first Brexit; his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis. In this lecture David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry’s reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.

The band have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Supported by English singer songwriter and musician Dan Wilde who was recently featured on BBC Music Introducing, and will be playing tracks from his 2 solo albums. Having toured with Cara Dillon and Martin Taylor, Dan is one of Folk music’s hottest young talents.


David will be holding a Q&A after his talk to answer all your queries about this most infamous of monarchs.


In an age of internet and speed dating, isn’t it harder not to find someone these days? Alan doesn’t think so. Or to put it another way, he’s single. Very, very single. Which wouldn’t be a problem, but his sisters are all living romantic dreams with their various successful partners. So when his parents invite the family together, Al does something rather reckless – he asks Zoe to pose as his girlfriend for the night. Unfortunately for Al, Zoe’s got romantic problems of her own! Will it be the start of a beautiful friendship or the end of the world as they know it? We are thrilled to welcome back Reform Theatre after their sell out performance of John Godber’s The Debt Collectors.

POWER IN OUR HANDS Dir by Angela Spielsinger Power in Our Hands is a ground-breaking documentary – containing newly digitised archive footage available to the public for the first time – on the Deaf community’s fight for civil rights and principally, the right to be heard. Released in the 125th anniversary year of the British Deaf Association, Power in Our Hands explores the secret history and heritage of the Deaf community in the UK. Power in Our Hands presents Deaf people as an active and resilient community and this documentary will give people a glimpse into Deaf culture that is mostly hidden from the hearing world. To be shown with a short, made by local film maker Charlie Swinbourne, and followed by a discussion. Screened by Otley Film Society as part of Deaf Awareness Week, and all profits going to the National Deaf Children’s Society.

COOPE, BOYES AND SIMPSON In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, released an album of acapella songs full of social comment and (in the words of Folk Roots) ‘harmonies you could chew’. They were, of course, Coope Boyes and Simpson, and the album was Funny Old World. Now, twenty four years later, with a career that has encompassed at least a dozen albums, Coope Boyes and Simpson have released what will be their final studio album. Coda is a collection of songs, mainly self-penned covering issues such as refugees, Iraq and climate change. With an anger undimmed, Coope Boyes and Simpson are returning to their roots and completing the circle that started with Funny Old World. 2017 will see Coope Boyes and Simpson embark on their farewell tour as a trio. This will be a celebration of their career, and will feature material from across their entire repertoire.

OTLEY SINGERS Otley’s very own all-female community choir, Otley Singers, are delighted to be returning to the Courthouse with their harmony-filled singing for this highly anticipated annual concert. Expect a wide ranging repertoire, laughter, tears and a wonderfully entertaining evening of song.

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017



Otley Chamber Orchestra Concert

Lady Maisery

Chris Difford

Phil Hammond

Martin Bell

Robert Habermann

Sunday 21 May 7.30pm £9, under 18’s free

Friday 26 May 8pm £12

Saturday 27 May 8pm £15

Saturday 3 June 7.30pm £18

Sunday 4 June 3pm £12/£10




Wednesday 31 May 7.30pm £15 adults/£12 concessions including NHS employees

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. They are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song, as well as being accomplished instrumentalists across fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of “diddling”, a form of singing without words which is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.

As a Squeeze co-founder and song-writer of one of London’s best-loved bands, Chris has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Labelled With Love, Hourglass and Tempted. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has inspired many contemporaries including Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and The Feeling.

OTLEY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT Methodist Church Hall Otley An evening of classical music to raise funds for the Courthouse. Since its foundation in January 2009, the Otley Chamber Orchestra has rehearsed fortnightly at the Courthouse. Members come from Otley and surrounding areas, with over 50 experienced players, conducted by Chris Pelly. He started conducting Otley Chamber Orchestra on an occasional basis in 2014 and became their Musical Director in June 2016. He studied Music at the University of Leeds and now arranges their International Concert Season. He is the Musical Director of the Leeds Haydn Players and Mirfield Choral Society, and also regularly conducts the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. .


Over the last five years, the trio have released three critically acclaimed albums, as well as being nominated for a BBC Folk Award, and have made many appearances on national radio as well as touring extensively. Lady Maisery’s hotly anticipated third album was released last autumn and was described by the Guardian as “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene”. The group will be supported by up and coming folk duo Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith.


Chris’s passion still drives him to carry on writing. He has written lyrics for the likes of Elton John, and Bryan Ferry. Plus he has also somehow found time to release three solo albums – 2003’s I Didn’t Get Where I Am, The Last Temptation Of Chris in 2008 And Cashmere If You Can which was released in 2010. This is a rare chance to see one of the UK’s most talented musicians perform in a local intimate venue.


DR PHIL’S HEALTH REVOLUTION Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistleblowing comic combines his two 2016 sell-out shows into a single show: Dr Phil’s Health Revolution. Phil is the presenter of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor as well as a regular guest on Have I Got News for You and Countdown. He co-wrote Polyoaks a Radio 4 sitcom about GPs struggling with the NHS reforms and has written Medicine Balls and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? Phil also campaigns for a fairer and more transparent NHS. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Investigative Journalism for a Private Eye Special Report about the shocking treatment of NHS Whistleblowers. In this show, you are expected to laugh, sort your life out, and save the NHS – all in only 99 minutes!


AN AUDIENCE WITH MARTIN BELL OBE Martin Bell has experienced every aspect of foreign affairs, as one of television’s most famous war correspondents, reporting from Vietnam, Angola, the Gulf (1991), Croatia and Bosnia. In 1997 he became the first elected Independent MP in nearly 50 years when he beat Conservative MP Neil Hamilton. On leaving the House of Commons in 2001 Martin was appointed by UNICEF UK as a Goodwill Ambassador, focusing on the plight of children affected by conflict and natural disaster in areas such as Tajikistan, and Malawi. Now Martin brings a lifetime of experiences together in a new book War and the Death of News. Here Martin provides a moving, personal account of war — its futility and its failures — and an impassioned take on what we’ve lost in twentyfirst century reporting. Expect a fascinating evening where not only will Martin be talking about his experiences but inviting the audience to ask questions so be prepared for some lively debate!


ROBERT HABERMANN: FRED AND GINGER – A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP Discovered by legendary American singer Margaret Whiting, Robert worked in the USA as an international performer, resulting in several major tours. He has performed with Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squires and the late Loonis McGlohan who wrote songs for Frank Sinatra. Robert tells the story and sings the songs introduced by this greatest dancing pair of the thirties. This two act show also covers the films and songs that Astaire appeared in after both stars went their separate ways to pursue their solo careers. Songs include: Cheek To Cheek, Night And Day, Top Hat White Tie And Tails, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, That’s Entertainment, They All Laughed and many other great hits. Come along for a fantastic trip down memory lane.

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017



Otley Science CafE


Sarah Kendall

Anna Phoebe

Jester B

Otley Science Café

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

Angels in America

Thursday 8 June 8pm £12

Friday 9 June 8pm £12/10

Friday 16 June 8pm £8 in adv/£10 on the door

Thursday 22nd June 7.30pm £5

Friday 23 June 8pm £13





Thursday 20th and Thursday 27th July 7pm £12


SARAH KENDALL: SHAKEN Sarah Kendall is an awardwinning comedian and writer whose stand-up shows have been nominated for both Perrier and Time Out Comedy Awards. Her writing credits include Beehive (Channel 4) and Comedy Cuts (ITV) both of which she also performed in. She is a regular cast member of Clare in the Community on BBC Radio 4 and has made numerous appearances on television and Radio 4, including Russell Howard’s Good News, Best Behaviour, The Now Show and Dilemma. In 1989, a major earthquake hit Sarah’s small hometown. This disaster provides the backdrop for Shaken, Sarah’s tale of lies, stalkers, buried truths, false accusations, simmering tensions and overpriced sausages! Expect a hilarious evening based on some very personal anecdotes.

PAPILLON Papillon is the new project by Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi. It combines raw Eastern inspired violin and guitar melodies set within cinematic soundscapes. Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her stunning live performances. Dazzling and charismatic, she has toured with artists and bands including Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Oi Va Voi, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as a solo artist with her own band. Even if you have not heard her name you are likely to have heard her music. Anna has played violin and viola on several BBC soundtracks including Peaky Blinders and most recently the BBC series War and Peace. Together with Nicolas Rizzi, Papillion compose, produce and record their own material as well as write for film. Previous performances include main support for Bob Dylan at the Rock Legends Festival in Poland and a tour of UK cathedrals including Winchester and Liverpool Anglican.

JESTER B: WEST COAST TO GREENWICH VILLAGE Jester B are brothers Jeremy Woodhead and Bryan Thomson. Their blend of finely honed vocals and accurate renditions of classic songs, an inclusion of self penned and collaborative songs and their stage presence form the keystone to a splendid live show. Enjoy an evening of acoustic guitar and harmonising voices with Jester B who’ll take us on a nostalgic musical journey with the classic sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, The Eagles, Bob Dylan and others. You’ll know the words....

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

NANCY KERR AND JAMES FAGAN Nancy Kerr is a well-known folk fiddle player who is a member of trio Simpson Cutting Kerr (with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting.) Her two solo albums Sweet Visitor and Instar elevated her as a leading composer of modern folk songs. In 2015 she won BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year. Specialising in bouzouki, guitar and mandolin James Fagan is a member of both Melrose Quartet and The James Brothers. He has also appeared on albums by Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy and Spiers & Boden and was part of Bellowhead for their Hedonism tour in 2010. In 2003 they were the first ever recipients of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award’s Best Duo Award, which they won again in 2011. Starting a family has reduced the amount of time they can spend on the road together, so their duo shows are now special and sought-after events.

Theatre National Theatre Live

ANGELS IN AMERICA: PART 1 AND PART 2 Part 1, Millennium Approaches (broadcast on the 20th July) Part 2, Perestroika (broadcast on the 27th July) America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Tickets 01943 467466 /

Otley Courthouse March — August 2017


Otley Courthouse March — August 2017

Skinner Releasing Technique

Performance Drama School

Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August 10am – 4pm £225 (£50 deposit) Early Bird Price £195 (before 30/4/17)

Monday 21 – Friday 25 August 9.30am–3.30pm £100 per child 2nd child from the same family £90



Moving Landscapes returns to the Courthouse for a fifth year. This 5 day Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) based dance intensive course is open to all – regardless of experience!

Peformance Drama School are back again for a week long summer school, a collaboration of musical and dance techniques, ending the week with a show. Aimed at children 4–14 years.

This course will take advantage of our location, integrating the beautiful surrounding countryside with the imagery used in SRT. The course includes two trips out into Yorkshire’s breathtaking countryside which will be used as spring board for creative movement work. To book or for more info please contact:


For more information or to book a place please email: or call Sue on 01943 602265

In-House Arts

Julia Odell

Chris Sharp

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 March Prince Henry’s Grammar School: A Level art students will be displaying their work in this popular annual exhibition.

May Artists in Residence – Julia Odell, Jacky Fleming, Liz Neylan: A selling exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by the Courthouse’s residents artists.

June Chris Sharp – Zooillogical: Working in a variety of mediums including paint, printmaking and photography, his work draws inspiration from the natural world and how we perceive it.

July Otley Art Club



Aire Valley Arts Club: Aire Valley Arts is a group of professional and semiprofessional artists centred around the Aire Valley of West Yorkshire.

Otley Camera Club

Courthouse designer craft fairs

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 or for further information please email craftfairsatotleycourthouse@


Tickets 01943 467466 /



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 of 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@

design dg3

For all booking enquiries email: or phone 01943 467216.


Otley Courthouse Programme spring summer 2017  
Otley Courthouse Programme spring summer 2017