Current Season

Our 100th Season – 2019-2020

All plays will be performed at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP.

Box office: 01484 430528.

Mighty Atoms‘ by Amanda Whittington, 8-12 October

Mighty Atoms Amanda Whittingham Lawrence Batley Theatre October 2019
‘Mighty Atoms’, a life-affirming comedy by Amanda Whittington

The first play of our 100th season will be Mighty Atoms, by Amanda Whittington (Ladies’ Day, Ladies Down Under, Be My Baby).

Back on the Hull estate where she grew up, Taylor Flint is drawn into running a boxercise class. They meet at The Six Bells pub, which landlady Nora runs as her own community hub. And for the local women, boxercise soon becomes more than a way to lose weight and have a laugh.

When the pub is threatened with closure, the class refuse to throw in the towel.

Inspired by a true Hull legend, they commit to an unlicensed Fight Night to raise cash. Yet as the countdown begins, it’s Taylor who finds herself on the ropes.

A Warning to the Curious‘, adapted from M R James by Alex Watkins, 3-7 December

‘A Warning to the Curious’, adapted from M R James

A Warning to the Curious has been written specifically for the Thespians by Alex Watkins, and is based on the Christmas ghost stories of M.R. James. Directed by Lynne Whitaker it is set to send a shiver down the spine!

‘The York Realist’ by Peter Gill, February 2020

The third play in our 100th season is Peter Gill’s The York Realist, featuring class struggle, the strength of family and a finely drawn love story between two men in the 1960s. We’ll be at the Lawrence Batley Theatre for 2020’s LGBT History Month.

‘Teechers’ by John Godber, April 2020

This riotous, fast-moving and highly entertaining play uses the format of an end-of-school performance to show the progress of a new drama teacher through two terms of recalcitrant classes, cynical colleagues and obstructive caretakers.

This out-and-out comedy in April will be directed by Mel Walton, who directed last season’s hit Men of the World.

‘Frozen’ by Bryony Lavery, June 2020

The final play of this season is Bryony Lavery’s darkly psychological 1998 play, Frozen. It’s not an adaptation of the Disney classic, but a drama revolving around a ten-year-old’s disappearance, her mother’s retreat into a state of frozen hope, the academic researching a thesis on serial killing and the loner with a bit of previous who’s looking for some distraction.

We’re very fortunate to have obtained the rights to this modern masterpiece, with three amazing acting roles, and we’re looking forward to presenting it in June at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Suitable for ages 15+.