Festival events

Wednesday July 3

‘Juggling With Gerbils’ – Brian Patten
Hebden Bridge Picture House
9.45am to 10.45am
£2 for 7 to 12 year olds (and their teachers/families)
‘A kind of poetic Beano’ (TES). Our Sister the Mad Scientist, the Vampire Duck, Three Frazzles in a Frimple, Earwings – and many more new creations! Meet the author of all-time children’s cult classics - Gargling With Jelly, Thawing Frozen Frogs, The Utter Nutters, The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry – when Brian Patten brings his latest book, Juggling With Gerbils, to you. (Book-signing after the show.)
With thanks to the Sir George Martin Trust

Food Hats (see June 26 for details)

‘The Iliad’
Hebden Bridge Little Theatre,
Holme Street, Hebden Bridge
£6 (£4)
A compulsive performance by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, two of Britain’s leading exponents of the art of storytelling, true to the momentum of a rattling good tale, and the wry humour, poetic reflection and profound human observation of the Homeric vision. ‘ . . . praise be to Morden and
Lupton, who made the gods live . . . ‘ (The Times).

OperaAmazons present ‘Patience and Sarah’
Heptonstall Parish Church
£7 (£5); £1 for under 16s
A showcase performance of the opera that made history as the first to centre on a lesbian couple. Inspired by Isabel Miller’s cult novel, based on a true story, it received rave reviews for its world premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival. "A rare – and moving – opera about women in love." (New York Magazine) Music: Paula Kimper; libretto: Wende Persons; performed by Deborah Hannah) and Laure Meloy.

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