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ITV Region: Yorkshire North / Year: 2011

Huddersfeld, West Yorkshire

Website: http://www.thelbt.org

The Lawrence Batley Theatre (LBT) will work with dozens of artists and communities across Kirklees (the area covering Huddersfield, Dewsbury and the surrounding villages) to mark the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings in West Yorkshire.

Whilst looking back at the history that makes our part of the world so special we will also create a brighter future for people across Kirklees. We know that live performance can really make a difference to people’s lives, it can help children learn about who they are, encourage people to become more confident and help people find new friends and a new zest for life.

Here’s how our work has helped people in our community:

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. With all I have learnt, I will take this away and enjoy playing more at home with my children.”
Parent taking part in ‘Families in Action’ at Dryclough Infants, Crosland Moor.

“I was nervous on the first week, I was nervous about whether I would make new friends or not. But now I’ve met such amazing people who are all so kind and I’m so grateful. I’ve come this far and it’s a lot for me but I want to go even further with drama.”
Young participant from Deighton who has progressed to an advanced youth Theatre class at the LBT.

“Stuart loves the drama classes. When he comes home he’s like a different boy. He was nervous at first but now he’s made new friends and can’t wait for drama to come around every week”.
Feedback from a parent – Whitacre Close drama sessions

“My thwarted ambition has always been to be on the stage – this group fitted the bill and really boosts your confidence.”
Over 50’s drama class participant.

2012 could be a fantastic year for Kirklees – please vote for us.