Johnnie’s back to his roots for hometown gig

Johnnie Casson
Johnnie Casson

Johnnie Casson made a flying visit last weekend to meet the Brighouse Festival committee ahead of his show at the annual arts showcase.

TV comedian Johnnie is starring in an Old Time Musical Variety Show at the Civic Hall on Friday evening as part of the festival programme. There is a full supporting cast and the show promises to be a great traditional night out.

Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen officially opens the Brighouse Festival 2014

Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen officially opens the Brighouse Festival 2014

Festival director Tom Ratcliffe said: “This is one of the highlights of the festival and it is already proving very popular with festival goers.

“We are hoping it will be a sell out and, although tickets are selling fast, there is still availability. It will be a fun-packed evening.”

This performance is a special one as it is rare that Johnnie performs in smaller venues like the Civic Hall - he is always in great demand around the country and his schedule is non-stop - but he has agreed to bring his show, which has toured all over the UK, to Brighouse in order to support his hometown.

“You can come as you are or you can dress up in Victorian costume like the famous City Varieties in Leeds used to do,” Tom said.

In addition to the Johnnie Casson show, festival highlights still to come include a concert by the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at Central Methodist Church tonight (Thursday); the Wilkinson-Jackson Jazz Duo at Smith Art Gallery on Friday; and “Troupers”, a play performed by the Mikron Theatre Company, at Brighouse Civic Hall on Saturday.