Echoes of the Past: Celebrating 57 years of children’s theatre

Performers in the 'General Mouse Catchers Last Stand' c 1990s - Include Jonathan Hirst as Beetle, Caroline Ingham as Sam, Alun Cochrane as Jack, Martin Lyons as General, Karen Hirst as Ruggy, Janice Kilburn as Doll and Anna Wood as Mouse. Taken at a rehearsal in Echo 11 August 2016
Performers in the 'General Mouse Catchers Last Stand' c 1990s - Include Jonathan Hirst as Beetle, Caroline Ingham as Sam, Alun Cochrane as Jack, Martin Lyons as General, Karen Hirst as Ruggy, Janice Kilburn as Doll and Anna Wood as Mouse. Taken at a rehearsal in Echo 11 August 2016

Keeping up with a theme of theatre this week, here are some members of the Brighouse Children’s Theatre taking five minutes from their busy rehearsal in the Brighouse Civic for a press call.

These members are Jonathan Hirst, Caroline Ingham, Alun Cochrane, Martin Lyons, Karen Hirst, Janice Kilburn and Anna Wood, in a 1990s production of General Mouse Catchers Last Stand.

These performers are just seven in a long line that have been involved with the children’s theatre which was started in 1947 by Gerald Tyler. It has been written that Gerald set about creating and putting on plays with adults and children which would appeal to those between the ages of four and 18-years-old. This was a first in Brighouse in those very early post war years.

The theatre company finally closed with a performance in the Halifax Piece Hall in Easter 2004. The reason for its closure was the number of schools having their own drama departments and drama being a high profile subject in schools.

To celebrate the success of the 57 years the Brighouse Children’s Theatre was active a book was published in 2015. I understand there are a small number of copies still available for £8.50 and to ensure you do not miss out you can buy a copy through the following e-mail brighousechildrenstheatre@mail.com or from Lords Frames Bradford Road in the town centre and Kershaw’s Garden Centre Halifax Road Brighouse.