How Silsden Community Productions revived the art of plays and pantos
Above: Music-makers (left to right) Val Clarkson, Tony Hopkins, Lynnda Smith and Glen Berry took part in "A Christmas Carol" at Silsden Methodist Church in December 2008. The event marked the debut of Silsden Community Productions and the revival of local amateur theatre and home-grown entertainment after a gap of around 20 years. Directed by David Hardman and Sylvia Wass, to a script by Cathy Liddle, Charles Dickens's classic tale of redemption involved a cast and backstage workforce of around 100 local volunteers.
Above: Alan Raine took the part of a charitable gentleman. Alan and several other players and helpers have regularly taken part in Silsden Community Productions' subsequent dramas. In 2015, SCP added pantos to their repertoire.Above: "Right Up Our Street", a play based on real events and local characters, was Silsden Community Productions' second offering. Scripted and produced by Cathy Liddle and directed by David Hardman, the production again involved a huge number of local people, aged from 8 to 80. It took place at the new Silsden Sports Club in Keighley Road in February 2010.
Above: Ladies of the first village chapel (1826) were played by, left to right, Barbara Driver, Marion Campbell, Lynnda Smith, Frances La Via and Trish Coll.
Above: Colin Hyde was a character in the nail-making forge of the late 1860s.