BRASSNECK Theatre are using iPads and video footage to stage their latest production - the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.

Since 2010, BrassNeck have been bringing high quality theatre to local audiences, in productions such as Footloose, The Full Monty, Calendar Girls, Spamalot, Rock of Ages and The Wedding Singer.

Into the Woods uses fairytale characters to explore journeys we all take through life, and asks whether happy endings do exist. It was made into a 2014 movie with a starry cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden and Emily Blunt. “Although BrassNeck can’t promise you Hollywood stars, they have assembled an outstanding cast of local talent,” says spokesman John Waite. “Professional actors Laura Judge, Richard Lloyd and Nigel Passey perform alongside BrassNeck regulars Ben Tomlinson, Andrew Walton and Anna Riley, led by BrassNeck resident director, Royston Bayfield.”

Adds John: “As always, BrassNeck are not doing things the easy way and the concepts they’re employing to tell the story of Into the Woods will wow everyone who is lucky enough to see the show.

“Without giving too much away, each cast member will be using iPads! There’s also an unbelievable video wall on stage as well as a see-through cow and chicken made from electric wires and computer parts.

“Once audiences have seen a BrassNeck show, they return again and again. The company have built up a loyal fanbase.”

l Into The Woods runs at Yeadon Town Hall from May 15-19 (Tuesday to Friday at 7.15pm and Saturday at 6pm).

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l SARA Packham Theatre School, which provides Sunbeams for the Alhambra panto, has moved to new premises in Keighley.

The Springfield Mill venue was recently opened by Northern Ballet principal dancer Hannah Bateman, a patron of the dance school, along with Billy Pearce.

“They are fantastic role models,” says founder Sara Packham. “The school is now well and truly up and running. Last week we saw 14 ladies attending our first ever adult ballet lesson. New pupils are of course welcome.”

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