Patrons

Thank you to our honorary patrons for their passion and support.

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    Francis Lee

    British Filmmaker, Writer and Director: God’s Own Country (2017) and Ammonite (2020).

    “I am thrilled to become a patron of the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax. Halifax is my hometown and has offered me so much inspiration for my work, so I’m delighted to lend my support to one of my favourite places in it.” Francis Lee 

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    Sally Wainwright

    Writer and Director: Last Tango in Halifax, Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, To Walk Invisible, Unforgiven, Coronation Street and Scott & Bailey.

    “I am delighted to be supporting Square Chapel Centre for the Arts as patron at the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their story.” – Sally Wainwright

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    Graeme Park

    Legendary DJ Graeme Park is an original Hacienda DJ who sells out at venues across the globe! He has spent 30 years on the decks and 20 years on the radio and is still going strong.

    “I have had great nights DJing at both Square Chapel in Halifax and The Old Courts in Wigan. I am excited to become a patron of these two wonderful venues and look forward to working with them in the coming months.” Graeme Park

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    Chris Hawkins

    Chris Hawkins presents the daily Early Breakfast show on BBC Radio 6 Music and has interviewed some of music’s biggest stars, including Calvin Harris; The Killers; Florence Welch; Dave Grohl and Jack White. He is a notable champion of 2019 Brits Critics Choice Winner, Sam Fender.

    “Square Chapel holds many great memories for me. It’s incredibly exciting to be part of this special venue’s future.” Chris Hawkins. 

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    Reece Dinsdale

    Actor and Director: (Home to Roost,  I.D., Hamlet, Coronation Street, Threads, Emmerdale, Spooks, Life On Mars, Conviction, and Silent Witness)

    I was both honoured and delighted when asked to become a Patron of Square Chapel Arts Centre. Yorkshire has an increasingly strong reputation for championing the arts, and Square Chapel, a hotbed of creative activity right at its centre, has, for many years, more than played its part. As an actor, director, Yorkshireman and lover of ‘owt arty’, I am thrilled to be invited to play even a small role in helping its reputation grow and hopefully enhancing further still the cultural lives and experiences of the people it serves. See you around!” – Reece Dinsdale

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    Adil Ray OBE

    Broadcaster, actor and writer (Citizen Khan, Bellamy’s People, Darling Rafi and Ackley Bridge)

    “It’s a real honour to be asked to get involved. Square Chapel is such a fantastic and welcoming space. It’s important to me that we provide spaces for all members of the community to enjoy and entertain and I hope I can help the team to continue to achieve that. I genuinely look forward to meeting some of you there very soon” – Adil Ray 

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    Ian Puleston-Davies

    Actor, Writer and Director. (Tin Star, Pennyworth, Vera, Coronation Street, Pennyworth and Being Human)

    “I am excited and honoured to have been invited to join the patron team. I feel I have found a new spiritual home at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax. I have fallen in love with the people and the place.” Ian Puleston-Davies. 

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    Natalie Gavin

    Actor and Writer. (The Arbor, The Syndicate, Line of Duty, Jericho and Hector)

    Natalie who is from West Yorkshire, studied at Leeds Intake Performing Arts College following a Bachelor of the arts degree in Drama and Theatre studies with an outstanding achievement award at Huddersfield University.

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    Dame Penelope Wilton

    Actor: (Doctor Who, Shaun of the Dead, The History Boys, Calendar Girls, The BFG, The Borrowers and Downton Abbey).

    “I am really impressed with this wonderful arts centre in Calderdale. Square Chapel is a jewel, such a welcoming space on every level. I do wish them the very best for the future, I know it can only go from strength to strength and I’m delighted to be invited to be involved as patron.” – Dame Penelope Wilton

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    Timothy West

    Actor: (Edward VII, Churchill and the Generals, Coronation Street and A Room With A View)

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    Darren Jeffries

    Warringtonian Darren Jeffries began acting professionally aged 15, after a performance in Warrington’s Parr Hall led him to his first role in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. As prominent cast member Sam ‘OB’ O’Brien, he remained on the show for a further ten years. He has since performed on stage at various theatres across the UK including Manchester’s HOME, Bolton’s Octagon Theatre and Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, alongside various TV roles. Jeffries also runs film and acting workshops for anyone wanting to get into the stage and screen acting industry.

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    Lucy Beaumont

    The award-winning Yorkshire comedian, Lucy Beaumont, is a hugely talented comedy actress and writer. She is the writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s To Hull and Back which aired its third series in early 2018. The radio sitcom also stars Maureen Lipman and Norman Lovett.

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    Carol Ann Duffy

    Dame Carol Ann Duffy, (born December 23, 1955, Glasgow, Scotland), British poet whose well-known and well-liked poetry engaged such topics as gender and oppression, expressing them in familiar, conversational language that made her work accessible to a variety of readers. In 2009–19 she served as the first woman poet laureate of Great Britain.

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