‘Maverick Monologues’

Here’s a new Heroica event you won’t want to miss, especially if you live in or around our home base of Hebden Bridge – and we hope to make a regular event of it, so there is much maverick-ness to look forward to.


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We are proud to support an exciting one-night-only event coming soon to the Hebden Bridge Town Hall:

Gifted singer and writer Jessica Walker is raising the funds to extend the run – to New York’s ‘59E59’ theatre in June – of her brilliant show All I want is One Night which tells, in song and scenes, the story of  Suzy Solidor, the French 20th-century singer and actress – who certainly qualifies as a maverick woman in the true Heroica tradition!

Following a short season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, we in Hebden Bridge are fortunate enough to be offered – for one night only – this exciting event ‘Forbidden Love’ – at the Town Hall CafeBar on Friday 2nd March. It will be an evening of music, presented by Jessica and her pianist, Joseph Atkins, specially selected to give poignant insight into same-sex desire in the times of repression.

Jessica says: ‘Beginning with the male impersonators of the Victorian music hall and the first openly gay songs of the Weimar Cabaret in 1920s Berlin, we journey through the erotic songs of  1930s Paris, and into the hidden sexualities of artists in Britain and America, right up to the introduction of the infamous Clause 28 of the 1980s. From Noel Coward to Dusty Springfield via Marlene Dietrich, this is an evening of queer history in song not to be missed.’

Doors and paying bar open at 7pm, cabaret at 7.30pm. There will be one interval and the evening will end around 9.30pm. Tickets  – £10/£8conc. on the door by cash or cheque only.

We look forward very much to seeing you there!

‘Joan Eardley: A Private View’: venues for 2017

We are proud to announce the gallery/arts centre venues for the May-June 2017 production tour of Joan Eardley: A Private View. They will be:


Modern 2, SNGMA, Edinburgh

Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Banchory

The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

Wall Projects, The Old Rope Works, Montrose

Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Scarborough School of Art

Lyon & Turnbull, London

Reading Museum and Town Hall

The Herbert Gallery, Coventry.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with each of these inspiring venues and their personnel. Some vacancies exist in the tour schedule for other galleries in England to host performances of this exciting production. Confirmed dates for performances at each venue will be published in late October.

Coming soon

Joan Eardley | A Sense of Place


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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art | £9 (£7)

The Friday Night Mixer: Modern Scottish Women, April 29, 2016


  • Friday, 29th April 2016, 6.30-8pm
  • £5 (£4)

Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Join us for an evening of short ‘taster’ talks and discussions exploring some of the themes in our Modern Scottish Women exhibition.

Speakers include: Glasgow-based contemporary artist Kate Davis who will be screening her 2014 film Weight (made with support from BBC Arts); poet, performer Rachel McCrum; an artist talk by photographer Wendy McMurdo; and playwright Anna Carlisle and actor Alexandra Mathie from Heroica Theatre Company speaking about the development of their new play on the life of Joan Eardley: Joan Eardley: A Private View.

The event will be hosted by Alice Strang, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Our pay-bar will be serving drinks and snacks.

Buy your tickets via Eventbrite. (Please note transaction fees apply on all online bookings.)

Script workshops on Joan Eardley: A Private View, May 2016

JE at work

  • Saturday 14th or Sunday, 15th May 2016,  6 – 7.30pm
  • £10

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery (Scottish National Gallery)

Join Stellar Quines and Heroica Theatre Companies for two full cast performed readings of Joan Eardley: A Private View: a new play on the life and work of artist Joan Eardley. Writer Anna Carlisle, director Marilyn Imrie and the cast are inviting audience feedback on the play and will be discussing the development of the full production which will be touring UK galleries in 2017. Limited places and booking required.

Please note transaction fees apply on all online bookings.

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Joan Eardley: drawings – an illustrated talk by Matilda Mitchell

We are delighted to announce Heroica Theatre Company’s first event to launch the funding appeal for our exciting new production entitled Joan Eardley: A Private View.

Scottish art historian Matilda Mitchell FRAScot has generously donated her time and expertise to Heroica to in order to present – here in Hebden Bridge – Joan Eardley: drawings, an illustrated talk on the artist and her extraordinary life and works. Amongst Joan Eardley’s prolific work were literally hundreds of drawings – in pastel, chalk, pen and ink and pencil – chiefly of her beloved Catterline on the east coast of Scotland and of the children of the Townhead slum district of Glasgow. Matilda was commissioned after Eardley’s death to catalogue over 700 of these drawings and she is able to bring a poignant immediacy to our appreciation of these works.

Do join us! Joan Eardley: drawings – the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, at 2.30pm on 31 October 2015.