A dramatic event in Heckmondwike!

West Yorkshire Drama Academy with their founder (back 2nd from right) Rebecca Foster and (front left) Lucie Lee of Justify Move Dance Academy at the first ever Heckmondwike Festival of Drama and Dance.

West Yorkshire Drama Academy with their founder (back 2nd from right) Rebecca Foster and (front left) Lucie Lee of Justify Move Dance Academy at the first ever Heckmondwike Festival of Drama and Dance.

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Performers showed off their talents at Heckmondwike’s first dance and drama festival.

Actors from West Yorkshire Drama Academy, Heckmondwike Blue Gems Majorettes and dancers from Justify Move Dance Academy entertained the crowds in Green Park on Saturday, while visitors enjoyed arts and crafts stalls, a cake decorating workshop, street theatre, drumming and singing workshops and food and drinks stalls.

BEAR WEIGHT Ella Grogan, seven, of Heckmondwike Blue Gems Majorettes, and Karen Flatters of the National Association of Ladies Circles, at the first ever Heckmondwike Festival of Drama and Dance.

BEAR WEIGHT Ella Grogan, seven, of Heckmondwike Blue Gems Majorettes, and Karen Flatters of the National Association of Ladies Circles, at the first ever Heckmondwike Festival of Drama and Dance.

The event was rounded off with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by people who took part in a three day workshop leading up to the event.

Simon Thirkill, from Heckmondwike Business Alliance, said: “Heckmondwike was buzzing – around 500 people visited the festival over the day.

“The drama and dance performances were fantastic and exactly what we need in the park and bandstand.

“It was great so see the park full of people enjoying themselves.

“The performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was stunning and the council made sure that no road closures were operating, which was really helpful.

“It is great to have people working together to promote Heckmondwike and all it has to offer. We can’t wait to do it all over again!”

The festival was organised by Rebecca Foster from West Yorkshire Drama Academy, Lucie Lee from Justify Move Dance Academy and Heckmondwike Business Alliance.

Simon added: “Thank you very much to the volunteers who helped with organising the event. It would have been impossible to put it on without them.”