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Tickets for our next production, "The Stray" are now on sale.


To go straight to the Booking Site click here.






Lift Installation


The much anticipated and long awaited day has finally arrived and the Pateley Playhouse is now the proud owner of a lift to take patrons from the ground floor up to the auditorium.


The lift is just one part of the extensive re-furbishment of the Playhouse that has been going on over the last year and it is now hoped that the theatre will re-open in the not too distant future. 


Congratulations to all those that have been involved in bringing this huge project to fruition.


The Lift downstairs


The Lift upstairs






One Act Play Success


Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society took the award for Best Set at the recent Nidderdale and District Festival of One Act Plays.


The Society entry was a hilarious play called "Wedding Bash" which explored the different perceptions of the perfect wedding by the bride and groom and their guests.


The play had been adapted by Keith Burton from a past winner of the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and was warmly received by the audience at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough.  Keith also directed the play.


The cast featured Steve Rouse as Lonny, Jenny MacNair as Dana, Cory Jonas as Alan and Heather Appleton as Edi.


The Award for Best Set was well deserved by Justin Enthoven and his backstage team.


Jenny MacNair, Steve Rouse, Cory Jonas and Heather Appleton


Ruth Dodsworth receives the cup for Best Set from Ian Clarke, President of the NDDA and Chris Baglin, Adjudicator

Photograph by courtesy of Raelene Goddard, Festival Photographer






The Stray


Our next full length play will be The Stray by Keith Burton.



A drama about what might have happened to cause Harrogate to be bombed for the only time during WW2. It was performed in Harrogate last year and received great reviews so we are delighted to have the opportunity to put it on in Pateley.


”Sometimes you have to reveal a smaller secret to hide a bigger one.”


The Stray will be performetd in the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June. 



To go to the Booking Details page click here.


Also coming soon:


Eugene Aram

Written by Nevin Ward,


Eugene Aram will be performed in St Cuthbert’s Church in the Autumn (Sunday 9th October through to Saturday 15th October) and promises to be Nevin’s usual entertaining mix of story telling and music. 






Some more refurbishment photos showing the latest progress.


Behind the new Point Of Sale counter



Top of Lift Shaft                                            Bottom of Lift Shaft


Stud Work in place looking towards the entrance 


Stud work in place looking from the foyer






More pictures of the refurbishment of the Playhouse which carries on apace.


The base is in position for the new lift


The Foyer and The Bar are fully opened up


The stairs and old entrance to the Ladies Changing Room



                The former Ladies Changing Room                 The former Gents Changing Room with drains fitted


The view from the Bar area to the Foyer






Progress Report on the Playhouse Refurbishment


We are pleased to report that the building works are now well under way and we have the photographs to prove it!   See below some of the photographs showing what is going on.


The raked seating area to the left of the auditorium exposed ready to level off and provide access to the lift



Lewis removing the stud wall between the foyer and the bar



Gareth removing the wall between the men's dressing room and the toilet


The Foyer and Bar area opened up






During the theatre refurbishment various events are planned to take place in other venues. 


Two Ghost Walk evenings on 25th  and 26th  February are schduled, as are hopefully some summer soirées in Fish Pond Woods, comprising poetry, music and drama.  Watch this space for further details.


Fishpond Woods





In preparation for our Senior entry into this year’s NDDA Festival, a reading of the play ‘Wedding Bash’ was held on Tuesday 1st February in the Playhouse.


At that reading there was also the opportunity to get the first briefing on the full-length play we hope to stage as our Spring production. 





Gareth at work


We are pleased to announce that Mr Gareth Foxton has been appointed as Principal Contractor for the theatre refurbishment works.  Gareth will be working with a group of other local tradespeople to upgrade the theatre's facilities and get the shows back on the stage.  We are delighted to say that work has now started.


Bricklaying has started






Photos and reviews of our last production are now available on the 2021 Past Productions page.  Click here to go straight to the page.






The Society held its third very successful pop up cafe "Tea On The Green" last weekend where there was a great variety of delicious homemade cakes and refreshments on sale at the Bowling Pavilion in the Recreational Ground.  Payments could be made by our new contactless card machine.  As an added attraction the Bowling Club provided free taster sessions for people to try their hand at bowls and on Sunday there was music provided by the Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band.


A big thank you to all that helped, baked and supported us and to the Bowling Club for the use of their premises.  It is hoped to repeat the pop up cafe on the August Bank Holiday weekend.





As predicted, the refurbishment of the Playhouse is taking longer than expected but the good news is that the Committee have now appointed a Project Manager, final plans have been drawn up and have been marked for a first fix.  Generally first fix will include constructing the structure, cladding, flooring, doorframes, stairs and so on and installing cables for electrical and ICT distribution, pipework for water and gas distribution and heating ventilating and air-conditioning ( HVAC) distribution. First fix is not normally visible when looking at the finished building.


The Stage Manager studies the plans


Meanwhile, general maintenance of the fabric of the Playhouse is being carried out by the indomitable Tuesday Morning Group.  Here they can be seen scraping years' worth of paint off the stage floor.







Removing the old boiler


The Playhouse refurbishments continue.  So far there has been a lot of demolition and we are awaiting final plans to be signed off and then the rebuilding can start.  As anyone who has watched Grand Designs will know, things always take longer than one hopes but we are definitely getting there.



Removing seats                               Gallery Stage Right


We have several projects planned for the next couple of years and will open as soon as we possibly can, Covid and renovations permitting.  21st June seems to be the earliest we could consider opening but of course we need rehearsal and preparation time too.



Builder, Architect and Structural Engineer





NEWS 2021


PBDS Development Plans


The Auditorium


With 2021 here, Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society can look back on the strangest of years as a turning point in the life of the Playhouse.  We are undertaking necessary building work in the theatre to bring us up to modern standards and regulations and, in the short term, to allow us to open whilst complying with Covid restrictions.  The work will start in earnest in the New Year, although the recent Covid restrictions are a bit of a setback.  Much of the preparation has already begun.


Costumes Temporarily Stored In the Bar


A huge thank you must be given to all those members who have accomplished the arduous task of completely clearing the changing rooms and stripping down the lower level to its bare bones.



Empty Changing Rooms


We have had some grants which will cover some of the work but we feel that a lift is essential to help both wheelchair users and other patrons who find our stairs difficult.  To fund this we will have to have a big fundraising effort.


Possible Lift Access


We made a point of showing Eileen Burgess our plans as she is probably our longest serving member who can remember the original conversion of the Methodist Chapel to our lovely theatre.


Eileen Surveys The Plans


Even while the Playhouse itself is closed for this period, the fires will still be burning in Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society. Plans are afoot for both online performances and outdoor productions similar to the highly successful Halloween Ghost Walks.  Suggestions have also included having Zoom play readings which will give all members an opportunity to flex their performing muscles if they so wish. An exciting 2021 awaits us, but may we take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy New Year and please give us your support.


The Work Goes On


Of course, the funds for these ambitious plans still need to be raised and we would welcome any donations that people feel able to make.  Please see the "Give The Pateley Playhouse A Lift" page by clicking here.






Ian Lee


It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of one of our valued members. Ian Lee died peacefully in hospital, on Saturday 9th January, with his wife Tessa, at his side.  Ian had succumbed to Covid and was taken ill just before Christmas.


Ian and Tessa moved to the Dale 5 years ago. They wanted to get involved with community life, which they both achieved with great commitment by joining the Dramatic Society and Tessa more recently volunteered as a steward at the Museum.  Ian also helped set up, and was a trustee of, the ‘Men’s Shed’ and was on the committee of the Memorial Hall as Health & Safety officer and as a trustee.


Ian has been a great asset to the Playhouse. He initially joined the Tuesday morning group set building, and then helped to staff productions, became a member of the committee and then took on the role of Theatre Manager.  Whilst he did not join to act, he rose to the challenge by readily agreeing to be one of the dwarfs in our recent pantomime.  A man of many attributes.


During 2020, Ian has been part of the sub-committee responsible for the refurbishment of the Playhouse in order to make it Covid compliant and provide disabled access.  His unceasing commitment to the planning and managing of the project will be greatly missed.  His dependability and practical input have been invaluable to us.  His death has focused our determination to complete the improvements, as a fitting tribute to all the hard work that Ian has given to the Society.


We remember Ian with great affection and our hearts go out to Tessa.


Ian as one of the Seven Dwarfs

in the 2020 Pantomime

Snow White






Exciting news about the future of the Playhouse


During the time the Playhouse has been closed because of the coronavirus situation, you will be pleased to hear that the Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society Committee has not been idle.  Through Zoom meetings and socially distanced meetings taking place outdoors the Committee has produced a comprehensive plan to lift the Playhouse into a facility fit for the 21st Century.


Grants have been applied for, and secured, and now a considerable amount of money is in place to start the restructuring of the building to make it compliant with the new Covid regulations. In addition to the necessary alterations to create circulation space and allow for social distancing, the Committee are also taking the opportunity to make the auditorium accessible for audience members who have limited mobility.  £20,000 will be needed to install a lift giving access to the auditorium and so the Playhouse is launching its


"Give The Pateley Playhouse A Lift" Appeal.


To help raise the necessary money for this appeal people can help in two ways:


1.  By registering with and using 

This a brilliant and easy way to help the Playhouse whilst doing your on-line shopping using the 'Easyfundraising' website.  It acts as a portal to all your favourite shopping sites.  Everytime you buy something on-line 'Easyfundraising' will ensure that the retailer will make a small donation to the Playhouse.  And the best part is, it will cost you absolutely nothing!  All you have to do is register on the site by clicking




 and type in "Give The Pateley Playhouse A Lift".


2.  A fun way to support us is to join the Harrogate Local Lotto

Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000!  60p in every pound will be donated to your nominated charity - which we hope would be us!  Go to the Local Lotto by clicking here.



All help you can give us will be very gratefully received.






Many thanks to all those who took part in or attended our Ghost Walk around Pateley.  We hope to announce further events when restrictions allow.






After a long period of lockdown, we are pleased to be able to give an update on the Covid-19 situation and our theatre.


Theatres can now be reopened but with strict conditions concerning social distancing, circulation routes and hygiene in place.  Unfortunately, the shape and size of the Playhouse makes it very difficult to comply with these new regulations.  Therefore, the decision has been taken to keep the Playhouse closed for the remainder of this year at least.


However, the committee has not been idle in the period of lockdown and has considered several options as to how the Playhouse could be arranged for it to be reopened.  “Social distanced” meetings have been held by the committee in the Playhouse and on Pateley Bridge bandstand by the Trustees with a view to evolving a plan for the future.


Although there are no plans for performances in the Playhouse, the Society is planning to provide some outdoor entertainment for our audiences in the form of a Ghost Walk at the end of October.  Watch this space for further details.  If the current situation persists into next year, thoughts are turning to a potential outside drama production in the Spring/Summer.


Please be assured, that the committee is doing everything to ensure the future of drama in the Playhouse and is looking forward to entertaining the Dale once again when conditions allow it.  We hope to see you all again soon!






Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society wishes all our members and patrons well and Ruth has kindly produced a fantastic and optimistic window display at the theatre so we can all look forward to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


Thanks to Sue for the photograph.





Two reviews of our traditional Pantomime, Snow White, are now online, along with many fabulous photographs.  To go to the reviews click here.




We are pleased to announce that the company that provide our online booking service are now able to take telephone bookings.  This means that tickets for productions at the Playhouse can now be made either online or by telephone.


Ticketsource, our booking providers, will charge a telephone service fee of £1.75 per booking.  Details of how to access the telephone booking service can be found on the Booking Details page by clicking here.


Telephone booking will be available on the same day that online booking goes live but will limited to the hours of 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (weekdays) and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Saturdays).








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