Musical pays tribute to Batley Variety Club’s golden age

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A Batley mum is looking forward to the premiere of a new musical she has written and choreographed herself.

Michelle Anderson, 33, has set FoXFactor in the town during its 1970s industrial heyday, and the script follows a night out for Fox’s biscuit factory workers in the famous Batley Variety Club.

Michelle is hoping for a less dramatic run of the production this year after giving birth to her third child straight after leading a rehearsal for her 2015 show, Bits and Pieces. Baby Grace arrived at home six hours after her mother had been dancing with the cast.

The musical will be staged by members of the St Mary’s Theatre Group on May 20 and 21 at the St Mary’s Social Club, and the show features musical tributes to some of the artists who graced the Variety’s stage during the era by live band Brandy Snaps.

The performances have been planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary venue, which helped to give Batley its ‘Las Vegas of the north’ nickname.

“It has been hard work writing the show and getting it to fruition but we have had great fun at rehearsals,” said Michelle, who is also mum to Michael, seven, and Scarlett, three.

Performances are at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 and available from St Mary’s Hall, Batley Resource Centre or by calling 01924 478394.