There was good news all round as local plays took over Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre.

The Yorkshire Mixtures 3 series of plays attracted sell-out audiences to the theatre and the shows also provided a fundraising boost to the Candelighters childrens cancer charity and to the LBT’s 21st anniversary appeal.

Jimbo Productions, founded by one of the town’s most senior amateur thespians James Sykes, staged the two one-act plays under the title Yorkshire Mixtures 3.

One of the pieces, All the Way Up, is a stage adaptation of the award-winning short film by Huddersfield film-maker Ben Sweet, of North Light Film Studios.

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The original film was directed by Sir David Jason and scooped several awards at the Monaco Festival and Palm Springs. The theatre version has been co-written by Ben and Huddersfield playwright Stan Sharp, former commercial sponsorship manager for the Giants rugby team, and featured three actors in a time lapse story of a man trapped in an hotel lift.

The second play, The Park Bench, was by Stan alone and described as ‘Last of The Summer Wine meets Waiting for Godot’, with two, elderly, characters, who are examining their lives and friendship.

Playwright, Ben Sweet - Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield.

Mr Sweet said: “I want to say how pleased I am to have seen the production of ‘All the Way Up’ come back to life after six years and to have had the chance to work at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

“I’m convinced that local talent can flourish here and after a sell out performance of Yorkshire Mixture 3 it shows that the audiences want this type of show.

“I spoke to David Jason last week and he was delighted to hear that we have adapted the production to theatre and is waiting to be informed as to how it’s gone.

“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Stan, a local playwright who has built up a great reputation as the funny man. We work well together and with Stan’s wit in writing great dialogue which was displayed in The Park Bench. ​I hope that we can continue to produce more of these shows and encourage the next generations to get involved with the Lawrence Batley Theatre.”