ACTRESS Amy Humphreys has a number of reasons for feeling right at home in Huddersfield where she arrives with a major show later this month.
Not least the fact that this Wetherby-born stage performer has a family packed with Huddersfield Town fans.
“My dad and three brothers are all avid Town fans and travel the length and breadth of the country to follow them,” said Amy.
“I can’t say I share their passion, but it is a strong link to Huddersfield originally inspired by my brother’s godfather, who is a Huddersfield man.”
Amy, who now lives in Leeds, will feel very much at home when she walks into the Lawrence Batley Theatre on April 22 as part of a company staging a new stage adaptation of Laurie Lee’s literary classic, Cider With Rosie.
“When I am not working away from home, I do occasional temping work for a renewable energy company based at The Media Centre in Huddersfield city centre, so I know the town centre quite well,” said Amy.
“I was born and brought up in Wetherby and went to St James’ primary school there.
“When I was eight, we moved to Harrogate and I spent my secondary school years there.”
Amy spent 10 years living and working in London before heading back north again two years ago.
“I am very much looking forward to our stint at the LBT as it is a great opportunity for all my Leeds / Yorkshire based friends and family to come and see me at work,” she said.
What brings her to Huddersfield in actress mode is Daniel O’Brien’s new look at the Laurie Lee classic for a company from the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.
Cider with Rosie is Laurie Lee’s evocative prose poem which puts on record an England now long gone. Laurie Lee grew up in the Slad Valley, a small Cotswold village in Gloucestershire.
His book was the first of an autobiographical trilogy and was followed by As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991).
Cider With Rosie recalls a bygone age of innocence and simplicity where the speed of life was no faster than the quiet plod of a horse and plough.
Laurie Lee’s recollections of growing up and rural living from 1917 continue to win his work many fans.
It has been used as a set text in many schools almost continuously since it was first published in 1959.
The show is directed by Abigail Anderson, designed by Dora Schweitzer and there is original music composed by TJ Holmes.
The production runs nightly from April 22-24 with evening performances at 7.30pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Box office is on 01484 430528.