Northern Rascals is a Yorkshire-based multi-disciplinary arts company that creates community-focussed & thought-provoking dance theatre for a wide variety of audiences. With our unique blend of theatre and contemporary dance, the company crafts the abstract and absurd to lead the audience to themes that are deeply rooted in the current socio-political climate. Under the artistic direction of Anna Holmes and Sam Ford, we endeavour to make work with depth and complexity that has the power to make a direct impact on specific groups; priding ourselves on our targeted research that involves communities in the initial stages of creation. A collaborative process, together we co-create to devise work that is authentic, accessible and challenging, hence increasing our potential to use performance art as a method for change.

The Aftermath

The Piece Hall Trust, Northern Broadsides and Northern Rascals present The Aftermath.

Choreographed by Northern Rascals and Designed by Rose Revitt, the team are proud to bring you this explosive piece of dance theatre in the unparalleled surroundings of the world’s last remaining eighteenth-century Cloth Hall. Created during the pandemic, The Aftermathis an open-air dance theatre piece exploring the passion and agency of youth in the age of COVID-19. In this brand-new show devised with the young people of Calderdale, Northern Rascals and Northern Broadsides place them front and centre like never before.

20 young people explore their feelings of isolation, anger and hope about a world hurtling towards a future they will inherit but is out of their control. How can Calderdale’s young people move past a time which has threatened their prospects, power and place?

The team created a short film version of The Aftermath with Howl Creative which premiered on Facebook and Northern Broadsides YouTube channel.

“It is humbling and exhilarating that it is created by the young. By the young, but for us all. It is here that the real hope lies”

Sunny Side: Through The Lens

Presenting Northern Rascals new work Sunny Side: Through the Lens, commissioned by Northern Broadsides as a part of their Digital Squad commissions. This brand new work was created as a direct response to the company’s Virtual Intensive held during the midst of Lockdown. Joined online by 40 young people across the UK, together they worked creatively through different mediums to explore their experiences of the pandemic.

Together we supported. We created. We connected.


Created and Performed by Northern Rascals
Commissioned by Northern Broadsides
Further funded by Leeds Inspired
Film by Howl Creative
Music by Jonathon Deering