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Codswallop CIC and Guiseley Theatre CIC are teaming up to put on this very special Tales Told Festival. Whilst the world stopped and theatres closed as a result of Covid-19, Guiseley Theatre, with the help of Codswallop’s hands, took the opportunity to carry out some quite major maintenance including a new roof and insulation, re-wiring the whole building and redecorating back to its Victorian heritage throughout. One of these mammoth tasks involved much needed updating of the theatres stage systems, located in the Barney Colehan Hall. However, with little to no income since March 2020, work has ground to a halt awaiting funds meaning the stage at Guiseley Theatre is currently unusable.

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The Tales Told festival 2021 is a week of events and a very Special workshops to fundraise essential funds to ensure that
Guiseley Theatre has a usable stage by September 2021 when the first concerts and shows are due to take place. Barney Colehan -Who the main hall at the Theatre is named after-was a BBC producer responsible for ‘The Good Old Days’ and ‘Top Of The Pops’, whilst also being the President of Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society (now GTP). This year, We are having a ‘Big Bash’ to celebrate him, raise money for his stage and to celebrate the fact that we can come together as a community once again. Whilst the Codswallop team plans Tales Told 2021, there are still a lot of Government restrictions in place, with no real clarity as to what these restrictions may look like by the time we get to the Festival week. 

For this reason, all the events at this years festival are ticketed so that we can control the attendance sizes and ensure we can meet distancing and capacity restrictions. This means some Tales Told favourites won’t be taking place this year -but fear not- we are just so grateful that we can come together, and right now, caution is key!
Get ready for a week of safe, community fun!

Check out the festival programme below!