Who We Are

‘…for the multitude is so Brutish, that they are ever in the extreames of kindnesse or Cruelty, being void of Reason and hurried on with an unbridled violence in all their Actions, trampling down all respect of things Sacred and Civill… The People becomes a most pernicious Tyrant.’ 

Marchamont Nedham, pamphleteer for Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.

This community group is made up of a team of villagers from Heptonstall, West Yorkshire. We aim to combine a range of different skills and experience to develop a first community play in 2019.

Secretary: Mary Ellen moved to the village twenty months ago from the flatlands of Norfolk and hasn’t looked back. She used to be Head of English at Attleborough Academy but now teaches adults and those with learning difficulties at Calderdale Adult Learning. She has a PhD in English and her love of Literature and History come together in perfect unison for The Brutish Multitude.

Chair: Dawn France works as a senior communications manager in the corporate world. She has previously worked in marketing, recruitment and web development. She has a track record in managing large-scale events. In the community, Dawn sings in a soul band and two choirs.

Fund-raiser: Jan Lymer is a retired business woman who is an experienced fundraiser. She has a proven track record in raising finance for local, regional and national initiatives for the last twenty years. She is a founding member of the Heptonstall Village Team.

Treasurer Guy Lymer is a professional energy analyst and part-time artist. He has served as treasurer for Heptonstall Festival and developed a website for Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club. As a founding director of Bridge Rectifier, Guy has helped establish a community resource for electronics and computing in Hebden Bridge, including training people in laser-cutting. Community art projects have involved working with primary school children for Todmorden Lamplighter Festival, and laser-cutting for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Standing committee members: Ruth Marshall & Heather Stanton

Writer and dramatist Michael Crowley has written drama for BBC Radio, stage and short film. He has worked in youth and community theatre for some fifteen years and was writer in residence at Lancaster Farms young offender’s institution for six years. He has published two collections of poetry, fiction and non fiction and taught creative writing at Sheffield Hallam and Edge Hill universities. In 2016 he won the Oxford Back Room Poets International Poetry Prize.

Musical Director Katie Chatburn trained in composition at the Royal Academy of Music followed by an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music. She now works as a professional composer across a variety of fields with an emphasis on cross discipline work – including original music for radio drama, film/TV orchestration and composition, pop/rock string arranging, original theatre and dance projects, collaborations with contemporary poets and a range of educational and outreach work.

Below, left to right: Jan Lymer, Guy Lymer, Mary Ellen, Michael Crowley in St Thomas’ Church Heptonstall.