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Empty Space Theatre

Performing Arts at Calderdale College has been established for more than twenty five years with the range of courses having constantly expanded during that time to include all areas of the Performing Arts. In addition to our range of further education courses we now offer two degree programmes in Performance Arts and Acting accredited by the Open University.

Empty Space Theatre

The department has a fully equipped studio theatre with linked rehearsal spaces sound studio and dance studio with up to date facilities and resources.


The department has many links with schools, groups and companies across Calderdale. Students on all programmes annually perform in Theatre in Education and Community Theatre projects, providing issue and curriculum based performances to target audiences. Students have also devised staff training performances/ role plays, providing customised performances to suit corporate needs.

Hall of Fame

Over the years a number of ex-students have gone on to establish careers in TV, film and the stage:

Giles Ford - Coronation Street / Emmerdale / The Bill
Karl Thompson - Slam performance poet of Europe (twice)
Jonny Dixon - Grange Hill / Coronation Street
James Varley - Coronation Street / Doctors / The Street
Josh Brown - Grange Hill
Tom Milner - Waterloo Road
Jess Harris - Heartbeat and has recently toured Northern Broadsides Othello playing the part of Desdemona
Craig Rogan - Coronation Street
Phil Hill-Pearson - Warhorse / Shameless
Nikki Helens - Emmerdale / Fat Friends
Karen Blick - No Angels
Chris Keegan - Doctors / Hustle / Demon and has recently toured with Alan Bennett’s History Boys
Ronan Carter - Lady Jane CBeebies
Adam Probets - Five Pillars (Independent Film)

We work closely with a number of businesses which provide workshops and performances. These include: Frantic Assembly, Northern Broadsides, Engine Room Theatre, Bug Light Theatre, Verd de Gris, Even Poorer Theatre, Brighouse Arts Festival, Mary Brooks, and Josh Slater.


For enquiries about further education courses please contact:

Andrea Quantrill or 01422 357357 (ext 9760)

Sophie Dixon or 01422 357 357 (ext 9760)

For enquiries about higher education courses please contact:

Matthew Harrison-Lord  or 01422 357 357 (ext 9760)

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Calderdale College,
Francis Street,
Halifax, HX1 3UZ

+44 (0) 1422 357 357

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+44 (0) 1422 399 399

Admissions Team:

+44 (0) 1422 399 316