By KLTV Newsdesk –
Do you have fond memories of attending the clandestine music movement known as the ‘Daytimers’ back in the late 1980s or 1990s?
If you or someone you know were part of the underground Bhangra scene, Chol Theatre Company wants to hear from you.
Chol is embarking on a journey to collect stories, footage, and photographs from former Daytimer ravers to fuel their upcoming play, aptly named ‘Daytimers.’
Scheduled to debut in September 2023 as part of Huddersfield’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) cultural programme, the play aims to pay homage to the vibrant Bhangra Daytimers and the united community that has supported these events throughout the years.
Daytimers, a thriving cultural phenomenon that swept across Britain, provided young British Asians with a relaxed environment to hang out and groove to home-grown Bhangra music during daylight hours.
This movement birthed a new generation of world-class DJs from Huddersfield to Bradford, Leeds to London, leaving an indelible mark on the UK’s music landscape.
Chol, a Kirklees-based theatre company, is calling upon former Daytimer ravers to share their personal tales.
Whether it’s cherished memories, captivating footage or photographs, every contribution will inspire the creation of a play that genuinely reflects the community’s experience.
‘Daytimers’ will be a celebration of the diversity within Huddersfield’s community and a tribute to the Bhangra Daytimers who have left an enduring legacy.
The Bhangra Daytimer events played an integral role in Huddersfield’s cultural heritage, fostering connections and nurturing friendships while celebrating the magic of music and dance.
Chol aims to gather as many stories as possible to authenticate the community’s experiences, be it through love stories, hilarious anecdotes, or tales of lifelong friendships.
To contribute your stories, memories, footage, or photographs, Chol encourages you to reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions is set for July 30, 2023.
Other ways to get involved
Even if you don’t have a personal story to share, there are still opportunities to participate in the Daytimers project.
Chol is actively seeking community members to join their cast for the play. No prior acting or dance experience is required, and participation in the final performance is entirely optional.
Attend one of their complimentary Bolly-Hud dance workshops to showcase your moves and engage with the Chol team about other ways you can get involved.
Dancing has always brought people together, evoking joy and a sense of unity. Join Chol Theatre Company in commemorating the spirit of the Bhangra Daytimers movement and contributing to an exceptional theatrical experience that will honour Huddersfield’s rich heritage.