Knaresborough’s Stephi set to release the hounds

Release The Hounds festival's artistic director Stephanie Jones. (Picture by Tracey Maclean)
Release The Hounds festival's artistic director Stephanie Jones. (Picture by Tracey Maclean)
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By Graham Chalmers

Great things can happen anywhere and, as if to prove it, a former Knaresborough student has returned to the area to launch an exciting new poetry and performance festival next month.

Release the Hounds festival, which runs from September 13-15, is the creation of ex-King James’s School sixth former Stephanie Jones.

Having attained her Masters in Devising for Performance in London, she decided to return to her hometown to host a new creative pros event encouraging people to engage with arts of the 21st century.

Stephanie, who also went to Harrogate Ladies College, said: “The festival has been created with the intention of communicating to young members of the community that you don’t have to move away to big cities to be a part of innovative theatre or to achieve a career in the arts.”

Stephi sees the inaugural event not a one-off but as the start of a long-term project.

Running from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, the festival is to offer a fresh take on literature in a variety of entertaining ways.

Stephanie said: “The programme of events is not exclusively for young people as I am hoping that the performers will appeal to people across the ages and that audiences will enjoy artists that are not readily available locally.

“This is something completely new.”

Release the Hounds has been working in partnership with Harrogate Theatre in its preparations.

It has also been supported by Homes Together Ltd, a company that provides care homes for young adults with learning difficulties and visual impairments

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