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The NASH

Hello, welcome to The NASH - a rural studio space in Hawes, slap bang in the middle of the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. We host a weekly Saturday dance school with Janet Seymour and run a small programme of arts activities, including theatre, cinema screenings, poetry and summer schools. We work with a range of dynamic partners including Janet Seymour School of Theatre Dance, Rural Arts, Eden Arts, Swaledale Festival and Lempen Puppet Theatre Company.

The NASH is short for ‘National School Hawes’: the building dates from 1845 and was originally a school, then a church-run community space, until it fell out of use.  Emily Rowe Rawlence and Andrew Fagg bought the building in 2014 with the aim of bringing it back to life and The NASH re-opened in March 2016. The space is approx 10 x 8 metres and has a sprung wooden dance floor as well as tables, chairs and an accessible toilet.

Latest News

Authenticity & Insight: Autumn...

28 November 2018

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Our autumn film and theatre events took us on a journey across the Atlantic and back again. In Great Gerwig’s comedy-drama Lady Bird we explored the tumultuous highs and lows of teenage...

May pole dancing,...

03 August 2018

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Sixteen children in the Upper Dales have taken part in a fun-packed Dance and Art Summer School coordinated by The NASH and Janet Seymour’s School of Dance.  The children aged between...

World-class puppetry company...

09 July 2018

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On Wednesday 4 July Lempen Puppet Theatre Company came to The NASH to perform for Hawes Primary School.  Lempen Puppet Theatre are one of Britain’s great touring theatre companies...