stage@leeds company

A celebration of the 400 year legacy of William Shakespeare and the 60th anniversary of the opening and ground breaking work of the University of Leeds ‘Man Made Fibres’ building. The stage@leedscompany uses Shakespeare’s first folio, the work of Sculptor and Artist Mitzi Cunliff and the PCI costume Archive as inspiration for a new production full of contemporary humour, 1950’s glamour timeless magic.
Set in a small isolated community in the Smoky Mountains where religion and superstition intertwine, folk music, dance and dark humour are combined to tell the tale of witch boy John and his love for the beautiful Barbara Allen.
On Oct 7, 1998 a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality that shocked America. Matthew Shepard’s death became a symbol for intolerance but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal and it is their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece of verbatim theatre. 7.30pm stage@leeds £10.00 (£7.50)