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Joe has always been a nerd. In his teens, he hid it. In his 20s, he owned it. Now, in his 30s, he’s started to sense something: a great disturbance in the fandom… And when Joe finds himself alone, sorting through his old things, he finds an old video tape… and something incredible starts to…
When Reece is roughly accosted by the police, his teacher, Gillian, doesn’t intervene. Now he wants her to understand his pain. My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored is an urgent interrogation of racial identity, written by Nana-Kofi Kufuor.
Wed 05 Oct1.00 – 4.30pm stage@leeds University of Leeds £FREE The planet is in crisis, we live in volatile times and change is inevitable. Artists and creatives have always reflected, reported, responded and tried to make sense of the world around them. As we face unprecedented global challenges stage@leeds, The School of Performance and Cultural…
We invite researchers and practitioners to ‘More than a Launch’ of the recently published Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts. Published in 2022, the Companion brings together 60 authors across 46 chapters to create a truly multi-dimensional exploration of the inter-relationships between audiences and the performing arts. ‘More than a Launch’ will bring…
How do we recognise “great” acting – how do we record that experience? How do we evaluate the legendary actors on the 19th and early 20th centuries – and does it matter to us today?
The paths of two strangers collide and explode into a forbidden romance that lasts all summer long. But when Autumn arrives, their paths divulge.
Does contemporary cultural policy have an obligation to people not yet born? The interests of future generations are accepted as a given in environmental policy, though there are divisions as to what weight should be given to their well-being relative to those currently living. Cultural policy also faces that question, but with added complications: which arts genres and practices warrant deliberate policies of preservation, and which are best left to whichever path arises from the private sector?
A turbulent night of theatre and cabaret, in search of identity. Drawing on songs and texts from German and English authors, Wiebke speaks about being pulled between two cultures, curious encounters with alien traditions, and the deep longing for her childhood paradise

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You are invited to a screening of the hotly anticipated Right Here Right Now Show, our thought-provoking late-night talk show, where our always hilarious host, Peter Tellio will be chatting with comedian Ian Benderson and former soap star-turned political activist, Eva Van den Berg. He’ll also be joined by the enigmatic Simon Stroud, host of…
Fresh from their successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bloomin’ Buds are making their return to stage@leeds. ‘The show is descended from a lineage of political theatre makers from Andrea Dunbar to Cardboard Citizens’ (The Stage) Brenda is 16 and pregnant, Amy is the first in her family to go to university. What could possibly…
Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, WO-man in modern society. ‘Gleefully compelling’ (Exeunt), slickly choreographed and dripping with feminist charm and anarchic wit. Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to delve into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous…
*****Please be aware that this performance is being performed at Workshop Theatre, NOT stage@leeds***** Friday 12th October Show starts at 8.00pm This event is part of Black History month and will be followed by Q and A with writer and cast. Prices: £12 (£10) Nigeria: ‘The Giant of Africa’. Conservatives rule over the biggest economy on…
“…would you like to come back to mine for some krill?” A subversive and submersive sound play about a misanthropic submarine captain who falls in love with a whale. Featuring a human, a submarine, the entire ocean, underwater singing, motion-capture, generative programming, human-computer interaction, a love song to cetaceans (both toothed and baleen), and one very…
In Loyal Company is the incredible true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of War Arthur Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew, David William Bryan. May 1941. Hitler’s bombs rain on Liverpool.  Twenty-five-year-old local packer, Arthur Robinson, joins up becoming a private in the 18th reconnaissance division.  Deployed to Singapore, his…
‘Talking Moving Heads’ is an original short play brought to you by the technical minds of Hannah Baxter-Gale and Matt Harrup. Looking at the life of the theatre after-dark, this heart-warming narrative reveals the completely made up story of what really happens when the curtain falls. Love, loss, and talking lights all feature in this…
Script by Mick Martin Directed by Jude Wright It’s the 1930’s and a young Joan Littlewood has walked out of RADA and stomped her way north, searching for the revolution. She reaches Manchester and finds kindred spirits – at Rusholme Rep! There she embarks on a production – ‘Draw The Fires’ by Ernst Toller, the…
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Brenda is 16 and pregnant, Amy is the first in her family to go to university. What could possibly go wrong? This brand-new verbatim play explores the struggles that young working class women face, and recognises the difficulties of trying to study and be a mother.