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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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Jonathan Larson’s powerful and inspiring Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical tells the story of a group of young artists living in New York City’s East Village caught up in the struggles of AIDS, drug addiction and simply making a living whilst trying to stay true to their ideals and their hearts.
Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to find he has been transformed into a giant grotesque beetle.
Dennis Potter’s powerful play follows the action of seven children in the countryside on a long summer’s afternoon in 1943. Escaping the domestic struggles of wartime Britain they spend their time playing and fantasising about their fathers far away in the war.
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.
THE WEATHER MACHINE is an immersive, multimedia performance installation. The piece places the audience at the heart of a grassy landscape, where sound, image and text converge. Inspired by the day’s weather conditions, the installation explores how the rain, the clouds and the heat of the sun work to connect us to each other and ultimately shape our lives.
A solitary hotel, surrounded by chaos, welcomes its first guests in a very, very long time. As the long-serving staff shake off the rust and jump into action, it soon becomes apparent that they have forgotten how to do their jobs. With their attentions diverted, it doesn’t take long for chaos to creep in through the cracks.
We invite you to ‘FEAST’, an immersive, contemporary performance exploring food and the notions of consumption, feasting and festivity. 7.30pm Stage One £9.00 (£7.00)

by Joshua Ling and Robin Leich

The play combines existentialism, philosophy and gritty northern humour as the growing number of characters discuss the complexities of astrophysics, existence and domestic drainage. 7.30pm Alec Clegg Studio £8.50 (£6.50)
Don’t miss a refreshing mix of stand up, spoken word, song and story. Compered by former Glastonbury Festival and Radio 4 Poet in Residence Kate Fox www.katefox.co.uk Doors 7.00pm Show 7.30pm stage@leeds Foyer £5.00 (£4.00)