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Join cult absurdist double act The Lovely Boys along with Chortle Student Comedy Award Winner Joe Kent-Walters and Leicester Mercury Award Nominee Sam Williams for an evening of work-in-progress fringe comedy shows.
This doctoral project researches the intercultural issues raised for a Chinese artist when composing a feminist adaptation of an episode from a Qing dynasty classic (also known as one of the Four Chinese Great Classical Novels) A Dream of Red Mansions for contemporary UK audiences. 
‘Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things – customer service, crap television, cupcakes, shitting, sex, buses and stalking’. 8 monologues – 9 characters. Tell your story – it’s your duty to make sure it’s heard. The show is never fully finished. Tue 15 – Thur 17th…
”My friend Serge has bought a painting. It’s a canvas about five foot by four: white. The background is white and, if you screw up your eyes, you can make out some fine white diagonal lines.”
God of Carnage is a comedy about two sets of parents who come together one afternoon because the child of one couple has hit the other.
When their wealthy father passes away, two siblings battle it out for his inheritance, whilst dangerously falling into the world of crime, assassins and the law.
A Road, a wild night, a drunken tour guide, a journey to the gutter and the stars and back. Jim Cartwright’s first play gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed Northern road in Eighties Britain.
Modern fairy-tale, warped romanticised stories told for generations, culminating in a future world that we created ourselves …
Bob and Fran Price have four adult children: Pip, Mark, Ben, and Rosie. Each child has their own unique struggles and secrets that they try to keep hidden from their parents, but Mother Fran has a knack for knowing what is true in each of their lives.
They have an affinity with the violence, the balance, the ritual, the grace and the power. They are indestructible. Beautiful Burnout is about the soul-sapping three-minutes when boxers become gods and gods, mere boxers. It’s about the second when the guard drops, that moment when the eyes blink and miss the incoming hammer blow. We…
Zip It is an immersive play through which the audience follows the lives of two young women and their experience of gender identity, sexual harassment and domestic violence. The narrative is framed within the setting of a reality dating gameshow and despite the dark themes, is also layered with comedic elements. 25th and 26th April…
Five friends take a trip to the Lake District to relive their booze and drug-fuelled university days and to escape from their banal and disappointing lives.

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Civil Listening and Hospitable Stages: a consideration of ethics and responsibility in creating and investigating theatre with refugees and asylum seekers. Alison Jeffers, University of Manchester Respondent: Adam Strickson (School of Performance and Cultural Industries) Examining the case of refugees invites the use of both a long and short-term timeframe. In one sense, the movement…
This event explores the spiritual and cultural world of the Maguzawa, or Hausa animists of Northern Nigeria.
Hitcher Encounters brings you a quarantine friendly show designed to be experienced from the comfort of your home and in your own time. We’re All Strangers Here is a series of four relaxing binaural audio experiences and a live phone call (optional). This project allows you to be a solo cyclist; an adventurist on the…
Broken Chords Can Sing A Little is a series of community-based art projects that began in 2016, commissioned by the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Calling upon classical mythology, this body of work aims to bring together disparate communities living in Gresham, central Middlesbrough, while addressing the current migration and displacement crisis in Teesside.
Webinar: Terror as Performance: a case study of Boko Haram Mercy Ette: Trinity University Lagos, Visiting Fellow,University of Leeds Nicolas Salazar Sutil: University of Leeds In this presentation, Visiting Research Fellow Dr Mercy Ette examines terrorism as a performative act using Boko Haram as a case study. She explores how Boko Haram exploits performative power…
Let your curiosity take centre stage… Celebrating John Tenniel’s 200th birthday, Pareidolia: Past the Page takes inspiration from Tenniel’s iconic illustrations and transports you on a journey through the ordinary, and the extraordinary, to a place where the pages of the past pave the way for the present. Through visual spectacle, a haunting soundtrack and…
There is always a ‘but’ in this imperfect world. (Anne Bronte)  A contemporary exploration of Anne Bronte, widely perceived as the most forgotten of the three Bronte sisters. Discover the life of a truly complex woman: steeped in both fantasy and tragedy. Her writing often descended into unusually dark depths, particularly as she approached her…
RISE TO POWER LEAK: Ex-lover Ariadne tape leaked to reveal Theseus’ real rise to the top. Through Ariadne’s insider knowledge, reflect on the Government of the past and how Minister Minos’ regime had absolute power just like you were really there. You can follow the journey and discover a version of Theseus that nobody knew…
The MA module Performance and Collaborative Enterprise (PACE) has brought together young women from China and the UK with diverse backgrounds, from international finance to performance design, translation to management. They have collaborated with The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery to create text, films and images designed to attract a new audience to the gallery, especially…
Final year students from the School of Performance and Cultural industries present Maleficarum, originally created as a stage performance but now totally reconceived as a radio play.