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Rebellion to Romance

Icons of Black British culture come together for one historic night showcasing reggae music as the soundtrack to 1970s and 80s Black Leeds and Britain.

Live performance from Brinsley Forde (Aswad) and Dennis Bovell (dub producer and lovers rock creator) provide the dub soundtrack to 80s activism and uprisal whilst ‘Queens of Lovers Rock’ Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson sing the era’s anthems of love and women’s empowerment.

The Last Motel

Written by J J Fletcher

Directed by Marcus Bazley

Abalone’s desperate, he’s taken a day of holiday from the poultry farm to commit armed robbery. Now he has Eve, a local vicar, stuffed into the boot of his classic car.

Check in with us at The Last Motel, a few miles outside Barnsley (South Yorkshire not Kentucky), to see if Abalone’s hostage changes his perspective on life.

‘A kind of homespun Fargo with more theatrical flair’ ★★★★ – Bridley Addison-Child, Edfringe Review

Am I Invisible Yet?

Dunstan Bruce, ex-frontman with chart-topping band Chumbawamba, performs his new 1-hour play; a rollercoaster of despair, anger, love and ultimately hope. 

In this personal and irreverent 1-man show Dunstan takes the audience on an existential voyage told through poetry, prose, music and projection. 

Am I Invisible Yet? is no cosy fireside chat reminiscing about his Tubthumping past – it’s a vital blast of angst, anger and despair. It is Theatre du Coeur, a love letter to hope, humanity and the haphazard heart. 

Brown Girls Do It Too

Fierce, funny, and wonderfully frank, Poppy and Rubina have sex and they aren’t ashamed to talk about it. Their critically acclaimed podcast Brown Girls Do It Too (‘Best Podcast of the Year’ British Podcast Awards 2020, Asian Media 2021), explores messy realities, fantasies, and navigating life and relationships as British Asian women.

Two seasons in, they have amassed fans who love their honesty and openness and faced enormous backlash online for breaking the silence on sex in Asian communities.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Back to Back Theatre co-presented by Leeds Playhouse and Transform

Join us this autumn for a rare opportunity to watch award-winning, Australian theatre company Back to Back here in Leeds.  

Internationally acclaimed, Back to Back Theatre’s ensemble of artists with disabilities weaves the personal, the political and cosmic – their stories challenging the notion of what is possible in theatre. 

Twelfth Night

A Leeds Conservatoire Production presented in partnership with Leeds Playhouse 

Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land.  So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.  Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Macbeth

A Leeds Conservatoire Production presented in partnership with Leeds Playhouse

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign.

Orpheus in the Record Shop

A Leeds Playhouse and Opera North production  

Orpheus is alone, playing tunes in his record shop. After an old friend visits, strange things start to happen and music, myth and reality collide. Together with Orpheus we go in search of something ancient, contemporary and hopeful.