Arts at The Arms Returns to Leeds

Yorkshire’s talented creatives are being showcased in a performing arts event at venues around Leeds.

Arts at the Arms began life at the Cardigan Arms pub in 2019, to give voice to high quality works in small, informal venues. Leeds playwright Chris O’Connor and actor James Underwood are co-founders.

James: “Chris and I have been friends for more than a decade, originally meeting over a pint back in the Old Bar at Leeds University Union” says James.  “A few years later we returned to the pub with a new aim – to support new work by Yorkshire-based creatives with an evening of performing arts. And Arts at the Arms was born!”

Lily Craig. Photograph by Thys Hartley.

James and Chris were joined by Leeds-based Arts Facilitator Lily Craig in 2020.

James: “Having Lily on board has really strengthened our goals. She’s an advocate for making the arts a more open and inclusive space for all, which is at the very heart of what we want to achieve.”

The events bring together original theatre, comedy, poetry, music and more.

Carolyn Eden in Arts at The Arms. Photograph by Dr Martin Hendry.

Lily: “We want to make space for emerging artists in our region because opportunities to make and share creativity should be made available and accessible to everyone. It shouldn’t be restrictive, and we hope our support can provide a springboard for emerging, new and developing talent in the region. We’re really excited to get back on the road and show off what this great county has to offer.”

Dates for Arts at The Arms:

Wednesday 22nd September  The Constitutional, Farsley at 8pm £8, £5 concession

Thursday 23rd September Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton at 7.30pm £8, £5 concession

Friday 24th September Chapel FM, Seacroft at 8pm £5

More information and booking at

Cover photograph: James Underwood and Chris O’Connor. Photograph by Dr Martin Hendry.

Adam Kershaw

Adam combines his interest in Leeds with a flair for writing discovered back in school days. He says he'll tackle any topic as long as it's Leeds.

Do you have a story to tell?
We want to hear your stories and help you share them.