Are we more lonely? A panel discussion at Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2021

Leeds International Festival of Ideas is a celebration of new ideas and innovation. The event, which began in 2017, brings world-leading thinkers, creatives and pioneers to Leeds to share their thoughts and discuss the world of tomorrow. The first panel session of the 2021 festival was held on Monday 13th September at City Varieties Music […]

Northern Ballet’s Dangerous Liaisons – at Leeds Playhouse

Before I write about the performance, I have to firstly acknowledge how nice it is to be back in the theatre again, on my first outing since lockdown. I haven’t missed many things over the pandemic, being a naturally happy, simple, introvert, but even I am glad to be burst from my bubble and back […]

HOLST: SAVITRI; AT THE BOAR’S HEAD

Leeds Opera Festival – NORTHERN OPERA GROUP – at Morley Town Hall on 28 August. Gustav Holst’s presence on concert hall programmes has been in sharp decline ever since the death of his indefatigable champion, daughter Imogen, in 1984. Nowadays, his reputation rests again where it began, over a hundred years ago, with nothing but […]

The Promise of a Garden – a celebration of nature and older artists in Leeds

Last Saturday lunchtime, my boyfriend and I headed to the Leeds Playhouse for an afternoon performance of ‘The Promise of a Garden’, which combined dance, music, drama, photography and art, was co-produced by Leeds Playhouse, The Performance Ensemble, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds 2023 and was directed by Alan Lyddiard. The performance tells the […]

Heathers Reviewed: ‘Big Fun’ with Big Messages

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a show on this epic scale and I definitely had high expectations, even though I knew little of the show itself. The original 1980’s cult film of ‘Heathers’ with the classic, brooding pairing of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater was a favourite of mine as a teenager: […]