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Christmas in Leeds: A trip to the theatre

I love going to the theatre at anytime of year, but it always feels extra special to go around Christmas. I know for some of you it may be far too early to start thinking about Christmas, but there are… Continue Reading →

ON After Hours: Northern Lights

You know how I love Leeds, and I love Opera North, and I love singing? Well it will come as no surprise then that I love the sound of “ON After Hours: Northern Lights”, an Opera North singing programme that’s… Continue Reading →

Fictions of Every Kind

One of the topics I’ve been meaning to blog about for ages is the amazing literary scene going on in Leeds at the moment. There are so many different festivals and workshops taking place that I’ve been quite overwhelmed and… Continue Reading →

Sunshine on Leith at The West Yorkshire Playhouse

The perfect ratio of heart-warming and heart-wrenching for a feel good musical. I wanted to see Sunshine on Leith when the film came out but never got round to it. I knew it was a stage musical before becoming a… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: DollyWould at Live Art Bistro

You should know by now that I love going to the theatre and love seeing both old favourites and taking a chance on something new. The latter is why I’ve said yes to going to see something that I know… Continue Reading →

What have I got myself into?? – Part 1

I have been doing something bizarre. Fun, and a little unnerving, but mainly bizarre. Before I continue, I should warn you that this is a long blog post, so go get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit (take… Continue Reading →

Still Alice at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

An emotionally dramatic production showing there can be light in the darkness Having enjoyed reading Still Alice a couple of years ago (as much as you can enjoy reading about something so sad) I was pleased to see that The West… Continue Reading →

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

One of the best shows I’ve seen in years It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of the West Yorkshire Playhouse and all the productions they put on. I’ve seen some amazing shows there including fantastic dramas (such as Death… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: What’s on at Leeds Town Hall

What better way to start the New Year than by booking lots of fun things to do. Although I’ll struggle to get out as much as I used to now Baby Preston is here, I still hope to be able… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Light Night 2017

It’s that time of year again when Leeds is lit up with a variety of creative and impressive light and art installations. Leeds Light Night is returning for its 13th year and is once again taking place over two evenings… Continue Reading →

There’s no business like show business: pitch your musical theatre idea

As you may have gathered from previous blog posts, I’m a big fan of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Home to such a fantastic variety of brilliant shows, I was pleased to hear that it will be used as one of… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Sound stones at the Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been on my list of places to blog about for ages. Just a short distance from Leeds, it’s one of West Yorkshire’s best attractions and somewhere I like to take friends when they come to… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Opera North’s trio of outdoor concerts

I’m really pretty excited about these three events. The Orchestra of Opera North is going to be performing three very different outdoor concerts for its “Opera North in the City” weekend. Taking place from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, the… Continue Reading →

An example of an excellent weekend in Leeds

This is a short blog post as I’ve actually already written about all the events I want to mention (click the links below to read the previous posts). I just wanted to give a “real life” example of what a… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

I’m a big fan of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (“the other RSC”). This comical theatre group specialises in cutting out the bard’s boring bits and putting on plays that will have the audience in stitches. I first saw them in “The… Continue Reading →

Playing dress up: costume hire at the Playhouse

As part of my birthday weekend, I went on a backstage tour at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. As you may have guessed from my previous blog posts, I absolutely love going to the theatre and I really love the Playhouse,… Continue Reading →

Pairing music with meals: an international flavour

“If music be the food of love…”  I love live music, I love eating out, and I love spending time with my friends, so I’m pretty excited about my birthday as I’ll be doing all these things in one evening. I’m… Continue Reading →

7 shows I want to see at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

I’ve already written about how much I love the West Yorkshire Playhouse in a previous blog entry (mainly because there’s not a bad seat in the house) but seeing as they have recently released their spring/summer programme, I thought it would… Continue Reading →

“A trail of art, light and magic”

Throughout December, there have been a number of installations across Leeds as part of Leeds Bid‘s “Christmas in Leeds” project. The trail is made up of 15 different art and light installations, created by various artists and organisations. My intention was to… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part two)

Carrying on the Christmas countdown, here are some other ace things I’d recommend doing in Leeds over the festive period. It’s a Wonderful Life at Hyde Park Cinema Built in 1914, Hyde Park Cinema is a beautiful, traditional cinema showing… Continue Reading →

Independent and international film festivals

No Gloss and Leeds International Film Festival. After writing a preview post on No Gloss Film Festival, I was looking forward to a weekend of independent films at Canal Mills. I already had plans for the weekend so couldn’t stay… Continue Reading →

Food, drink and a show at the Electric Press

James and I bought tickets to see Tape Face at The Carriageworks a while ago. I was actually purposefully looking for something to see at The Carriageworks as I realised I’d never been to a performance there before. Even if you’ve not been… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part one)

Okay, so I know it’s only just October, but there are so many ace things to do in Leeds over Christmas, and for a lot of them you need to book tickets in advance, so I wanted to give you… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Light night

Light Night is a “free annual multi-arts event” which is taking place this year on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. Different light installations and projections appear across the city, as well as “film, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and street… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: No Gloss Film Festival

I regularly go to the Showcase cinema but for ages I’ve been wanting to see films at different venues other than purpose built cinemas, and also independent films rather than just the usual, big blockbusters. There’s plenty on in Leeds… Continue Reading →

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Inside the Parkinson Building – the white building with the clock tower on Woodhouse Lane – there is a small gallery which houses a number of rare and special manuscripts, notes and maps. The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery opened… Continue Reading →

The history plays

I absolutely love going to the theatre, and in Leeds we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exciting plays and musicals. There’s enough on at various venues across the city that you could always see something new; I’d go every week… Continue Reading →

Immerse yourself

One of my aims for writing this blog was to encourage me to try different things and discover new places in Leeds, so when I got an email asking if I’d like to attend SWARM – an “immersive experience” at… Continue Reading →

Music, food and literature festivals

Most people will have heard of Leeds festival, the annual music festival held over August bank holiday weekend at Bramham Park, but did you know there’s also a city musical festival, independent food festival and literature festival, all taking place… Continue Reading →

Feather boas and fire eaters at The Wet Spot Leeds

I’ve already blogged about how ace the Belgrave is for its food and rooftop garden, but did you know it’s also home to a monthly burlesque and cabaret night? Organised by Ryvita Von Cheese (love it), the Wet Spot occurs… Continue Reading →

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