Life is a Cabaret at Leeds Grand Theatre


For one week only, Leeds Grand Theatre will play host to Olivier-Award-winning musical, Cabaret, from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th October 2017.


Produced by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, Cabaret will star internationally renowned singer/songwriter Will Young, who reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee, musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles and Susan Penhaligon as Fraulein Schneider; Susan is best known for the popular television series Bouquet of Barbed Wire and the sitcom A Fine Romance with Judi Dench.



Set in 1930s Berlin against the backdrop of the seedy Kit Kat Club, Cabaret tells the tale of young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’, ‘Two Ladies’ ‘Maybe This Time’ and of course ‘Cabaret’.


Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 – and the famous movie version starring Liza Minnelli and Oscar-winner Joel Grey – Cabaret has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards, including eight Oscars, seven BAFTAs and 13 Tonys. Norris’ production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs and has picked up two Olivier Awards.


Cabaret is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th October. Tickets (£20.50 – £41.50) available from 0844 848 2700 and online at



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Northern Antiques Fair Has a Facelift


The Northern Antiques Fair (formerly Harrogate Art & Antique Fair), is under new management and has reverted back to its original name, which dates back to 1951.   Held in association with BADA, the fair has undergone a facelift and is set to become the leading Autumn fair in Harrogate.

The fair brings together furniture, fine art, jewellery and accessories from some 35 specialist dealers. Its mix of antiques, mid-century and contemporary pieces will particularly appeal to the design-savvy looking for unusual one-off objects.

Dealers exhibiting include Haynes Fine Art of London and the Cotswolds, Howards Jewellers from Stratford upon Avon, Millington Adams from Cheshire, Stephen Kalms Antiques from the London Silver Vaults, Greenstein Antiques from London’s Gray’s Antique Market. Local dealers from the north of England include Howell 1870, J Dickinson Maps & Prints, Jack Shaw & Co, Melody Antiques, Graham Ruddock, Solo Antiques & Valerie Main Ltd.


The Fair is in Hall M, Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate HG1 2RD from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October. Tickets (£7.50 including catalogue) will be available on the door, or book in advance through Eventbrite:







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Step Back in Time at the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Vintage Fair



The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice Vintage Fair is back! The fair will be held at St Chad’s Parish Centre in Far Headingley on Saturday 21st October, 10am – 4pm.

The Vintage Fair will bring in all kinds of stalls selling, clothes, jewellery, books, toys, vinyl and so much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to book a valuation for prized antiques with well-known auctioneer Gary Don.  A vintage hair stylist will be available to coif locks and a seamstress will be on site for advice and off site bookings for clothing alterations. Delicious food and drinks will be available throughout the day in the pop up Vintage themed cafe. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes.

Kirsty Christmas, Senior Community Fundraiser at Wheatfields, said:  “There will be a wonderful array of items ranging in date from the 1920s to the 1980s. If you like retro, vintage or just a trip down memory lane, this is definitely the fair for you!”

Entry is just £3 and all the money raised will help to fund the specialist healthcare services provided by Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice – from inpatient and day care, to caring for people in their homes.


For more information, please call the Wheatfields fundraising team on 0113 278 7249 or email



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Leeds Art Gallery Re-Opens


Leeds Art Gallery re-opened on 13th October, having undergone essential repairs to the original roof and the historic Victorian building. It will feature a re-presentation of the collection across the gallery that looks back over 130 years to showcase highlights from the nationally designated collection.

The re-opening is marked with a major ARTIST ROOMS Joseph Beuys exhibition, and new acquisitions by leading contemporary artists such as American artist Martine Syms and renowned British sculptor Alison Wilding.

Beuys (1921 – 1986) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and revolutionary cultural figures. He changed the look and vocabulary of sculpture forever, and helped put German art back on the map after World War II. Adopting the roles of political and social activist and educator, he believed in the healing power and social function of art. He saw creativity as central to all aspects of human existence.

This new exhibition will fill the three main rooms on the ground floor, bringing together sculpture and drawings from the 1950s onwards drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, owned jointly by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. These works show the strong scientific basis for his art and his pioneering use of materials such as felt, fat, wax and copper, which the artist used for their ability to insulate, protect, transmit and transform.

During the renovations, a welcome discovery was a beautiful barrel vaulted glazed roof in one of the first floor galleries, which had remained hidden above a false ceiling for over 40 years! This new gallery will be showing Arena (2000), a major sculpture by Alison Wilding, which is a gift to Leeds from the Contemporary Art Society.



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Natural Food Store: Ten Years as a Co-operative Owned by the Community!


This month, the Natural Food Store on North Lane in Headingley, is celebrating ten years as a community owned co-operative.

When, after 23 years, former owners Chris and Sue Sharratt wanted to retire, customers and the community worried that another independent store was about to disappear from Headingley. Together they raised the money to buy the store through a community share issue and took charge of the shop in November 2007.

The opening celebration proudly sported the banner ‘Under new ownership – Ours!’ Manager Stuart McClelland was appointed and still leads the team. Chris and Sue were so delighted with the change that they stayed on a part-time basis – and are still there ten years on! Stuart and his team is supported by an elected committee, and the community owners have kept the shop thriving.

The primary aim of the buy-out was to carry on the success of the shop and be an independent, community based co-operative selling products with a provenance that customers could trust. All of which the shop has achieved. With its wide product range and knowledgeable staff it continues to hold its own as a high class grocer in Headingley selling local bread, eggs and dairy, food for special diets, and a wide range of whole foods – particularly its very competitive Wholesense range and ethical foods, as well as bathroom and household goods, and remedies.

Whether a buy-out by the community or by staff members, the success of co-operatives arising out of private businesses is a proven model for the continuation of successful businesses but receives little publicity.

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A Wind of Change – A Community Theatre Project in Meanwood



Presented by Common Chorus Theatre and InterACT Church and Community Partnership, ‘A Wind of Change’ is a special community theatre project being created for and by residents, workers and regular visitors to Meanwood.

If you would like to take part, just sign up – it’s absolutely free! There will be four different groups, each led by a professional artist, and each of these will form a different part of the story. You will get to work alongside some of Leeds’ most exciting theatre makers to create and perform this original show. All you need is to be committed to the whole journey of the show and be able to attend most, if not all, rehearsals and the performance week.

The first creative workshop is on 21st October, when work will begin on creating the script. This will be followed by weekly rehearsals in the new year. The performance will take place during February Half Term at Stainbeck Church.

Anyone with an on-going connection to Meanwood can take part. No previous experience is necessary, although the initiated are very welcome too! Young people aged over 11 years are welcome and there are opportunities for 8 -10 year olds too. For further information, contact Ness Brown on 07961 535767 or




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Upcoming Shows at Northern School of Contemporary Dance




Artist and Choreographer Holly Blakey dives into the hyper-sexualised language of the music video to address ideas of connectivity, gender and class in Some Greater Class  Dancers writhe and contract in a modern day Garden of Eden, navigating the complexities of voyeurism and pleasure whilst laying bare the subtle and not-so-subtle dynamics of contemporary pop culture. Created in collaboration with musicians Gwilym Gold and Darkstar, Some Greater Class inscribes the process of viewing and being viewed on the performer’s bodies, delicately commenting on the normative ideals promoted in mainstream pop culture. From explosive energy to vulnerability and transgression, the dancers’ search for connection offers a potent reminder of the radical potential of live performance.

This project is co-produced by The Kevin Spacey Foundation and supported by Arts Council England.

Thursday 19 October


Tickets: £10 (£5)



K-Arts Dance Company presents a mixed bill of five short works from their growing repertoire, exploring East-Asian customs and culture. Hailing from Korea’s National University of Art, the company have been established since 1993 and have been touring to major cities around the world and since 2001.

Works include: Bow by MiSook Jeon, Mob by DongKyu Kim, Carcara by SungHoon Kim, No Comment by ChangHo Shin and Thank you by Bora Kim.

K-Arts promises unique movement styles and some brilliant young dancers.

K-Arts Dance Company | Mixed bill

16 November 2017

Tickets: £8 (£5)



With set design by renowned visual artist Jim Hodges (Association Internationale des Critiques d’art), YAMA explores the mythology associated with mountains inspired by the pagan and animist rituals practised among the mountains of Tohoku, Japan. Created with the dancers of Scottish Dance Theatre YAMA is an awe-inspiring piece that gathers energy as it grows.  Jalet has been responsible for some of the most revered productions of the last 10 years, including Babel (Laurence Olivier award 2011) and work with Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and a radical re-staging of Bolero with Marina Abramovic  at the Paris Opera.

Scottish Dance Theatre| YAMA

Thursday 23 November


Tickets: £10 (£5)


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Leeds Beckett Students to Support School Children in Leeds


A new partnership to boost the potential of school children in Leeds has been launched between the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University and the Ujima education centre, which provides English and Maths support for primary and secondary Afro-Caribbean children via the Mandela Centre on Chapeltown Road.

The new partnership sees trainee teachers at Leeds Beckett providing one-to-one support to the young people. Ten final-year students will visit the centre twice a week for six months, starting in October, allowing more pupils to gain support.


Student, Lucy Chatterton-Deacon, third year BA (Hons) Primary Education student, has already been teaching at the Centre for two weeks. “It’s been a very good learning opportunity, I work with individual groups, twice a week, so I get to know the children really well,” said Lucy. “I tutor them, mainly one-on-one, helping to support them and giving them extra homework.

“I love it: it’s such a supportive environment, the kids are lovely and you feel like you’re making a real difference. I’m also tutoring a year 11 girl which is really rewarding and has opened my eyes to teaching older children as well.”

The Ujima children will visit Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus and take part in activities to raise their awareness of higher education. This will include the children working on creative performance projects with students on the MA Creative Writing and Drama course at Leeds Beckett. This work will then be performed for the local community at the Mandela Centre and at Leeds Beckett.

“This new partnership means that we can offer education support to a large number of students,” said social worker Marina Active who runs Ujima Leeds with primary school teacher, Adele Trew. “It’s a great support and having Leeds Beckett on-board means that we can cater for a lot more children and make a difference in more children’s lives: we can now help up to 25 secondary students and 40 primary school pupils. The idea is to be an educational support, working with the children on whatever they are working on at school, and enhancing their learning.”

Additionally, academics within the Carnegie School of Education’s new Centre for Race and Diversity, led by Professor Shirley Tate, will work in collaboration with staff at the Ujima centre on new avenues of research and provide mentoring to the children.



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Kneehigh Return to WYP with The Tin Drum


Acclaimed theatre company Kneehigh make an epic return to Leeds this week with a new adaptation of The Tin Drum. Günter Grass’ surreal seminal 20th Century novel is brought to thrilling life in a visually dazzling, dark and daringly provocative production playing at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 17 – 28 October.

On Oskar’s third birthday he rails against the adult world and decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage, a singing voice that shatters glass and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about revealing the world for what it truly is. However, the world has other plans for our hero…

Exploring the rise of fascism through the eyes of a child, Günter Grass’ post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. His classic novel, which presents anti-hero Oskar refusing to grow up as he watches the growth of ugly and suffocating totalitarianism around him, is reimagined by Kneehigh as part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out and part epic poem: a burlesque, a blitzkrieg and a tsunami.

For more info and tickets click here

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Levi Solicitors Support St Gemma’s in Jail & Bail


Steven Newdall, Managing Partner of Levi Solicitors LLP, recently took part in Jail and Bail 2017 in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice.

On 13th October, volunteers from West Yorkshire Police ‘arrested’ Steven for breaking laws against hoarding in his office. His secretary, who recently tidied his office, found copies of 20 year old magazines, his notes from his law degree and a small handheld television!

The officers took Steven to the Court Room at Leeds Town Hall be tried for his terrible crimes. He was presented with evidence collated by his colleagues, and eventually found guilty. He then spent time locked up in the Victorian cells below the Town Hall! St Gemma’s kindly agreed that he should be allowed to escape from the cells as he had raised enough ‘bail money’ for the charity.

“St Gemma’s Hospice does great work for the people of Leeds and we are proud to support them throughout the year”, said Steven. “Taking part in Jail and Bail is a fun way for us to raise money and awareness for the Hospice. While I am sure some of my colleagues would rather have paid for me to stay in the cells, we have already raised a very generous sum.”

If you would like to contribute to Steven’s bail fund, please click here.

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