‘Wasted’ – The Brontes Story in a Rock Musical

Brought to you by Southwark Playhouse – part of the ‘Southwark Stayhouse’ programme


Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero – Off-West End Award for New Musical), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?

This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

Please note that this production contains flashing lights and strobe effects, loud noises, strong language, and haze

Miracle Theatre – 4 plays you can watch on YouTube

The National Theatre at Home series has now come to an end, so instead here are some performances from Miracle Theatre – a non profit making theatre company from Cornwall.

4 performances, mostly filmed outdoors on Cornish Clifftops and at the beautiful outdoor Minack Theatre.  Visit during the day | Minack Theatre

The Magnificent Three 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Case of The Frightened Lady at Minack Theatre


UK’s first Silver Pride this weekend – online

Brought to you by Friends of Dorothy a Leeds charity that champions social inclusion for older LGBT+ people by hosting regular activities and events. A welcoming inclusive group that supports members to keep well, have fun and stay connected.

Over 2 days this weekend – 25th and 26th July

Join Friends of Dorothy, LGBT+ celebrities and friends for the inaugural Silver Pride UK; a culturally diverse and enriching programme of live performances, masterclasses and events to champion social inclusion and ensure elderly LGBT+ people are socially connected, celebrated and recognised for their contributions to culture and society. Everyone welcome!

They invite you to Rainbow up your life and come together for this fabulous, gargantuous, entertaining celebration of LGBT+ history.


See the full programme and get free tickets here

All registered Silver Pride UK attendees will be sent a virtual programme and links to all of the main events and fringe events on the morning of the 25th July.  The event is free to attend but donations to Friends of Dorothy will be welcomed.


Poetry Reading from The Leeds Library and Clare Wigzell

I am the Landscape with Clare Wigzell

Clare Wigzell (friend of Caring Together) will read her poems about Barbara Hepworth, her sculptures and the landscape from her chapbook, I am the Landscape. Clare will take you on a poetry journey around Yorkshire and Cornish scenery through Hepworth’s sculptures and touch on themes from Hepworth’s life. Slides of the sculptures and printed versions of the poems will be on screen to enhance your experience. There will be a short Q and A at the end.

All welcome- Wednesday 22 July 13.00 – 14.00

You will need to use Zoom to take part in this event and it is a free event but you will need to register and book.

To book your place, register here on Eventbrite and you will be emailed a Zoom link to the event on Tuesday 21 July.


The Good Book – from Slung Low@The Holbeck

The Good Book, the first production from Slung Low’s new project Leeds People’s Theatre, is a dystopian drama set on the streets of Beeston and Holbeck. It features three professional actors, more than 100 members of the local community.

Film: The Good Book

“In a future Leeds, society is divided between loyalists of the powerful Queen Bear and radical followers of Galahad. Avalon is a young woman desperate not to take sides, but as civil war begins she must undertake a dangerous mission to rescue a precious relic from destruction”. (contains strong language)

It’s 30minutes long and can be watched from the link below – you might need to scroll down the page a bit – and turn the volume up on the video.


If you are missing The Shows Must Go On….

Last week’s showing of Joseph was the last from The Shows Must Go On for a while as they take a break over Summer.  Hopefully they will be back in August.

In the meantime here are a couple of alternative musical theatre shows you can watch online for free.

Rogers and Hammerstein Carousel – Lincoln Centre Theatre – until 8th September  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxRMlv-mwxM

Carousel was hailed by Time Magazine as “the best musical of the 20th Century.“ The New York Philharmonic presents a stunning staged production of this iconic American work, featuring a star-studded cast including Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.

The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals – from Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles and by StarKid Productions.

For something a little different, this is a musical horror comedy. “Paul is an average guy. He likes movies, and pizza, and average guy things. He does not like… musicals.  Everything in Hatchetfield seemed normal until people began singing… Then, they began dancing… And now, a musical pandemic is sweeping the entire city.  People blatantly stating their inner most wants and desires in verse. Music inexplicably playing from out of nowhere. Random people performing impossibly choreographed dances. All perfectly normal on stage; all absolutely horrifying in real life.

Paul’s small world is about to come crashing down under the weight of unspeakable terror! Now he must run, run for his life, as something sinister spreads, and grows, and sings, and dances! The town of Hatchetfield is plunged into a musical hell in… ‘The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals!’

Availble to watch until further notice  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxKX44qBJ0

Amadeus – National Theatre at Home

Music. Power. Jealousy. Welcome to Vienna.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.

Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Amadeus is the National Theatre Showing for this week. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

Available to watch on YouTube from 7pm tonight until 7pm on Thursday 23rd July.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaEP2zn4bRE

The running time is 2hrs 50mins with a very short interval.  The BBFC age rating is 15 due to some strong language and moderate sex references.

Opera North – From Couch to Chorus

Ever wanted to learn how to sing in an opera chorus? Now’s your chance!  Opera North are hosting a four-week series of Zoom workshops this July and August where you’ll be learning all the best singing tips and tricks from professional music leaders and singers from the Chorus of Opera North.

You don’t need to have prior singing experience or be able to read music – all they’re they’re asking is for is your enthusiasm. Whether you want to learn the basics of singing opera or experience what it’s like to be part of a chorus, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from the comfort of your own home!

You can learn more about the workshops and how to join here.

A chorus of singers on stage with their arms in the air



Adverse Camber Productions will be illuminating our summer nights over the next few months with ‘Gazing, a brand new online series starting at the end of July featuring a captivating mix of stories from some of the UK’s favourite storytellers and stargazing tips from astronomers.

Designed with an adult audience in mind, ‘Gazing’ will boast a programme of short films, podcasts, animations and livestreams exploring connections between life on Earth and the enormous possibilities of the Night Sky as we all look to the future.

Subscribe to Adverse Camber’s Facebook page or Youtube channel to enjoy the series as it unfolds. (You can unsubscribe at any time)

Kirkstall Abbey’s 1152 Club Online

Kirkstall Abbey 1152 club, normally a fortnightly get-together for over 55s for a short talk and discussion on local history topics, has moved online. Every other Friday at 10am there will be a short talk and you can see the details for this Friday’s here: https://www.facebook.com/KirkstallAbbey/events/?

The talks will also be available afterwards on their YouTube channel and you can see previous talks here https://www.youtube.com/playlist…