HIGH­LIGHTS OF THE NEW SEA­SON

His­tory Boys to re­turn to re­gion Ross Noble joins Pro­duc­ers cast

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win­dows. I think once you start do­ing that, you re­alise that they are look­ing at some re­ally big themes. In Un­cle Vanya there is a real sense of be­ing in the coun­try and life pass­ing you by, so you don’t tell the per­son you love that you love them and how you live like that. It’s full of th­ese big emo­tional arcs.”

A new play rep­re­sents a lot of the other things Brin­ing is de­ter­mined to tackle at his the­atre. Lit­tle Sure Shot is a telling of the story of An­nie Oak­ley, the woman whose story in­spired An­nie Get Your Gun. The play, once it has been at the the­atre, will tour out to com­mu­ni­ties across Leeds, in­clud­ing Arm­ley, Gip­ton, Seacroft and Mid­dle­ton. “We did that with the Talk­ing Heads this year and it’s re­ally im­por­tant to build those re­la­tion­ships all around the city. It’s im­por­tant for us to go to into the city where we don’t tra­di­tion­ally draw an au­di­ence from. To be a the­atre that is truly for the peo­ple, you have to be front­footed and ac­tu­ally go to th­ese places.”

There is a sec­ond, im­por­tant theme that has emerged from Brin­ing’s lat­est sea­son, but it’s one that he is ac­tu­ally re­luc­tant to shine a light on too brightly. “I don’t want to make it a big thing, but we have com­mit­ted to re­bal­anc­ing the work we stage in terms of gen­der,” says Brin­ing. “Through a the­atre pro­gramme called Tonic, which is about try­ing to ad­dress the gen­der im­bal­ance in the­atre, we’ve com­mit­ted to em­ploy­ing more cre­ators who are women. When you have two men run­ning the the­atre, it means we have to ac­tively look at hav­ing women in­volved cre­atively in most of the other shows and it’s too easy to say well there aren’t enough good parts for women or there are not enough good sto­ries with women as the pro­tag­o­nists, but that means we have to do some­thing about it.”

To that end the sea­son in­cludes a num­ber of wom­en­writ­ten or di­rected shows, in­clud­ing an adap­ta­tion of Anna Karen­ina (there’s that global theme again) by a trans­gen­der writer called Jo Clif­ford and a new play by Eve Ensler, the woman be­hind the phe­nom­e­non of The Vag­ina Mono­logues.

He said he hoped to keep build­ing on early suc­cess. Brin­ing is def­i­nitely a man of his word.

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See to­mor­row’s York­shire Post Mag­a­zine for a back­stage glimpse at West York­shire Play­house’s cur­rent pro­duc­tion, White Christ­mas. THE na­tion’s favourite play is to be per­formed in the re­gion.

The multi award-win­ning His­tory Boys by Leeds play­wright and au­thor Alan Ben­nett in­volves a mav­er­ick English teacher who is at odds with the much younger and shrewder sup­ply teacher.

The play pre­miered at the Na­tional The­atre back in 2004 and has won over 30 awards in­clud­ing Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play.

As part of a ma­jor tour it will come to the Grand Opera House in York from June 8 to13.

For ticket in­for­ma­tion call the box of­fice on 01904 678700. AWARD-WIN­NING co­me­dian Ross Noble is to make his mu­si­cal the­atre de­but in 2015.

Noble will be per­form­ing in Mel Brooks’ smash hit mu­si­cal The Pro­duc­ers at Leeds Grand The­atre next June play­ing Franz Liebkind, the short-fused, car­rier pi­geon-keep­ing for­mer Nazi brought on board by Max Bi­a­lystok and Leo Bloom (played by co­me­dian Ja­son Man­ford), to help them make the worst mu­si­cal of all time.

The show will come be at Leeds Grand The­atre from June 8 to 13. For tick­ets call the box of­fice on 0844 848 2700.

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