Friday 10 February
A Cartoon History of Here
Ian McMillan and Tony Husband
Comedy, cartoonery, poetry and improv!
Created by tonight’s audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband.
‘Bloody Hell, the man’s a genius!’ Yorkshire Post
‘Tony Husband is even funnier than me.’ Griff Rhys Jones
7.00pm HEART Centre, Bennett Road
and Ian McMillan
in partnership with HEART
A fastflowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. For audiences, 9 to 109. @IMcMillan
Wednesday 8 March
Schwa: I Am Alive (I Guess)
Poetry and music about the short walk from light to the edge of darkness - and back.
Schwa is Peter Spafford on piano/vocals and Richard Ormrod on at least nine instruments, joined by singer Jacqui Wicks. Here they set to music poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, and Edna St.Vincent Millais, besprinkled with original text by Peter Spafford.
Schwa’s ‘Threshold’ was premiered at Headingley Litfest in 2015 and is touring this spring for the second time, funded by The Arts Council.
7.30pm HEART Centre, Bennett Road
Richard Ormrod and
‘Vivid lyricism and authentic vocals blended with fantastic eclectic arrangements.’
Saturday 11 March
Trio Literati: The Exceedingly Good Writings of Mr Kipling
7.30pm Headingley Parish Hall (St Michael's Church Hall) St Michael's Road LEEDS LS6 3AW
A sparkling words-and-music entertainment on the works of
As a highly successful journalist Kipling travelled widely
across a world on the brink of change. He wrote compulsively all his life: ‘my pen took charge and I, greatly admiring, watched it write for me far into the nights.’ Well-loved stories and poems such as The Jungle Book, The Man Who Would Be King and On the Road to Mandalay are a mere fraction of his output - his war reports, playlets and science fiction - now virtually forgotten - are just as colourful.
Prepare to be surprised!
Musical duo Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Jonathan Drummond (piano) add to
the heady mix with settings of Kipling’s own poems and popular songs
from the Empire and beyond.
Maggie Mash, Jane Oakshott and Richard Rastall gave their first performance as Trio Literati in November 2003. Set up to do simple poetry readings, the group quickly started on the enchanting and slippery slope of hats and sound effects.
They now offer a wide range of performance options, from pure poetry to fullscale dramatic works, often commissioned and scripted to fit a special occasion or place. As performers, their backgrounds are varied - television, theatre, music - but they share a passion for words and a taste for comedy. Producing many very different shows since 2003, they have gained a reputation for energy, wit and style.
Change of venue
Sunday 26 March
On the edge of the stage with Dave Robertson
Perhaps by jumping o'er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hourglass.
Could 60 odd years in the theatre be summed
up in little more than an hour?
Headingley LitFest thought so and commissioned actor/director. David Robertson to prove it.
So after recalling cliff-hanging moments, on and off stage, David launches into some of the scariest speeches of his career. Mostly they're the voices of scallywags, villains, masterminds – in fact, a whole clutch of edgy characters from the works of Marlowe, Shakespeare, Dickens, Chekhov, Ionesco and Pinter.
With comedy moments like The Batley Faust and music from the wonderful Retrolettes, we tempt you gently toward the edge of an abyss.
8.00pm New Headingley Club,
St Michael’s Road
Friday 17 March
Do you still love to tread the boards? Love open mic events? If you are under thirty, or okay if you look under thirty, this is your
chance to perform. It could be poetry, or song, or stand-up comedy, in a group or on your own. If you think you’ve got it, then flaunt it!
At the last LitFest, there was an astonishing range of acts for this wildly popular event.
There’s no age limit for the audience.
Get in touch now to make sure you are on the list if you want to perform.
with all the details.
7.30pm Heart Centre
Under 18s free, adults £5