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 This spring, Leeds Central Library is delighted to announce the launch of the
Leeds Drama Library.
We are inviting actors, theatre and performance professionals, students and practitioners - and everyone with an interest in plays, drama and theatre - to join us in the Central Library Exhibition Space throughout May. We will celebrate Leeds Library and Information Service’s drama and performing arts offer: locally, regionally and nationally through a programme of  free events for all ages.
For more details on becoming a member or to browse the catalogue please see
www.leeds.gov.uk/dramalibrary
THE BIG DRAMA LAUNCH Monday May 20th 5:00pm – 7:45pm
First Floor Exhibition Space
Main Launch Event - Drama Networking and performances
Do come for all or part of the event [suitable for adults]
RSVP by contacting Enquiry Express
Tel 0113 2476016
Email enquiry.express@leeds.gov.uk
5:00 Join us for coffee and informal networking with other members of Leeds Drama Library to exchange news, ideas and experiences around drama, productions, plays and more.
5:45 An illustrated talk on Githa Sowerby from her biographer Pat Riley.
To be followed by a rehearsed reading from Githa’s play Rutherford and Son
Githa Sowerby was an early twentieth century feminist playwright who after massive success lapsed into obscurity. Pat brings her back to life for the benefit of our launch, and her book Looking for Githa will be available to buy.
6:45 Adel Players present a rehearsed reading of A Dog’s Life by Pam Valentine
Founded in 1945 Adel Players is a thriving drama group with well over 40 members.
Four dogs lie in cages in an animal shelter. A Dog's Life depicts the moment when a woman comes to the shelter and has to choose between the dogs — a choice that literally means life or death to the oldest, Ben.
Throughout the evening the Tiled Hall Café will be serving drinks and delicious cakes to take out at a fantastic discounted rate of 25% to all those presenting a Leeds Drama Library Launch delegate badge,  available ‘on the door.’
 

Highlights throughout May include:
Saturday May 11th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Exhibition Space [suitable for adults]
Be a Bronte for a Day (or maybe just an afternoon)
Fancy being subtle Charlotte, passionate Emily, down-to-earth Anne? Or tortured, moody Branwell?
Fans of the Bronte’s will get their chance when Michael Yates, writer of the play The Bronte Boy, comes to Leeds Central Library to talk about turning history into drama.
During this interactive session, scripts will be given out so that members of the audience can play key scenes from the Bronte drama. “A play doesn’t come alive on the page – you’ve got to hear it spoken. And the best way is to speak the words yourself.”
Signed copies of the paperback version of the play will be on sale at a discounted £5 a copy.
Saturday May 18th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Children’s Library [suitable for all the family, especially ages 7 and up]
Family Drop-in Drama Workshops with Leeds Children's Theatre
Leeds Children's Theatre will be joining us in the Children’s Library for some highly interactive, fun workshops, crafts and performance around their latest production The Lottie Project based on the Jacqueline Wilson book.
Wednesday May 29th
Hue Boy by Tutti Frutti Theatre Company [suitable for children aged 3-7 and their families] based on the original children’s book by Rita Phillips Mitchell
First performance and workshop 10:30am – 12:00pm Exhibition Space
Second performance and workshop 1:30pm – 3:00pm Exhibition Space
Hue Boy may be the smallest boy in his village but he is big news. 
Pumpkin soup and exercise… just some of the suggestions to make him grow.
Hue Boy has a problem that everyone is talking about.....he is small and doesn’t seem to be growing “at all, at all”.  His family and the villagers all have their opinion on what he should do and his school friends tease him. But still he does not grow. Until one day Hue boy understands what it is to be tall despite his height.
This heart-warming storytelling performance transports you to a Caribbean village. With a vibrant set, original soundscape and visual movement style, the show is set in a beautiful environment under a parasol that creates a special place to enjoy this unique interactive experience.
Booking is required for this event. Please contact Enquiry Express
Tel 0113 2476016
Email enquiry.express@leeds.gov.uk
Throughout the month, a selection of fantastic playbills and programmes from Central Library’s historical collection will be on display with copies available to purchase.
For further information on any of the events please contact us on 0113 2478273
We look forward to welcoming you
Emma Hayton
Librarian
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Steampunk Day
Saturday 4th August, Central Library, 12.00-4.00pm
Steampunk: A day reminiscing times that never were
Join us, together with the Leeds Steampunk Market & the First Tea Company Tea Museum, for an afternoon celebrating Steampunk, featuring dressing up stall, book stall, craft stalls, jewellery stalls, Steampunk authors, Steampunk displays, wandering musicians and much more…
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