Strength in Numbers

Written by Gilly Piece

Someone once told me that the physical shape of a theatre building reflects the work that happens in it and the people who engage with it.

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Community Matters: A Small Good Thing

A Small Good Thing, a community greengrocers with a focus on seasonal, organic produce and waste reduction, is the product of a long term friendship originally forged 11 years ago in a pub in Bolton, where Lisa and Emily, founders of the business, were brought together by a shared love of Joni Mitchell…

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Getting to Know: Jane Haigh

Few people have quite the career portfolio of Jane Haigh. Originally from Leeds, the Freelance Designer, Stylist and Consultant, has travelled the world, worked for the likes of Topshop, Debenhams, Phase Eight and Monsoon, and has recently moved back up north, setting up her own Personal Stylist business which aims to help women define their style and grow their confidence.

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Thinking outside the (cardboard) box

In 2013, Hannah Saunders founded Big Fish Little Fish to hold monthly music-oriented events uniquely suitable for the whole family. Top of the list of priorities was to offer a safe and welcoming environment for families of all sizes, and to combine the unmissable atmosphere and vibrancy of traditionally adult-focused music events with child-friendly activities such as face-painting and arts and crafts, providing enough variety to keep even the smallest party-goers happy and engaged. The result was a monthly rave that prioritised good fun and great music.

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Tyni song to make big change for music industry

“Blood stains; the deepest cut. Heartache and we’ve had enough. Shoot us down and we get back up” sings Tyni, a 22 year old singer from Sheffield. The lyrics mark the beginning of a collaboration between Tyni and the leading independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK).

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Why Salome should be on your ‘must see’ list for April

Opera North returns to Leeds Town Hall with the thrilling Salome. Described as opera at its most extreme, the bloody tale is wrapped up into 100 intense and exhilarating minutes. Opera North’s Press Officer Elizabeth Simmonds explains why Salome is the ‘must see’ production this month.

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A newbie’s guide to York

York is one of the most well-known cities in England, visited by tourists year round. Its ancient walls hold endless attractions which have been explored by millions of visitors. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the city, this newbie’s guide to its attractions will have you rushing to do so.

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Sex and the Suffragette

This year marks a hundred years since the first steps were taken towards women’s access to democracy. In 1918, after more than twenty years of organised action, women over the age of thirty who owned property, female graduates voting in their university constituency, and female members of government, were trusted with the vote. It took a further ten years of continued organised pressure before all women were considered capable of engaging in the democratic process. Many different tactics were used to win the vote including: protest marches, hunger strikes, and the damage of property. Lesser known, however, is the suffragette’s engagement with the science of sexology.

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Cut from a Different Cloth: Why Halifax is ‘On Trend’

With the Beast From the East hopefully behind us (fingers and toes crossed), Faye Chambers gives us a reason to embrace Spring and venture out to the West Yorkshire town of Halifax. Currently in the midst of a cultural revolution, the Calderdale hot spot is reinforcing that it’s not so grim up North!

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Stand up to slavery at Leeds fundraiser

It’s difficult to hear the term “slavery” and apply it to modern society. Yet, the charity A21 states that there are millions of slaves in the world today; more than ever before in human history. The word is thrown around with little meaning and what minor televised context we are familiar with is only one part of the $150 billion criminal industry.

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