HEADINGLEY LITFEST IS PRIVILEGED THAT SO MANY OF OUR ARTISTS CHOOSE OUR FESTIVAL FOR PREMIERE PERFORMANCES AND ORIGINAL WORK. WE ALSO COMMISSION WORK AND, THROUGH OUR WORKSHOPS, OUR SCHOOLS PRODUCE ORIGINAL WRITING AND PERFORMANCE WHICH CONTINUES TO ASTOUND AND DELIGHT US.
22 March 2013
by Stuart Fortey
Performed by Trio Literati
Straight from the Heart
Teresa Brayshaw and Friends
Tuesday 19 March 2013
... an intimate and playful reflection on the words of love
Friday 21 March 2014
Stories from the War Hospital
by Richard Wilcocks
On 21 March 2014, the LitFest’s year-long research project based on the military hospital which was at Beckett Park, Headingley, during the First World War, came to a climax with the launch of the illustrated book - Stories from the War Hospital. On the night it was illustrated by an original dramatic performance based on some of its contents.
The performers were The Vedettes - Richard Wilcocks and three students from Performing Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University - Katharina Arnold, Charlotte Blackburn and Hannah Ferguson, who developed the production in a series of workshops. It was based on three of the stories in the book – those of Robert Bass, Dorothy Wilkinson and Nurse Newbould.
See also www.headingleyhospital.org
Monday 18 March
The Woodhouse New Woman
Scenes from the life of Mary Gawthorpe devised by June Diamond and David Robertson with members of Theatre of the Dales.
The poetry and prose in this collection was originally written for and performed at the Headingley LitFest 2014. It features the work of two creative writing classes both run by the Workers Education Association.
FROM OUR SCHOOLS
Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 March & 6 April
Literary Scarecrow Festival 2014
Enter the festival. Follow the trail. Go to the scarecrow meet.
Partnership with Far Headingley Village society
Echoes of War
Two poets choose to abandon Blighty and head for the trenches. Why? Patriotism? Heroism? A death wish, maybe? In Theatre of the Dales' script-in-hand production, Leeds playwrights Stuart Fortey and Peter pafford explored the motives of Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas. Neither man survived. What they wrote undoubtedly did.
Saturday 22 March 2014
On Scarborough Front by Stuart Fortey
The Edge of the Forest by Peter Spafford
Now sleeps the crimson petal
Trio Literati presents a rich garland selected from the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Tennyson, still one of our most popular and frequently quoted poets, was described by TS Eliot as "the great master of metric as well as melancholia", Against the dark background of Tennyson's life Trio Literati offered a colourful and stylish bouquet - old favourites and surprising finds such as his verse play The Falcon.
Please click on the image above to see a pdf of the surviving collection
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