Select 2021

Things to do on and off line this year

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Nine Lives follows Ishamel, fleeing his home where homophobia threatens his life. Dispersed to Leeds, he waits to hear his fate. Exploring the concept of home, this one-man show by Leeds-based Zimbabwean slam poet Zodwa Nyoni is available on YouTube in full.

(tinyurl.com/ybqg9mme)

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Shakespeare’s Globe continues to offer a huge back catalogue of productions via its Globe Player. Highlights include former artistic director Emma Rice’s radical Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gemma Arterton’s Duchess of Malfi and an all-male take on Twelfth Night, starring Stephen Fry among others.

(globeplayer.tv)

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York Radio Mystery Plays transforms the biblical stories dating back to the 1300s into a piece of theatre performed by a mix of community and professional actors. Produced by York Theatre Royal in collaboration with BBC Radio York, there are four instalments to listen to – Adam and Eve, The Flood part 1, The Flood part 2, and Moses and Pharaoh.

(yorktheatreroyal.co.uk) 

Beningbrough

Beningbrough Hall itself remains closed but its magnificent eight-acre gardens featuring 300,000 snowdrops make for a cheery winter walk. Families can keep children engaged with the Peter Rabbit activity trail and the galleries, restaurant, play area and toilets remain open. Tickets should be booked in advance. 

(nationaltrust.org.uk)

Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has unveiled a series of additional works in the open air this winter. On the Formal Garden terrace is the Bag of Aspirations by Kalliopi Lemos – a vastly scaled-up version of the famous Birkin handbag. Two huge works by Henry Moore – Large Two Forms and Large Spindle Piece – return. The four-metre high Monumental Dancer After Degas captures the muscles and volume of a powerful human figure in movement in bronze by William Tucker. Edward Allington’s From the Sex of Metals IV responds to a question from art critic Stuart Morgan as to what sex his sculptures were. And Gary Hume’s enigmatic Snowman, Two Balls Twinkle White has been installed on the Formal Garden pond. 

(ysp.org.uk) 

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Turn On Fest, the annual LGBTQ+ festival, kicks off a two-week programme on 17 January with a live online launch. An evening of conversation between Russell T Davies and Julie Hesmondhalgh is the headline event of the festival, for which  live events are scheduled alongside digital ones but will hinge on the latest tier restrictions.

(hopemilltheatre.co.uk) 

Pickering

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is operating the Optimist – a daily service on its heritage railway travelling the 24 miles between Pickering and Whitby.

(nymr.co.uk) 

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Northern Opera Group presents a new adaptation of Cinderella, filmed in location at beautiful medieval buildings around Leeds and made with family audiences in mind. 

(northernoperagroup.co.uk) 

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