The talents of one local community will be there for all to see as Gipton takes centre stage in a new musical to be performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 18 July.
More than 100 children from four of the area’s schools have joined with local drama and dance groups to put together the all-singing, all-dancing show which was written by Boff Whalley, former Chumbawamba guitarist! The comedy show, commissioned by local arts charity Space2, follows the story of George, a Gipton man now in his 70s who sits in his front garden watching the world go by. When his family decides to move, will George be able to bring himself to adventure out of East Leeds?
Local Gipton councillor, Roger Harington, takes on the leading role for the performance which is already completely sold out for the main evening show. Members of the public still eager to go along are being invited to ‘pay as you feel’ to watch the afternoon dress rehearsal, also on 18 July.
Councillor Roger Harington (Labour, Gipton and Harehills) said:
“This is a unique opportunity to showcase the talents of Gipton on one of the most prestigious stages in the region and everyone involved is hugely enjoying the whole experience. To go from community centres and small local shows to such a professional arena is a challenge, but a very exciting one!
“It should be a great show, with plenty of singing, dancing and laughs. With the main show already sold out the whole cast are really looking forward to welcoming people to the dress rehearsal too so get in touch with the box office to claim your seat!”