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Southbank Centre's Alchemy Doncaster

Cast, Doncaster Wed 31 May - Sat 3 Jun

Embrace art, music and performance from and inspired by South Asia, at Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Doncaster.

For seven years, this festival has hosted powerful contemporary productions, big debates and enthusiastic audiences, in a festival that takes over our site in the heart of London.

For a second time, Alchemy is bringing all this along with food, fashion, literature, new shows, international masters and up-and-coming talent to (Doncaster, Oldham, the Black Country). Explore cultural connections and ask questions about identity, in a festival that celebrates international artists alongside local and regional British Asian talents.

Alchemy creates conversations where artists can share stories and passions, and a place where you can experience the familiar and discover something new this summer at Cast.

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What if I Told You?

Theatre in the Mill Thur 8 June

Throughout Pauline’s life, people have made assumptions about her based on her gender, background and race. She’s defied these expectations at every turn, tearing up the narrative that society tried to impose on her. Now, Pauline is finally ready to tell the world her story. Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You immerses us in Pauline’s world as she invites us to pause, breathe and reconsider the stories we tell about our past and the history on which we build our futures. Pauline Mayers is a choreographer and theatre-maker, who creates shows that come to life at the meeting point of dance and theatre.

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Contained: True Stories from The Heart

Red Brick Auditorium Thur 8 June

Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal show from England’s largest professional learning disability theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

The head teacher looked at me and said “I’m afraid you have to leave this school. There is no place for you here.”

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, Contained explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world that we live in.

“It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Ode to Leeds

Ode to Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse Sat 10 June - Sat 1 July

Five young poets from Leeds are selected to compete at the world’s most prestigious international poetry slam competition in New York City.

Fuelled by love, pride and passionate protest their words light fires to show the world who they are and what they can be. But the determination to be crowned International Slam Champions threatens to overwhelm everything. As the competition draws closer, the poets are forced to discover not just their voices, but what they must find the courage to say.

Writer Zodwa Nyoni returns to West Yorkshire Playhouse following her debut play, Boi Boi is Dead, with this funny and moving coming of age story; a celebration of Leeds, language and an ode to the art that changed her own life as part of the acclaimed spoken word group Leeds Young Authors.

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