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Those were the days is a nostalgic look back at the part Leeds City Varieties played in the history of old Leeds particularly through the dark days of World War 1 featuring the students of the academy in song, dance & drama.
Through drama, dance and music that inimitable and highly opinionated couple of vintage ladies Gladys and Ethel having just escaped from their retirement home for the day, will take the audience on a trip back in time through their grandmother’s memories from the frivolity of the music hall through to the dark days of World War I.
Memories of the sacrifice made by the Leeds Pals on the killing fields of France during World War 1 will be recalled by the company when they will recreate a time in the city’s history when whole communities were united in grief by a short drama, Ada’s wearing black, a tribute to the 15th (Service) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment – better known as the Leeds Pals.
The 2,000 strong battalion was formed in 1914. In all the Pals lost 250 men on the Somme and by the end of the war their total number of dead had reached 800.
Ada’s wearing black is penned by the academy’s principal, Liz Coggins, who has drawn on stories she heard as a young child growing up in Leeds. Liz’s grandfather, Harry was a member of the Pals and some of the facts in the play are drawn from his own story.
Taking place on 11 November, Armistice Day, this is a tribute by the young members of the Academy and guest artists to the citizens of Leeds and Leeds Pals who gave their all, and their lives for future generations.
Audience goers are encouraged to come in fancy dress period costume reminiscing of "The Good Old Days"
Tickets are on sale now from the City Varieties box office or online at www.cityvarieties.co.uk
Last summer the students of On Stage appeared at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, as part of a Family Fun Day. This is your chance to see them in this amazing natural ampitheatre in Scarborough. They will be sharing the stage with other groups from the region, along with special guest stars.
And as a special treat for all you Yorkshire folk - IT'S FREE !
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Many thanks and very well done to all the students and staff for a fantastic performance. It gets better every year and special thanks to our patron, Tony Peers. Looking forward to Summer 2018 when we will be performing there once again.
Photo by Richard Ponter Scarborough News