Fuel Announces TONIGHT WE FLY, A Week Of Events Bringing Local Leeds Communities Together

Tonight We Fly provides the people of Leeds with an opportunity to meet, talk and share their ideas and fears about society with artists who will present their own work and invite conversation and response in the hope that a better sense of community will emerge.

Performances, talks, meals, installations and discussions will take place across the city between October 30th and November 3rd.

Kate McGrath from Fuel said: "Theatre at its best is about a conversation between a group of theatre makers and people who come along that night. That conversation starts in the theatre and it continues in the bar afterwards. It's where we figure out what we think and feel about the world. Technology, austerity, you name it - has stopped us having conversations in the way we need to.

Throughout this year, we've been talking to partners we know and love in Leeds - where we've worked often and very happily over the last 14 years - trying to find a way to talk, to listen, to create space in our relationships for something to grow. And what's grown is Tonight We Fly, a week long conversation between theatre makers and the people of the city of Leeds."

"Tonight We Fly will bring a host of exciting artists and projects to venues throughout the city. We're thrilled to be working with our friends at Fuel to bring the Festival about and can't wait to experience the range and diversity of what's on offer."
James Brining, Artistic Director, Leeds Playhouse

"The HUB is never more exciting, never more useful than when it's sharing food and ideas. The chance to host audiences, artists and food with Fuel is one that we were incredibly excited about. In these ungenerous and too often unkind times I can't think of a better thing to be doing at the moment than inviting everyone who can make it over for dinner and a conversation."
Alan Lane, Artistic Director, SlungLow

INSTALLATIONS

Charlie Ward by Sound&Fury
Leeds Town Hall
30 October 2018 - 11 November 2018
Various times, 12pm - 8pm
https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/film-year-round/soundfurys-charlie-ward/

As part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, Charlie Ward tells the story of how hospitalised First World War soldiers were played Charlie Chaplin films in an effort to cheer them up as they recovered from their wounds. Sound&Fury is acclaimed for plunging audiences into highly immersive worlds, and this production is no exception as the sounds of war and the sounds of home merge to create a visceral and emotional soundscape that asks the question: Is laughter really the best medicine?

An immersive sound installation for a small audience, lasting approximately 15mins
Includes periods of total darkness.
Pay What You Decide, cash only
#charliewardtour

Lock Her Up
Sabrina Mahfouz, Rachel Mars and Parla Varjack in collaboration with Gareth Fry
Leeds Town Hall
31 October - 3 November
Inspired by research into women's health and wellbeing in prisons, these three individual ten-minute sound installation pieces ask powerful questions about how society incarcerates women and if we need to make changes.
12.30pm - 2.30pm and 4.30 - 8pm (except Wednesday when it closes at 6pm)
No booking needed - welcome at any time
This venue is only accessible via a small flight of stairs
Pay What You Decide, cash only
#FuelLockHerUp

CONVERSATIONS

Come and join artists, scientists and thinkers in informal conversations across the week. Have your say, ask your questions, hear from others.
Wed 31 October, 6pm - 7pm at The Leeds Town Hall - Where have we been?
Thurs 1 Nov, 2.30pm - 4.30pm at Live Art Bistro - Where are we now?
Sat 3 Nov 3pm - 5pm at Slung Low's the HUB - Where are we going?
Conversations and discussions - all are welcome, no booking required
FREE
#TonightWeFlyLeeds

MEALS

Slung Low's the HUB
Wed 31 October, 7:30pm - 9pm - Where have we been?
Fri 2 November, 6pm - 7.30pm - Where are we now?
Sat 3 November, 6pm - 7.30pm - Where are we going?
Slung Low's the HUB https://www.slunglow.org/upcoming-hub-events/
A home cooked meal hosted by Fuel and Slung Low, featuring artist provocateurs.
Pay what you decide, cash only
#TonightWeFlyLeeds

PERFORMANCES

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart
By Uninvited Guests
The Holbeck
30 October, 7pm
Slung Low's the HUB https://www.slunglow.org/upcoming-hub-events/ This hug
ely popular five star show has toured the UK extensively and has been recast twice. Here the original cast return for a special one-off performance for the community of the Holbeck followed by drinks and cake.
Pay what you decide, cash only
#LoveLetters

Preston Bill
written and performed by Andy Smith
The Holbeck
1 November 8pmSl
ung Low's the HUB https://www.slunglow.org/upcoming-hub-events/
A tale from a man from a city in the north of England. A reflection on the past 80 years of world politics and history. All welcome to stay for a chat after the show.
Pay what you decide, cash only
#ThePrestonBill

Inua Ellams' R.A.P Party
With Inua Ellams & Sid Mercutio
Slunglow's The Hub
3 November 8pm
Slung Low's the HUB https://www.slunglow.org/upcoming-hub-events/
A nostalgic, no-clutter, no fuss, straight up evening of hip hop inspired poems and hip hop songs with local poets
Pay what you decide, cash only
#TonightWeFlyLeeds

Summit
Written by Andy Smith
Live Art Bistro
2 November, 8pm
Live Art Bistro http://www.liveartleeds.com/
Andy Smith's new play Summit mixes up timeframes and language to explore how a global crisis can turn the world on its head and how people attempt to cope. Performed in English, British Sign Language and Malay it is touring the UK this autumn opening in Crewe on October 2nd and including a two week season at Shoreditch Town Hall October 9th - 19th.
All welcome to stay for a chat after the show.
Pay what you decide, cash only
#SUMMIT

FAMILIES

The Day I Fell Into A Book
Written and performed by Lewis Gibson
Leeds Library
Join us at The Institute where we conduct experiments into?the power of imaginations. We want to know what happens to your mind when you read.?We want to get inside your heads.?It is all perfectly safe. Trust us.
1 November 2.30pm
2 November 11am, 1.30pm
3 November 11am, 1.30pm
Leeds Playhouse https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/whats-on/
Suitable for 8-12 year olds and their grown-ups.
Pay what you decide, cash only
#TheDayIFellIntoABook

The Kids Are Alright
By Encounter
Live Art Bistro
30 October, 3pm - 5pm
Live Art Bistro http://www.liveartleeds.com/
An interactive workshop for young people (Ages 9-11) to open a dialogue around the anxieties we all experience in the face of an unknown future. Children are invited to participate in the first hour, before sharing their work for their friends and family. Members of the public welcome to attend from 4pm.
Pay what you decide, cash only
#TheKidsAreAlright

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