V

writer: TONY HARRISON director: JOHN BERRY
7 & 8 Apr
7.45pm
£15/£12
Sun/Mon only

Written in 1985 by Tony Harrison and set in Leeds towards the end of the miners strike, V is one of the most powerful, profound and haunting long poems of modern times.

At the graveside of his mam and dad he finds the graves full of graffiti, covered in crude four letter words and he begins to dissemble the situation to simply try to understand.

V, despite its references to the mid-1980s’ miners’ strike and skinheads, sings like a state-of-the-nation missive. Running to around 3,500 words, 17 of which are expletives, it speaks to today’s bitterly-divided Britain, lamenting the toxic religious, cultural and racial oppositions that continue to undermine social cohesion.

It expresses the hope that society’s polarities will disappear.

Sean McLevy’s performance is brilliantly delivered. He displays all the complex emotions in this poem with a deep understanding of their roots. A moving and truly thought provoking experience for the audience.

“In a truly mesmerising performance, Sean Mclevy gives multiple voice to the rage and devastation felt by local communities hardest hit by the Thatcher era. Set in the ghostly/stark confines of a graveyard, and at times playing out of his skin, Sean transfixes the audience with an unforgettable presence. Unmissable.”

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 50 mins without interval and contains very strong language. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds and exchanges are not available.

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