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Cut-throat playfulness in the dynamic storytelling world of Forced Entertainment

November 1, 2011


Assorted fragments of gay soldiers and pirates, wizards in forests, cleaners in offices, murderous children, philosophical robots, tyrannical despots, lost knights and adulterous travelling salesmen...

Psychopaths and CEOs: Jon Ronson journeys through the madness industry

October 12, 2011


Join award-winning writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson for a talk event at the Howard Assembly Room on Friday 21 October, where he will discuss his most recent book, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry. Combining Jon’s trademark humour, charm and investigative incisiveness, The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through an […]

Lives and Loves: Cheryl Frances-Hoad discusses her inspiration for Schumann Revisited

September 21, 2011


Multi-award winning young composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad turns her attention to Robert Schumann’s 1840 song cycle in a special concert on Tuesday 11 October. Frances-Hoad’s response to Schumann’s Women’s Lives and Loves, Schumann Revisited: One Life Stand, will be performed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and pianist Joseph Middleton alongside Schumann’s original songs. The evening will also […]

“Asking for trouble:” Music journalist Dorian Lynskey explores the history of protest songs

September 15, 2011


"There are as many ways to write a protest song as a love song."

Projects Director Dominic Gray looks forward to Autumn in the HAR

August 11, 2011


There’s so much happening in the Howard Assembly Room this Autumn, it makes it hard to know what to pick out. We’re always looking to connect with each opera season, so our focus on Russia might be the best jumping off point. While Neil Bartlett directs Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades on the Opera North mainstage, over […]

What do Berthold Brecht, Marcel Duchamp and Jonny Rotten have in common?

April 19, 2011


Boff Whalley, lead guitarist of Leeds band Chumbawamba, names the artists who have stuck their colours to the mast on Liberty.

Dispatches from the Dark Side

April 4, 2011


“We were never meant to know any of this:” human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce on torture, rendition and the UK’s complicity in Guantánamo Bay