It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our good friend Kay Mellor. Leeds born and bred, Kay was a pioneer of northern drama and real-life stories, going where no other female writer, director, or actor had gone before. We’re deeply proud and humbled to have been chosen as the home venue for her two stage premieres, Fat Friends The Musical (2017) and Band of Gold (2019) – both of which were huge success stories, as was everything that Kay turned her hand to. The hearts and thoughts of our theatre family are with her family, who we are also blessed to call friends of our theatres.

Jen Brister: The Optimist

£15.60
City Varieties Music Hall
Jen Brister in a green tee and patterned shirt with a make-up brush being applied by a person off camera

If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis (unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds). Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

‘Furiously funny’
Guardian

‘Her energy is explosive. Her use of space and delivery, mesmerising’
Sunday Times

‘A phenomenal display of sinewy stand up’
Chortle

Event information

Running Time: TBC

Age guidance: 16+

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7:30pm
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