THE MIDNIGHT FAIRGROUND
Friday 5 October 8pm-1am
Part of Light Night
Join West Yorkshire Playhouse for a macabre party with a theatrical twist. Witness ghostly tales, encounter late night surprises and transform yourself in our dead of night costume booth. Be part of Light Night's official closing party; featuring performances, bands, DJ's, and many more treats in the theatre bar.
The Dead of Night Storytime
Later: DJ's & Other Treats
Optional dress code: Midnight Fairground
Rayon Rose love collaborating, orchestrating and interacting with audiences in unusual situations. They've transformed their super-cute 1960s caravan into a Fortune Telling Boudoir specially for this occasion; but don't expect any kind of traditional fortune telling… they'll be searching out lucky revellers and taking them on a unique journey into the innermost reaches of their past and future.
In their own past, the Rayon Rose caravan has been a
tattoo parlour, an exclusive mini cinema, a space age multi-sensory
experience and a small, but perfectly formed, vintage tea room.
Please get in touch with them if you've got an idea they could be
involved with or even if you're just interested in hiring the
caravan for your own event.
Ghost Stories with Matthew Bellwood
Matthew Bellwood is a writer and storyteller based in Leeds. Over the last few years, he has worked everywhere from the Canadian Fringe to the International Shakespeare Conference in New Zealand. Along the way, he has performed in schools, libraries, theatres and pop-up museums, at DIY rock gigs and, on one memorable occasion, to an audience of 1,200 girl-guides in a tent. At the Midnight Fairground, Matthew will be guiding you through a series of intimate and haunting stories based on the surrounding city of Leeds.
The Dead of Night Storytime
Enter the funny, fearless and just a little bit freakish world of the Dead of Night Storytime. A midnight fairground feast of new stories from four new writers: Zodwa Nyoni, Lorna Poustie, Lydia Rain and Eamon Rooney. Gasp at the world's most politically correct freakshow, thrill with a post midnight Cinderella looking for transformation, shiver to the beat of an African story teller's drum. Performed in English and Sign Language, it is a dark and delicious delight for all the senses.
Hunting Bears are a Leeds-based folk band. They consider Joanna Newsom, Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver as their main influences, and play an array of instruments from violin to harp to bulgarian tamboura, as well as harbouring a slightly unhealthy obsession with full-band vocal harmonies. They've recently supported touring bands The Head and the Heart, Peggy Sue and Lanterns on the Lake, and have enjoyed building strong musical relationships with local Leeds artists and promoters such as Ellen and the Escapades and Paul Thomas Saunders. We're a little head over heels with them, and you will be too…
Dom Coyote is a musician and theatre maker, with a specific interest in stories and song. He is an associate artist with Kneehigh Theatre and studied Performance writing at Dartington College of Arts. As well as a vast range of music and theatre work, Dom is lead artist on two major projects - Folk in a Box, a One on One musical experience, which recently featured at Venice Biennale, and The Raun Tree, an apocalyptic fairytale told through ten songs. Dom will come straight from performing that show at Slung Low's The HUB to give an exclusive set at The Midnight Fairground. We can't wait.