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Rebellion To Romance : The Show

Opposite top L-R: Brinsley Forde (courtesy the artist); Dennis Bovell courtesy Speaking Volumes. 2nd row L-R: Janet Kay; Carroll Thompson (photos courtesy the artists).

22nd October


Leeds Playhouse
Playhouse Square,

Icons of Black British culture come together for one historic night showcasing reggae music as the soundtrack to 1970s and 80s Black Leeds and Britain.

Live performance from Brinsley Forde (Aswad) and Dennis Bovell (dub producer and lovers rock creator) provide a dub playlist of 80s activism and uprisal including tracks from the famed Babylon film soundtrack, whilst ‘Queens of Lovers Rock’ Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson sing the era’s anthems of love and women’s empowerment

Inspired by sound system classics of the era in which they came together, O.P.D. (Original Phoenix Dance) founders of the pioneering Phoenix Dance Company will perform their first joint original dance creation in over 30 years.

Revered Leeds designer Clyde Sheriffes Gabiccis & Pleats will depict Black British style of the times.

Hosted by actors and UK Black comedy legends, Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee, set against Leeds community imagery — powerful, moving and joyful this will be a night to remember.

Tickets: £30/£35 On sale from

Staged In partnership with Leeds Playhouse, with the generosity of Leeds 2023 and kind support of Gabicci.

O.P.D.(L-R) David Hamilton, Edward Lynch, Donald Edwards and Vilmore James who will be joined by fellow Phoenix Dance founder member Merville Jones, photos: David Lindsay.