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Leeds Arts Events & Venues - Covid-19 Update (15 June 2020)

In order to protect the safety and well-being of our audiences and staff, as we continue to manage the impact of COVID-19 in Leeds; to stay at home as much as possible to control the virus and save lives, our events through to the end of July have either been cancelled by the promoter or postponed to a later date.

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Confluence 2020 (5 April)
Fantastic Mr Fox (18-21 March)
Best of BE Festival (23 March)
I, Elizabeth (1 April)
Little Grimm Tales (17 April)
HMS Pinafore (13-16 May)
Deliciously Ella (27 May)
Hairspray / DIVA (3-6 June)
Charity Shop Sue plus Q&A with Sue Tuke (11 June)
Annie (16-20 June)

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Leeds Young Film Festival (previously 30 March-13 April): more information to come soon
Dispatches on the Red Dress (previously 22 March) new date: 9 November book here
The Storm Whale (previously 14-16 April): awaiting new date
My Last Supper with Jay Rayner (previously 16 April) new date: 18 March 2021 book here
Ben Hart (previously 20 April): new date 15 March 2021 book here
The Father (previously 23-25 April): awaiting new date
The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe (previously 28 April) new date: 24 October book here
The ParaPod Movie (previously 2 May) new date: 27 September book here
Gary Delaney (previously 9 May) new date: 26 September book here
Tom Houghton: Honour Tour (previously 13 June): awaiting new date
Myra DuBois: Dead Funny (previously 4 October) new date: 29 May 2021 book here

If you have bought tickets to any of our events a member of our Box Office team will be in touch with you shortly. If you have any queries please contact:  and allow our team to either respond via email or call you back. If that’s not possible, please call the team on 0113 376 0318 (Mon-Fri between 10am and 4pm). There may be a short wait as our Box Office team are now working remotely. Voicemail messages will be collected on a regular basis and someone will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Please be assured that you will be contacted either by email, telephone or post. We won’t forget you.

Until it is safe to welcome audiences back to our events we’ll continue to share content on our website and social media channels, where we’ll also keep you informed of any changes and their implications as soon as we can.

Thank you so much for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.

Keep safe and well.

With kind regards
Leeds Arts, Events & Venues Team

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Beginners Improvisation Comedy Course | November Intensive Weekend

Strap yourself in for this weekend intensive Beginners Improvisation Comedy Course brought to you by Leeds’ original improvisation group “The Discount Comedy Checkout.” Running for over 12 years The DCC are the perfect instructors to coach and introduce comedy improvisation to you in these special weekend intensives.

 The Discount Comedy Checkout have become one of the biggest improv groups in the UK with constant shows throughout the years in a variety of venues. Now we bring our knowledge to you with our carefully constructed courses. Taught by members of the troupe you will learn how to bring improvisation comedy to the stage and perform in your first improvisation showcase for all your invited family and friends to see.  Perfect for total beginners or those with some experience, this course is ideal to boost confidence and you'll be amazed at just how quickly your skills will develop. Improv comedy really does unlock the imaginations potential and soon you’ll be working with your group to create unique and hilarious comedy scenes in the heat of the moment! 

We attract a wealth of different people doing the courses for a variety of different reasons, from plain simple confidence boosting to just trying something different. Whatever your reason - you are guaranteed to have a fun filled enjoyable weekend and meet lots of new people. Previous students have gone on to form their own shows, their own improve groups, and gone on to test themselves in other ways they thought would never be possible! 

The course will take place at the Carriageworks Theatre on Saturday 9th November - Sunday 10th November from 10am - 4pm. The final showcase for friends and family is on Sunday 10th November from 5-6pm.


The most common question we get asked is – Do I have to be funny?

The simple answer is to this is “no!” 
We will guide you through step by step. Trust us - we’ve been doing this a long time.

Are there any age restrictions?

It’s over 18’s only.

Is lunch included? 
Lunch is not included, however we encourage you to bring a packed lunch with you as we will have a 30 min lunch break.

Will I get to perform? 
Yes! This is all about you - please wear comfortable clothes to practice and perform in. You will perform a one hour show with other group members at the end of the Sunday session where you can invite friends and family to watch.

Who teaches the course? 
Members of the Discount Comedy Checkout will teach the course. This can vary between sessions.

Do you allow people to watch or drop-in? 
Only course sign ups can come into the sessions however you have options within the course - if you do not want to attempt an exercise or final showcase you don't have to. Friends and family are allowed to attend the show case.

I have zero experience. Will I be ok? 
Yes, this course is for you. We have had many previous students who have never done anything like his before.


Can I contact anyone with more questions?

If you have any questions regarding the courses please don't hesitate to contact Chris Lumb who will be happy to answer anything you need to know, just email


Standard: £100

Concessions: £80

Tickets & Times

  • Working with The Discount Comedy Checkout really helped me come out of my shell and come to life on stage- it even helped me go on to be accepted into a professional improv troupe. Their amazing understanding of how improv works and their passion for comedy shines through the entire course making them the perfect group to work with!
    Jae Macpherson

  • Always supportive, always positive
    Noel Curry

  • You’re made to feel comfortable and just play and have fun
    Abi Standish

  • Helped build my confidence
    Adam Martin