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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

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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.

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Leeds Arts, Events & Venues Team

Thinking Drinkers: Heroes Of Hooch
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Thinking Drinkers: Heroes Of Hooch

Leeds Lit Fest presents 

“A terrific show. The best value for money in town” 

★★★★ Scotsman

The Thinking Drinkers are embarking on a national tour with their brand-new show, Heroes of Hooch, fresh from another successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Suitable for 18+.

After several years of sell-out Edinburgh shows and national tours, the ‘alco-demic’ adventurers are returning with a hilarious and intoxicating imbibing expedition in search of history’s most extraordinary elbow-benders – and, as ever, they’re giving each and every audience member five free delicious drinks along the way. 

That’s right. Five. Free. Drinks. They’re really delicious ones too. You’re welcome.

Let the discerning duo slide you gently onto the bar stool of discovery as, armed with their catchphrase 'Drink Less, Drink Better', they raise a glass to the heroic men and women who have cunningly used alcohol to inspire them to achieve some truly great things – artists, adventurers, astronomers, musicians, magicians, conquerors, can-can dancers, pirates, painters, politicians, thinkers, theorists, scientists, sportsmen, visionaries and more… 

These include Alexander the Great, Harry Houdini, Louis Pasteur and Albert Einstein, a moose that drinks Danish lager, a fearless chef, Chicago gangsters, an astronomer with a metal nose, a Chinese pirate, Indian warriors, some salty seamen and, last but not least, God – who was always getting on it. Probably.

At a time when alcohol finds itself in the cross-hairs of the do-gooders gun, “Heroes of Hooch” proves that, contrary to common perception, a whole lot of life’s answers can be discovered at the bottom of a glass.

You'll learn a lot, you'll laugh a lot - and you get five free drinks....

Audience members can enjoy the following: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin; an intriguing, innovative ruby-coloured Australian gin created by steeping whole Shiraz grapes from the Yarra Valley; Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum – a luxury Venezuelan sipping rum matured in tropical conditions to deliver a rich, chocolate taste; The Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year-Old – a deliciously smooth award-winning, approachable single malt matured in oak & bourbon casks; Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge; a legendary French liqueur from 1880 that blends fine cognacs with distilled essence of wild tropical oranges; and Tetley’s No.3 Pale Ale, a resuscitation of a classic pale ale recipe dating back to 1868 using Tetley’s famous double-yeast strain. 

The Thinking Drinkers are award-winning drinks writers and comedy performers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham. They’ve regularly written about drink for a host of newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Spectator, Esquire, Shortlist, National Geographic, The Guardian, Time Out London, Conde Nast Traveller, Imbibe Magazine, The Independent and Drinks Retailer News



Standard: £12.50

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