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Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Age Guidance: 14+
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We’re in The Beacon, Buttershaw, and it’s Christmas 1990. That’s in Bradford. Andrea Dunbar is here, she’s the one that wrote Rita Sue and Bob Too and The Arbor –  a true Bradford lass, a mum, sister, and best friend too.

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a play, adapted by Lisa Holdsworth from Adelle Stripe’ acclaimed novel of Dunbar’s life. Filled with a host of Bradford characters, laugh out loud banter, and some dark times too.

Men have always told Andrea’s story. But this evening, she’s telling it for herself.

Presented by Freedom Studios in association with Red Ladder.

3x Leeds venues:

Tuesday 18 June 7.30pm

Hawksworth Wood Village Hall

Hawkswood Crescent, Leeds LS5 3PT

Tickets £3


Wednesday 19 June 7.30pm

BITMOs Gate Community Centre

Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle, Leeds LS10 3QH

Tickets £3


Friday 28 June 7.30pm

Hunslet RLFC

South Leeds Stadium, Middleton Grove, Leeds LS11 5DJ

Tickets £5


Tickets can still be obtained for Hunslet RLFC via the club directly, tel: 0113 271 2730. Tickets are also available via Red Ladder for performances taking place in Barnsley and Wakefield, click here.

Cast & Credits

By Adelle Stripe / Adapted by Lisa Holdsworth / Directed by Kash Arshad /

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    Balvinder Sopal
    as Seddon Mo/Patsy and Cast
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    Claire-Marie Seddon HS
    as Eileen/Sophie and Cast
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    Emily Spowage
    as Andrea
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    Laura Lindsay
    as Alma/Carole and Cast
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    Lucy Hird
    as Young Andrea


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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