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There Are No Beginnings

  • Venue: Bramall Rock Void
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins (Including 20 min interval)
  • Age Guidance: 14+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    This play contains references to sex work, child exploitation and abortion. It is set against the backdrop of the murders carried out by Peter Sutcliffe in Leeds and these murders are referred to, though the play does not depict or describe any violence.

    The soundscape includes recordings of actual news footage from the 1970s in which the murders are reported with some details and the recording of the hoax tape made by John Samuel Humble.

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More Information on There Are No Beginnings

It’s 1975 and Sharon just wants to marry Donny Osmond. Her mum, June, is working to keep girls like Helen off the street and Fiona is desperate to get inside the Milgarth police station incident room.

Between the years of 1975 and 1980 the women of Leeds lived in fear. With no clue as to who was responsible for the sustained attacks and murders across the city, the authorities urged women to stay at home. From the fear and fury, a steadfast solidarity arose, birthing the Reclaim the Night movement and echoing down the generations to this day.

This is not a story about the Yorkshire Ripper.

A Leeds Playhouse Production


Post-Show Discussions
Activism and solidarity: in conversation with Feminist Archive North. 31 October matinee

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. 25 Oct, 10.45am

Every performance of There Are No Beginnings includes creative Audio Description. Listen to the Introductory Notes below.

Cast & Credits

Written by Charley Miles / Directed by Amy Leach / Photography by Zoe Martin /

  • Cast Member Image
    Julie Hesmondhalgh
    as June
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    Jesse Jones
    as Fiona
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    Natalie Gavin
    as Helen
  • Cast Member Image
    Tessa Parr
    as Sharon


“ ‘Miles’ play is a raw, emotive depiction of a generation overshadowed by these murders”

- The Guardian

“ beautifully caught in Amy Leach’s production”

- The Daily Telegraph

“ direct, personal and crisp”

- The Observer

“ Natalie Gavin gives an outstanding performance”

- Fairy Powered Productions

“ sensitively handled and warmly performed”

- The Stage

“ the writing feels wildly free-flowing and gloriously experimental, flourishing with sparkling northern dialogue which is expertly delivered”

- Entertainment Focus

“ ‘passionate and thought-provoking new play”

- British Theatre

“ the powerhouse cast benefit from Amy Leach’s sympathetic direction”

- North West End

“ Amy Leach’s direction is sensitive and dextrous, balancing the northern witty warmth with the fiery underbelly Miles has crafted so beautifully”

- Always Time for Theatre

“ Charley Miles’ new play not only confirms her talent as a writer but also launches Leeds Playhouse’s brand-new performance space”

- British Theatre Guide

“ It gripped you early on and kept you in your seat to the end”

- The Yorkshire Times

“ a beautifully performed, well-conceived piece of theatre”

- On Stage

“ A lesson in how to write and direct in a small theatre’ ‘the moments of intimacy and sisterhood were really powerful and moving ”

- BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review Show

Book Tickets

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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  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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