Tag Archive for Yorkshire

Play on Rugby League examines conflicted northern identity

Anthony Clavane’s most recent play - Playing the Joker - which performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, once again addresses the themes of identity and belonging, northerness and class, framed within the context of the game of Rugby League, writes Matthew Rhodes.

Yorkshire identity forged on the rugby field?

The issue of northern identity has resurfaced recently. Since the deindustrialisation of the 1980s – and with social mobility reversing at a disturbing rate over the last 30 years – the gap between north and south has grown bigger. With London’s rise as a political and cultural superpower, what are the chances today of another Eddie Waring breaking through and rising to the top, asks Anthony Clavane.

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Why “We are Leeds” was a source of Jewish pride

Sport has much to tell us about who we are and can be a celebration of our diversity, says author and playwright Anthony Clavane, author of Promised Land, ahead of a British Future debate at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.

VIDEO: Bernadette, York

Bernadette sees herself as from York first and foremost, following generations of Yorkshire family before her. “I see myself as York, Yorkshire, English, British, and I feel incredibly secure in that small onion. I feel routed and very happy…and I don’t think everybody feels that way.”

Bernadette sees herself as from York first and foremost, following generations of Yorkshire family before her. “I see myself as York, Yorkshire, English, British, and I feel incredibly secure in that small onion. I feel routed and very happy…and I don’t think everybody feels that way.”

VIDEO: Paul, Yorkshire

“I’ve probably only moved 50 miles in my life…so I have a strong sense of belonging to and identifying to Yorkshire.” But Paul says that he does feel English and British in certain circumstances: ”I feel English when I’m supporting sport.”

“I’ve probably only moved 50 miles in my life…so I have a strong sense of belonging to and identifying to Yorkshire.” But Paul says that he does feel English and British in certain circumstances: ”I feel English when I’m supporting sport.”

VIDEO: Kathryn, Yorkshire

“I think of myself as a Yorkshire girl. I love living here.” Kathryn talks about living in the same house for 26 years, and moving from West Yorkshire to North Yorkshire.

“I think of myself as a Yorkshire girl. I love living here.” Kathryn talks about living in the same house for 26 years, and moving from West Yorkshire to North Yorkshire.

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My Leeds – Football, Identity and Belonging

Despite leaving when he was a toddler, Matthew Rhodes has a strong sense of being from Yorkshire...