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Are We Still Leeds?

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Location: The Carriageworks, Leeds

British Future’s Matthew Rhodes was joined at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds by a panel of guests involved with the making of the play Promised Land, including co-writer Anthony Clavane and director Rod Dixon. Dr Rebecca Watson of Leeds Metropolitan University also joined them to delve into identity and belonging in the heart of Yorkshire.

The event took place directly after the Sunday matinee showing of Promised Land, a play based on Clavane’s book about Leeds and its football team. The book, also called Promised Land, won both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year at the 2011 National Sporting Club Awards.

The discussion was centred around the play and its themes, which included the positive contribution of migrants, racism and extremism, and identity in both Leeds and Britain. Audience members contributed heavily to a lively discussion that could easily have gone on for well over the allotted hour.

Watch a video about Matthew Rhodes’ thoughts on his own Leeds identity here.


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