Thursday, 1 April 2010

‘Me and Me Dad’ shooting for the top at The Carriageworks

A tale of father-son bonding, table football and burnt toast comes to The Carriageworks next week in the much-anticipated ‘Me and Me Dad’.

The latest production by Hull Truck Threatre’s Associate Director Nick Lane, ‘Me and Me Dad’ runs at the Millennium Square venue from April 7th-9th and is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed ‘My Favourite Summer’ from 2007.

Featuring a lead performance by former Emmerdale actor Matthew Booth, who reprises his role from the original as Dave, ‘Me and Me Dad’ is a heartwarming but bittersweet comedy about what happens when Dave returns home to look after his father Pete (played by Eamonn Fleming) following the death of his mother Jean.

Una McNulty appears as Jean in a series of flashbacks throughout the play, with the story exploring how the two men cope with their grief and help each other to move on. Despite the bleak tone the performance is laced with lighter moments, including Dave trying to teach his father how to cook and their games of classic table football game Subbuteo.

To get the audience into the sprit of the play, Subbuteo tables will be set up in The Carriageworks from 6pm each night for people to play on before the show starts at 7:30pm.

Leeds City Council lead member for Leisure Councillor Ann Castle said:

“We are delighted to welcome Hull Truck back to The Carriageworks once again. The reputation of The Carriageworks continues to grow and it is fantastic to see such a nationally-recognised theatre company choosing to perform there. We are all very much looking forward to seeing what is sure to be another wonderful play.”

Tickets for ‘Me and Me Dad are now available priced £14.50 or £12.50 concessions and are available by calling the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or online at

Notes to editors:

1. Press tickets and cast interviews are available on request by contacting The Carriageworks Programming Co-Ordinator Gemma Bonham on 0113 395 2158.

2. The Carriageworks is a thriving theatre at the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square. It showcases the best new national and regional performance with a dynamic programme of theatre, dance, comedy and film. At the same time it provides support to young and emerging theatre makers, offering them a key platform to develop their work. The Carriageworks also gives opportunities for members of the local community to take part in a variety of high quality arts activities, and is home to the Leeds Civic Arts Guild. This is an umbrella group of performing societies offering the opportunity for local people to experience making theatre in a fully-functioning professional venue.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Learning and Leisure Media Relations Officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email:

Residents chance to put the wheels in motion

Residents will be given the chance to speak up about what they would like to see happen in their local community next week.

Headingley residents are being invited to come along to their local community forum to discuss street lighting and cycling issues in the area.

The forum will be held on Thursday 8th April, 7-9pm at Headingley Community Centre.

Organised by the inner north west area committee, the event will be attended by local ward councillors and staff from Leeds City Council’s sustainable transport team.

A representative will be on hand to explain the street lighting project and discuss the process of replacing the street lighting within the area. Also there will be an overview of cycling issues relating to the Headingley area including the latest news regarding the Leeds Core Cycle Network plus other proposed schemes that affect the area.

The forum is open to local people who live in the Headingley area who are interested in improving services and influencing decisions.

Issues raised at the forum will be passed on to the area committee for future consideration and action.

For further information about the forum contact Zoe Tyler on 0113 395 2827 or email

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Leeds schools look at city’s ‘lungs’

Young people from schools in Leeds have taken a fresh look at the green spaces in the city.

Over 100 pupils and staff from 10 Leeds schools gathered at the Civic Hall to receive their awards for completing the Stan Kenyon Annual School Challenge 2010.

The annual challenge has a different theme every year and this year schools were asked to look at Leeds’ green spaces, how they are used and how they would like to see them improved.

Each participating school submitted a project which a panel of judges assessed taking into account the age group of the pupils, the quality of their presentations and the practicality of their proposals.

This year’s overall winner was Primrose Hill Primary School, Pudsey who produced a project that included the use of poly-tunnels and horse (and human!) driven ploughs. The school developed an understanding of all the complicated issues involved, and their plans could help shape the way we use our green spaces and parkland.

The best high school project was won by South SILC Broomfield School who looked at their own school grounds and Middleton Park, discovering some of its history and hidden charms, and realizing the benefits of being so close to it.

The best primary school award went to Raynville Primary School who designed a new lung-shaped park within the school grounds with special emphasis on trees and wildlife habitat, including models of different bird boxes.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member with responsibility for development, said:

“I am delighted that these young people have come up with so many great ideas that could not only benefit all the people of Leeds but also some of the poorest and more vulnerable communities in the world.

“It is a credit to the pupils, their schools and their communities that they have shown such enthusiasm and put forward such positive ideas to do something in their schools and homes.”

The Stan Kenyon Challenge award is promoted by Leeds City Council. It is named after a former director of planning to mark the contribution he made to the city up until his retirement in 1995 after over thirty years of service.

It seeks to raise pupils’ awareness of the everyday environment around them and each year children are asked to investigate a topic relevant to their local area, exploring real issues they may be able to influence.

The challenge is designed to be fun as well as educational, helping schools to deliver many of the objectives set out in the National Curriculum in real life situations.


Notes to editors:

The complete list of winners is below.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Announcement of Leeds Arena construction contractor: media opportunity

The preferred construction contractor to build the Leeds Arena will be announced next week on Thursday 8th April.

Senior councillors from Leeds City Council’s executive board will meet the day before to endorse the selection of the contractor and a formal announcement will be made the following day during a visit to the arena site at Clay Pit Lane.

The announcement will be a major step forward in the delivery of the 13,500 capacity Leeds Arena and a welcome boost to the construction economy locally. A huge £55million construction project, the arena will protect around 100 construction jobs and create an additional 100 jobs for local residents with potentially 90 apprenticeships.

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What: Media are invited to an arena site visit at Clay Pit Lane where the Leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Andrew Carter, will formally announce the preferred construction contractor. Cllr Carter will walk round the site with a senior representative from the preferred construction contractor and view plans of the arena.
Where: Clay Pit Lane, Leeds city centre. There is a pay and display car park adjacent to the site.
When: Thursday 8 April, 10.30am

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The announcement of the preferred contractor, and reserve contractor, follows the recent decision to grant outline planning permission for the arena building. The project remains on track for the construction contractor to take control of the site this year, with completion fully on course for 2012.

Demolition of the Brunswick building is now complete and construction work on the project is currently scheduled to start late in 2010 with the arena due to open late in 2012.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“The announcement of the preferred construction contractor is a huge step forward in this important development project. The development sector in Leeds has taken quite a few knocks recently, with a number of high profile projects being put on hold or cancelled and the positive impact of the arena construction simply cannot be underestimated.

“It provides a welcome boost for the construction sector during what are difficult economic times and, importantly, it will create jobs and provide training opportunities for local people – a win-win situation.”

“We remain fully on track to deliver this project and we will work hard to ensure that the economic and social impact of the Leeds Arena is maximised when our economy needs it most.”

Leeds City Council’s executive board will meet on Wednesday 7 April at 1pm.
Leeds City Council works with Construction Leeds to deliver construction jobs to deprived communities and construction skills to the industry as a route to regenerating Leeds.
Construction Leeds is a business focused, strategic partnership engaging the whole supply chain on major construction developments to ensure they make a real difference to the residents and businesses that surround them.
The partnership works as a conduit for construction businesses helping the private, public and third sectors work together to address employment issues, training needs and business development. Construction Leeds is financially supported by Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Forward, Jobcentre Plus, re’new and is part of the local strategic partnership, the Leeds Initiative.
For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602

Leeds road casualties at an all time low

The latest road safety statistics for Leeds show that the number of casualties during 2009 reached an all time low.

The total number of road casualties for 2009 was 3,057,which has reduced by 597 (16%) on the average for the last five years.

The number of casualties killed or seriously injured in Leeds has continued to fall during 2009 and the total is now below the 2010 target set by the Government.

The 2009 casualty total is the lowest so far recorded since the District was formed in 1974 and the downward casualty trend is continuing. Leeds has achieved the government’s target of a 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured by 2010 in four of the last five years.

Councillor Stuart Andrew deputy executive member for transport said:
“It is heartening to see these significant reductions to road casualties in Leeds. Road users are increasingly becoming aware of taking responsibility for their safety and the safety of others on the roads, and the Road Safety Promotion unit will continue to work with the Accident Studies Team and Traffic Engineering Team to develop strategies and measures to make road users aware of road dangers and further reduce death and injury on the roads in Leeds.”

The Road Safety Unit for Leeds has continued to provide education and training throughout the city, with campaigns such as ‘Seat Belt on’ in 2008/09, aimed at increasing seat belt use and reduce vehicle occupancy injury and death by raising awareness of the importance of seatbelt use.

The surveys conducted around Leeds had shown that 25% of adults and 35% of children were travelling without seat belts. So the council’s road safety unit flooded the city with messages reminding car drivers and passengers of the importance of putting their seatbelts on.

The unit will continue its work educating the city in road safety through a variety of upcoming campaigns to address the rise in young adult pedestrian casualties, and to maintain the impetus of the ‘Seat Belt On’ campaign’.

Notes to editors:

In March 2000, the government published its road safety strategy and casualty reduction targets for 2010 in the report Tomorrow’s roads: safer for everyone.
The targets, to be achieved by the end of 2010, compared with the average for 1994 to 1998, are:
• A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI).
• A 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured.
• A 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres (100mvk).
Accident data for Leeds is collated by the accident studies team from information collected by police attending collisions where injuries are sustained.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450