Soviet Leeds’ presentation “What Happened At Leeds”, a performance inspired by the Leeds Peace Summit of 1917, is being staged at ChapelFM in Seacroft, Leeds on Saturday 11th November at 7:30pm.
The event features readings of the speeches made by those attending the Great Leeds Peace Convention which took place at the Coliseum in June 1917 alongside original music inspired by the events surrounding the convention. This is the second time “What Happened At Leeds” has been performed following its unveiling at Mekonville in July.
The idea of marking the events of June 1917 came about through a facebook discussion. It became a reality when Jon Langford of the band the Mekons asked John Boocock to put something together for the bands 40th anniversary celebrations. Those involved at Mekonville wanted to repeat the event in Leeds.
By adding music, which is inspired by the suffrage movement and the anti Jewish riots which took place in Leeds at the same time there is an added flavour of other things that were going on in the city at a time when many were inspired by the recent Russian revolution.
Speeches featured were originally made by the likes of Bob Smillie, Ramsay MacDonald, Bertrand Russell, Dora Montefiore, Sylvia Pankhurst and Ernest Bevin. The music has been written by Kevin Lycett. The proceedings will be interspersed with observations on what was happening in Leeds at that time including a new piece by members of Magpies Three.
The readings will be performed by people from Leeds including author Chris Nickson, Magpie Three’s Daisy Bellis and Alice Barthholomew alongside writers John Boocock and Julia Nelson. Kevin Lycett and Fiona McMillan from the Hill Bandits with Rebecca and Sarah from Esper Scout will perform the songs.
ChapelFM is housed in the Old Seacroft Chapel, a state-of-the-art broadcasting and live arts centre in the heart of Seacroft. The event will be broadcast on Facebook by East LeedsFM. What Happened At Leeds is a Pay-what-you-can event. Tickets are available from https://what-happened-chapelfm.eventbrite.co.uk/