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Disunited Jukebox – A 21st Century Opera from Company Carpi

Angry, serious, comic, inquisitive, personal and emotional… Disunited Jukebox is a brand new contemporary anthology chamber opera about the bewildering state of the modern world, created by composer Gary Lloyd and choreographer Bettina Carpi. 

Highly celebrated writers Mary Talbot, Neil Gaiman, Ken MacLeod, Audrey Schebat, John Higgs and many others have created the specially written libretto for the opera, along with new writing talent such as Marissa Landy, community and youth input, and even a NASA astronaut. 

Renowned opera singers Naomi Rogers, Olivia Carrell, Isabelle Mohan and Luca Wetherall join an ensemble of musicians comprising a string sextet, two percussionists and a pianist, drawn from the best orchestras in the UK, including the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.  

The talented contemporary dancers include Company Carpi performers and youth and community dance groups, all contributing to this explosive performance. 

Disunited Jukebox spans diverse topics from artificial intelligence, nature and climate change, witchcraft, political landscape, neuroscience, refugee crises, technological progresses, our hopes and fears for the future… to mental health and conspiracy theories. 

Company Carpi combines music and dance with other art forms to present imaginative live performance pieces which address societal topics. Run by composer Gary Lloyd and dancer/choreographer Bettina Carpi, the company creates work that is bold and forward looking, yet intimate, empathetic and accessible.  


Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.  

Date: Tuesday 30 April  

Time: 7.30pm-9pm 

Venue: St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH 

Tickets: £10 (£8 conc), free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers 

Age guidance: 16+ 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/heritage-quay 

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Celebrate Eid with Rumi in Huddersfield

***This event is now sold out***

Celebrate Eid with a magical and inspirational performance of the 13th-century poet Rumi’s The Alchemy of Love, featuring Gulcin Bulut and the Sahba Ensemble. 

A partnership project between MACFEST and HudLitFest. 

Join us to celebrate Eid with poetry and music. Enjoy the magic of the celebrated 13th-century Persian philosopher-poet Maulana Rumi’s ‘Alchemy of Love’, performed by the renowned British-Turkish singer Gulcin Bulut and the Sahba Ensemble.  

A unique and inspiring event celebrating a poet and philosopher whose influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions worldwide.  

Attendees are invited to bring a copy of their favourite Rumi poem to read out and share.  

Doors 2.30pm, performance 3pm-4pm, followed by social to 5.30pm. 

As this is a free event, please let us know if after booking you find you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your ticket(s) elsewhere. 


Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.  

DATE: Saturday 13 April 

TIME: 3pm-4pm  

LOCATION: Attic, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD2 2SP 

TICKETS: Free (donations welcomed) 

AGE GUIDANCE: 12+ (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult) 

ACCESS GUIDE: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/lawrence-batley-theatre  


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Simon Armitage + LYR

An unmissable evening of poetry and music featuring Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and the band LYR. A poetry performance by Simon will be followed by a live performance by the band, comprising Simon, singer-songwriter Richard Walters and multi-instrumentalist and producer Patrick Pearson.

Simon’s new collection of lyrics, Never Good with Horses, demonstrates the rich range of his repertoire and celebrates his ear for the music of language. LYR’s blend of soaring vocal melodies and ambient instrumentation creates an evocative and enchanting soundscape for the poetic spoken passages.

Note: there will be a short interval between the poetry and musical performances.

About LYR: formed in 2018, LYR are now a firmly established in the contemporary music scene following the release of two critically acclaimed albums Call in the Crash Team (2020) and latest release The Ultraviolet Age (2023). They have appeared at many major festivals, including Green Man and Blu Dot, and have sold-out venues across the UK.  https://www.lyrband.com/

About Simon Armitage: Poet Laureate Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN Prize for Translation. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field: the Marsden Poems and acclaimed medieval translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Owl and the Nightingale. He also writes, records and performs with the band LYR and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. His recent collection Never Good with Horses features his song lyrics. He is also the author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. A regular broadcaster, Armitage presents the popular BBC Radio 4 series The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed. An award-winning dramatist, his play Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes is in performance at Shakespeare’s Globe this winter. Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. www.simonarmitage.com

Please note: booking for this event is via the Lawrence Batley Theatre box office: 01484 420528; [email protected]; https://www.thelbt.org/

Booking page: https://www.thelbt.org/what-s-on/spoken-word-and-talks/simon-armitage-lyr/

Date: Thursday 11 April

Time: 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP

Tickets: £25 (£20 conc)

Age guidance: 14+ (U16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/lawrence-batley-theatre

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.