Join us at stage@leeds for the annual Sheppard event, which this year celebrates Britain’s leading poet-playwright. For over 50 years, Tony Harrison has been responsible for major innovations in theatrical practice; from the translation of classical drama to the vernacular, to the ‘kamikaze’ site-specific single performance. Throughout his long and accomplished career, Harrison has worked as poet, writer, librettist and director, set designer and occasional clog dancer. Sian Thomas is an actor known for her work in theatre, film and television. She is currently starring in The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre. Barrie Rutter is an actor and the founder and artistic director of the Northern Broadsides theatre company. He retired from Northern Broadsides in April 2018, but continues to work as an actor and director, and is currently directing The Two Noble Kinsmen at the Globe Theatre. This is the third in an annual series of events held in memory of the late Chris Sheppard (1947 – 2014), former Head of Special Collections and Brotherton Fellow.