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Things to do next week

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Leeds

Using poetry, rap and beatboxing, Ode to Leeds is inspired by the real-life spoken word collective Leeds Young Authors. It’s a play following five young people as they pursue a slam poetry competition in New York.

10 June-1 July, West Yorkshire Playhouse (wyp.org.uk)

York

The fifth Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition presents work from 16 shortlisted artists hailing from diverse locations, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the US and the UK.

Until 10 Sept, York Art Gallery (aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize)

Manchester

Object Lessons features the private collection of art collector George Loudon for the first time, in an exhibition of bizarre 19th century life science teaching objects.

Until 20 Aug, Manchester Museum (manchester.ac.uk/museum)

Chester

Danish folk string group Basco tour following the release of their new album Interesting Times.

9 June, The Live Rooms (bascoband.com)

Leeds

Philadelphia pop-punk four-piece Mannequin Pussy perform tracks from their second LP, Romantic.

9 June, Headrow House (mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com)

Southport

In A Young Richard Burton in his Own Words, Rhodri Miles (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises, Atlantis) takes on the role of the actor and media darling.

10 June, The Atkinson (theatkinson.co.uk)

Hull

Mighty Atoms tells the story of a group of women who take part in a boxercise class above a struggling Hull pub. The play is inspired by the incredible career of Hull boxing champion Barbara Buttrick.

8 June-1 July, Hull Truck Theatre (hulltruck.co.uk)

Blackpool

Written and performed by Kate O’Donnell, transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker, Hayley & Me explores the lives of transgender people and takes place during the town’s Pride festival.

9 June, Viva (vivablackpool.com)

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