culturebean at

Culturebean at is category within the website. It contains all of the blog posts for events, experiences and places that I attend.

My first book signing event | Val McDermid Insidious Intent

Val McDermid has been my favourite author since I became hooked on the Tony and Carol series over ten years ago. She recently visited Manchester and I snapped up the £5 ticket! I didn’t know what to expect at my first ever book signing, so here’s a little guide for fellow…

Letters to Myself | Leeds

LETTERS TO MYSELF IS A PLAY WRITTEN BY EVERY DAY PEOPLE. When did you last sit down to hand write a letter? Sadly, the last time I did was probably on holiday in 2006. And that was only to write my friend a post card. Yet there’s something so beautiful and…

Leeds Loves Cocktails Festival Launch

I’ve said before I love a cocktail before the theatre. So I was pretty excited to attend the launch of Leeds Loves Cocktails (5-11 June). A week-long festival that encourages you to ‘Drink Better, Not More’ and celebrates the finest cocktails in the coolest bars in Leeds. More than just drinking…

Safe House | Slung Low Leeds

I went along to The Hub in Leeds to see Safe House, written and performed by Daniel Bye. It was a work in progress preview that tackled the political issue of borders and hostile nature of them. With politics taking an unexpected turn, from Trump’s Wall to the Great Wall…

Newsies the Musical | Cinema Broadcast

I had never heard of Newsies the Musical before watching Sam4God’s YouTube video. Sam attended a private Disney screening before the UK cinema release and has already seen it on Broadway. Lucky girl. So of course following her glowing review I booked tickets to my local cinema. The Newsies Newsies is a…

For All Seasons Leeds City Museum | A fun filled family exhibition

I popped along to the Bloggers Preview of For All Seasons. Leeds City Museum’s brand new family exhibition exploring, you guessed it, our seasons. One of my favourite things about living in the UK is in fact our changing seasons. I always look forward to the falling leaves, cosy fires, bird…

Opera North’s The Snow Maiden | My First Opera

I finally lost my Opera virginity, with The Snow Maiden, thanks to Opera North’s Under 30 Scheme. It was an English translation of a well known Russian folktale that I was intrigued to see. It formed part of Opera North’s fairy tale season, so seemed a safe bet. I do…

The Witches by Roald Dahl | A grown up at a children’s play

A very first Last week I had the pleasure of watching West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of The Witches. I remember reading my first Roald Dahl book, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ as a child. I knew then I would read all of them. His writing was like a breath of fresh air. What…