Free theatre event at BITMOs GATE

There will be a free theatre event at BITMOs GATE this Saturday (18 May 2019).

In June there will be a performance of the play “Black Teeth & a Brilliant Smile” at BITMOs GATE. It’s about the life of Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar, who wrote “Rita, Sue and Bob Too”. To promote it, the actors and director are coming to BITMOs GATE on Saturday from 12-2pm. You are invited to meet them, watch them rehearse some scenes and have tea, cake and party food to celebrate the anniversary of Andrea Dunbar’s birthday.

Andrea Dunbar was raised on the Buttershaw council estate in Bradford, one of eight siblings. Her first play, The Arbor, which premiered at the Royal Court in London when she was just 18, originated as a CSE English assignment. She was, according to one tabloid newspaper at the time, ‘a genius straight from the slums’. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1982) was also a hit at the Royal Court and was subsequently filmed by the director Alan Clarke. Dunbar wrote one more play, Shirley, and died of a brain hemorrhage in 1990. She was 29.

The play “Black Teeth & a Brilliant Smile” will be performed at Hunslet RLFC on Friday 28 June and at The Holbeck on Sunday 30 June.

BITMOs GATE is located at Aberfield Gate, off Belle Isle Road, LS10 3QH. For more information call (0113) 378 2190 or email


This post was written by Peter Sutton

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