The Colin Atkins Story

by Neil Rathmelldirected by Neil Rathmell
7.45pm • Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th July 2018
Upstairs @ The Carriageworks

One day in 1957, when a boy called Colin Atkins was sent home from school for wearing luminous pink socks, the events which followed unleashed a hitherto unknown force on British society – teenagers. A phenomenon which has puzzled sociologists for decades is finally explained.

The Colin Atkins Story had its first performance at an amateur drama festival where, according to the local press, it “stole the show and most of the laughs”. It’s A Miracle will have its première in this production by Leeds Arts Centre.

Neil Rathmell’s last play for Leeds Arts Centre, Unspoken, enjoyed five sell-out performances at The Carriageworks in July 2017 and has gone on to enjoy further success with performances in Antwerp and London.

His fiction has been published by Faber & Faber and in literary magazines in the UK and Ireland. For more information about him and his work, visit

The Colin Atkins Story is being performed as a double-bill with It’s A Miracle.

Get involved

Leeds Arts Centre will be performing The Colin Atkins Story in July 2018. Currently the production is still at the planning stage, but we’ll be putting more information up on this page as soon as we can.

If you would be interested in being involved – either on or off stage – then please contact us for more information.

Booking tickets

Tickets for The Colin Atkins Story are on sale now, available from the City Centre Box Office in the Town Hall and, before performances, from the Carriageworks Box Office in the Electric Press building on Millennium Square. Please call in person, or telephone 0113 376 0318.

You can also book tickets online, using Leeds City Council’s Box Office.