When Insurevue disbanded in 1973, a team of enthusiastic members from the Leeds insurance industry's amateur dramatic community came together to create a new performing company. On the 14th of January 1974, 'LIDOS' was born as the company took to the stage with the opening night of Gershwin's musical, "Lady Be Good". Followed by a production of the comedy play "They Don't Grow on Trees", LIDOS continued to delight Leeds audiences with a musical and a play each year - adding an annual pantomime to this exciting lineup in 1977 with "Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp".
Since parting from the insurance industry in 1978, LIDOS has continued to go from strength to strength. Producing amateur theatre to the highest standards of best practice and performance through teamwork and cooperation, always aiming to be successful, sustainable, enjoyable, and open to all. Adapting to all that life has thrown its way - including finding ways to continue to rehearse and perform during the COVID-19 Pandemic - LIDOS continues to celebrate the community that it has created, the memories and connections made, and the exciting promises of the future as it celebrates its 50th year in 2024.
The LIDOS committee are appointed by the general membership at the AGM, and currently consists of:
LIDOS Chair - Shirley Hoyland
Secretary - Emma Thomson
Treasurer - Kyle Walker
Press & Publicity Officer - Kirsty Barnes
Safeguarding Officer - Becky Marshall
Rebecca De Lima Araujo