The Leeds Playhouse is changing. A £15.8m refurb is underway to create a new, modern and easily accessible space for all of us culture lovers to enjoy. To make sure their great work can continue through this hectic (and sometimes very messy!) period , the behind the scenes team, with a little help from SOYO Leeds, have built a fully functioning Pop-Up Theatre from an existing old workshop space, previously unseen by the public.
A talented and dedicated new ensemble company will remain throughout the year for a total of 12 performances through this ‘pop-up season’. This ensemble have already been hitting the headlines following their first production of Jim Cartwright’s gritty and bold ROAD.
Future performances from the ensemble include well loved favourites like festive classic A Christmas Carol, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In spite of all the hoardings and building works that are going on, the pop-up theatre has enabled Leeds Playhouse to remain well and truly open, and continue to dish out great production after great production all season long for the people of Leeds and visiting towns and cities across the UK.
We’ve already been lucky enough to get in there, see the space and their first production. ROAD is a work of art that really has put the ensemble to the test, with each cast member having to take on multiple contrasting roles within the same performance. Gritty, emotional and raw, ROAD explores the lives of the people living on the same unmade road in an unnamed Northern town. Following Scullery who introduces you to diverse mix of personalities, the series of monologues gives a voice – one you have no choice but to listen to from a forgotten and hidden community struggling through austerity Britain. Not one for the reserved but one for the theatre die hards. Find out about all the upcoming productions from Leeds Playhouse below.
In order to go forwards we must sometimes travel back first. SALT is part of the Leeds Playhouse Furnace Festival and covers the grief, questions and memories that were retraced from the Transatlantic Slave Triangle trip from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica.
As the only two children of their generation born in a North Yorkshire village, the young duo must now face challenging changes as the threat to them being separated grows stronger. Pulling them away from the people and places they love most, this debut from Charley Miles sits as part of the Leeds Playhouse Furnace Festival 2018.
12th October-3rd November
A modern classic set at an empty railway station in an unnamed border town at the heart of Europe. Exploring a sense of belonging, and the power of human connection and friendship. This Balkan war set piece approaches the struggles, conflict and despair in this fading town.
Hate hangs over their union, on what was meant to be the happiest day of their lives, their wedding day. Ranjit and Saima are suffering, still, 70 years on from the effects of the Partition that led to the creation of Pakistan, that still continues to tear families apart.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
20th November-13th January
The timeless Dickens classic with a Yorkshire twist. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve as he is visited by four ghostly sprits in an attempt to make him see the error of his ways and change his approach to Christmas, people and life.
25th January-16th February
An adaptation of Barry Hines’ much loved story from 1960 which addresses the quality and importance of friendship. Just another kid living with his mother on the estate with his bully of a brother, feeling lonely and list, Billy soon finds hope with unlikely friendship a imperfect but obedient Kestrel.
Just one random act can change it all. The normal breakfast routine followed by the rush to get out of the house on time then it hits. This ordinary day is not longer. By award-wining playwright screenwriter and director Debbie Tucker Green, see the catastrophe spiral and pile up for this bewildered family.
An exciting new project from the Leeds Playhouse Creative Engagement department. Dinner 18.55 is an intergenerational performance that focusses on spending time together with those who we sometimes let our busy lives keep us from.
One of the greatest plays in English Language, this Shakespeare classic is filled with grief, and an avenging promise to pursue. Exploring love, loyalty, madness and betrayal Tessa Parr takes on the role of Hamlet following her highly successful role in Romeo and Juliet.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
The ultimate globetrotters tale. Around the World in 80 days follows Phileas Fogg as he bargains his life fortune that he can get around the world in just 80 days. Accompanied by his valet this funny adaptation follows the mayhem and mystery as he embarks on this ambitious journey.
BE MY BABY
11th May-1st June
Creating bonds over romance and records, Be my Baby follows pregnant 19 year old Mary as she is taken to a church run maternity home for young and unmarried expecting mothers. Mary befriends Delores, Queen and Norma as together they begin to understand that Mary must fight the Welfare Service if she wants to take her baby home.