A young woman returns from university to attend the funeral of her father. But when she returns, she finds her whole world turned on its head. Hamlet finds herself consumed by grief but she vows to avenge her father after his brutal murder. This modern take on a Shakespearian classic focuses on the themes of love, loyalty, morality and madness.
Tessa Parr will be taking on the title role of the contemporary Hamlet. It’s not the first time Hamlet has been played by a female. But this show isn’t just a ‘gender flip’ production, in this play, Hamlet is in a lesbian relationship with Ophelia. Only the role of Hamlet has seen the gender role flipped and the play has adapted the script to use the correct pronouns.
Following the acclaimed production of Romeo & Juliet where Tessa Parr played the female lead, she has returned to play this traditional male role as she reunites with director Amy Leach and designer Hayley Grindle. It’s one of the most historically acclaimed British plays of all time and we can’t wait to see Tessa take on the role.
Rehearsals are in full swing and its shaping up to be an unforgettable performance
To match the modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare’s iconic play, the production will feature contemporary costumes and stage design. Think of a Scandi noir visual with a gritty and cold feel to the production.
Hamlet comes to Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre on Friday 1st March and will run until Saturday 30th March.
There’s not long now until Leeds Playhouse stages Dinner 18:55. A unique intergenerational production performed by participates from Leeds Playhouse’s younger and older people’s programmes.
The performance was developed by Leeds Playhouse’s award-winning Creative Engagement department and it will showcase 18 community actors across two generations from the Leeds area. Leeds Playhouse firmly believes there’s nothing quite like bringing people together!
Rehearsals for Dinner 18:55 are already in full swing for the show which opens at the Playhouse on 22nd February.
In Dinner 18:55, we see the ensemble sharing real stories and experiences as well as their aspirations and fears while discussing their memorable mealtimes. The themes of the performance focus loneliness, conversation and community during these divisive times.
“Rehearsing for Dinner 18:55 has been an absolute delight! I’ve been encouraged to contribute to the process and have felt valued throughout. Nowadays I tend to attend daytime classes and social activities mixing almost exclusively with other retired people. I was really excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with a younger generation, and I wasn’t disappointed. Working with much younger people has been exhilarating and great fun. We all get on so well and continue to learn from each other at every rehearsal.” – Pat White, Dinner 18:55performer
The show is directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Older People’s Programme Manager Maggie De Ruyck, with original music composed by Caution Collective’s Christella Litras and designed by Laura Ann Price.
Join the escapades as we embark on a venture where two generations make time for conversation over dinner. It’s an intergenerational performance that helps bridge the gap in our community. Intergenerational conversation and community spirit is certainly something we can all take away from this brilliant production.
Dinner 18:55 plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre from 22nd to 23rd February.
It’s just an ordinary day in the ordinary life of an ordinary family. The alarm clock flickers to 7:37 am. With a rushed breakfast in their stomachs, they join the hectic rush of the world outside. But all it takes is for one random act to flip everything on its head. In a moment, lives are changed forever with a family left astounded by a devastating catastrophe. random is a remarkable play by debbie tucker green vividly details the feelings of grief and bewilderment.
Kiza Deen (Silent Witness and Hollyoaks) takes on the beautifully poignant one-woman play which focuses on an ordinary family caught up in the whirlwind of grief and heartache. Kiza portrays the roles of four different characters with incredible finesse in this marvellous play, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan.
We don’t want to give too much away about this play but we can’t recommend enough how much you need to see it. In fact, random promises highs and lows with Kiza giving everything she has to this demanding role.
The rehearsals have been going spectacularly and now we can’t wait to see the final result in the flesh. Make sure you get your tickets now to guarantee your place to see this phenomenal play by an incredible award-winning playwright.
Update: We have some incredible photographs from the first night of random at the Pop-Up theatre and it looks truly brilliant!
So far, audiences have described this stellar production as ‘mesmerising’, ‘truly remarkable’ and ‘beautifully directed’. random will be at Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up Theatre from Monday 4th Feb – Sat 16th Feb