Celebrating the human voice at Leeds Playhouse

Niall Buggy in Krapp's Last Tape. Pic: Robert Workman


Paul Genty

11 Sep 2020

Leeds Playhouse and Opera North collaborate on new and classic pieces

Leeds Playhouse and Opera North are to co-produce Connecting Voices, six new and existing pieces to be staged safely in four parts of the Playhouse over three weekends in October.

Acclaimed rapper, writer and world-record-holding beatboxer Testament has been commissioned to explore the power of the solo voice and the relationship between performer and audience.

Freelance artists Matthew Eberhardt and Khadijah Ibrahiim will devise new work with musicians, poets, actors and young people.

Among the works are Orpheus in the Record Store, a new commission with beatboxer Testament, who will work with members of the Orchestra of Opera North to give the Greek myth a contemporary Yorkshire twist.

Also featured are Poulenc's heart-rending La voix humaine, sung by Gillene Butterfield, and

Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, performed by Niall Buggy.

Audiences will be reintroduced to live theatre safely, with limited audience capacity with social distancing and temperature checking.

Tickets go on sale to the Playhouse’s Supporters’ Club, Playhouse Pass holders and Opera North Patrons from Monday, with open sales from noon on Tuesday.

Full details here