Leeds Playhouse launches new creative activities

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Playhouse builds on acclaimed pandemic lockdown work

Leeds Playhouse has launched a new scheme to extend its effort to help people suffering from the isolation of lockdown.

The new scheme extends Playhouse Connect, which began at the start of the first lockdown and has connected with more than 12,000 people across 30 projects. The work was recently recognised in The Stage’s Top 100 theatre awards.

The new project addresses four specific areas: loneliness, mental health, reconnection and training. All activities in the programme are free and aimed at encouraging social connections across the region.

The projects include Reasons to be Hopeful, in which 100 people from two generations collaborate remotely with local artists to create a “reasons to be hopeful” multimedia tapestry; Can You Hear Me? – a weekly invitation to young people to respond to voice notes left by award-winning industry professionals, and Playhouse Young Leaders, which gives 12 young people arts leadership training.
Playhouse artistic director James Brining said"Playhouse Connect is a hugely important creative response to these incredibly difficult circumstances, characterised not just by a strong desire to support people emotionally and spiritually, but also to nourish their creativity. I’m really proud of the team who have devised it."

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