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Leeds Playhouse becomes food collection point

Bryony Corrigan (l) in I Daniel Blake at Leeds Playhouse. Pic: Pamela Raith
Bryony Corrigan (l) in I, Daniel Blake at Leeds Playhouse. Pic: Pamela Raith

Leeds Playhouse will operate as a food collection point when it welcomes the world premiere stage adaptation of I, Daniel Blake (October 3-7).

The English Touring Theatre's adaptation of Ken Loach’s award-winning film about life on the breadline is written by actor and comedian Dave Johns, who won Best Actor and Best Newcomer awards for his lead role in the film.

To honour the play’s themes, the Playhouse will be collection point for South and East Leeds Foodbank – part of the Trussell Trust network, with distribution points in Harehills, Beeston, Gipton, Seacroft, Morley, Hunslet, Halton, Rothwell and Belle Isle.

The food bank supported more than 14,000 local people with emergency food in 2022-23, 40 per cent of whom were children.

Visitors to the Playhouse are being invited to donate urgently-needed items such as UHT milk, biscuits, coffee, tinned custard, dilute juice, personal hygiene items, tinned potatoes, cooking sauces, tinned tomatoes, and tinned fruit.

Dave Johns said: “During my research it was disheartening to find not much had changed since the film's release. The story is still as relevant as it was in 2016 – maybe even more so now with the cost of living crisis making it even harder for those already struggling."

More show info and tickets here


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