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Leeds Playhouse community takeover


Leeds Playhouse is handing over its stages, rehearsal rooms, front of house spaces and meeting rooms so hundreds of local community performers can showcase their creativity.

Open Season, which runs June 20-July 23, offers the chance to perform in the city’s premier producing theatre. The project is supported by Playhouse staff from across the organisation, from box office to lighting.

As well as performances in the Courtyard theatre, Bramall Rock Void, Playhouse Bar & Kitchen and various other front of house spaces, there is also an extensive programme of workshops running alongside the festival, giving people the opportunity to enjoy a positive creative boost without having to perform. All events are "pay what you can", so anyone who wants to attend can (though booking online or by phone will attract an extra £2.50 booking fee).

Alexander Ferris, associate director for creative engagement at the Playhouse, said: “Community performance is a vital part of the cultural life of Leeds and we are thrilled we can play our part – sharing our spaces as part of Open Season with such an array of groups and individuals from all over the city and beyond."

The festival includes sessions to mark Learning Disability Week and National Refugee Week (both 20-26 June), a club night for people over 55 (June 24), an Ageless Festival (July 1-2), dance, a Young People’s Festival (July 5-9), theatre, music and exhibitions; a celebration of theatre, dance, sculpture and film devised by eight Leeds secondary schools, the Leeds Playhouse Comedy Club for Older Men and many more attractions throughout July. Tickets go on sale soon


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