Leeds Playhouse sets light to creativity...



Leeds Playhouse celebrates new work by new artists in a showcase of performances, workshops, conversations and social events next month as part of its week-long Furnace Festival.

This experimental festival runs from November 9-13 and is a key part of the continuing Furnace programme, which creates performance work while supporting the local creative community. All the festival events are either free or "pay-what-you-can".

Leeds Playhouse associate director Amy Leach explained: “After the year we've all had, it feels important for us to look to the future, to reignite people’s passion for new work and to introduce them to fresh ideas from new voices.”

Highlights include Papatango, (November 9-13) - audio versions of the three winners of the 2021 Papatango Prize, Some Of Us Exist In The Future, The Silence and The Noise, and Ghost Stories From An Old Country (whose writer, Tajinder Singh Hayer, has a meet-the-writer session on November 12). Papatango is a London-based organisation that prides itself on unearthing top new playwriting talents, and its discoveries have won Baftas, Off-West-End and various other writing awards.

On November 10 there is a performance of a new dance-theatre work in progress, Pursuit of Perfection, while November 11 brings a comedy monologue, How to be a Better Human, performed by Chris Singleton.

The final day offers Me, Myself and Misha, an autobiographical work devised and performed by award-winning dance artist Ana Silverio. The show explores one woman's emotional journey to become a mother.

Each day also has workshops and other informative sessions, full details of which can be found, along with booking details, here.