Alan Lyddiard – director of 2016 production Anniversary at the Playhouse – has been revealed as Associate Artist for the theatre. Alan’s role will include collaborating with the Playhouse in developing artistic work with and for older people.
Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “We are rooted in community here at the Playhouse, and supporting and enabling other artists in the region to do so is also a priority. Alan is a passionate artist whose work with older people is truly inspiring, and I am thrilled to announce that he has become one of our Associate Artists. Bus Pass is going to be a major undertaking and I can’t wait to see it manifest over the next five years.”
This September, The Performance Ensemble in association with Leeds Playhouse will join forces to create a pioneering community production Bus Ride – part of the Bus Pass project, which is supported this year as part of Leeds 2023.
The performance plays at the Queens Hotel on 16 September and celebrates the lives and stories of older people throughout the city of Leeds. Directed byAlan Lyddiard, the production will feature live music, contemporary dance and stories from the heart of the city.
Alan Lyddiard said: “I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of older people from all over Leeds on Bus Ride. During the last 12 weeks we have met with over 250 people, gathering stories about literal and metaphorical journeys made on buses and in life. It’s been a joy, and for a 69-year-old like me, absolutely exhausting, but an absolute pleasure.”
Bus Ride takes place from The Queens Hotel from 16 September 2018. Book online at leedsplayhouse.org.uk or call the box office 0113 213 7700.