Over 100 community performers from across Leeds and West Yorkshire will take to the Playhouse’s Quarry stage this Saturday, in a celebration of community talent in the city. The Community Showcase closes the Playhouse’s Open Season, a Festival of Community Performance celebrating vital relationships with the city.
Director of Creative Engagement Alexander Ferris said: “We are really delighted to be presenting this Community Showcase as the final show of Open Season, our annual Festival of Community Performance. It includes the very best of community theatre work by the Playhouse but also a number of our friends, such as RJC Dance and Space 2. It’s a fitting close to the festival and will be a joyous and fun celebration of Leeds and all of its talented residents.”
A large community company involving performers from across Yorkshire, who first formed through open auditions for The Grapes of Wrath in March, will perform Leeds Stories, a new devised piece curated by Bafta-nominated Leeds writer Mark Catley.
Other performances include Now and Then; a collaboration between the Playhouse’s Youth Theatre and Heydays programme for older people, which sees young people performing stories inspired by the lives and journeys of Heydays members; a sharing of selected pieces of music, drama and song performed by the Theatre of Sanctuary Music Group, Hearts and Asmarina Voices, part of our dedicated programme for refugees and asylum seekers; and a dance performance by RJC Dance’s adult group.
The Community Showcase is in the Quarry Theatre of West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 22nd July at 7pm. Book through the Box Office on 0113 213 7700 or online at wyp.org.uk.