First Floor

What is First Floor?

Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People in the 2014 Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

First Floor is West Yorkshire Playhouse’s venue for 11 to 19 year olds (14 to 25 with a learning disability). Whether you want to try something new or develop your skills, there are lots of different music, drama and art activities on offer.

At First Floor we want to help young people to learn new skills, discover new talents and interests and meet new people. We want to help you find out what you’re good at and develop it. We also want young people to be able to learn about the different kinds of jobs within a theatre and find out how to get more experience or training.

During the school day we run programmes for groups of young people, not in full time education, training or employment.


How does First Floor work?

We are open six days a week, three nights a week; and offer weekly drop in sessions in music, art and drama. We also have longer creative projects that run over the course of a number of Saturdays, as well as offering a range of alternative provision programmes and outreach sessions.

Timetable of activity at First Floor (Term time)

Day Time Activity
Monday 10am-3pm Buzz Creative Arts Course
Tuesday 10am-3pm Buzz Creative Arts Course
5pm-7pm First Floor Writers
5pm-7pm Tuesday Night Drama
Wednesday 10am-3pm Breeze Arts Foundation
Thursday 10am-3pm Breeze Arts Foundation
Friday 5pm-7pm Friday Night Music
Saturday 11am-12pm First Floor Artists for Buzz
12pm-1pm First Floor Artist (Open Studio till 2pm)
1pm-3pm Buzz Weekend Workshop

Please click on the links below for more information and how to book.

Click here to view our Autumn 2017 programme

How do I take part?

  • Weekly workshops drop-in

    We operate a pay as you go system for weekly workshops. You don’t have to book in advance or come every week. Just arrive in time for the start of the session (doors open half an hour before) and pay at reception. It is £1.50 to take part. Sessions are for young people aged 11 – 19. Sessions are on a first come first served basis. Everyone is welcome at weekly workshops, but if you need one-to-one support, please bring someone with you. Feel free to contact First Floor directly to find out more about the content of the sessions. Also, your first session is free.

    Click here to download the First Floor Registration . You can also fill one out at your first session.

    Tuesday Night Drama

    Every Tuesday 5pm – 7pm 

    Enjoy drama, directing or performing? Come and try our weekly drama sessions, working individually or within groups you will explore a range of new techniques and develop your performance skills.

    First Floor Writers

    Every Tuesday 5pm – 7pm 

    Take part in our weekly writing group and get the chance to develop your creative skills. You will work with a renowned local writer to create new work to perform.

    Friday Night Music

    Every Friday 5pm – 7pm 

    Come along and develop your skills in harmonising, improvising and song writing. Take part in singing as a group or a solo number. Everyone is welcome in this fun and social session – no experience necessary.

    First Floor Artists Open Studio

    Every Saturday 10.30am – 12pm 

    Open to young people wanting to improve visual arts skills, contribute towards exhibitions and use the studio to work on their own projects.

    Project Hip Hop (Music)

    Every Saturday 11am – 1pm

    Did you know?

    As part of our Weekly Workshops you could do an Arts Award. Speak to any member of the First Floor Team to find out how. More info at

  • BUZZ Workshops for young people with a learning disability

    Buzz Creative Arts Projects and Workshops are designed especially for young people aged 14 – 25 with learning disabilities. We have support workers in each session but if you require one to one support, please bring a personal assistant or carer with you. For more information on Buzz or to book a place on one of our workshops, please contact Shreena on 0113 213 7236 or email

    Click here to download the First Floor Registration Form for Buzz. You can also fill one out at your first session.

    Been coming to Buzz for a while? Would you like to do more First Floor activities? Talk to Shreena or anyone at First Floor about workshops you could try out.

    Buzz Weekend Workshops

    Every Saturday afternoon 1 – 3pm

    All Buzz workshops cost £2.

  • Alternative Provision and Outreach

    At First Floor we run a variety of projects to provide young people with alternative education opportunities.

    Buzz Creative Arts Course
    Drama, Movement & Visual Arts
    Mondays 10am – 3pm

    This course is suitable for young people with a learning disability who are aged 16 – 25 and have a keen interest in arts subjects. Young people take part in drama, music, movement and visual art workshops. Participants also gain qualifications through accreditation from Arts Award. Contact Natalie on 0113 213 7236 or email for more details.

    Breeze Arts Foundation
    Performing Arts
    Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9.30am – 3pm

    This course is for young people aged 16 – 19, not in education, employment or training. This course offers young people the opportunity to learn a range of skills, find out about different jobs in the arts and devise and perform their own theatre piece. You could also gain an Arts Award qualification, as well as working towards BTEC level one in performing arts. If you would like more information or to refer a young person, please contact Gaby on 0113 213 7236 or email

    You can get a better idea of what is on the course at this link.

    First Floor Outreach Programme
    Spring 2017 sees the continued development of First Floor outreach work across Leeds. We can deliver taster sessions, enrichment workshops and even create bespoke sessions to suit young people’s needs. If you are an agency, school or community organisation that would benefit from being part of our Outreach programme, please contact Fiona on 0113 213 7236 or email

    Buzz Outreach Programme
    Buzz workshops are available to students aged 11 – 25 with a learning disability in your learning or community setting in the Leeds area. We can deliver bespoke workshops in drama and performance skills that are inclusive, accessible and practical for all students interested in learning more about performance and theatre. For more information contact Natalie on 0113 213 7236 or email

  • Other Opportunities

    Arts Award – Bronze, Silver & Gold

    First Floor is an Arts Award Supporter and all First Floor activities can contribute towards Arts Award qualifications. If you’d like to do an award or find out more contact our lead adviser, Gaby, on 0113 213 7236 or email

    For more info visit

    Friendly Faces – have a say about First Floor

    We need you to help us make decisions about what we offer here at First Floor, from projects ideas to helping plan events and scratch nights. So if you want to have your say, Get in touch and come along to a Friendly Faces meeting. Contact First Floor on 0113 213 7236 or email

How do you reach us?

Directions and Access

First Floor is close to West Yorkshire Playhouse. It is opposite BBC Yorkshire, next door to Yorkshire Dance and directly above The Wardrobe Bar & Jazz Club. Look for the bright red door!

First Floor aims to be accessible to everyone. We have lift access and entry is from the street via a buzzer.

We have accessible toilet facilities with a changing bed and hoist. A hearing loop is in place at Reception. There is also a Changing Places toilet in the main West Yorkshire Playhouse building. If you require one to one support, please bring a Personal Assistant or carer with you.

We can sometimes help you to pay to take part in Projects or Weekly Workshops, but you need to contact us to discuss this.

Contact us

For more information about First Floor or any of our activities, please contact the team. First Floor is open Tuesday to Saturday (Monday to Friday during the holidays).


Call: 0113 213 7236

Text: 07514 927617

Buzz: 07751 785957

Breeze Arts Foundation: 07891 270976

Write or visit: 6 St Peter’s Building, St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

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