A group of Leeds young people are using theatre to make their voices heard in a fusion of protest and performance inspired by punk Ian Dury and The Blockheads musical Reasons to be Cheerful.
Loud, passionate and accompanied by a live band, the energetic outdoor performance inspired by the raucous production will see twenty young people challenge the perceptions and assumptions made of the millennial generation in front of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s main entrance.
Created by an inclusive cast of 14 – 25 year olds from West Yorkshire Playhouse’s young people’s offer, including learning disability and young carer’s programmes, the performance uses theatre to protest against the label ‘Snowflake’, a derogatory term used to describe millennials as less resilient and more emotionally vulnerable than previous generations.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Creative Engagement Director Alex Ferris said:
“We are really proud of this group of young people who have united to share their views through this performance connected to Reasons to Be Cheerful. The group represent a range of ages and backgrounds from the Young People’s work at the Playhouse. This typifies what we do – bringing people together, regardless of background or experience, and offering them a platform to make their voices heard.”
Generation Snowflake is a free outdoor pre-performance taking place on 10 – 11 October at 6.55pm, ahead of Ian Dury and The Blockhead’s musical Reasons to be Cheerful at West Yorkshire Playhouse which plays from 10 – 14 October at 7.30pm. Part gig, part play, Reasons to be Cheerful is a celebration of Ian Dury and The Blockhead’s greatest hits, directed by pioneering disabled led theatre company Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey MBE.