The Playhouse reinstates its temporary studio theatre for four weeks of unmissable work throughout March and April.
The Barber Studio Season features critically-acclaimed small scale shows including award-winning work from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and fresh new theatre developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
The Studio Season runs from Thursday 30 March to Sat 15 April.
West Yorkshire Playhouse New Work Producer Gilly Roche said:
“The work in our Barber Studio season is inventive, relevant and created by some of the very best artists living and working in the North. The artists in this season are blazing a trail towards 2019, when we’ll open our permanent studio theatre, creating a new home for small-scale new work in Leeds.
We’re particularly thrilled to welcome back Ali Pidsley, Lulu Raczka and their team for A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar). Developed over the last twelve months, we’ve supported the project throughout its evolution and are delighted to share the finished production with audiences for the first time.”
The Studio Season 2017:
Unfolding Theatre in association with LittleMighty present
Putting The Band Back Together
Thur 30 – Fri 31 March, 8pm
Part riotous gig and part tender storytelling, Unfolding Theatre in association with LittleMighty’s Putting The Band Back Together sees The Futureheads’ Ross Millard lead a live house band in an emotive performance inviting audiences to dust off their old instruments and take to the stage.
Inspired by theatre-maker and pancreatic cancer sufferer Mark Lloyd’s wish to “put his old band back together”, this uplifting show looks at forgotten dreams and lost passions and asks why we stop playing and what makes us start again.
The performances will feature local ex-players picking their instruments back up to play live alongside the house band. Audiences are welcome to join the house band by attending a pre-show workshop from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, and learning the songs through a series of online videos.
Mon 3 April, 8pm
Fringe-first award winning Tank, Breach’s multimedia show about a 1960s experiment into teaching dolphins English, visits the Playhouse this April.
In 1965 American scientist Margaret Lovatt lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English, part of a NASA-funded experiment into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community as an elaborate circus trick, Margaret’s lessons and intimate contact with Peter the dolphin remain a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.
Tank is a reflection on the politics that shape the stories we tell and the histories we know. Premiering at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, it was called “a funny, dark, and strangely dreamy work about the futility and fanaticism in humankind’s desire to colonise the other” (Time Out).
Showroom in association with Summerhall present
Jenna Watt: Faslane
Friday 7 – Saturday 8 April, 8pm
A Contact Flying Solo commission, developed with the support of West Yorkshire Playhouse, Creative Scotland and National Theatre of Scotland, the multi award-winning Faslane visits the Playhouse this April.
Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK’s nuclear missile program: Trident. With family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Jenna Watt (How You Gonna Live Your Dash, Flâneurs) explores what happens when the personal and political collide.
Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate and featuring an immersive sound design by Kim Moore (Blow Off, Tiger Tale), Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps in piece where personal meets fiercely political.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Ali Pidsley and Lulu Raczka present
A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar)
Wed 12 – Sat 15 April
A powerful story told in an innovative way, A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar) is a new play written by Lulu Raczka, developed by the Playhouse, and directed by Yorkshire artist Ali Pidsley.
There are blackouts. Can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face blackouts. And they’re everywhere. No one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them. It’s the future. But only slightly.
Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to find a way to come together to search for their missing friends, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them…
Lulu Raczka and Ali Pidsley, award-winning writer and director of the acclaimed NOTHING and Some People Talk About Violence, team up again for this bold new play about crisis, darkness, cities and hope.
A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar) is the last show in the Barber Studio Season. Then, continuing the momentum of new work in Leeds, Transform begins.
The Playhouse is delighted to partner with Transform again in 2017, hosting two prescient European shows: the UK premiere of machina eX’s participatory adventure Lessons of Leaking and the English premiere of El Conde de Torrefiel’s dark comedy performed by local participants Guerrilla. We’re also delighted to support RashDash in the creation of their visceral new site-specific show, The Darkest Corners.
A festival of bold, local and international theatre, Transform 17 explores everything from activism, community collaboration, the digital age, gender politics, and the future of Europe.
Wednesday 19 – Sunday 22 April