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How West Yorkshire Playhouse are celebrating the Leeds 2023 First Stage Bid

On Friday 27 October Leeds will submit its first stage bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, and West Yorkshire Playhouse plan to celebrate in style. With stalls taking over St Peter’s Square there’ll be the chance to sample some of the finest food and drink the city has to offer, meet the people creating our culture every day, and have a sneak peek behind the scenes of our greatest cultural venues, including West Yorkshire Playhouse. As well as the programme of work on the Playhouse’s stages, we’re inviting the public to get involved in a range of free workshops and activity across the building from backstage tours to open rehearsals and creative writing workshops.

Activity Location and Time
The Tin Drum

On Oskar’s third birthday, he decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, he sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is. A story retold by Kneehigh.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Theatre

7.30pm.  Tickets from £13.50. Age guide 14 +.

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday

Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Theatre

10.30am & 1pm. Tickets £12.50.  Age guide 3+.

Backstage Tour

From our Quarry and Courtyard Theatres in to our Wardrobe departments and our rehearsal rooms, there’s no better way to take a look behind the scenes of the theatre than to take a backstage tour of the Playhouse. Tours will be starting in the Playhouse foyer every half hour between 11.30-12.30pm and 2-4pm.

Tours are free on 27 October, but need to be booked with Box Office on 0113 213 7700.

West Yorkshire  Playhouse

Every half hour between 11.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.

Visual Arts Workshop

Visual Arts workshop open to all running all day.

First Floor, St Peter’s Square

11am – 3pm

Music and Drama
For young people with a learning disabilityDesigned for young people with a learning disability aged 14 – 25. If you need one-to-one support, please bring someone with you.
First Floor, St Peter’s Square

Music 11am-11.45am
Drama 12noon-12.45pm

Music and Drama
For young people aged 11 to 19.

Designed for young people aged 11 – 19 who have done some arts activities before at school or elsewhere and want to try something new.

First Floor, St Peter’s Square

Music 1pm-1.45pm
Drama 2pm-2.45pm

Open Rehearsals (age 14+)

25 young people rehearse Zoetrope, a new play that deals with mental health premiering in the Courtyard Theatre on 2 November.

West Yorkshire Playhouse,

Rehearsal Room 2, meet in the Foyer
11.30am-12noon, 12.30pm-1pm, 2.30pm-3pm.

Max. of 15 per visit.

Kneehigh Theatre Storytelling

Two Kneehigh Artists tell inspirational local stories they have collected from the people of Leeds


West Yorkshire Playhouse, Priestley Room

Max. of 30 people.

Listen & Make

A family friendly activity surrounding the performance of Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday. With a Story Den every 15 mins, plus arts and crafts.

 West Yorkshire Playhouse Foyer
11.30am-1pm, 2pm-3pm
Conversation Café

Meet participants from our Theatre of Sanctuary and learn about activities for refugee and asylum seekers living in Leeds.

 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Coffee Shop
Born and Bred Exhibition

A new exhibition from the project These Northern Types by Split, an exploration of Northern identity.

 Newlyn Gallery at West Yorkshire Playhouse
All day 11am-3pm

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