To bring the curtain down on the Playhouse’s Courtyard stage ahead of its redevelopment, West Yorkshire Playhouse will present six of Alan Bennett’s iconic Talking Heads at the Playhouse and across the city of Leeds. The monologues will be directed by Artistic Director James Brining, Associate Director Amy Leach and Director in Residence John R. Wilkinson and will be presented in rep this June.
Ahead of the performances at the Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse will tour Talking Heads to every LS postcode in a celebration of its relationships with communities and organisations across the city. An open call out is now in place for local Leeds residents to enter a ballot to host one of the iconic monologues in their own homes from 4 – 9 June.
Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, originally written for BBC Television and broadcast between 1988 and 1998 respectively, are cherished by many for their poignant, emotional and observant accounts of the everyday lives of everyday people.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “This is a major undertaking for the Playhouse and is a huge thank you to the city of Leeds and all of our partners, advocates and participants who over the years have supported and welcomed the ambition of the Playhouse. To be able to take these iconic and beloved pieces to every part of the city is a fitting tribute to one of Leeds’ most renowned and beloved playwrights, and an opportunity for the Playhouse to offer something truly unique to its communities.”
To be in with the chance of having one of the Talking Heads performed in your living room, free of charge, apply using the online entry form. All entries to be received by Monday 16 April at 5pm. Potential hosts will be contacted by Monday 23 April at 5pm.