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Access for Adults

Access for Adults

Welcome to the Beautiful Octopus Club

The event takes place twice a year. A crew of up to 40 adults with learning disabilities work on the event, learning DJ skills, rehearsing as part of the house band, creating set and generally coming together to collate the club night.

The night is supported by staff from Leeds Playhouse and regularly attracts over 300 people at each event. Each club night has a new theme. All carers, support workers, and PA’s go for free to the Beautiful Octopus Club Night when accompanying customers with learning disabilities. Beautiful Octopus Club was originally set up by Heart ‘n’ Soul, London.

Since December 2021 Beautiful Octopus Club has grown from a Club Night to a weeklong festival. The festival is for all adults with learning disabilities (18+) to attend to take part in creative activity, meet with friends, learn new skills, meet, and work with new organisations and generally to come together to celebrate everything being created within their community.

For more specific details about the Beautiful Octopus Crew Workshops please contact Natalie Kyrkos, Learning Disabilities Programme Manager on or Fiona McCulloch-Exley, Head of Creative Communities on

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Accessibility at Leeds Playhouse

It is our aim to make every aspect of Leeds Playhouse as accessible as possible, so everyone can participate in, and enjoy visiting, the theatre.

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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors