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Our theatre programme for people over 55

Heydays is our long-standing creative programme for over 55s, taking place on Wednesdays since 1990.

It is the largest and longest-running arts programme for older people in UK theatre. Around 300 older people attend each week to take part in everything from drama and dance to sculpture and creative writing, supported by a team of professional artists. Heydays is a vibrant, creative community where skills are developed and stories are shared.

Whether you have tons of experience in the arts or you would like to try something new, you are welcome to come along on a Wednesday (during our current programme) at 10am to meet our Friendly Face volunteer. You can take a look around to see if Heydays might be for you.

Alternatively give one of the team a call on 0113 213 7296 to discuss how you could get involved.

Download the Heydays Programme Here


Content from Heydays

  • The Fairy Queen's Ball

    Over lockdown Joan Pickersgill engaged with Leeds Playhouse through Zoom workshops for the Reasons To Be Hopeful project. From then on Engagement Officer Samuel Erskine has been developing Joan’s artistic talent. In response to the community production of A Promise of a Garden Joan reminisced about the times she would play in her garden when her daughters where little. Joan would make up fairy tales about all the flowers in the garden. The story her daughters wanted to hear time and time again was The Fairy Queen’s Ball. It was their favourite and it soon became the favourite of the staff at Leeds Playhouse.
    This is that story.

    Working with Heydays member Paul Atkinson who created the beautiful illustrations from Joan’s words and brought the story to life.

    Thank you for Dolphin Manor Care Home for all their support in filming.

    Story by Joan Pickersgill / Illustrations by Paul Atkinson / Directed by Samuel Erskine

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