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Auditions – Searching for the Heart of Leeds

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Come and take part!

Searching for the Heart of Leeds is a brand new community project from West Yorkshire Playhouse that will culminate in the performance of a brand new play in June 2018. We are looking for a diverse range of people from all over the city to take part as volunteer performers, musicians, researchers and backstagers. The play will be written by BAFTA-nominated and Beeston boy Mark Catley and will feature movement from Phoenix Dance.

We are looking for around 40 people to form the core of this production. Participants will work with director Alexander Ferris and Phoenix Dance to tell the story. No previous experience is necessary and we are looking for an exciting mix of people of all ages (18+). In order to take part, book a slot at our Open Auditions below.

Download Searching For The Heart Of Leeds Performer Application Form


If you are a community group and would like to be involved together, you can apply for one of the 6 – 8 slots to perform as part of the piece by filling in an expression of interest form (available soon). We would particularly like to hear from choirs and dance groups.

Download Searching For The Heart Of Leeds  Groups Expression of Interest Form

Other opportunities


We are looking for a house band to provide the soundtrack to the production. If you play an instrument and would like to be part of the band, please send a short YouTube clip of you playing to


We also have various opportunities for those looking to volunteer in a selection of backstage roles such as stage management, costume and props. If you love theatre but don’t fancy stepping onto the stage, you can still be involved. Email to register your interest.

Find out more about the West Yorkshire Playhouse production Searching for the Heart of Leeds

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What am I auditioning for?

    Searching for the Heart of Leeds is our next big community production which will close the Quarry Theatre at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Summer 2018. It is designed for people aged 18+ from across Leeds to come together and take part in a fun, creative project in their spare time. The piece is written by BAFTA-nominated writer Mark Catley and inspired by the people of Leeds. It will be performed by you, as part of a 40 strong voluntary community chorus, and will also feature choreography by the internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre, a live community band and local community groups from across the city.

  • Are you looking for professional actors?

    No, this project is designed for volunteer community performers and will not feature a professional cast.

  • Do I need previous performance or backstage experience?
    No, just be willing to get stuck in and try something new!
  • What are you looking for?
    We are looking for people who represent every part of the Leeds community aged 18+ from all backgrounds who want to meet new people, develop exciting new skills and take part in a fun, exciting, creative project.
  • Do I get paid?

    This is a voluntary community project for Leeds residents looking for something to do in their spare time. Therefore it is not a paid opportunity.

  • Do I get expenses?

    Unfortunately we are not able to cover expenses for this project.

  • I am 17 but turn 18 soon. Can I still apply?

    You can apply providing you will be 18 on the first day of rehearsals (8th May 2018) and have left school the year previously (by July 2017).

  • Do I need to attend all the rehearsals?

    We realise you will have lots of other commitments outside of this project so we do not expect you to attend all rehearsals. However, to get the most out of the project we feel you must be able to make the majority of rehearsals.

  • What if I can’t do one of the shows?

    Ideally, you would be there for every performance to get the most out of the project. However, we understand that it will not always be possible. If you can let us know on your application form that you will not be able to attend a performance, we can consider this when casting roles.

  • I work during the day. Do I have to take time off work to do the matinees?

    The show will feature one matinee on Saturday 23rd June at 2pm (call time 12.15pm). All other performances will be during the evening and will start at 7.30pm (call time 6.15pm). If you are unable to attend, please let us know on your application form.

  • What can I expect on arrival at the auditions?

    On arrival you will be met by our welcoming team who will ensure you are ready to go for your audition and make sure you’re in the right place.

  • How long will the auditions last?

    The performer audition will be 1 hour and 30 minutes max. We ask that people arrive 15 minutes before your allocated start time to complete the registration process.

  • What can I expect in my audition?

    The first round audition will be a workshop that will feature a physical warmup, some movement exercises, improvisation and possibly some text work. You will be auditioning in a large group and will also work together in smaller groups. You do not need to prepare anything.

    If you are invited to the second round, we may ask you to prepare a short monologue or speech that we will provide.

  • Where are the auditions taking place?

    First Round Auditions are taking place in one of our Rehearsal Rooms in St Peter’s Building (LS9 8AH), just round the corner from the Playhouse between the Wardrobe bar and Yorkshire Dance.

  • Should I bring anything with me?

    You should bring a completed copy of your application form which you can download from the website (see above). It is particularly important that you check the dates of the project and fill in your availability as accurately as possible. You should also bring a bottle of water. Try not to bring valuables along with you (any valuables are brought at your own risk).

  • What should I wear?

    The auditions will be quite active. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and practical shoes such as trainers.

  • I’m running late, what should I do?

    If you’re running late don’t worry, call 0113 2455252 and explain you’re running late, we may move you into an alternative slot if your session has already begun.

  • How do I cancel or change my audition slot?

    If you need to cancel or change your audition slot please email the team on or call the Box Office on 0113 213 7700. If you can no longer make your audition please do let us know so we can make the slot available for somebody else.

  • Where are the rehearsals taking place?

    The majority of rehearsals will take place in Rehearsal Room One which is onsite at The West Yorkshire Playhouse. Our address is West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP.

  • What are the full dates of the project?

    The project runs from 5th May – 23rd June 2018. Rehearsals will largely take place on evenings and weekends. Please refer to the application form for a detailed schedule of the dates.

  • I’ve had my audition, what happens next?

    We will be in touch as soon as possible to let you know if you have been successful and are invited to the second round. We will let you know either way. If you are unsuccessful, please be aware that we hope to have lots of similar projects in the future so we hope that we will get a chance to meet you again before long.

Cast & Credits

Written by Mark Catley / Directed by Alexander Ferris / Movement by Phoenix Dance Theatre /


Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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