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Creating a Performance Ensemble (Full Week)

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Age Guidance: 55+
  • Other: Venue: 7 Eastgate, 2nd Floor
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More Information on Creating a Performance Ensemble (Full Week)

This page is to book for the full week of the Creating a Performance Ensemble event. If you wish to book for the weekend only or an individual day, you can find the links to those events in the What’s On page of our website.

Leeds Playhouse and The Performance Ensemble are working together this September to start work on the creation of a performance ensemble of community performers and artists over the age of 55.

Interested participants can either work with director Alan Lyddiard (Artistic Director, The Performance Ensemble) and a team of older artists on the creation of a piece of theatre in the space of one week. Participants would be expected to attend the whole week of 9 to 13 September from 11.00am to 4.00pm every day.

If a whole week seems too much commitment for participants, people can choose to work on one, two, three or four daily sessions with Maggie De Ruyck (Older People’s Programme Manager at Leeds Playhouse) and guests.


There will be sessions on performance quality, devised theatre, installation, singing, movement, story-telling, design, ensemble practise, music making, group dynamics and discussions.

Attendance is free but it is first come first served. 25 people can participate in the week long workshop and 25 can participate in the day long sessions.

There will be a second training workshop on 28 & 29 September for people who cannot attend the weekday sessions.

There is the opportunity to book the whole weekend 11am to 4pm or single sessions on Saturday and or Sunday.


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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.


  • 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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