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Decades

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Age Guidance: 14+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    1970s/1980s/2000s: This production includes references to sexual violence and killings, bereavement and grief and living with chronic illness. It has themes of bullying and gaslighting. It also contains strong language.

    1990s/2010s/2020s: This production includes references to systemic racism and police brutality, themes of being displaced and enduring conflict and hostility, and living with chronic illness. It also contains strong language and use of drugs.

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Six characters, six new plays, six directors, six compelling stories from the heart of Yorkshire.   

Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leeds Playhouse, from writers with strong links to the theatre, these new monologues feature characters firmly rooted in the North telling stories set in each of the decades.  

Powerful and insightful with biting Yorkshire wit, these are tales that reflect the spirit of the people, the city and the region, showing us who we are and how our lives have been shaped by the place we call home. 

Decades: Stories from the City will be an unmissable event that can be enjoyed live in the Courtyard Theatre at the Playhouse or online At Home. 

Click here to book for all six productions live in the Courtyard Theatre

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DOWNLOAD the DECADES: STORIES FROM THE CITY programme

 

1970s
The Bodyguard 

by Simon Armitage
directed by James Brining 

We’ve got a new Prime Minister.  She’s got big blonde hair that lifts up at the front like a curl of butter on the blade of a knife. 

It’s 1979 and the air is thick with fear. 13 year old Wilf can’t stop listening to the news; it’s filled with reports of murder.  He’d rather stay home, but his Dad says he has to go and meet his Mum off the bus.  He ties his Docs up really tight so he won’t trip while he’s running down the lane and sings Anarchy in the UK under his breath.  So Jack doesn’t hear. 

1980s
Nicer than 
Orange Squash 
by Alice Nutter
directed by Evie Manning 

“Gaz says the government only give people dole to stop ‘em from rioting.” 

Loz has just moved to the big city from a small town, she’s trying to find herself, carve out a new identity as a woman, as a punk, as a radical. And her perfect new boyfriend might not be all he seems. 

1990s
Don’t You Know
it’s Going to be Alright 
by Maxine Peake
directed by Amy Leach 

“Spice Girls? Give me a break. I like Mel B though. Mainly cause she’s from Leeds and I reckon she’d be a right laugh.” 

What a year it’s been. Princess Diana’s gone and New Labour are riding high. Danny opens a can and remembers club nights, illicit partying and her family loyalties. What a trip.  

2000s
The Unknown 

by Leanna Benjamin
directed by Amanda Huxtable 

Majestyk is going to be rammed. Yeah, I know I’m too old for clubbing. 

Since moving to Leeds, Sophia has had to adapt, in more ways than one. Now, athe new millennium arrives, she has to confront what the future holds and find a new way forward with her family. 

2010s
a
nd after wsailed a thousand skies     
by Kamal Kaan
directed by Sameena Hussain 

Is this the city for me? 

In this beautiful, poetic monologue, Layla remembers the motherland she left behind and asks if the city she has adopted will ever truly embrace her. ‘Where is home?’ she asks. 

2020s
Pie in the Bus Stop

by Stan Owens
directed by Tess Seddon 

What kind of grown adult doesn’t know how to make beans on toast? 

It’s a good place to sit and think. The bus stopThat’s what Jamie says, with his Mum demanding his constant attentionHe’s her carer. 22, living at home and holding down two jobs. But the lockdowns have got him questioning when he might have a bit of independence. 

All performances of this production will be with a socially distanced audience.

Cast & Credits

Set & Costume Designer Amanda Stoodley / Lighting Designer Kieron Johnson / Sound Designer & Composer Charlotte Bickley / Sound Designer & Composer Annie May Fletcher / Director (1970s) James Brining / Director (1980s) Evie Manning / Director (1990s) Amy Leach / Director (2000s) Amanda Huxtable / Director (2010s) Sameena Hussain / Director (2020s) Tess Seddon / Assistant Director (1970s & 2000s) Hassan Khan / Assistant Director (1980s & 2010s) Lladel Bryant / Assistant Director (1990s & 2020s) Mariyah Kayat / Casting Director Lucy Casson / Composer & Arranger (2010s) Elion Morris / Composer & Vocal Coach (2010s) Zoe Katsilerou / Film Company Phil Barber for Sodium / Film Coordinator Simon Wainwright / Audio Description Consultant Vicky Ackroyd /

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