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Furnace Festival is a week-long celebration of new work, new artists and new partnerships, offering a kaleidoscopic showcase of performances, workshops, conversations and social events.

This eclectic, engaging and experimental festival is a key part of the ongoing Furnace programme, which is Leeds Playhouse’s development engine, generating and creating new performance work while supporting and nourishing the local creative community.

All the events are either free or pay-what-you-can. Click the links to find out more and book your tickets.

9–13 Nov

Papatango: Audio versions of the three winners of the 2021 Papatango Prize in partnership with Papatango and ETT that festival-goers will be able to enjoy on tablets provided by Box Office or on their own devices. Selected from 1,410 entries, the winners are Nkenna Akunna,  Tajinder Singh Hayer and Tom Powell.

9 Nov

Let’s Talk: A panel discussion with Disability Arts Online and Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach discussing access and work by disabled artists within the theatre. Hosted by Paul Wilshaw, Ramps on the Moon Agent for Change at Leeds Playhouse and board member of Disability Arts.

10 Nov

Introduction to Design: A free hands-on workshop run by Leeds Playhouse’s Resident Designer Warda Abbasi and Associate Director Amy Leach, discussing what it means to be a designer and the designer-director relationship

Pursuit of Perfection: A work-in-progress sharing of a new dance-theatre show by dancer Louisa Keohane and Director Jamie Fletcher. Through a mixture of contemporary dance, verbatim text, integrated creative BSL and storytelling, this dynamic and thought-provoking performance tells the true story of a dancer’s personal journey with anorexia.

11 Nov

How to be a Better Human: This spoken word comedy, performed by Chris Singleton and directed by Tom Wright, is about grief, loss and self-acceptance.  It finds lightness and humour in death, loss and divorce, exploring how they help us to become more empathic, connected and understanding.

Developing Your Ensemble Practice: A workshop for artists across disciplines looking to develop their physical theatre practice and experience working in an ensemble led by Director and practitioner Sameena Hussain.

12 Nov

Scratch: An evening of raw and developing work in which the audience is invited to support local artists by providing feedback. Four local artists and companies will share up to twenty minutes of work in development before asking how the audience thinks the piece ought to progress.

Freelancer Work Hub: Freelance artists are encouraged to bring a laptop, grab a brew, pull up a pew and use the Playhouse’s Level 2 Mezzanine as an informal shared working space. It’s a great chance to get to know some of the theatre’s staff, as well as other local artists and theatre-makers.

Meet the Writer – Tajinder Singh Hayer: Papatango Prize Winner Tajinder Singh Hayer talks about writing audio drama Ghost Stories from an Old Country, their journey as a writer, applying for the Papatango Prize, and the things they’ve learned about audio drama in the last year.

13 Nov

Choreographic Research Lab: A creative workshop facilitated by Choreographer Bakani Pick-Up, exploring how movement and composition work in real time through improvisation, and how dance and movement practice can be used to instigate and depict experience through physical expressions.

Me, Myself and Misha: A heartfelt, autobiographical work presented by Terpsichoring Dance Company, devised and performed by award-winning dance artist Ana Silverio. The show explores the emotional journey one woman goes on to become a mother.

Workshop with TheatreState and Young Artist Activists: Working with Writer and Director Tess Seddon, a group of creative young activists from Seacroft have been documenting their access-all-areas journey into UK politics – visiting Parliament, meeting MPs, interviewing high-profile politicians and galvanising their peers. This creative workshop explores their journey they are going on and the artistic process it is shaping.

Dream Reality Radio Live: A collaboration between Sol B River and Leeds Playhouse, Dream Reality Radio, directed by Dermot Daly, gives early career writers the chance to write, develop and showcase their first radio play. Eight West Yorkshire-based writers have worked with dramaturgs, psychotherapists, BBC producers and each other to create pieces that will be recreated live on stage as a radio play.


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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