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On Friday 27 October Leeds will submit its first stage bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, and West Yorkshire Playhouse plans to celebrate in style. With stalls taking over St Peter’s Square there’ll be the chance to sample some of the finest food and drink the city has to offer, meet the people creating our culture every day, and have a sneak peek behind the scenes of our greatest cultural venues, including West Yorkshire Playhouse.

As well as the programme of work on the Playhouse’s stages, we’re inviting the public to get involved in a range of free workshops and activity across the building from backstage tours to open rehearsals and creative writing workshops.


ActivityLocation and Times
The Tin Drum

On Oskar’s third birthday, he decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, he sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is. A story retold by Kneehigh.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Theatre
Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday

Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard  Theatre
10.30am & 1pm
Backstage Tour

From our Quarry and Courtyard Theatres in to our Wardrobe departments and our rehearsal rooms, there’s no better way to take a look behind the scenes of the theatre than to take a backstage tour of the Playhouse. Tours will be starting in the Playhouse foyer every half hour between 11.30-12.30pm and 2-4pm.
Tours are free on 27 October, but need to be booked with Box Office on 0113 213 7700.

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Every half hour between 11.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.
Visual Arts Workshop

Visual Arts workshop open to all running all day.

First Floor, St Peters Square
11am – 3pm
Music and Drama
For young people with a learning disability

Designed for young people with a learning disability aged 14 – 25. If you need one-to-one support, please bring someone with you.

First Floor, St Peters Square
Music 11am-11.45am
Drama 12noon-12.45pm
Music and Drama
For young people aged 11 to 19Designed for young people aged 11 – 19 who have done some arts activities before at school or elsewhere and want to try something new.
 First Floor, St Peters Square
Music 1pm-1.45pm
Drama 2pm-2.45pm
Open Rehearsals (age 14+)

25 young people rehearse Zoetrope, a new play that deals with mental health premiering in the Courtyard Theatre on 2 November.

West Yorkshire Playhouse,
Rehearsal Room 2, meet in the Foyer
11.30am-12noon, 12.30pm-1pm, 2.30pm-3pm
Kneehigh Theatre Storytelling

Two Kneehigh Artists tell inspirational local stories they have collected from the people of Leeds.

Priestly Room
Listen & Make

A family friendly activity surrounding the performance of Sarah and Duck. With a Story Den every 15 mins, plus arts and crafts.

West Yorkshire Playhouse Foyer
11.30am-1pm, 2pm-3pm
Conversation Café

Meet participants from our Theatre of Sanctuary and learn about activities for refugee and asylum seekers living in Leeds.

 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Coffee Shop
 Born and Bred Exhibition

A new exhibition from the project These Northern Types by Split, an exploration of Northern identity.

Newlyn Gallery at the Playhouse
all day 11am-3pm



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