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Les Misérables School Edition

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West Yorkshire Playhouse is pleased to support Hear the People Sing to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP in this unique young people’s production of Les Misérables School Edition at Oxfam’s warehouse in Batley.

Hear the People Sing is a new project to honour Jo Cox, celebrating her passion for togetherness, collaboration, comradeship and theatre. The project will see the young people of this diverse West Yorkshire community perform the school edition of Jo’s favourite musical Les Misérables.

This dynamic piece of theatre will give young people the opportunity to work to professional standards, whether they be on stage or behind the scenes. As well as the production of Les Misérables, a companion piece devised by the young cast called More in Common will also be performed, which will celebrate the values Jo stood for – togetherness, collaboration, comradeship, equality. The third element of the project is a production skills training scheme, which will see participants shadow and work alongside the West End creative and production team in an intensive learning process.

Hear the People Sing will be created over 3 weeks of residential teaching and rehearsals for 120 young people; culminating in a week of performances in August which will celebrate the energy of these talented young people and the spirit of community that brought them together.  It will be led by the founders of the Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company.

Not only did Jo Cox work for Oxfam in her early career, but many of the team at Oxfam met Jo when she visited the site as their MP.

Please Note: Performances will take place in a pop-up theatre being built at Wastesaver, Oxfam’s textile sorting house in Batley. Full details of how to get there and where to park will be forwarded with your tickets.  The full address of the venue is: The Jo Cox Theatre, Oxfam Wastesaver, Mill Forest Way, Grange Road, Batley, Leeds WF17 6RA.


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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 with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for 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

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

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*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
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Download BrochureThe Pop-Up Season
Autumn 18 / Spring 19
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Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors