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Reasons To Be Hopeful

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 10 weekly workshops from w/c 1 Mar to 3 May
  • Age Guidance: Ages 16-25 & 50+
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More Information on Reasons To Be Hopeful

Would you like to learn a new creative skill?  
Make connections with other people?  
And, are you between age 16-25 or 50+?  

We’re  looking for 100 people from two generations to come together (via zoom, email, phone or post), to forge new connections. 

We’re creating a company of people from across the Leeds city region, fusing the creative energy and experience of those younger and older.  It’s never easy to make connections, but so much creativity and hope can spring from meeting different people and having new experiences. Together we will harness our creative energy to create a multi-media tapestry which will be displayed outside the Playhouse this Spring to remind the people of Leeds why there are still reasons to be hopeful.  

So, if you are interested in creativity, and are between the ages of 16-25 or over the age of 50, we welcome you to take part for free. You do not need to have any creative experience (or an internet connection!) to take part. 

A Taster of the artists involved…
From model maker Warda Abbasi to Third Eye Signs, we’ve got 10 artists across disciplines ready to work with you.

How does it work?  

Ten Leeds artists will be running workshops from March. In groups of 10 you will work with one artist to contribute to Leeds’Reasons To Be Hopeful multi-media tapestry.  

There are a range of workshops for you to take part in: textile, painting, song writing, drama, creative writing, sign making and more. 

When you sign up, we will send you an email asking you about what types of workshops you would prefer and how you would like to take part in the workshops.

Sign up using the Book now link below, and ensure you select the appropriate age group.

If you would like to find out a bit more before signing up, get in touch with us at


Book Tickets

Fri 26 Feb 21
05:30 PM
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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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