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  • Venue: Pop-Up theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
  • Age Guidance: 14+. Please note that this show contains strong language.
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Wednesday 19 September
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More Information on Road


Grab your coat, grab your bag and join us to roll in the gutter and dance under the glitter ball. On an unnamed Northern street, our drunken tour guide Scullery stumbles through living rooms, over cobbles and past lives. Through one raucous night, we meet the many bold, browbeaten and brave residents of this forgotten road. Jim Cartwright’s brutally poetic masterpiece blazed on to stages in 1987, giving a spirited voice to abandoned Northern communities in austerity Britain. This seminal play remains as powerful, resonant and jubilant now as it did then.

Each performance of Road is Audio Described. Click here for the Audio Described trailer.

A Leeds Playhouse production. 


Cast & Credits

By Jim Cartwright / Director Amy Leach / Designer Hayley Grindle / Lighting Designer Paul Lovett / Sound Designer Mark Melville / Assistant Director Sameena Hussain / Audio Description Directors Vicky Ackroyd and Ben Wilson /

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    Joe Alessi
    as Scullery
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    Lladel Bryant
    as DJ Bisto/Blowpipe
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    Darren Kuppan
    as Brink/Skin Lad
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    Jo Mousley
    as Valerie/Lane
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    Dan Parr
    as Joey/Eddie
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    Tessa Parr
    as Claire/Louise
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    Robert Pickavance
    as Prof/Jerry
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    Susan Twist
    as Molly/Helen
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    Elexi Walker
    as Carol/Dor


“ Jim Cartwright's classic state of the nation play is given a new lease of life in Leeds”

- The Stage

“ splendidly raucous [...] a hugely energetic production”

- What'sOnStage

“ Amy Leach’s direction makes dynamic use of the new pop-up space”

- Entertainment Focus

“ Exceptional acting ensemble that is going to be very exciting to watch over the next few months.”

- The Reviews Hub

“ intense, bold, explicit, unforgiving and raucous”

- Fairy Powered Productions

Book Tickets

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.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • 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
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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