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The Parting Glass

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Age Guidance: 14+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    Contains strong language and themes of depression and suicide.

  • Other: Dates/Venues; 12 Sept - Hawksworth Wood Village Hall, 17 Sept - Gipton WMC*, 18 Sept - BITMOs Gate Community Centre, 18 Oct - Hunslet RLFC
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Jim’s always been a bit of a character – the life and soul of the party – a Leeds lad through and through. And Sara’s his perfect match – a Leeds lass with a sense of adventure, and a cutting wit. They should be having the time of their lives; but Jim’s always had this lingering feeling that he’s not quite built for this world. Tonight, he wants to talk, to tell you his story – one that he’s never told before.

Exploring mental health, masculinity and human connection in a social media-obsessed world, join us for this new play by Leeds-based writer Chris O’Connor and Red Ladder Theatre Company.

‘…a serious examination of important and life-changing issues… but with a fair few laughs along the way.’ Reviews Hub on O’Connor’s The Life & Soul

The Parting Glass will take place at the following venues.

12 Sept – Hawksworth Wood Village Hall

17 Sept – Gipton WMC*

18 Sept – BITMOs Gate Community Centre

18 Oct – Hunslet RLFC

Funded by Arts Council England

Cast & Credits

Written by Chris O’Connor / Directed by Rod Dixon /


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.

Booking Fees:

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


  • 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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