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The Promise of a Garden

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hr 40 mins
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    Contains smoke/haze.

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Nature has been our faithful companion in lockdown. In parks, pastures,  allotments and gardens, it has helped us through the tough times.

Now, a new botanical paradise is growing in the heart of the city as we transform the Quarry Theatre into a horticultural haven where a company of older artists will share their personal stories, visions and dreams of times past, present and future as they create the garden out of nothing before your eyes

The Promise of a Garden blends performance, dance, music, film and photography to create blossoming moments of joy and reflection as we begin to explore and gather strength in our new reopening phase.

A Leeds Playhouse, The Performance Ensemble, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds 2023 co-production.


Tapestry of a girl on a background of flowers

Artwork by Delaine Le Bas ‘Damaged Goods Part 1 (2005) – copyright
Artwork photography by Tara Darby


The 7pm performance on Friday will be filmed for a live stream. We will not admit latecomers on this date.



Cast & Credits

A Leeds Playhouse, The Performance Ensemble, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds 2023 co-production / Created by Alan Lyddiard and the Company / Designer Delaine Le Bas /


Book Tickets

Wed 18 Aug 21
07:00 PM
Socially Distanced Performance
Thu 19 Aug 21
01:00 PM
Thu 19 Aug 21
07:00 PM
Fri 20 Aug 21
07:00 PM
Sat 21 Aug 21
01:00 PM
Signed Performance Socially Distanced Performance
Sat 21 Aug 21
07:00 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.

Socially Distanced Performance

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.


  • 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
  • Socially Distanced Performance - Socially Distanced Performance
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