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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 this new post-pandemic normal.

Created by The Performance Ensemble, directed by Alan Lyddiard

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 livestream. We will not admit latecomers on this date.

You can book tickets for the livestream performance by clicking the link below.


Callout: Make flowers for our garden

Our garden will be made up of flowers gifted by the people of Leeds.

This August the Quarry Theatre at Leeds Playhouse will be transformed 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 5000 Flowers Project is an invitation to craft a unique flower, created from natural fibres, for our beautiful garden. Whether you choose to use wool, scraps of material, intricate embroidery, glitter, sequins, paint, tissue paper or papier-mâché – we’re inviting all you budding artists to create the flower you want to see this summer and share with others in our magical garden.

If you are more of a grower than a maker, your flower can even be real – a gift from your garden to ours. Anyone can get involved – in community venues, schools, colleges, day centres, care homes, neighbourhood networks, clubs or at home.

If you are interested in contributing a flower but feel unsure of how to go about it, there will be people to help you.

The Promise of a Garden is a celebration of our creative city; a sharing of what nature has meant to us during the last difficult year and of what we mean to each other.

Click here to download more info about how you can get involved

Click here for a Step-by-Step to make loopy flowers

Click here for a Step-by-Step to make petal flowers

Click here for a Step-by-Step to make simple flowers




Cast & Credits

A Leeds Playhouse, The Performance Ensemble, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds 2023 co-production / Created by The Performance Ensemble / Director Alan Lyddiard / 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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Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
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