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Furnace Social Club

Furnace Social Club

What is Furnace Social Club?

Furnace Social Club is our network for local artists. It’s a community, a conversation and a chance to come together, meet people and spark new collaborations.

You need to be aged 18 or over and living or working in Yorkshire to join. Furnace Social Club membership, and all events, are 100% free – and signing up comes with a whole range of benefits.

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What will being a member mean?

  • Regular newsletters

    You’ll receive regular newsletters listing offers and opportunities with the Playhouse and organisations across the UK. You’ll also have access to a members-only Facebook group.

  • Ticket discounts and offers

    Two £5 tickets per person for previews of Playhouse own-produced productions.

    A discount of 20% off two further tickets at any time in the run for all Playhouse own-produced work. NB: All discounts are subject to availability and are not usually applicable to visiting work or Barber Studio work.

    Further ticket offers and deals sent out via the Furnace Social Club Newsletter which are offered on a first come, first served basis.

    When booking tickets, please tell the box office that you are a member of Furnace Social Club to receive your discount.


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  • Free rehearsal space

    We offer free rehearsal space to all local artists, dependent on whether we have space available in the building, on the following basis:​

    • You must be a member of Furnace Social Club.
    • We need to have met you first, had a brew and discussed your work.
    • We don’t offer any payment or technical support.

    We calculate the in-kind value of any rehearsal space that is offered so that artists can use it in ACE applications if appropriate.

  • Make It Happen Workshops

    Year-round, industry focused workshops, FREE to all Furnace Social Club members.

    You’ll be notified in the email newsletters about upcoming workshops.


    See our latest Make It Happen Workshops
  • Unlocked Events

    Gain in-depth insights into how we make the work on our stages, led by our creative teams in partnership with Creative Engagement.

    Check back here for information on our next Unlocked event. We’ll also keep you posted in the newsletter.

  • Furnace Social Club nights

    Our Furnace Social Club nights are fun and informal events where you can come to have a good time and meet like-minded artists.

    We’ll keep you updated about future events in the newsletter – or you can check back here for any announcements.

  • Director & Designer Intensive

    In association with the JMK Trust, we’re hosting a two day intensive for 10 early career Directors and 10 early career Set & Costume Designers to explore the relationship between these two roles and the process of creating the design and concept for a piece of theatre. It’s also an opportunity for artists to meet potential collaborators and peers from across the region. The two days will be led by Oliver Twist Director Amy Leach and Designer Hayley Grindle. The intensive is free to attend and includes a free ticket to watch Oliver Twist.

    Oliver Twist is a new adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens which is being co-produced by Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon. The production has an integrated company of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled artists, and features integrated creative BSL, captioning and audio description at every performance. This intensive will explore accessibility as part of the design process.

    Day One
    Friday 13 March, 10am – 5.30pm in Rehearsal Room 2, Leeds Playhouse

    Oliver Twist Performance – Friday 29 March, 7.30pm, Leeds Playhouse

    Day Two
    Saturday 14 March 10 – 5.30pm in Rehearsal Room 2, Leeds Playhouse

    The intensive and theatre tickets are completely free, supported by the JMK Trust and Leeds Playhouse.

    To apply for a place, please send your CV and a covering email including a paragraph explaining why you feel this workshop would be of particular benefit to you at this stage of your career development to Rio Matchett on by 6pm on Friday 14th February.

    Please mark your email ‘Director/Designer Intensive’ in the subject line.

    We will let you know if you have a place on the intensive by Friday 21 February.

    In your email, please also let us know if there is anything we can put in place to support any access requirements you have.

    *Deadline for applications now extended to Friday 21 February. We will let you know whether you have a place on the Intensive by Tuesday 25 February*

Fancy a brew?

We aim to meet as many local artists as we can for a brew, a chat, and a chance to say hello. Every month, our team meets an average of 50 artists on a 1-2-1 basis. So feel free to get in touch through our contact page – or if you want to discuss something specific, individual team member details can be found below.


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