Leeds Playhouse is touring award-winning slam poet Zia Ahmed’s play ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ to community settings in Middleton and Beeston this month following its run at the Playhouse.
Over the past 9 years, the Playhouse has shared productions such as Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’, David Peace’s ‘The Damned United’ and a new commission for families by Robert Alan Evans of ‘Fairy Poppins and the Naughty Winter Ghost’, playing in a multitude of non-traditional community settings. I Wanna Be Yours will join this plethora of community tour productions, continuing the theatre’s commitment to sharing the joy of live theatre with people in their familiar community settings. Venues for this 2022 tour include the Parochial Hall in Middleton and the Hamara Centre in Beeston.
‘I Wanna Be Yours’ is directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Sameena Hussain and stars Eva Scott and Usman Nawaz as young couple Ella and Haseeb as they work on sustaining a relationship across contemporary cultural divides. This is the first time Sameena, from Halifax, has toured a piece of theatre to communities with the Playhouse and it’s a prospect she finds very exciting.
“I can’t wait to share this beautiful piece of theatre with audiences across the city. The play is about the journeys we make and the way two people move together in the world. I have definitely had the community tour in mind when working with the company as that is exactly what we will be doing – journeying to different spaces and engaging with communities in a meaningful way.”
Over the years, audiences have welcomed the Playhouse with open arms to the spaces that mean the most to them. Head of Creative Communities at Leeds Playhouse Fiona McCulloch-Exley, said:
“Every year, the tour is greeted with such generosity and warmth across the city. It’s an integral feature of our work within the Leeds communities. It’s a privilege to see the impact of bringing these stories to people’s doorsteps; whether it be families discovering theatre together for the first time or a passer by taking a chance and grabbing a ticket on the door – really special moments made, it magic!”
Tickets for the community tour can be booked for just £3. Communities can also take part in a free 2-hour workshop around the themes of the play, packed full of fun, drama, movement, and creative arts activities.
Friday 20 May: Middleton Parochial Hall
Wednesday 25 May: Hamara Centre, Beeston
Box office (0113) 213 7700. Book online: leedsplayhouse.org.uk
This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds Playhouse
Photo: Director Sameena Hussain, Eva Scott (Ella) and Usman Nawaz (Haseeb) in the rehearsals of I Wanna Be Yours. Photography by Ant Robling