South Leeds goes to the Playhouse

South Leeds Life has teamed up with West Yorkshire Playhouse to help people who might not otherwise visit to experience the magic of live theatre.

Starting this week we are offering readers free tickets to see shows on press night. Of course nothing comes for free, so in return we would like you to help us review the show.

We will help you get to the theatre in Leeds city centre if necessary and buy you a interval drink. You can bring a friend or partner with you and you’ll be accompanied by a writer from South Leeds Life. After the show there will be a chance to meet the actors and crew.

If you would like to have a go at writing the review yourself we’ll give you tips, support and advice. If not you can share your thoughts with us and we’ll write it.

The first three shows we are inviting you to are:

Wednesday 24 May – The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck’s classic story of poor farmers moving from the Oklahoma dustbowl to what they hope will be a better life in California. This production includes a ‘community chorus’ of 40 amateur actors, including two from South Leeds.

Tuesday 13 June – Miss Meena and the Masala Queens

Written by Harvey Virdi and inspired by the British Asian drag queen community, the play uncovers the untold stories of men who choose a female persona by night. Behind the sparkling costumes and big Bollywood style lip-sync dance numbers, Miss Meena & the Masala Queens reveals a very human story about the meaning of family.

Wednesday 14 June – Ode To Leeds

Spoken word, music and movement are celebrated in Zodwa Nyoni’s powerful new play Ode to Leeds, inspired by the city’s renowned spoken word poetry group, Leeds Young Authors. Five young people find their voices and forge new friendships as they pursue their dream of reaching America’s “Brave New Voices” slam poetry competition in New York.  But their route to success is undermined by personal rivalries and inner demons which threaten the team’s very foundations.

If you would like to attend any of these shows please email telling us why you would like the chance to go to the Playhouse with us. Please note there are a maximum of two free tickets to each show.


Image: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds. Photo: Dancewear Central via Creative Commons