If you’d like to bring to life the personal tales behind one of the city’s historic gems - then West Yorkshire Playhouse wants to hear from you.
The theatre is creating a unique production that will be staged in Leeds Kirkgate Market, with a script penned by local writers using real life material and stories about the market and its history.
And the hunt is now under way for 30 ordinary people from across the city to form a community company to star in the show, performing alongside professional actors.
Associate producer Amy Letman said: “This is a great project and a brilliant opportunity for anyone who has a relationship with the market, either as a trader or a regular visitor, to get involved in a piece of theatre that will be performed in the market.
“We’re looking for lots of enthusiastic volunteers, they don’t need any prior performance experience to get involved, just an interest in taking part.”
The unique show will form part of a major festival called Transform: My Leeds, My City, featuring performances in unusual spaces, within walking distance of the theatre, plus special events within the Playhouse.
Leeds Kirkgate Market first opened in 1822 as an open air market and it was where Marks & Spencer first started out in 1884 as a penny bazaar.
It is now a Grade 1 listed building employing 2,000 people on 600 stalls and generating £2m profit a year. However a recent report on securing its long-term future suggested it should be reduced in size and greater investment ploughed in.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver to: Transform (c/o Amy), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP.