Not into Theatre? Think it’s not for you? You’re exactly the sort of person the West Yorkshire Playhouse is looking for.
The Leeds theatre is on the search for people to take part in this year’s Transform Festival, a celebration throughout April of new and experimental theatre work showcasing the best of the region’s up and coming artists.
One of the pieces being shown as part of the Transform Festival, which in the last two years has become one of the Playhouse’s most exciting ventures, is called Burmantofts Stories.
A performance about the inner city area of Leeds, the piece will be created with 30 people from Burmantofts and performed in a venue in the area.
Leeds-based theatre maker Pauline Mayers, who trained with the internationally famous Rambert Dance Company, will work with the community to create the performance.
She will work alongside a team of theatre professionals to make the piece featuring local people – and the work will be entirely dictated by the people from Burmantofts who get involved.
“We want the people of Burmantofts to tell us their stories and the rich history of the area,” says producer Amy Letman.
The project follows on from last year’s Transform which featured a performance called 9, in which nine people, most of whom had never performed before, appeared on the stage of the Playhouse. A session is being held at 3pm today at the Lincoln Green Community Centre, where people can meet Ms Mayers to find out more and sign up to get involved with the event.
She said: “It’s going to be a really exciting project for people to get involved in. The people from Burmantofts that sign up will get to take part in professional workshops and rehearsals to create a piece of theatre inspired by their own stories.”
For more information, write to the West Yorkshire Playhouse at: firstname.lastname@example.org by February 8.