Spirit of community in Leeds showcased at West Yorkshire Playhouse

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More than 100 performers from across Leeds will take to the stage at West Yorkshire Playhouse to celebrate community talent this weekend.

The Community Showcase features a number of productions that highlight the many diverse voices of Leeds, telling stories from its residents’ perspective. The performance closes the playhouse’s Open Season – a festival of community performance that has celebrated people’s vital relationships with the city.

The audience will be able to watch a large community company involving performers from across Yorkshire perform Leeds Stories, a new piece put together by Bafta-nominated city writer Mark Catley.

Other performances include Now and Then – a collaboration between the Playhouse’s Youth Theatre and Heydays programme for older people, which sees young people performing stories inspired by the lives and journeys of Heydays members; a sharing of selected pieces of music, drama and song performed by the Theatre of Sanctuary Music Group, Hearts and Asmarina Voices, part of a dedicated programme for refugees and asylum seekers; and a dance performance by RJC Dance’s adult group.

Alexander Ferris, director of creative engagement, said: “We are really delighted to be presenting this Community Showcase. It includes the very best of community theatre work by the playhouse but also a number of our friends, such as RJC Dance and Space 2. It’s a fitting close to the festival and will be a joyous and fun celebration of Leeds and all of its talented residents.”

The show will start in the Quarry Theatre at 7pm on Saturday, July 22. Tickets cost £6 and are available from wyp.org.uk or 0113 2137700.

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