Leeds suburb takes centre stage in theatre production

A Wind of Change, a theatre project in Meanwood

Tickets are now on sale for a unique community theatre production which will put a north Leeds suburb firmly centre stage.

A Wind of Change is a special production put together by and for the people of Meanwood, together with theatre-makers.

Over 60 people who live or work in the area have got involved in the one-off project which has been organised by InterACT Church and Community Partnership with Leeds-based Common Chorus Theatre.

Final rehearsals are now underway ready for the Meanwood-themed play to hit the stage at Stainbeck Church, on Stainbeck Road, on February 16 and 17.

Vanessa Brown, InterACT project manager, said: “We’ve been really pleased that people from all parts of Meanwood and all walks of life are taking part, stretching from the Beckhills, through Potternewton and to areas nearer the park and LS6 parts of Meanwood. Even people not in the performances themselves have been involved. For example, the audience will hear a soundscape taken from recordings of interviews with a group that regularly uses Meanwood Urban Farm.”

She said the show is based around the fictitious story of a pre-teenage boy, Stevie, whose parents have just told him they’re going to divorce.

He ends up meeting a mythical heron at Meanwood Beck who helps guides him by presenting different stories to make him think.

Vanessa said: “All of those stories are an amalgamation of those shared by participants at the beginning of the process, and all will be presented quite differently, from a live radio piece to storytelling and song, comedy and physical theatre.”

She added: “We’re really excited. We’re grateful for the opportunity to hear different stories, mix people up, transform a space that is very familiar to many people locally, and build relationships that we hope will continue on way beyond the February performances.”

Tickets cost £5 are now available from buytickets.at/interactleeds or between noon and 2.30pm at Stainbeck Church community cafe.

There will be a performance at 7.30pm on Friday February 16 and two performances, at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday February 17.

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