Free family day of theatrical fun in Leeds

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For the first time, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Corn Exchange are to host a free ‘takeover day’, with a multitude of exciting activities for those aged five to 16, and their families.

The packed programme on December 15 will include story dens, festive choirs and singing groups, craft activities and workshops, all inspired by A Christmas Carol, showing now in the Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre.

There will even be the chance to dress up as your favourite character in a pop-up photo booth, with stunning outfits from the theatre’s Costume Hire.

Head of young people at Leeds Playhouse, Gaby Paradis, said: “This is the first collaboration between the two Leeds organisations and we are thrilled that this free family-friendly day will happen in the iconic surroundings of the Corn Exchange.

“It will be fantastic to see the inspiring venue filled with amazing activities the whole family can get involved in.

“At Leeds Playhouse we aim to make theatre as exciting and as accessible as possible and being able to host the event in the centre of Leeds demonstrates our commitment to opening up creative possibilities for everyone whilst showcasing some of the fantastic organisations within the city.”

Leeds Corn Exchange Centre Manager Adam Warner said: “We’re really excited to welcome Leeds Playhouse to Leeds Corn Exchange on December 15. It’s really important for us to create valuable relationships with key city centre partners and we feel that this partnership is a perfect fit.

“Leeds Corn Exchange has long been a hub of creative activity in the city and we are looking forward to welcoming their team for a unique day of workshops, live music, performances and more.”

The day runs from 10am to 6pm. But Leeds Playhouse also offers a regular, dedicated programme of work for young people aged five to 25.