An Award Winning Creative Programme

Following the success of Leeds Playhouse’s award-winning Creative Engagement programme aimed at connecting with communities across the Leeds City Region, the theatre has enhanced its efforts to reach out to people who might feel an increased sense of isolation or vulnerability during the current lockdown.

PLAYHOUSE CONNECT builds on work already carried out and aims to address four specific areas which are particularly critical in the current circumstances:

  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Reconnection and Recovery
  • Skills and Training for Young People

All activities included in the programme are free and aimed at boosting creativity and forging meaningful social connections across the region.

The pioneering PLAYHOUSE CONNECT programme – recently recognised in The Stage’s Top 100 theatre awards – began at the start of the first lockdown, connecting with more than 12,000 people through more than 30 projects.

In response to the extended national lockdown and the pressure it’s placing on communities, the Playhouse is now working with partners across the Leeds City Region on a collection of new and innovative projects. These aim to connect diverse communities, promote creativity to boost mental and physical wellbeing, arm people with new skills, and give everyone the opportunity to express themselves at a time when many are feeling disconnected and alone.

With more announcements to follow in the coming weeks, new projects include:

  • Reasons to be Hopeful – 100 people from two generations will collaborate with 10 local artists via post, phone, zoom and email to forge new creative connections and create a multi-media tapestry for the people of Leeds, filled with reasons to be hopeful.
  • Can You Hear Me? – A weekly invitation to young people across the city to respond to voice notes left by award-winning industry professionals including playwright, rapper and beatboxer Testament, actor Lladel Bryant and comedian Maisie Adam. These personalised positive audio messages of solidarity, reflection and connection will generate responses from young people, enabling them to share their experiences.
  • Playhouse Young Leaders – 12 young people will receive professional training in arts leadership to help them realise their potential as part of the Playhouse’s aim to help support training and job opportunities in the Leeds region.

The ongoing commitment of visionary funders and supporters ensure that Leeds Playhouse can run projects with the impact and reach of PLAYHOUSE CONNECT, directly focusing engagement within communities where it is most needed.

For more information on the current projects available and additional projects to come including how to book please visit the Leeds Playhouse website.

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