19 May and it’s the first performance at the Courtyard Theatre of six monologues which have been commissioned by Leeds Playhouse to help celebrate its 50th birthday.
All the writers are from the north and each work on their chosen decade and with separate directors. The live performances are from 19–29 May and stream online via Playhouse: At Home from 24 May – 5 June.
Writers Simon Armitage, Leanna Benjamin, Kamal Kaan, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Stan Owens (main image) each took their inspiration from a different decade, covering the lifespan of the Playhouse from the 1970s–2020s, to create the companion set of short plays.
The cast comprises:
Connor Elliott (THE BODYGUARD by Simon Armitage), Cassie Layton (AND AFTER WE SAILED A THOUSAND SKIES by Kamal Kaan), Akiel Dowe (PIE IN THE BUS STOP by Stan Owens), Nicole Botha (THE UNKNOWN by Leanna Benjamin), Isobel Coward (NICER THAN ORANGE SQUASH by Alice Nutter) and Eva Scott (DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT by Maxine Peake).
The sextet of directors are:
Leeds Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining, Associate Director Amy Leach and RTYDS Resident Assistant Director Sameena Hussain, Evie Manning of Common Wealth Theatre, Theatre State’s Tess Seddon and Theatre Director Amanda Huxtable.
The full creative team includes:
Set & Costume Designer Amanda Stoodley; Lighting Designer Kieron Johnson; Sound Designer & Composer (70s-90s) Annie May Fletcher; Sound Designer & Composer (2000s-20s) Charlotte Bickley; Assistant Directors Lladel Bryant, Mariyah Kayat and Hassan Khan; Casting Director Lucy Casson; Composer & Arranger (2010s) Elion Morris; Composer & Vocal Coach (2010s) Zoe Katsilerou; Film Company Phil Barber for Sodium; Film Coordinator Simon Wainwright; Audio Description Consultant Vicky Ackroyd.
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