Monday, 14 October 2013

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Just received the latest newsletter from WYPH with details of a fantastic writing opportunity:

00113 213 7700
Hello all,
We have a bumper pack of fantastic offers and opportunities for writers here – get booking now before it goes.
  • A Play, A Pie & A Pint continues with two great new plays
  • A free Q&A with Alice Nutter, writer of My Generation
  • A free workshop with Hannah Silva, writer, performance poet and theatre maker
  • Ticket offer for The Rain King by Sarah Wallis NOW ON at Harrogate theatre
  • A new FREE writers group in Leeds
A Play, A Pie & A Pint launched this September with Richard Cameron’s Schoolboy/Lover. Feedback was very positive for the whole experience – a decent bite to eat, a drink and good bit of drama all for a tenner. AND you’re out by 7pm – time to get home before kids’ bedtime/go paint the town red depending on your age and lifestyle!!
The next two shows coming up are Bag Lady by Marcia Layne 19 October – 2 November and Playing The Joker by Anthony Clavane 19-23 November. Book now on 0113 213 7700.
My Generation by Alice Nutter opens  on 5 October. I’m hugely excited having seen this grow from an idea to a full all singing all dancing production. We are offering a Question and Answer session with Alice Nutter on how she became a writer and her advice to emerging writers now. It will be Tuesday 8 October 6-7pm and it is free. We are also offering to writers attending the workshop a special offer of one £12 ticket for the performance on Tuesday 8 October only. Book both via the box office on 0113 213 7286.
Watch a video interview with Alice and Harry Hamer about My Generation here
Playing with Words
Seven Arts 24 Oct 5.30 - 6.30pm
An insight into the writing processes and work of Hannah Silva, writer and director of 'The Disappearance of Sadie Jones'. 
How are non-Aristotelian plays structured? What happens to character when you're writing a dream world or a world with no characters in it at all? How can working with a dramaturg support a play's development? What does producing your own work entail? 
A session for writers, theatre makers and those interested in alternative ways of writing and producing plays.
A practical workshop for those wanting to explore the power and musicality of language in non-naturalistic plays and performance. We will work with voice and text, rooted in the physicality of the performer and use simple exercises to reveal layers of meaning behind the words. The workshop is appropriate for writers, actors, performers and directors of all levels of experience.  
Workshop is FREE with a ticket to see the performance. Book your ticket here or pay on the day. To book a place on the workshop email
The Disappearance of Sadie Jones is performing 23-24 Oct: Seven Arts, Leeds

'This brave and powerful play confirms Hannah Silva as a truly original voice.' * * * * Exeunt magazine - read the review

Sadie Jones wants to disappear. She walks a tightrope between reality and imagination; a chaos of words and silence. Sadie leads her lover and her sister into the strange landscape of her unconscious where speech sounds like music, buying apples is a lesson in absurdism and she see words etched into her own skeleton.
The Disappearance of Sadie Jones is a unique blend of language, image and physicality, inspired by the ideas of August Strindberg and companies such as Frantic Assembly.
‘Silva uses techniques like cut-up and collage, sound poetry and physical theatre to create something that’s unique but nods to older forms like shamanism, pre-religious ceremonies, Dadaism and the kind of games that children play with language.’ BBC Radio 3, The Verb

Previews and Preparations at the Playhouse

It's previews and preparations at the Playhouse this week, as the highly anticipated Sweeney Todd bursts onto the Quarry stage and My Generation makes the move from the rehearsal room to the Courtyard Theatre. What's more, it's Light Night on Friday, so keep an eye out for weird, wonderful and thrilling theatre at West Yorkshire Playhouse and all around our city.


Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Now - 26 October 7.30pm, plus matinees

Suitable for 12+


The Demon Barber has opened his doors for business, if you haven't already booked get going because tickets are selling like hot cakes, or should it be hot pies?!


'Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd...' 










My Generation

5 - 26 October 7.45pm, plus matinees


Set to an explosive mash-up of the best pop from across four decades My Generation has its world premier right here on the Courtyard stage from 5 - 26 October.


'A serious play that's full of laughs and music and passion'

Alice Nutter, writer of My Generation














Sweeney Todd Musical Theatre Project

for ages 13 - 19

Cost: £15 for 3 day project, plus backstage tour and theatre trip


Aged 13 - 19 and interested in making theatre? First Floor's Sweeney Todd Project is your chance to create your own Musical Theatre piece inspired by our spine-chilling production of Sweeney Todd. Come and see the show, have a backstage tour and then make your own musical in three days!


Saturday 5 October: 11am – 4pm (Backstage tour & matinee theatre trip.)

Saturday 12, 19 & 26 October,  10am – 4pm 

Call Box Office to book a place.







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