Leeds Playhouse leads the way with Dinner 18:55

I love the work Leeds Playhouse’s Creative Engagement department does with the local community, and its latest offering, Dinner 18:55 looks set to be another fantastic example of this work.

The intergenerational performance will explore experiences of loneliness amongst all generations – bringing together unique viewpoint from across the community. Why don’t we all take a bit of time out of our busy day to share a meal and a conversation together?

The show will be performed by a community ensemble including performers from Leeds Playhouse’s Older People’s Programme and Youth Programme. The show will share real stories and experiences but in a light and thought-provoking way.

Directed by Maggie De Ruyck, the superstar who managed Leeds Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival, I’m sure this is going to be a really lovely piece. Maggie De Ruyck said “It’s been an absolute delight to work with such an inspiring company of community performers on this pioneering intergenerational performance. Watching the ensemble share stories of memorable meals and life-changing moments whilst discovering their similarities and being respectful of their differences during rehearsals has been really inspiring. It’s a thrill to be able to bring participants from both our older and younger people’s programmes together to tell stories through theatre in such brave and creative ways.”

Dinner 18:55 plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre from 22 to 23 February.

Photography credited to Anthony Robling

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