Leeds Playhouse is well known for working with local communities and making a difference through the arts. Now, the theatre is working to reduce social isolation amongst older people.
The theatre has teamed up with Comic Relief to create a fairground inspired pop-up resource, created by designer Emma Williams in collaboration with a group of people over 55. It’s a fantastic, multicoloured structure which features a musical jukebox and comfy seating. Ideal to hold creative activities for older people!
The pop-up resource will be used in a variety of venues including Flamingos Coffee House, as well as being used to host free creative arts workshops and events for older people. For example, the resource recently asked people to share stories of older people that inspire them.
Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said “As an organisation we are always trying new and innovative ways to engage audiences. I’m incredibly proud our pioneering work with older people and I am hugely grateful to Comic Relief for supporting us in realising this fantastic project.”
There’s no limit to Leeds Playhouse’s commitment to the community. Older people are increasingly feeling vulnerable and lonely in today’s society, so it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone has a place to feel safe, listened to and respected. Well done again Leeds Playhouse for helping tackle this issue.