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Young Leeds talent joins European Youth Theatre Festival

Leeds Playhouse Youth Theatre to perform Zoetrope alongside theatre-makers from across Europe.

The Zoetrope Company - Anthony Robling.

Leeds Playhouse Youth Theatre will perform at The REP in Birmingham as part of The For / With / By: Festival. The event showcases youth theatre work in the UK and Europe, celebrating theatre made by young people aged 14 – 25.

Joining thirteen other youth theatre companies, Leeds Playhouse Youth Theatre will perform their production of Rebecca Manley’s Zoetrope. Directed by Gemma Woffinden and in collaboration with Leeds Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Zoetrope is a poignant and timely production exploring the mental health of our young people and the resources afforded to them.

Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “This is a fantastic festival showcasing the brilliant work being created by young people throughout the UK and Europe. Our Youth Theatre continues to empower and raise the confidence and the aspirations of the young people in this city. Their work is of a high-standard and it is brilliant that they do not shy away from tackling difficult issues.”

The Zoetrope Company from 2017. Photograph by Anthony Robling.

The Zoetrope Company from 2017. Photograph by Anthony Robling.

Following the production, first performed in 2017, Gemma Woffinden was named the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Mental Health Champion, which celebrated her work in raising awareness and improving the understanding of mental health at a grassroots level.

For / With / By: Festival Of European Youth Theatre is generously supported by Ramps on the Moon, Baron Davenport’s Charity and The Golsoncott Foundation. Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is supporting La Joven Compañia.

For / With / By: Festival of European Youth Theatre is to be performed at Birmingham Rep from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August. To book online visit


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