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David Greig’s Europe at Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse to stage politically resonant play as part of their Pop-Up season.

Europe at Leeds Playhouse
Europe at Leeds Playhouse

David Greig’s Europe has been confirmed as the second production in the Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up season this October.

Written in 1994 at the height of the Balkan conflict, the production explores our relationship with our continent. A modern classic, the play is set in and around a small-town railway station and follows the plight of two economic refugees as they arrive in an unnamed town near an unnamed European border.

The production will feature seven of the Playhouse’s Ensemble Company including Jo Mousley as Katia, currently playing Valarie in the Playhouse’s production of Road, and Robert Pickavance as Sava, currently playing Prof in Road.

Director James Brining. Photograph: Anthony Robling.

The show will be directed by Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, who said: “I was fascinated by David Greig’s play from the moment I read it over 20 years ago. Staging it now feels as important now as when it was first written which is a measure of its power as a modern classic. The story focuses on the power of human connection and friendship. As a theatre of sanctuary, the Playhouse works tirelessly with individuals to combat the feeling of displacement and I am really interested in how this production will provoke discussions around our own sense of belonging. This is the second production in our Pop-Up season performed by our Ensemble Company, and I can’t wait for audiences to see the cast take on these brilliant new characters.”

Europe is the second production in the Playhouse’s Pop-Up season, a year-long programme of work hosted in a unique temporary 350 seat theatre on the Playhouse’s current site.

Lighting designer David Bennion-Pedley and Sound Designer and Composer David Shrubsole join the creative team.

Europe is at Leeds Playhouse from Friday 12 October to Saturday 3 November. Book online at leedsplayhouse.org.uk or call the Box office on 0113 213 7700.

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