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Airplays in rehearsal at Leeds College of Music

BBC Radio Leeds, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds College of Music come together for live radio plays.

Alyce Liburd and Chris Jack in rehearsals for Airplays. Photography by David Lindsay.
Alyce Liburd and Chris Jack in rehearsals for Airplays. Photography by David Lindsay.

BBC Radio Leeds, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds College of Music have come together to produce a series of radio plays to be performed for live audiences this October.

Airplays is the result of an open-call out for new 15-minute dramas responding to the theme of migration, written by Yorkshire-based writers Gemma Bedeau, Chris O’Connor, Emma Barnes and Kamal Kaan.

The four plays are directed by Kash Arshad, currently Trainee Artistic Director at Freedom Studios in Bradford. He is joined by Stefan Escreet as Radio Drama Consultant.

Daniel Large, Mikey Sluman and Lara Jones in rehearsal. Credit: David Lindsay.

Daniel Large, Mikey Sluman and Lara Jones in rehearsal. Credit: David Lindsay.

Director Kash Arshad: “Airplays has been a fantastic project to work on, a real collaboration, and I’m so excited to be bringing the words of the fantastic Yorkshire writers to life. I’m very lucky to be working with an ensemble of amazing actors as well as three fantastically talented musicians, who are all Leeds College of Music graduates.”

The plays were selected by a panel of judges from Leeds Playhouse, BBC Radio Leeds and the Playhouse’s Theatre of Sanctuary programme for refugees and asylum seekers. Leeds Playhouse is the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, and runs a dedicated programme of work in collaboration with the City of Sanctuary. Projects include a weekly singing group, conversation café and ticket scheme.

Airplays is at Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th October 2018.
Book online at lcm.ac.uk/whats-on/airplays/

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