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New Leeds-based creative residency Speak Volumes

A new opportunity from Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Libraries.

The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find at Leeds Playhouse Anthony Robling
The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find at Leeds Playhouse Anthony Robling

Speak Volumes – a brand new creative residency programme – has been announced in a new partnership from Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Libraries.

The programme will offer two artists or theatre companies the opportunity to embed themselves in Leeds Central Library and libraries across Leeds, with a view to creating a brand new piece of theatre in response to an element of library life.

Speak Volumes builds on the success of The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find by Emma Adams, co-presented in a collaboration between the Playhouse, The Leeds Library and Leeds Libraries. The play ran for two weeks at The Leeds Library before embarking on a tour to Leeds Libraries across the city.

David Judge in The Things We Wouldn't Otherwise Find. Credit: Anthony Robling.

David Judge in The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find. Credit: Anthony Robling.

A call out is now open for artists and companies to submit a proposal outlining the area of library life they’re most interested to explore. The submissions will be read and considered by representatives from Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Libraries.

The Speak Volumes resident artists will both receive a fee to undertake a four-week residency at Leeds Libraries, where they will gain exclusive access to all areas of the Grade II listed Leeds Central Library building.

The window for submissions is now open for Speak Volumes. The deadline for proposals is 5pm on Friday 22 February. Find out more at leedsplayhouse.org.uk.

Read our review of The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find

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