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Dinner 18:55 is almost ready at Leeds Playhouse

A new play questions why we no longer make time to sit down and share a meal.

Dinner 1855 at Leeds Playhouse Credit Anthony Robling
Dinner 1855 at Leeds Playhouse Credit Anthony Robling

Leeds Playhouse is set to stage an all-new intergenerational performance this February, questioning why we rarely make the time to sit down and share a meal and a conversation.

Dinner 18:55 uses humour and music to share real stories, experiences, hopes and fears, sparking new exciting conversations between generations. Celebrating collaboration and community, the show shines a light on the performers both as individuals and an ensemble.

The cast includes participants from Leeds Playhouse’s Older People’s Programme and Youth Programme, which form part of the Playhouse’s sector-leading Creative Engagement department.

Working with over 10,000 people every year, the department is dedicated to using theatre to explore ideas about difference and togetherness through creative projects.

Dinner 18:55 is directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Older People’s Programme Manager Maggie De Ruyck, Festival Project Manager of Leeds Playhouse’s ground-breaking Every Third Minute festival of theatre, dementia and hope which ran in spring 2018.

“Watching the ensemble share stories of memorable meals and life-changing moments whilst discovering their similarities and being respectful of their differences during rehearsals has been really inspiring,” explains Maggie De Ruyck.

“It’s a thrill to be able to bring participants from both our older and younger people’s programmes together to tell stories through theatre in such brave and creative ways.”

Dinner 18:55 takes place in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre from 22nd to 23rd February 2019. Book online at leedsplayhouse.org or call the Box Office on 0113 213 7700.

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