From 11th October, four large beds will pop up across Leeds city centre, each with an elderly person under the covers.
The performers are all from Leeds and when approached by passers-by, the stories they share will reveal surprising life experiences of many isolated and overlooked members of society.
Devised by London-based Entelechy Arts, Bed has toured cities and festivals throughout the UK and recently went to Japan. It is now being brought to Leeds for the first time by Beeston-based older artist Alan Lyddiard.
“These will be the stories of Leeds,” Alan explains. “They will be stories of lives lived now; from Seacroft to Hawksworth Wood, from Holbeck to Chapel Allerton, from Chapeltown to Beeston and everywhere in between.”
“It will be performed by an ensemble of 1000 older people, who will ask the world to consider what it means to age in the 21st century.”
Bed is part of Leeds Playhouse’s Open Weekend celebrations at the following
- Friday 11th October: Playhouse Garden, Central Bus Station and Kirkgate – 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm. Kirkgate Market Food Hall – 12pm to 2pm & 3pm – 4.30pm
- Saturday 12th October: Playhouse Garden, Central Bus Station, Kirkgate Market Food Hall and Kirkgate – 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm
- Sunday 13th October: Playhouse Garden, Central Bus Station, Kirkgate and the Corn Exchange 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
For more information on The Performance Ensemble visit theperformanceensemble.com