Star alongside Jamie Jones -Buchanan in new play 'Leeds Lads'

Jamie Jones-Buchanan is set to star alongside 40 local Leeds actors in new community play about city’s inspiring role in Battle of the Somme.

Coinciding with the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Leeds theatre company Red Ladder, Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds Civic Arts Guild present a new play Leeds Lads, following a young woman’s journey into Leeds’ secret past – this vibrant production transports audiences from the turmoil and tensions of war, to the richly multi-cultural city we know today.

This brand new play features a cast with 40 local actors and musicians who will take to the stage alongside Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who makes his stage debut.

Leeds Lads is a new play about the people of Leeds, past and present – their fears, their love and their friendships, performed by the people of Leeds today. Selected through open audition, the community cast will have the opportunity to perform and learn about professional theatre under the direction of Red Ladder’s Artistic Director, Rod Dixon working in collaboration with Antony Clavane and Nick Stimson – the writers behind the acclaimed Promised Land.
Tickets went on sale following an announcement at the Leeds Rhinos Boxing Day match against Wakefield Wildcats, as Red Ladder further builds its relationship with Leeds Rhinos following on from their performance of Playing The Joker at Headingley Carnegie stadium in 2014.

If you would like the chance to star alongside Jamie in Leeds Lads, Red Ladder are holding open auditions for Leeds Lads on Saturday 19 March and Sunday 20 March 2016 at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds 9.30am and at Hunslet Hawks, South Leeds Stadium 2pm. Sunday audition venues and times to be announced shortly.
Auditions will run for a morning or afternoon session and will consist of registration followed by a warm up, some ensemble movement and vocal exercises. Smaller groups will be given the opportunity to play any instruments they play, more precise movement and vocal exercises and some short passages to read out.
No experience needed but are open to over 18s only.  Rehearsals for Leeds Lads will be Sundays from and including 10 April 2016 from 10am – 5pm for the full cast and then Monday and Tuesday evenings for principal characters and band practices.
Red Ladder will need commitment to the whole rehearsal period and then the technical and dress rehearsal period week beginning 13 June 2016 plus the week of shows including the potential matinee on Wednesday 22 June 2016 and the definite matinee on Saturday 25 June 2016.
For more details visit the Red Ladder website on or email Jenny at [email protected] for a registration form.
Dates: Friday 17 June – Saturday 25 June 2016
Times: Evenings 7.30pm Monday – Saturday 
Matinees 2pm Saturday 18 & 25 June
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 Conc)
Booking: 0113 376 0318