LEEDS TIE"A powerful medium for opening up many issues for children, parents and professionals"
LEEDS THEATRE IN EDUCATION COMPANY"A powerful medium for opening up many issues for children, parents and professionals"
See Us In Action
We specialise in the use of drama to enable people to talk safely about difficult issues. Starting with a play each programme also includes a workshop element & follow up packs.
A participatory play, devised in partnership with the BLAST Project and part of an Educational Theatre Programme that examines the issues around grooming & CSE, and supports work on health & wellbeing, safe relationships, homophobia & domestic abuse..
A new programme that will look at issues around knife crime, hate crime and domestic violence. The programme will consist of a participatory play, post play discussions, workshops and teaching support materials.
The Witch’s House Legacy Project
2020 marks 50 years since Leeds Playhouse TIE Company began. It’s 26 years since we left the Playhouse and we’re still creating and delivering educational theatre programmes for disadvantaged children and adults in Leeds.
As one of the few TIE companies still in existence, we want to try to capture and record the work so professionals, students and anyone who’s interested can see how and why it’s made and the impact it has on audiences.
So we’re planning a legacy project, using video, podcasts and social media to document the process of creating The Witch’s House from the search for funding, through devising, researching, writing, rehearsal to the pilot performances, scheduled for Summer 2020.
Alongside this we intend to create a record of Leeds TIE from the beginning in 1970 through its various stages of evolution to the present. As part of this history we want to invite people to share their memories of the work.
We already have over £20K committed by the Arts Council and project partners but we need another £5K by December to make the project happen. So we’ve launched a crowd funding campaign on The Big Give (donate button below). Any contribution, no matter how small, will help, and in the spirit of crowd funding all donors will be invited to a showcase performance of The Witch’s House so they can see what they’ve helped to make.
If you want to follow the project, get involved and contribute or you just want more information then look for updates here, follow us on Facebook (link below) or email us at
We are now taking donations for the project…please click link below to donate.
2nd December – THE BIG GIVE Campaign has so far raised £2,600 including Gift Aid. Many thanks to everyone who has generously contributed. And GOOD NEWS we’ve extended the deadline so you now have 7 days left to press the Donate button!
We now have THREE contributions to the Legacy Project (History) – Paul Copley and John Surman’s memories of joining the company in 1970, and Cheryl Stott’s memories of working with us in late 90s – 2000. Click on THE LEGACY PROJECT to see their posts.
Looking For Callum finished a successful tour of Morley Primary schools! Many thanks to the Morley Cluster for their support.
”It was great to see some pupils who rarely engage in discussion activities getting so involved in the follow up activities. The performance and the workshop had a significant impact on the pupils and they were keen to continue discussing the issues in the follow up lessons. It is a very effective introduction to teaching about homophobia and we have built this in to our Year 5 planning.” YEAR 5 TEACHER
We completed this tour with a performance of Looking For Callum at Ripon House Approved Premises. 10 residents and 3 staff attended. They were a lovely group, everyone participated and we all had a great evening. Doing participatory theatre with adults always feels like a risk, even though we’ve done it countless times, but we never fail to be surprised, moved and uplifted by the generosity and bravery of groups, to join in with the theatre and take on the difficult issues it raises. They also seem to enjoy it! Many thanks to all!
“13 residents and staff were treated to an amazing performance and workshop by Leeds TIE in our own lounge! LOOKING FOR CALLUM sensitively touched on DV, CSE and safeguarding, and feedback from residents was 10/10 across the board.” Pam Bircumshaw, Ripon House.
THE SAME OLD NEWS – The Witch’s House Project fundraising campaign continues on The Big Give. If you’d like to help us make this project happen then please donate using the DONATE BUTTON at the bottom of this page OR you can go to The Big Give and type Leeds Theatre in Education Company into campaign search. This is a screen shot of what comes up… You CAN’T PRESS THIS RED BUTTON! Actually, you can press the Donate button below! Go on, you know you want to!