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Open Theatre

Open Theatre Society; Leeds' very own experimental theatre society.
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Introducing Ourselves!

We are Open Theatre, the experimental performance society at Leeds University! Here at Open Theatre we love new writing and alternative types of theatre, in other words; all theatre weird and wonderful! We are a fun and approachable society that produces professional sell out work!

Here at open theatre we love to experiment with new ideas and we are not afraid to go beyond the boundaries. Whether it be a piece of new-writing or physical theatre, an idea you think about in the shower - even 'IKEA: the musical' ... we want to hear it.

Committee Members

President: Jonny Dowsett

Vice-President: Chloe Lovatt

Secretary: Charlotte Ranson

Publicity: Leah Taylor

Social Sec: Denys Woolley

Treasurer: Dan Sareen

Open Seat: Anna Yonish

Open Seat: Donny Weerasekera

What do we do?

We produce on average between 3 and 4 professional standard shows per semester and we are lucky enough to have access to various flexible and well-equipped theatre spaces, including those in Stage@Leeds.


Anyone is allowed to propose a show to us, whether it’s your favourite play that you’ve had this exciting idea about or whether it’s a play you’ve written yourself!

Before you do think about proposing you need to know that we prioritise new and alternative theatre and because of this we have decided to shift our focus to these types of shows. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t propose classical or contemporary shows to us, you still can, but we will be looking specifically for that bit of spark that makes it different from your usual sort of show.

If you’re successful in getting short listed, we will then invite you to sort of formal (but not at all scary) meeting with a few of the committee where we will discuss and talk logistically about how you want to achieve your creative dreams, and how we as a society can provide support for that.

If you're nervous or want some clarification on anything to do with your shows (even if you just want to ask what you should do to make your idea a reality) we will be hosting a really chilled informal drinks and chat in Old Bar on the afternoon of 14th November. Anyone is welcome and we'd love to hear your ideas!

First Semester Shows

The Structural Integrity of a Peach

"Yeah, a metaphor. A good one. I think I will explain it. It’s obscure enough that they won’t be able to guess what I mean. But I’ll leave it ‘til the end...” Fall in love.

Have an affair. Threaten a friend. Listen to the voices in your head: In ‘the Structural Integrity of a Peach’ a brash Hunter struggles to voice newfound emotions, Martin is surrounded by people who just don’t care, and a blind Alice seeks foresight through conversations with the devil in the park. As a family of three is thrown into a state of flux by circumstance, social withdrawal becomes the consequence of the inability to talk to each other. ‘The Structural Integrity of a Peach’ explores a world of coping mechanisms for personal inadequacies. It shows us how, in an effort to escape the pains of the everyday, violence, imagination and distraction become solace. In the game of hide and seek from real life, what emerges is a niche little window into human interaction that is charmingly awkward, painfully accurate- and just a little bit quirky.

“Just throw a tagline at them. Ridiculously pretentious and non-sensical, but catchy. ‘Love is a seven sided dice’. There you go, they’ll be hooked.”

Auditions: Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 5-9.30 G11a Clothworkers South Building.

Call backs: Saturday 1st October 5-9.30 G11a Clothworkers South Building.

Show: Thursday 10th till Saturday 12th November 7.30pm

Director: Dan Sareen

Place of Performance: Stage One (Stage@Leeds)


Passion Play

People used to have angels on their shoulders. But there is a gap manifesting in the difference between public speech and private thought and that is people's unknowability. Jeer from the frontline of marital betrayal, adultery, lust, love. This is an immersive experience to get intimate with.

Auditions: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October

Call backs: Wednesday 5th October

Show: 21st – 26th November

Director: Charlotte Everest

Place of Performance: Site Specific Little Leeds Union House



This semester we've had workshops with Manic Chord and Riptide. We'd love to see you there - but unfortunately they've already happened. 

Rest easy though - We'll be bringing more companies to campus very soon.


We're planning a Christmas social very soon - Stay posted.


Check out our Showreel from last year, this will give you a taster of what we are all about:

Feel free to take a browse of our channel!


Dates for the Diary

Thursday 10th of November: The Structural Integrity of a Peach performance at Stage One.

Friday 11th of November: The Structural Integrity of a Peach performance at Stage One.

Saturday 12th of November: The Structural Integrity of a Peach performance at Stage One.


Monday 21st of November: Passion Play performance Little Leeds Union House

Tuesday 22nd of November: Passion Play performance Little Leeds Union House

Wednesday 23rd of November: Passion Play performance Little Leeds Union House.

Thursday 24th of November: Passion Play performance Little Leeds Union House

Friday 25th of November: Passion Play performance Little Leeds Union House

Saturday 26th of November: Passion Play performance Little Leeds Union House

Social Media


Useful documents

  • Social Guidelines

    Should you be running a social, check out the guidelines for events you run.

  • Download Risk Assessment

    Our risk assessment

  • OT Proposal Form

    If you are wishing to propose a show to OT please use this form and follow the instructions on it. Be aware, some things have changed so read carefully.



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