Interplay are a theatre company with a 40 year history of engaging audiences in theatre and other art forms, creating performances that place the audience at the centre of the experience. We create immersive environments in which the world of the play unfolds, creating theatre where you can feel the rain on your face, where live music maps the emotional and geographical terrain.
Actors and musicians use poetry, live music and dance, weaving sensory experience into the fabric of the narrative to create a total theatre that is accessible across audiences of adults and children alike, and continues to build upon the success of the work we do from our base in Leeds.
What we do:
The company engages with people who experience economic, social and sensory barriers. By creating and experiencing the arts Interplay helps them to:
• Realise their potential.
• Make a positive contribution.
• Unlock their creativity.
• Enjoy and achieve.
• Overcome economic and social barriers.
• Communicate despite sensory impairment.
• Interplay tours, nationally, multi-sensory shows for children, aged 5 – 18 with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
• The company also undertakes bespoke arts intervention projects within special schools, primary schools and youth organisations.
• Interplay runs an industry-based learning programme across film, radio, music and theatre to create artistic products with 14- 16s not in education.
Interplay spend a lot of time working with schools across the country. We are best known nationally for our touring shows, taking the experience of theatre into special schools and developing a technique of unlocking the five senses in order to access young people with severe learning disabilities. Through our unique brand of sensory theatre we have developed an uncompromising reputation for drama, which is accessible, high quality and emotionally challenging.
Who we work with:
Interplay’s aim is to engage with children, young people and occasionally adults who feel excluded, including:
• children who are severely disabled and may never attend the theatre
• young people with behavioural/social barriers who are having difficulties at school
• adults with disabilities or mental health issues who suffer from social isolation
The building is a former church hall and has a large main space available for hire. The hall has seen a variety of visitors through it’s doors; from Tea Dances to art exhibitions, the hall is currently used as a rehearsal space for bands and as a meeting place for a range of groups, as well as a place to hold one off events.
Interplay have a recording studio on the premises, boasting industry standard equipment and software including Pro-Tools, Reason, Cubase, Logic and Ableton. We use the studio during our Work Related Learning program Tools for the Trade and the studio is available to hire for bands wishing to record. The space is used by studio engineers Lee Smith and Jamie Lockhart, who run Greenmount Studios and have recently recorded bands such as the Cribs, Beans on Toast, Rosie Doonan and many more.
Interplay has a film editing suite of high specification Apple Mac computers with film capture facilities and editing software. The company also has a three high specification video cameras and a DSLR camera.
Interplay’s kitchen facilities are for use by all groups who hire the building, and comes equip with a widescreen TV and Freeview channels, as well as standard toaster, kettle, mircrowave, two fridges and a sink.