Playhouse production

1001 Stories

24 Apr – 6 May 2023

  • Venue
    Leeds Playhouse

A revolutionary two-week takeover where older people perform, exhibit and express their stories of lives lived to the fullest.

Join us for a celebration of older people’s vast creativity, shared through passionate and unexpected performances, exhibitions, music, dance and more across Leeds Playhouse. Everyone is welcome at our ground-breaking celebration of age and ageing.

1001 Stories is a collaboration between The Performance Ensemble, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Museums and Galleries and Leeds Older People’s Forum for LEEDS 2023.

If you would like a day pass to the 1001 Stories Front of House Takeover activities, you can book in advance here. Sign up for free events at the Playhouse when you arrive.

Get involved

We’re collecting 1001 stories from Leeds’s older community, creating a catalogue of funny, touching and inspiring moments from across the city.

If you’re over 60 with a connection to Leeds, tell us your story, anecdote or milestone memory. Your story does not have to be a long one; if it is true and means something to you, then we want to hear it.

Your story will form an essential part of the 1001 Stories Festival. It will be displayed as part of a large online archive of the stories of the people of Leeds and it will inform creative work that will take place as part of our festival.

Want to get inspired? See the stories so far.

We’ve created a guidance booklet on how to share your story.

Contact the Team

We are committed to making 1001 Stories accessible so that as many people as possible can take part. If you need further assistance in submitting your story or would like to discuss the project with the team, contact us at the blue box at the top of this page.

Audio flyer


Eat & drink

Whilst you’re here

Whether it’s a catch up, pre-show meal or post-show drink, we’ve got you covered.


    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • Principal Partner

    Caddick Group
  • Principal Access Partner

    Irwin Mitchell