Carriageworks Theatre opens its doors to the fostering community

Over 100 looked after children and their foster families have been treated to a special production of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic tale 'Treasure Island' at the city’s Carriageworks Theatre, as part of a new Leeds City Council initiative.

Delivered in partnership by the Carriageworks Theatre and the council’s Children Services team under its Child Friendly Leeds banner, the aim of the project is to provide young people right across the city with the opportunity to access high quality, family friendly arts and experience the enjoyment of live performance at the city centre venue.

Bradford based theatre company 'Mind the Gap' delighted the children and carers with their unique version of 'Treasure Island'. Taking a modern twist, playwright Mike Kenny has set the swashbuckling story in a supermarket where carrots become parrots and trolleys sail the seven seas.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Creating opportunities where those less able to access professional theatre can come along and see what it's all about is a really important part of the performing arts offer in Leeds.

"This is a fantastic initiative by Carriageworks Theatre, and I’m sure this very special and modern adaption of Treasure Island was a wonderful treat for the children and their foster families."

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s Services said:

"The selfless and vital role that foster families play in providing a safe, stable and loving environment for vulnerable children in our city is simply wonderful, and it only right that as a council we continue to show our appreciation for the tremendous work that they do, through initiatives such as this one."

Notes to editors:

The Leeds City Council run Carriageworks Theatre is a modern venue located on Millennium Square programming a wide variety of theatre and comedy for the whole family. The venue is also the proud home of the Leeds Civic Arts Guild, the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and various classes open to the Leeds community.

To book tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions, call the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or visit www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk.

For further information, interviews, photos and full listings contact:

Gwenmarie Ewing, Carriageworks Arts and Promotion Officer, Tel: 0113 224 3139

Email: Gwenmarie.Ewing@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk