The Parting Glass by Red Ladder Theatre Company

ByTom Bailey

The Parting Glass by Red Ladder Theatre Company

Arts & Minds, Inkwell Arts and Feel Good Factor have joined together with Red Ladder to bring you this very special event!
A performance exploring mental health, masculinity and human connection in a social media-obsessed world.
The Parting Glass
Tuesday 15th October, Doors 6pm, show starts at 7pm
Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds, LS7 3LW
The Parting Glass is a new play by Leeds-based playwright Chris O’Connor for Red Ladder Theatre Company. During an intimate and witty performance, audiences are invited to join spirited Leeds lass Sara at a special gathering she has organised; and Jim, a funny and charming lad who tells us his story down the pub over a pint. They seem like the perfect match, but is all as it appears? Red Ladder’s new production examines mental health and the culture of silence that can prevent men from opening up about their experiences. It will tour to Leeds, Wakefield and Barnsley from September as part of Red Ladder Local which takes exceptional new writing into the heart of communities, in non-theatre spaces including pubs, social clubs and community centres.

Red Ladder’s Artistic Director, Rod Dixon, says “We’ve seen from touring The Life And Soul that theatre has an important and powerful role in addressing social issues, and promoting discussion – the lack of which is a major issue surrounding men’s mental health. As well as being an entertaining night out, The Parting Glass allows us to engage with a wide variety of people in their own local environments, encouraging dialogue in an informal, entertaining and safe way and helping to break down the barriers that can prevent men from opening up about their mental health.”

The Parting Glass is a development of The Life and Soul, a short one-man play which Red Ladder has been touring since 2016, and was written by Chris O’Connor following a period of ill mental health. It has been developed with funding from Leeds City Council, through Leeds Community Foundation and performances will be accompanied by a pre-show evening meal and a post-show Q&A, facilitated by a Leeds Mind mental health specialist. Leeds actor Tom Swift makes his professional debut as Jim and Huddersfield’s Alyce Liburd plays Sara.

Ticket Price includes a vegetarian meal, to be served at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

Tickets are £5.98 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parting-glass-red-ladder-theatre-company-tickets-74474694817

You can pick up tickets HALF PRICE if you go to Inkwell Arts in person (in advance) and pay cash!

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