Imagine If


York Theatre Royal Studio will reopen this autumn after lockdown hibernation.

In imagine if theatre’s new production, My Old Man, on November 18 at 8pm, Michal Piwowarski’s whole world changes when his granddaughter Tasha finally moves out. The school dinner lady becomes his favourite person, a new neighbour moves onto the street and he has to face his biggest battle yet.

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Nick Ahad interviews Lorraine Bruce about her role as Cathy in My Old Man.

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Review: Is Anyone There? at Slung Low

South Leeds Life

3rd September 2021

‘Is Anyone There?’ is an outdoor performance by Imagine If at Slung Low, The Holbeck, directed by Madeleine O’Reilly. I saw this play on Saturday the 28 August at 1pm, which happened to be the premiere. Imagine If is a charity and community theatre company based in Leeds. What is exciting about this play is that it is written and produced by Francesca Joy who uses first hand experiences to inform the art. Moreover, it is a part of Phoenix programme which engages with prison leavers and people with convictions.

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4* Review for 'Is Anyone There?'

Rich Jeavons - The Reviews Hub

29th August 2021

Imagine If Theatre present a simply stunning show at Slung Low’s Holbeck with headsets for the audience feeding both live and recorded dialogue and music, This begins with a cacophony of voices while the actors (all ex-prisoners) stroll around the outdoor courtyard space. The texts have one common theme: the alienation and isolation felt by the group Imagine If have worked with both in and out of prison.

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Ryan and Michael, two performers in a new play by a theatre company that works with people with convictions, didn’t originally plan to unleash their creativity on stage.

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Leeds theatre performance helping to resettle offenders

Abbey Maclure - Yorkshire Evening Post

23rd August 2021

Leeds theatre company ‘imagine if’ will premiere a new outdoor performance over the Bank Holiday weekend, challenging perceptions of people with convictions.

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Is Anyone There? Is an outdoor community theatre production by imagine if. A team of theatre professionals and community members come together to perform an explosive performance over the bank holiday weekend. Everyone’s got a story to tell, whose are you going to listen to?

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Leeds-based theatre company imagine if will stage ‘Is Anyone There?’, an outdoor community theatre performance, at The Holbeck on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 2021.

‘Is Anyone There?’ is co-devised, bringing together a team of theatre professionals (including Slung Low’s Alan Lane) and members of imagine if’s Phoenix programme. The production will be staged outdoors and will explore themes of social inequality, masculinity, poverty, and class.

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Live Radio Interview with Nick Ahad

BBC Radio Leeds

21st August 2021

Nick Ahad interviews Francesca Joy and participant Ryan about Is Anyone There?

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Deafblind UK has partnered with Leeds-based theatre company imagine if to raise awareness of sight and hearing loss across Yorkshire.

The charity will be raising awareness at performances of Jadek, which is a production based on the true story of a Yorkshire woman who moves in with her grandad who is blind and hard of hearing.

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