ROSEVILLE – One road, a thousand stories


Tea, dim sum and a pint of ‘Roscoe’ – Leeds based theatre company A Quiet Word create a walking performance on Roseville Road with local residents.


With support from Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England, theatre company A Quiet Word is working with the residents and businesses of Roseville Road this autumn to tell untold stories of the people who work and live in this area of Leeds.


ROSEVILLE is a walking performance taking over shop windows, storage units, pubs, restaurants and showrooms on Roseville Road. The performances will take place over the course of one week, inviting audiences to take a walk and see this area of Leeds like they never have before.


Artistic Director Alison Andrews has been working together with a team of associate artists and local community groups and organisations to gather material reflecting people’s experience of the area. This includes shadow puppetry workshops at One Community Centre, taking part in a locally led craft and hobby group, and talking to residents during tea and cake sessions at Donisthorpe Hall, where many of the senior Jewish residents have memories of life around the area in the last century.


The project was conceived as a way of looking at Leeds from the outside in; to explore its history as an alternative to the official ‘civic story’, by walking with attention along a road in Leeds usually encountered on the way somewhere else. So far, they have uncovered some real treasures – including tailors ‘The Groom’, who make bespoke waistcoats and supplied these for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies.


The thriving community along the road is contributing in many different ways to the creation of ROSEVILLE, helping the team at A Quiet Word to create performances for shop windows and inside some of the stores, installations in storage units and providing refreshments along the way for the audience.

As everyone in Leeds talks about the city putting in a bid for european capital of culture 2023, ROSEVILLE is a chance to see how local communities and arts organisations can work together.


ROSEVILLE will be performed from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 December daily at 4pm and 6.30pm. FREE but booking is essential –

Rodolfo Barradas

Rodolfo studies History & Italian at the University of Leeds and is interested in languages, words and everything remotely cultural. He occasionally tweets @RodolfoBarradas

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