Playhouse Lab

The Playhouse Lab logo. It says "Playhouse Lab, University of Leeds". In between the two main words is an illustrative outline of a theatre performer wearing a ruff and pumpkin breaches, holding a script.

Playhouse Lab is a play-reading group based in the School of English, which brings together staff and students with an interest in exploring early modern drama in performance.

We run a variety of regular events: improvised text-in-hand staged readings, semi-rehearsed performances, and performance workshops. We also hold occasional special events such as symposia.

These activities support the work of researchers within and beyond the School, including the production of critical editions of early modern plays.

Our sessions support teaching at all levels of study: students are encouraged to participate in performances and the critical discussions that they generate.

Playhouse Lab also engages in outreach activities with some sessions aimed at schools and the wider community. We provide a non-hierarchical, collaborative, supportive space and welcome new participants.

The group is co-convened by Dr José A Pérez Díez and Dr Jane Rickard. For further details see the Playhouse Lab website.