Beautifully crafted, heartbreakingly relevant; random at Leeds Playhouse

This February Leeds Playhouse will stage the remarkable one-woman play random by award-winning playwright and screenwriter debbie tucker green.

An ordinary day in the ordinary life of an ordinary family, and then one random act changes everything. A bewildered family find themselves caught up in catastrophe and grief in this vivid, detailed and brilliantly observed play.

Actress Kiza Deen, known for her role as DCI Naomi Silva in Silent Witness and Sonia Albrightin Hollyoaks, stars in this one-woman play, directed by award-winning director Gbolahan Obisesan (previous Genesis Fellow and Associate Director of the Young Vic Theatre).

Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said “I’m delighted to welcome Gbolahan and Kiza to Leeds Playhouse to share such a poignant story by one of the UK’s leading writers.

random will play in our Pop-Up theatre at the same time as Yorkshire classic Kes, a tale of youth, identity and growing up facing adversity. Written 40 years apart, Kes and random are an unlikely but unique pairing, both sharing the experience of youth. It’s a pleasure to be able to play these two powerful stories together.”

Director Gbolahan Obisesan said “random is a play that captures a previously unheard experience of a tragically common reality. random is beautifully crafted; it is poetic as much as it’s smartly layered with colloquially recognisable personalities and characters. Most importantly, it is the voices of the family that stays with us and makes us reflect on the collective shock we all need to feel; because such stories are still prevalent in our society and we shouldn’t be forced to carry on but compelled to find solutions to the problem.”

The production is designed by Set and Costume Designer Max Johns (Kes, Leeds Playhouse; Wendy and Peter Pan, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), who is joined by Lighting Designer Chloe Kenward, Associate Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne and Leeds based Sound Designer Xavier Velastin. The creative team will be joined by two new trainees to Leeds Playhouse, Assistant Director Jaasra Aslam and Trainee Sound Designer Charlotte Bickley.

random plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds, from 4 – 16 February.

random, Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre
Mon 4 – Sat 16 Feb, Press Night Wed 6 Feb, 8.45pm

Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online leedsplayhouse.org.uk