Playhouse Lab is a play-reading group at the School of English, University of Leeds. In term-time, we get together to read classical drama (especially plays from the English Renaissance) collectively in unrehearsed, improvised script-in-hand performances. Our aim is to get to know these plays from within, seeing how they work on stage.

We do not aim to produce finished, polished performances, but rather to explore the texts in an active way, getting to know their characters and dramatic situations through embodied reading. And it is also a lot of fun!

“What I love about the Playhouse Lab is that it’s a low stakes brilliant way of seeing that English isn’t just text on paper – it’s a living, breathing thing.”
— Aisha Habib Ahmad, Undergraduate student, School of English, University of Leeds