APHIDS (Australia)


Fri 13 Oct 2023 -
Sat 14 Oct 2023


Courtyard Theatre,
Leeds Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP




Pay What You Can £2–£25
Recommended price £25
Plus booking fees
Popular culture has a thing for orphans.

Movie theatres, books and comics are full of little lost orphans who depend on themselves, pluck up the courage for adventure and make a few wisecracking friends along the way. Of course not everyone gets a happy ending.

Australian company APHIDS make a lively new space to reflect on personal and universal experiences of loss, working with people who have lost a parent – from Melbourne to Leeds.

From a wide-eyed fawn alone in the forest, to a powerful ice princess whose parents are lost at sea – this playful performance moves away from the idealised orphans of fairy tales to contemplate the reality of coping with bereavement, all with a nod and a wink.

Your Experience

What to expect

This is a seated performance within a theatre venue. The performance contains text, movement, sound, music and projection.


70 mins

Age guidance




Content guidance

This performance includes smoke/haze and discussion of death, loss and grief. May include mild language and references to drug use.

Getting here

Head to the Leeds Playhouse website for more information about getting to the venue.

Access information

BSL Interpreted

Fri 13 Oct

Audio described

Sat 14 Oct

Step free access

There is step free access to the event and there are accessible toilets at the venue.

Rest area

A rest area is available.


The tiered seating is high-backed.

Open door policy

We have an open door policy across all shows at Transform, meaning ticket holders are welcome to come and go as they need.

More information

Head to Transform’s Access page for more information.

playful, resonant and life affirming ”
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This project was commissioned through RISING’s 2020 A Call to Artists initiative, a program supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne. 

Commissioned and produced by RISING. Co-commissioned by Transform. 

Creative credits can be found on the Transform 23 programme sheet here.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the Besen Family Foundation. 


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