Dates and Times Announced for Leith Theatre Yard Heads Leith Creative Sessions

In a collaboration with Leith Creative, an independent network of local cultural and creative organisations, Yard Heads is starting a workshop series at Leith Theatre with the support of Postcode Community Trust. Two dates have been identified, 7pm on 12th June and 3pm 26th June.

The first step is to bring those who are interested together in an informal way to discuss and explore our work. We aim over the longer term to work towards concrete projects and collaborations but at this stage we are simply calling out to our community and creative networks to join us to explore issues of commonality, obstacles and opportunity. In our ideal world what would we want to see. We can’t promise that any of these ideals will be realised but articulating them may help.

Expect there to be some semi-structured activity with peer-to-peer support and the chance to meet and discuss with like-minded folk as well as those who may have a different view or different ideas to bring to the table.

Leith is blessed with an active and creative citizenship and a rich background of identity, history, skills, industry and diversity. We believe this is a good place to start when considering culture and action that we hope will result in transnational, outward-looking, supportive, inclusive and enterprising values – and real work and recognition for our associates.

To register follow the date links above.

Leith Theatre Yard Heads project 2019

Yard Heads and Leith Theatre have signed a Letter of Agreement in order for structured theatre activity to take place at the venue over a period of months.

As a legacy of the work completed with The Last Days of Mankind and Yard Heads’ role in producing and directing the work, the project will see structured workshop sessions taking place, under the overall direction of John Paul McGroarty.

The workshop series has been supported by the Postcode Community Trust with a grant to enable work to take place over a number of months. We will be looking for solid projects to emerge from the workshop activity and to discover what sort of work would be effective in the main auditorium.


The Last Days of Mankind – European Co-operation Project with Leith Theatre

Yard Heads dramaturg and director John Paul McGroarty worked with producer Alexandra Lort Phillips to deliver this collaborative show at Leith Theatre, the first professional theatre show in almost three decades to take place in the venue.  

The collaboration was based on an exchange and cooperation project with Theaterlabor Bielefeld, Germany, Teatr A Part, Katowice Poland, Plavo Požoriste, Belgrade, Serbia, Smashing Times, Dublin, Association Arsène, Alsace.

JP co-directed the piece with Yuri Birte Anderson and the work presented developed workshop material from Karl Kraus’s epic play from WW1 Vienna ‘The Last Days of Mankind‘ using a new translation by author Patrick Healy

New music for the show was commissioned from anarchic cabaret operatic band The Tiger Lillies fronted by song-writer Martyn Jaques.

An album of photographs of the show can be viewed on Flickr

The play was well received by reviewers and the public:

11 November – CommonSpace

Review by John Davis

12 November – The Scotsman ****

Great war epic shows conflict…

12 November – The Herald ****

12 November – ****

12 November – alledinburghtheatre ****


13 November – theweereview ****

13 November – Morning Star *****

13 November – The Edinburgh Reporter

14 November – The Stage ****

14 November – Irish Examiner

Sanitation of time and memorial…

14 November – reviewsphere *****

14 November – The Times ***

15 November – My Theatre Mates ****


14 November – The Fountain ***

The Last Days of Mankind

Yardheads is producing a full-length theatrical performance of the play ‘The Last Days of Mankind‘ with Leith Theatre in November 2018 in a collaboration with international theatre-makers and creatives, local performers and technical participants. The play was written 100 years ago by Karl Kraus, a Viennese writer who published his own journal with a critical and satirical view on newspapers, social climbers and other writers and poets who supported the First World War and in his view perpetuated it.  The English translation being used was completed in parts in 2014 and 2016 by Patrick Healy of November Editions

The show is part of a wider programme of cultural activity, ‘Café Europa’ which brings theatre-makers from Germany, Poland, Serbia, Ireland, Ukraine and France, over a 12-month period, including shorter presentations and discussion of themes and issues around conflict, trauma and hope alongside further performances of ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ in Bielefeld, Germany and Katowice, Poland.

The collaborating groups are Theaterlabor, Germany; Teatr A Part, Poland; Plavo Povoriste, Serbia; Smashing Times, Dublin; Kultura Medialna, Ukraine.

Further links and reading on The Last Days of Mankind can be found at Project 1568.