A NEW production of Amanda Whittington’s Be My Baby has opened at Leeds Playhouse.

The drama, running until Saturday, June 1, marks the end of the Pop-Up Season running while the former West Yorkshire Playhouse complex receives major refurbishments.

An all-female ensemble is performing the touching production, giving a nod to the 1960s weaving in a well-known soundtrack to a story of innocence and hope set in a maternity home for unmarried young, pregnant women.

Nineteen-year-old Mary is seven months pregnant when her mother delivers her into the charge of St Saviours.

As Mary, Dolores, Queenie and Norma bond over music, they begin to understand what it means to give their children to the Welfare Service and Mary realises she must fight to take her baby home.

The female ensemble company is Tessa Parr, fresh from her role in the critically-acclaimed Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse, joined by Anna Gray as Norma, Jo Mousley as Mrs Adams, Crystal Condie as Queenie, Simona Bitmate as Mary and Susan Twist as Matron.

Be My Baby is produced in association with Mind the Gap Theatre Company, renowned for its work with learning disabilities.

Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up theatre opened in September 2018 in association with SOYO Leeds.

The intention was to continue producing exciting work and maintain the theatre’s profile while the Capital Redevelopment project of the building took place. It sits in the workshop area of the existing Playhouse site.

The Pop-Up Season also took work beyond the Playhouse, utilising libraries and working men’s clubs to stage its work.

Call 0113 213 7700 to book tickets.