Formed in the summer of 1970 Interplay was an initiative to create theatre for and with the communities of inner city Leeds. Creating work that was accessible, work that championed co operation, mutual action and interaction. The concept was the idea that for the arts to be relevant, it should be part of a community, away from big producing houses it should be created in the moment and involve audience and cast members alike.
A residency in Meanwood Park Hospital, to the east of the city, formed the idea of creating work for and with people with learning disabilities. Interplay soon received Arts Council England funding and became the first company to tour shows created specifically for audiences with additional needs on a national level.
In 1984 Interplay took permanent residence in Christchurch Hall, Armley, it became a hub of research and development for creating sensory theatre and also provided community, theatre and film projects for the residents of West Leeds.
Under the artistic direction of Steve Byrne a new way of presenting and making sensory theatre was developed. Interplay now undertake an annual 3 month national tour, enabling young people who experience sensory barriers to realise their potential by creating and experiencing the arts.