THAT LEANNA,  THE PERFORMER

I Was Born to Perform!

One of my greatest achievements this year is that, after 20 years (!), I performed on stage!

I really wish I could capture how momentous this was for me. 

From the age of 3 I started to dance, but I’m sure my parents would say I was born a performer. 

From an early age I found that being on stage was beyond magical, it was home to me. 

Don’t get me wrong, performing wasn’t easy (thanks to those pesky butterflies aka nerves!) yet I felt more comfortable in the spotlight. Off stage I was that awkward kid who attracted calamities. Put it this way, it wasn’t boring be around me and that is something that hasn’t changed. 

Thanks to the most supportive team behind TRANSFORM, which is based at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, my words was turned into a performance that still blows me away. 

When you write inspiring words something amazing happens; they become a source of strength for you as well as for those who read or hear them. 

Definitely words to live by! 

At the tender age of three, Leanna Benjamin knew her place was in the limelight and that nothing else would do. From her parents' living room in Leicester, she pirouetted her way straight through school into the BBC. Just as her dreams were coming to fruition, a simple case of the flu triggered a debilitating illness that has left her with life changing consequences. Leanna Benjamin is a Graeae Theatre Write to Play alum, and a Leeds Playhouse Fuse Writer, but this is not the synopsis for her new play - it is the story of her life. And she wants to share it with you.

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