TOMORROW is the last day of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, but that news is not as dramatic as it may first sound. As a refurbishment and upgrade begins, so the theatre is to revert to its original name of Leeds Playhouse.

"We're opposite the bus station and no bus says 'West Yorkshire', on it," reasons artistic director James Brining.

He's right, just as Alan Bennett and Mark Catley are referred to as Leeds writers, not West Yorkshire, and aptly Leeds's best-known scribe and the Playhouse's most successful protege see out the Quarry Hill theatre's first era.

Catley has heaps on his plate writing lairy London stories for EastEnders but couldn't resist saying 'Yes's to Searching For The Heart Of Leeds, the biggest community play at the Playhouse since Carnival Messiah, drawing on 200 stories from residents old and new, Loiner and student, multi-racial and multi-voiced.

Directed with brio by Alexander Ferris, it's a rambling piece, recognising abiding qualities of Leeds, a city that cares, a city of loyalty, a city with a dry humour that can acknowledge Manchester has the better musical heritage.

Bennett's Talking Heads keep popping up, pithy, poignant, funny, sad and to the point, and here they are again, staged in two blocks of three, directed by Brining, Amy Leach and John R Wilkinson on a rotating Laura Ann Price set that narrows to a doorway, as if life is being sucked out of the letterbox, as a world beyond reach and control lies beyond, especially for. Marlene Sidaway's Doris.

Catley talks of the Playhouse's new beginning, its new entrance facing the city whereas the old one turned its back on it. Good point, Mark.

Searching For The Heart Of Leeds, Quarry Theatre; Talking Heads, Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, today and tomorrow. Box office: 0113 213 7700 or at