Admin | 08 Oct 2021 00:20am
LEEDS WORKERS WANTED FOR A UNIQUE NEW PERFORMANCE AT LEEDS PLAYHOUSE ON SAT, 23 OCTOBER
CLOCKMAKER, PHILOSOPHER, UBER DRIVER, FACTORY WORKER AND SURGEON ALL NEEDEDReport Content
Image: Quarantine’s ’12 Last Songs’ runs at Leeds Playhouse on 23 October. Photo: JMA Photography
Leeds’ international performance festival, Transform, and renowned theatre company Quarantine are on the hunt for a dozen different local professionals for a one-off new show they are making to open at Leeds Playhouse on 23 October. The diverse list of people they are looking for includes a clock or watchmaker; an ICU Nurse; a Stockbroker; a Philosopher; an Armed Forces Officer; a Factory Worker; a Transplant Surgeon; a Track and Trace Worker; an Uber Driver; a Butcher; a religious leader such as a Granthi, Rabbi, Priest or Imam and an Acupuncturist.
Spanning 12 hours from midday to midnight on 23 October, 12 Last Songs will invite members of the public to demonstrate what they do for work, live on stage to create a fleeting portrait of Leeds. Part performance and part exhibition of people 12 Last Songs will explore the role work plays in our lives, how it shapes our identity and, in the context of the pandemic, how these ideas have been completely turned on their heads.
Each person taking part in the event will be invited to work a paid shift on stage, during which they will be asked to demonstrate their skills and answer questions about their work and lives.
12 Last Songs will launch Transform’s festival for 2021-22 which will re-imagine what an international festival can look like and represent now and in the future. In response to the last 18 months, Transform 21-22 is an invitation to artists and communities to join Transform in manifesting an extended festival for our times, one that is slower, more sustainable and care-led. From Autumn 21-Spring 22, this extended festival will invite audiences from across Leeds and beyond to rediscover and explore the city and connect with powerful artists from across the globe.
People who are interested in taking part in 12 Last Songs should email Jay Millard, Assistant Producer at Transform firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm, Tuesday 12 October. It should be noted that Transform and Quarantine are NOT looking for professional actors and no previous performance experience is required.
Audiences for 12 Last Songs are free to come and go across the 12-hour duration, and tickets are Pay What You Can, starting at just £2. www.transformfestival.org
12 Last Songs – 23 October 2021
Leeds Playhouse. Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, Yorkshire LS2 7UP
12 Last Songs is co-commissioned by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Cambridge Junction with the support of the Stobbs New Ideas Fund, and HOME. It is co-produced by Transform and is supported by Arts Council England, The Rank Foundation and Manchester City Council.
Transform 21-22 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and supported by Leeds 2023 and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Produced in partnership with Leeds Playhouse.
Telephone: 0113 213 7700
Tickets range from £2-£25 with audiences invited to select from a range of ticket options, making a choice based on their individual financial circumstances. Further information can be found on the Transform website. Please note that a booking fee (£2.50) is charged for each transaction (not for each ticket).