The Lonely Society
During 2018 and 2019 Common Chorus Theatre embarked on a series of linked projects seeking to lift the lid on the great taboo of loneliness in the modern age.
Part 1; Through the Autumn of 2018 our artist team ran workshops that gave voice to fictionalised biographical stories that unpacked experiences of social isolation. We worked with Parkinsons Halifax, Mind the Gap Academy, Carers Leeds, The Equity Partnership and the Don’t Call Me Old group in Armley. A team of twelve community writers then worked with Leeds based professional writer Andrea Heaton to shape these stories, and their own, into a 30-minute performance script.
Part 2; In February 2019 as part of an evening of theatre, food and conversation, a cast of approx 20 volunteers performed the show. It was hosted by partners at InterACT at Stainbeck Church Hall to two sell-out audiences. You can see full video documentation of the show here.
Part 3; Based upon what we have learned from part 1 and 2, Artistic Director Simon Brewis has teamed up with Writer Dick Bonham and Actors Emma Gordon and Claire Marie Seddon to research and develop a new touring theatre show. After residencies at Square Chapel, Leeds Playhouse, Interplay Theatre and Harrogate Theatre they will be sharing approx. 30 minutes of original storytelling and music at a work in progress sharing on the 13th September 2019 at Interplay Theatre.
The show is called – The Ghost of Stolen Summer.
To come along you can book your ticket here: https://www.interplaytheatre.co.uk/event/the-ghost-of-stolen-summer/