A Wind of Change – FINAL CASTING CALL and backstage recruitment

A Wind of Change – FINAL CASTING CALL and backstage recruitment !!! This is your last chance to take part in this wonderful community project and celebrate the stories and people of Meanwood. Throughout the autumn we have been working hard to create the structure of show, and in January 2018 we begin rehearsals before we go in front of the audience mid-February. Now we know what the show look like, we are looking to fill these gaps. Could you be part of the team? Confident adult singers and vocalists: must be able… Read More

A Peek Behind the Curtain – A Wind of Change in Meanwood

Plans for the new community show ‘A Wind of Change’, which kicks off in Meanwood in a few weeks time, are going well and the groups are filling up; Group 3 – ‘A Hidden Wind’ is nearly completely full! We are still looking for folks who live, work or have a lasting connection to Meanwood to take part and the deadline to sign up is the Wednesday 27th September: http://www.commonchorus.co.uk/awindofchange It is a big project, where logistics can start to take over, so I thought it would be nice to lift the curtain on the creative side of things… Read More

Announcing new community theatre project for Meanwood – A Wind of Change.

After plotting through the winter Common Chorus and InterACT are super chuffed to announce a new large scale community theatre project for all of Meanwood – A Wind of Change. Some folks may already know that this has been on the cards for a while as we started contacting community leaders and organisers in the early Spring, but now we have been given the thumbs up by our wonderful funders we can hit the launch button. The show is going to be devised / co written by the cast working alongside our… Read More

Micro Theatre in a Shipley Pub – ‘This Islands Mine’

For the past 5 years I have been working on projects alongside Prof. Steve Bottoms in Shipley & Saltaire as part of the Multi Story Water project. It has been a really important part of the journey for me, and Common Chorus owes a lot to the ideas and ways of doing things that I developed on MSW projects. All good things must come to an end, but I am really pleased that I have had a chance to direct this one last, and personal favorite, piece ‘This Islands Mine’. I very much… Read More

After The Flood @ Leeds Waterfront Festival

After the Flood was a site based theatre performance commissioned by Multi Story Water for the Leeds Waterfront Festival 2016. Set six months after the devastating Christmas time floods in Leeds (and many other places) we were tasked with creating a performance that responded not just to what happened, but also how people have responded for better and worse in the clean up and beyond. Oh, and it had to be suitable for a family audience at a festival. After the Flood was actually the third piece in a series of collaborations… Read More

Six Months … After the Flood

This weekend it is six months since the Boxing day floods. From what I understand there was flooding in many parts of the country, but to have flooding like that in Leeds was pretty much unheard of. Three memories spring to mind when I think about it. The first was a terrifying drive home from my Dad’s place near Harrogate to Leeds on Boxing day. The second is seeing places that I go to regularly on the national news – under water. The third is what seems to be a fairly infamous… Read More