The Lonely Society

‘The Lonely Society’ is an ongoing series of theatre projects driven by Common Chorus Theatre during 2018 and 2019. Through workshops, community engaged performances, public conversations and finally a national tour of a new theatre production, we seek to lift the lid on the great taboo of loneliness in the modern age. The project is unfolding in three stages: Part 1 – Creating the script for a new community play. Through the Autumn of 2018 our artist team ran storytelling workshops with partners Parkinsons Halifax, Mind the Gap Academy, Carers Leeds, The… Read More

If I Say Jump

First touring in Spring 2018, ‘If I Say Jump’ had great audiences and excellent reviews.  Things went so well that we are now planning a second tour for Summer 2019. Common Chorus in association with Little Mighty With skillful storytelling, playful comedy and an original soundtrack, this fast-paced new show charts a morally ambiguous quest for peace and wellbeing in a chaotic time. Jenny’s a vicar. But she’s got problems. Her creepy ex-husband keeps sending her flowers – every day. The church hall is being renovated by a dodgy builder, who’s being… Read More

After the Flood

After the Flood is a site-based theatre performance created at Granary Wharf in Leeds as a commision for the Leeds Waterfront Festival 2016. Set six months after the devastating Christmas floods, it dramatised the real experiences of people who made a response to the tragedy. “It made me think of the city differently… about the connection between the city and the countryside… It did all this in a clever, funny and gentle way, without forcing a message on to the audience” – Dr Lourdes Orozco, University of Leeds, Workshop Theatre. The performance was… Read More

A Wind of Change

Presented by Common Chorus and InterACT ‘A Wind of Change’ was an original community performance put together by & for people who live in, work, or regularly visit Meanwood. From local tales both real and fantastical, A Wind of Change spun theatre, live music and storytelling into a yarn that all enjoyed. “It was a wonderful show…The actors, and those who supported back of house each performed brilliantly. It was pulled together so professionally.” – Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dawson. For production shots visit our Flickr album or watch a documentation of the… Read More

‘Letter to the River’ & ‘Recovery Stories’

‘Letter to the River’ and ‘Recovery Stories’ were two community theatre performances that we devised with clients in recovery from addiction at Spacious Places Recovery Centre. Devised in response to biographical stories by clients at Spacious Places Recovery Centre. Directed by Simon Brewis Text by Dan Ingram Brown Co facilitated with Lynsey Jones Stage Manager (Recovery Stories only) Ruth Mark Letter to the River – It is the morning of the 5th July 2014 and Leeds is awash with yellow and bicycles, it is the morning of the Grand Depart of the… Read More

Drink With a Chimp

Drink with a Chimp was devised with professional actors in response to a community theatre production Recovery Stories. Unpacking the truth of lived experiences of recovery from addiction and featuring original interview material from Dr Steve Peters, author of the Chimp Paradox, the show toured to theatres and community spaces in Yorkshire in the summer of 2015. “This company has got under the skin to develop a play that has found both the misery of addiction and the communal hope – even joy – of those that are rediscovering dignity and self-worth” –… Read More