Community Performers in Leeds Wanted – Let’s Talk About Loneliness

This February Common Chorus Theatre will be presenting a night of performance and discussion about one of our societies last great taboos; social isolation and loneliness. We are looking for community actors, musicians and storytellers to take part in a performance that will inspire this conversation. Who – Our invitation is open to anyone whose life has been touched by social isolation, or who feels passionately that they have something to say about the mental health impacts of loneliness. We have learned that people can be affected by loneliness for all sorts… Read More

Community Writers Wanted (near Leeds) – ‘The Lonely Society’

Community Writers Wanted in Leeds ‘The Lonely Society’ by Common Chorus Theatre https://commonchorus.co.uk/the-lonely-society For the next phase of our project ‘The Lonely Society’ Common Chorus theatre company are creating a script for a new community play that will explore the mental health impacts of social isolation and loneliness. We think that there is an important story to tell about how isolation impacts people’s wellbeing, and a surprising story to tell about how widespread the problem can be. We are searching for people that understand this from their own life experience and are… Read More

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

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

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