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12 Last Songs to premiere with Transform at Leeds Playhouse

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12 Last Songs to premiere with Transform at Leeds Playhouse

Posted: 8 July 2021

We’re very pleased to announce we’re working with Transform, Leeds’ international performance festival, to present our new durational work 12 Last Songs at Leeds Playhouse this autumn.

Directed by our co-Artistic Director Richard Gregory, 12 Last Songs is about labour – the work that we do. There are no actors. It’s a live exhibition of people, an epic performance that casts the steady rhythms of life on a carnival scale. 

Over the course of a day, workers will do shifts, constructing a fleeting portrait of society. A bricklayer might build a wall, a hairdresser might cut someone’s hair, a chef might prepare a meal …

We’ve spent the past few weeks rehearsing the work at HOME in Manchester. Inviting people into the room to demonstrate the work that they do and to find out more about them.

This autumn, we’ll make 12 Last Songs with the people of Leeds. We’re looking forward to Transform presenting this work in the Quarry theatre at Leeds Playhouse on 23 October 2021.

We’re delighted to be working with Transform again, after we presented ‘The Soldier’s Song’ as part of Transform 11, and to making our first co-production together.

Full details will be announced and tickets available from mid-August.

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. Co-produced by Transform. It’s supported by Arts Council England, The Rank Foundation and Manchester City Council.


Photo: Brent Carr