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Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. We make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 20 years, we've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. Our work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers...

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Calling Leeds workers

Posted: 5 October 2021

We’re calling on the people of Leeds to ask if you know an Uber driver? A butcher? A watchmaker? How about a stockbroker? A factory worker? A philosopher? An ICU nurse?

We’re seeking Leeds workers to be part of a unique event that will create a portrait of the city this October.

Each person will be invited to work a shift on stage at Leeds Playhouse – and be paid for their time. They’ll demonstrate what they do and respond to questions about their work and lives.

Part performance, part exhibition of people, 12 Last Songs will play out over 12 hours at Leeds Playhouse on Saturday 23 October.

The 12 occupations sought are:

  1. Clock or watchmaker 
  2. A religious leader, such as an Imam, Granthi, Priest or Rabbi
  3. ICU nurse
  4. Stockbroker
  5. Philosopher
  6. Armed forces officer
  7. Factory worker 
  8. Transplant surgeon 
  9. Track and Trace worker
  10. Uber driver
  11. Butcher
  12. Acupuncturist 

No performance experience is required. We’re not looking for actors.

Anyone interested should email Jay Millard jay@transformfestival.org by 12 noon, Wednesday 13 October.


Audiences for 12 Last Songs are free to come and go across the 12-hour duration. Tickets are Pay What You Can, starting at just £2. A co-production with Transform, 12 Last Songs will launch their reimagined festival for 2021-22.

Photograph by JMA Photography.