12 Last Songs
18 March 2023 | Maillon, Strasbourg
Nice to meet you. What do you do?
12 Last Songs is about work.
Making a living. Finding your passion. Watching the clock.
This extraordinary new durational performance piece constructs a fleeting portrait of society. 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. A bricklayer might build a wall, a hairdresser might cut someone’s hair, a chef might prepare a meal…
Directed by Richard Gregory, 12 Last Songs premiered with Transform 21-22 at Leeds Playhouse in Autumn 2021.
18 March 2023, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Maillon, Strasbourg
1 April 2023, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Cambridge Festival, Cambridge
24 September 2022, 12 noon – 12 midnight | HOME, Manchester
22 May 2022, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Brighton Festival
23 October 2021, 12 noon – 12 midnight | Co-production with Transform at Leeds Playhouse
Feature: Critic under the spotlight: the 12-hour play showcasing everyday jobs – Holly Williams, The Stage – October 2021
Review: Exeunt Magazine – Angelo Irving – October 2021
Preview: A form of mass portraiture’: 12-hour theatre event explores different jobs – Mark Brown, The Guardian – October 2021
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 is supported by Arts Council England and The Rank Foundation.
Photos: David Lindsay
"An opportunity to consider beauty in places not normally associated with that word" Angelo Irving, Exeunt Magazine
Director: Richard Gregory Designer: Simon Banham Lighting Designer: Mike Brookes Collaborating Artist/Assistant Director: Sarah Hunter Collaborating Digital Artists: Lowri Evans & Lisa Mattocks Questions text: Sarah Hunter, Leentje Van De Cruys & Quarantine Dramaturg: Renny O’Shea Project Animateur: Chi Emecheta Production Manager: Greg Akehurst Producer: Ali Dunican Marketing & Communications: Edwina Supyue McEachrans
Co-production with Transform
Performers & collaborating artists: Lowri Evans, Ella Otomewo, Michael Sherin & Leentje Van De Cruys Technical Managers: Adam Steed & Ed Jeffreys Digital assistants: Kate Daley & Alan Dawson Download the programme for full credits