Mission

Presenting festivals of performance from Leeds and internationally, whilst concocting projects with bold artists all year round, Transform presents theatre works everywhere from arts venues across Leeds, to city sites and outdoor spaces. Celebrating the independent and adventurous spirit of Leeds, we want to reflect the socially conscious and radical North, whilst connecting to the world.

Transform was originally established by West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011. Setting out to reimagine what theatre can look like and what it can do, the annual Transform festivals took place across the theatre building and outside its doors in a range of sites and spaces. Transform has now evolved as an independent organisation with a local and global outlook.

“The most eclectic festival of new and experimental work that happens in Yorkshire”
Yorkshire Post
“Ripping up the rule book”
BBC News
The Albemarle Sketchbook, Chris Goode & Company, Transform 14
Burmantofts Stories, Pauline Mayers Ensemble, Transform 13
The Park, Hannah Sibai, Transform 13
9, Chris Goode & Company, Transform 12
Break Line

Transform is guided by the following principles & ideas:

Reimagining what theatre can look like & what it can do

Pushing at the notion of what theatre can be – creating and presenting theatre works and events that span or combine performance, live art, music, physicality, the digital and the interactive, taking place in all kinds of contexts and spaces.

Independent & adventurous spirit of Leeds

Embracing the ethos of our city, collaborating with bold artists who base themselves here and make performance with a fierce independent spirit.

Socially conscious & radical North

Ongoing connection with the city and world we live in now. Collaborating with people and within local communities, creating projects that explore critical themes.

International

Creating a meeting point for cross cultural ideas and exchange. Connecting across borders and bringing the world to Leeds.

Celebration & Festivities

Parties, feasting, performance, conversation – bringing different people and contexts together.

Break Line

Our next festival is planned for April 2017, following which we will adopt a biennial model.  Join our mailing list for updates.

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