The Darkest Corners
“A galvanising call to arms.”
‘It’s dark. A woman walks alone on the edge of a city. The city is Leeds. Or Paris. Or maybe it’s Mexico City. She wants to be alone in the night. She wants to dance in the darkest corners’.
Physical theatre company RashDash present a powerful new show confronting violence against women, performed outdoors on the streets of Leeds. Inspired by the city’s radical, activist history, this cabaret rally features live music, vivid physicality, and stories of resistance from around the world.
The Darkest Corners is a communal celebration, a visceral reclamation of the city, a fearsome and triumphant outcry into the night.
“Vital, visceral, conflicted and urgent.”
Lead Artists Abbi Greenland & Helen Goalen (RashDash)
Musical Director & Composer Becky Wilkie
Associate Director Jude Christian
Designer Oliver Townsend
Sound Designer The Ringham Brothers
Lighting Designer Katharine Williams
Assistant Lighting Designer Sana Yamaguchi
Performers Madeleine Shann, Jami Quarrell, Reuben Johnson
Band Christella Litras, Cherie Johnson
The Gulabi Gang Jenna Ann Nathan, Ruby Rall, Zakiya Hussain, Rani Phull, Gettanjali Arora, Kath Morgan-Thompson, Katie Kouchouk
Choir Lynne Spirrett, Kara McKechnie, Linda Horsburgh, Maureen Kershaw, Trish Burnley, Ewan Robertson, Rachel Walton, Jacqueline Kennedy, Janet Sewell
Producer Amy Letman
Assistant Producer Molly Sharpe
Production Manager Graeme Nixon
Stage Manager Daz Kershaw
Chief LX Alan Dawson
Sound Engineer Tom Blackband, Xavier Velastin
LX Technician Ariane Nixon, Aaron Dawson
Wardrobe Supervisor Hannah Wilson
Prop Maker Scott Thompson
Scenic Painter Zoe Spowage
Crew Oliver Boardman, Richard Bertie
Driver Julie Blewitt
Production Volunteers Lydia Harrison & Holly He
The Darkest Corners received its world premiere from 20-22 April in Holbeck, Leeds, as part of Transform 17.
A Transform and RashDash co-production. Commissioned by Transform. Supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council, Unity Theatre Trust and Big Lottery Awards for All. With support from Opera North Projects and Slung Low’s HUB. Supported by CEG. In association with West Yorkshire Playhouse.