WANTED: your unpredictable desires
Posted on 10 Dec 2015
If you could make anything happen on stage tonight, what would it be?
Given the time and space and resources, what would you really truly want?
Chris Goode & Company (the makers of ‘9’ and ‘The Albemarle Sketchbook’) are making a brand new show, and right now, they know nothing about it at all. It’s a totally blank canvas. Anything could happen.
They’re breaking this currently empty show up into three-minute segments, and through the first few months of 2016 they’ll be working with a diverse range of individuals, families, schools, workplaces, community groups and local organisations from across Leeds– each of whom will be taking a lead on developing the three minutes of content that they most want to see on stage.
Maybe they’ll want to fill the stage with balloons or majorettes. Maybe they’ll want three minutes of slapstick or ballet or bunny racing. Maybe it’ll be stand-up, or a political speech, or just a little oasis of silence.
Whatever they want, it’ll end up in WANTED.
Award -winning director Chris Goode and a top-flight team of creatives are going to transform these various peoples unpredictable desires into reality, creating a unique and unforgettable show which will be performed to audiences for two nights at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of Transform 16.
Would you – and maybe your family, friends or colleagues – like to be among the 24 people / groups to work with Chris Goode & Company on creating WANTED? Or do you think you might know others who’d be up for it? We’re looking for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as family and friendship groups, schools, offices and other workplaces, clubs and leisure groups, and socially-engaged organisations in and around Leeds to be part of creating WANTED.
Does this interest you?
If so, please firstly check that you or at least one representative from your group have availability for the following:
Sunday 7 February (for an introductory session)
Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April (performance dates)
You would need to be able to attend a series of sessions between February-April 2016. You may also need some availability during the week commencing Monday 18 April, to attend some final rehearsals prior to the performances.
If you are an individual, a family, group of friends or colleagues:
Please contact us with a brief description about who you are, and why you are interested in taking part in WANTED. Please include a contact name, telephone number, email address, and which area of Leeds you are based.
This message needs to reach us by Monday 25 January at 5pm, and should be sent either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post: – TRANSFORM, C/O West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP. If you would like to apply in a different format, please email or call 07522411904.
If you are a school, club, leisure or community group, or any other kind of organisation:
You can either send an application as above by the submission date, or alternatively, we will be happy to arrange a visit to your group to talk to you more about the project and how you might be able to get involved. Please contact Leah Francis – email@example.com to arrange.
WANTED is designed to include a wide assortment of people from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life. You must be based in Leeds to take part, however apart from that there are absolutely no exclusions. We will be very happy to discuss how we can accommodate any particular access needs.
We expect to receive lots of interest in the project. Ultimately the 24 individuals or groups taking part will need to reflect a very wide and different mix of people. Once we receive your expression of interest, we will let you know by Monday 1 February 2016 if we are able to invite you to be part of WANTED. This is an unpaid, voluntary opportunity.
WANTED is supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
A Transform, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Chris Goode & Company Co-Production.