About Transform

Transform is an engine room for urgent, of the moment theatre. We are the creators of the biennial Transform festivals, citywide takeovers of powerful performance by artists from across the North of England and the globe. Transform’s bold, open-hearted festivals unfold across iconic venues, clubs, car parks and community centres across Leeds.

Focused on reimagining what theatre can do, Transform celebrates the independent and adventurous spirit of Leeds, reflects the socially conscious and radical North, and connects to the world.

Transform originally emerged as part of the Leeds Playhouse programme in 2011, and became an independent company in 2015. The mission was to make room for a citywide and international performance festival for Leeds, whilst developing an engine room for the next wave of theatre in the North.

“Ripping up the rule book”


We the creators of the biennial Transform festivals – Leeds-based takeovers of powerful performance, taking place in iconic and unusual spaces and assembling bold creators from across the world.


We support the next wave of artists in Leeds and the North of England to create and tour bold new performance.

We collaborate with game-changing creatives and organisations across the UK and the world to realise projects and reimagine what a festival can be today.

We co-create with people and groups across our city to realise projects led by their energy and ideas.


“Urgent and of the moment”
— Yorkshire Post

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