Leeds workers wanted for 12 Last Songs at Leeds Playhouse

October 5, 2021

People of Leeds – do you know an Uber driver? A butcher? A watchmaker? How about a stockbroker? A factory worker? A philosopher? An ICU nurse?

We’re seeking Leeds workers to be part of an extraordinary event that will create a portrait of the city, this October.

Each person will be invited to work a shift on stage at Leeds Playhouse – and be paid for their time. They’ll demonstrate what they do and respond to questions about their work and lives.

Part performance, part exhibition of people, 12 Last Songs will play out over 12 hours at Leeds Playhouse on Saturday 23 October.

The full list of 12 occupations sought is:

  • Clock or watchmaker
  • A religious leader, such as an imam, granthi, priest, rabbi
  • ICU nurse
  • Stockbroker
  • Philosopher
  • Armed forces officer
  • Factory worker
  • Transplant surgeon
  • Track and Trace worker
  • Uber driver
  • Butcher
  • Acupuncturist

No performance experience is required. We’re not looking for actors.

If you’re interested in knowing more about how to take part, please email Jay Millard by 6pm, Tuesday 12 October.

Created by renowned theatre company Quarantine, 12 Last Songs will launch our reimagined festival for 2021-22. Find out more.

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.

Image by JMA Photography


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