Leeds Slung Low and Bradford Freedom Studios theatre companies join forces for short play performances at The Holbeck

Two theatre companies in West Yorkshire have joined forces to create a line-up of playwrights to perform in Leeds.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 8:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 8:28 am
Slow Low theatre company, Holbeck (photo: Google)
Slow Low theatre company, Holbeck (photo: Google)

Leeds-based Slung Low theatre company has been running 15 Minutes Live for the past 10 years.

This year, it is set to partner with Bradford theatre company Freedom Studios to commission six playwrights to write an original short play.

The plays will then be recorded in front of a live audience at The Holbeck in Leeds on Saturday, July 10 at 2pm.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

15 Minutes Live brings together original plays from writers across Yorkshire with on-stage sound effects, audience participation and live music woven into the performance.

Alan Lane, artistic director of Slung Low said: “It’s so exciting to welcome Freedom Studios to the club.

"And it is particularly thrilling to be working on 6 new plays by fabulous writers as we welcome audiences back inside our theatre.

"I can’t think of a better way of doing that but with these great scripts and our friends Freedom Studios.”

Aisha Khan, co-artistic director of Freedom Studios said: “We are thrilled to be back and what a way perfect way to start.

"It feels so fitting to be making 15 Minutes Live, our first co-production with Slung Low as we welcome audiences back to enjoy both the live recording at The Holbeck in Leeds and as audio plays.

"We are so excited to be showcasing these commissioned short plays, bringing together established and emerging writing talent in what is always a wonderful event.”

This year's line-up of writers includes:

Tom Wells - The Kitchen Sink, Bush Theatre, Me, As A Penguin, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Arcola Theatre and Associate Artist of Hull theatre company, Middle Child

Aina J Khan - London-based journalist, writer, playwright, and International Fellow at the New York Times

Ben Tagoe - BAFTA nominated writer for Film, Television and Theatre. His writing credits include Coronation Street, ITV, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and In the Long Run which stared Idris Elba. His theatre credits include When We Were Brothers, Freedom Studios.

Leeds based actor-musician Claire-Marie Seddon - recently seen in the critically acclaimed Freedom studios production of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Rani Moorthy - writer, performer and artistic director of Manchester based Rasa Productions Ltd

Ray Sesay - Actor and workshop facilitator

Claire-Marie Seddon said: “It’s an incredible opportunity to be given this platform as a new writer.

"I have recently finished the Intro to Playwriting and the Street Voices 8 course at Freedom Studios and they have been an integral part of building my confidence and technique.

"It is exciting to experience writing for audio and I am incredibly grateful to have my first commission supported by Slung Low & Freedom Studios. “

All the short plays will be recorded on the afternoon and will be made accessible for free download from Slung Low’s website shortly after.

Tickets for the event are free if booked online in advance, or pay what you decide on the day.

For more information and tickets click here.