Performance | Stories | Music | Dance | Life
This Summer we invited 50 older people to accompany us on a bus ride.
We had conversations, listened to their stories, got to know them a bit and shared a nice cup of tea.
From their stories we created a theatre performance.
From Seacroft to Hawksworth Wood
From Holbeck to Chapel Allerton
From Chapeltown to Beeston
And Everywhere in between.
Moments of life as live by older people across Leeds
The performance, 'Bus Ride' will be created from the material we gather on the bus journeys. The participants presenting themselves becomes the central text of the work; their stories, their concerns, their aspirations. It is based on the belief that the telling and listening to stories from people is an act of generosity. It will lead us to a performance full of dance, music, stories and songs. Moments of life as lived by older people in the 'here and now'.
We plan to create events in Leeds every year over the next five years that will inform a large-scale production in 2023: building relationships across the city, involving older people in creating the work and exploring the city together. Our plan is to make a final piece that will transport performers and audiences on sixteen double-decker buses to a number of spectacular events around the city. There will be performance on the buses, on the roads, in the parks, on the water and wherever our fancy takes us.
On September 16th at 5.00pm at The Queens Hotel Ballroom, Leeds we take the first step with 'Bus Ride'
This first step has been made possible by support from Time to Shine, Leeds Inspired, Arts Council England and West Yorkshire Playhouse. We are very grateful to them.