Back in June, I was involved with a project called City Walk. This was a site-specific performance event, which took place on the streets of Leeds as part of the Ludus Festival . I worked as co-director on the piece with the brilliant Alison Andrews and also ended up performing in it.
The walk ran from the Parkinson Building on the Leeds University Campus and took people down to the Civic Hall, past Millennium Square to Victoria Gardens, along the Headrow and onto Briggate, before finishing in the atmospheric surroundings of Whitelocks, the city’s (second) oldest pub. Along the way people encountered mad professors, lost explorers, watchful owls, displaced flamingos, distressed bureaucrats, elderflower fairies, dancing chuggers and the Queen of Leeds herself, Tilly the owl, whom I was lucky enough to be able to perform with.
City Walk was a collaborative project, with contributions from lots of wonderful Leeds-based performers and theatre makers, including Balbir Singh, Joe Williams, Sarah Spanton, Vanessa Grasse Deborah Sanderson and Jason Hird from the Institute for Crazy Dancing. We also worked with students from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds University, along with members of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Heydays group and Buns and Roses, the Leeds City Centre Branch of the WI.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to take any photos of the walk, as I was busy holding an owl in Whitelocks, but happily, one of the audience members did, and has very kindly sent me through some images to put on the site. Personally, I think it looks amazing!
Many thanks to Oliver Pritchard for taking the photos. You can find more of his stuff on here on flickr.