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12 Last Songs

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: This is a durational performance that takes place over 12 hours. Audiences can come and go as they please over the course of the day. Last entry is at 11pm.
  • Age Guidance: 12+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    12 Last Songs is unscripted, and therefore we don’t know what subjects might arise during the performance. It’s possible there may be nudity. If you have any concerns or specific questions, please contact the box office or speak to an attendant at the event.

  • Other: The space is fully wheelchair accessible and there will be integrated BSL-interpretation throughout. Please contact Box office if you have specific access requirements in advance so that we can do our best to tailor the experience appropriately for you.
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More Information on 12 Last Songs

World premiere of a new durational work by Quarantine, in co-production with Transform 

12 Last Songs 

Saturday 23 October

Nice to meet you, what do you do?

‘12 Last Songs’ is about work.

Making a living. Finding your passion. Watching the clock.

‘12 Last Songs’ constructs a fleeting portrait of society. There are no actors. It’s a live exhibition of people, an epic performance that casts the steady rhythms of life on a carnival scale.

Over the course of a day, workers will do shifts. A bricklayer might build a wall, a hairdresser might cut someone’s hair, a chef might prepare a meal…

This extraordinary production, created with the people of Leeds, is the latest work by Manchester-based ensemble Quarantine, known around the world for their forensic interest in daily life. This durational event is presented by Transform, Leeds’ international performance festival.

‘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.

Presented as part of Transform 21-22 –


As part of their commitment to inclusion and accessibility, Transform is trialling a Pay What You Can ticket model. With options ranging from £2-£25, audiences can select their chosen ticket price based on their individual financial circumstances.

Audiences are invited to select the pricing level that best applies to them. To give you some guidance, we have included a recommended ticket price and further guidance details can be found here.


Photo: Brent Carr


Book Tickets

Sat 23 Oct 21
12:00 PM
Signed Performance
Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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