- Venue: Pop-Up theatre
More Information on Furnace Festival
Furnace Festival is an annual celebration of all elements of this work, showcasing brand new theatre at all stages – from the first spark of an idea to multi-award winning shows visiting Leeds for the first time. This year, we’ve curated a stripped back Furnace Festival that reflects the dynamism of our Pop-Up theatre and gives audiences an idea of what to expect when Furnace is back, bigger and bolder than ever in the redeveloped Playhouse building.
2 – 3 Oct, 7.30pm
A JOURNEY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back.
4 – 6 Oct, 7.30pm
‘WHAT YOU THINK’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLANT ON SURFACE – IT’S ALL FROM THE SAME ROOTS.’
The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play Blackthorn explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017.
Fri 5 Oct, 8.45pm
Following the 7.30pm performance, join the playwright of Blackthorn Charley Miles in conversation with our Associate Artist and playwright Stef Smith for a conversation about process, plays and procrastination.
Sat 6 Oct, 8.45pm
Join members of our audacious Young Company as they share a work-in-progress performance exploring what it means to be young and British today.
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