Yorkshire-based theatre companies, Slung Low and Freedom Studios, are ready to join forces with an exciting line-up of playwrights. They’ll be creating a whole afternoon of brand-new short radio plays, which will be performed in front of a live audience.
Slung Low have been running 15 Minutes Live for ten years now, but this time they’re teaming up with Freedom Studios to work with playwrights to write original short plays.
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 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 is 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) and Ray Sesay (Actor and workshop facilitator).
Recording in front of a live audience will happen at The Holbeck in Leeds on Saturday 10th July at 2pm. It will be made accessible for free download from Slung Low’s website shortly after.