Under The Concrete, Waiting by Sarah Wooley
ALRA North, Wigan – 21st to 24th May 2014
“We’re packers of biscuits, wrappers of tea, makers of Christmas and Easter. We used to be farmers, miners and weavers but that was before…before the concrete.”
Charlie and Shelia live on an estate on the outskirts of town, where all roads lead to nowhere. Charlie is long-term unemployed and Sheila works in the biscuit factory. They’ve brought their family up as best they could; it’s all they have. But a killer is targeting young women and their daughter suddenly goes missing. Watch as their bleak existence is stretched to breaking point in this modern Greek tragedy.
25th June to 8th July 2014, Huddersfield, Salford, Harrogate, Wakefield
Sean Racer used to be a popular energetic wildcat youth hooked on cycling. Now he’s a bored, overweight 40 something tax inspector on the brink of a crisis. Turning to Claude a sage-like ex-pro cycle mechanic, and encouraged by wily hairdresser Linda a serial tax evader keen to distract him from taking a closer look at her business, Sean hatches a plan to get his life back on two wheels. He will fulfill a youthful dream: to ride the Tour de France. That’s right, he’s going the distance, albeit on a bike on rollers in the shed. Will he make it to the finish?
The Island – Small Things
June to October 2014
Taking inspiration from The Tempest – The Island is an exciting performance project exploring the nature of collaborative creative processes when professional artists and people with dementia come together to create a piece of performance.
The Courtyard was one of only 4 organisations nationally to be selected to participate in a programme developing delivery of the arts to older people in care homes throughout the country. I am delighted to be a lead artist on this project funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation.