Summer Sublets Work-in-Progress Sharing

So – we are almost mid-way through our week’s residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and on Friday afternoon we will be sharing some of the work we have created with a small audience. Please see the information below and if you are interested in coming along to the sharing just drop us an email at

Working Title: 26.2

photo 3-226.2 is an amalgamation of physical endurance, numbers, jelly babies, skin, a giant boob, fireworks, quarter-life crises, holding somebody’s hand, and twenty-five pairs of trainers. Brought to life through dynamic storytelling, Collision Theory tries to understand why we feel the need to tick boxes in order to win the race.

Work-in-Progress Sharing: Friday 22 August 2014, 4.30pm

Location: Rehearsal Room 3, St. Peter’s Building, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Please spare approximately 30 minutes for a scratch performance followed by a short discussion. There will also be an exhibition of materials and inspiration used as part of the devising process to feast your eyes on. And if anybody fancies a cheeky drink after the sharing…well the world is our oyster (and The Wardrobe, its shell).

Hope to see you there!

Collision Theory x


Collaboration Day & Fringe Favourites

The Friday before last saw Collision Theory come together in the canny North for a collaboration day at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as part of our Summer Sublets residency. We met some fantastic and inspiring practitioners all either mid-residency or similarly to us, eager to get started. We had some stimulating conversations, ate some top notch Yorkshire sarnies and shared the methods we use to devise and create. We put the notion of ‘26.2’ out there and the conversations were rich in the provocations they offered, inspiring in their personal connections to the topic in hand and generous in their visions. We spoke a lot about the primitive nature of running and the desire to be fit and strong, discussing the potential of the human body and mind over matter. We talked about the notion of building your own mountains to climb and why we have an innate longing to do this…and then some.

Our Summer Sublets residency begins on Monday. Keep an eye out for details about our sharing of work, coming soon…

While we have you – a few of us have been up to the Edinburgh Fringe over the last couple of weeks to support some of our fantastically talented friends, seek out new and inspiring practitioners and get our creative juices well and truly flowing. If you’re planning a trip up, we have some recommendations for you (we’ve stuck to theatre though we saw some great comedy, dance, music etc. too)…

Inheritance Blues, Dugout Theatre (Pleasance Courtyatd)
Lorraine & Alan, Bucket Club (Pleasance Dome)
Broke, The Paper Birds (Pleasance Dome)
Mush and Me, NANCY Collective (Underbelly, Cowgate)
Pondling, Gúna Nua (Underbelly, Cowgate)
The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Little Soldier Productions (ZOO Venues)
Lungs, Paines Plough (Summerhall @ Roundabout)
Confirmation, Chris Thorpe (Northern Stage at Kings Hall)
A Series of Increasingley Impossible Acts, Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre Company (Northern Stage at Kings Hall)

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Back to Basics

Alongside busy preparations for our Summer Sublets residency at WYP in August, this month we are branching out into the Leeds community with the latest in the series of our True Tales events: a collection of true stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.

These events grew out of our last devised piece If Walls Could Talk, which presented a collection of five storytellers who each told two stories, punctuated with live music and moments of improvisation. In addition to the regular collection of storytellers, with each performance we invited a guest storyteller to throw their hat into the mix and tell their own story completely off the cuff, which opened the show up to a whole world of possibilities(!) and meant that no two shows were the same.

Building on this, True Tales has become something of a series which has thus far been presented at Left Bank LeedsSquare Chapel Centre for the Arts and the Sowerby Bridge Arts Festival; featuring a different combination of storytellers and stories each time. Combining the sweet sounds of inner-i (resident duo at El Bareto) with the captivating true stories of real people, audiences are guaranteed to leave feeling warm and fuzzy, with a story of their own bursting to be told.

The next True Tales evening is Sunday 27th July, 8pm at Seven Arts Leeds. Join us if you can!

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To find out more or to register your interest as a storyteller at a future True Tales event, email or follow us on twitter: @truetalesleeds

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