In this 2-hour workshop Slung Low’s Alan Lane will talk about how the company’s relationship to their community and how this at the heart of their work. He will discuss how they used to work before the pandemic, what they have done throughout and what they hope to do in the future and the ethos and politics that run through all three.
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Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low directing most of their work over the last decade including projects with the Barbican, the RSC, The Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Sheffield Theatres, Singapore Arts Festival and the Lowry. Slung Low make large scale people’s theatre work on stages, trains, castles, swimming pools, fishing boats and town centres.
In 2017 Slung Low headlined Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with Flood by James Phillips: a 4 Part epic performed online, live and on the BBC. Over half a million people saw a part of Flood. It won a Royal Televisual Award Yorkshire for innovation in drama. Alan has directed in places as wide ranging as the National Theatre of Croatia, a sari shop in Manchester, Buckingham Palace and in a village in Purulia, Southern India.
In 2018 Slung Low, with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, opened a new Cultural Community College in Leeds offering a full range of cultural lessons in activities from South Indian Cooking to blacksmithing, star gazing to documentary film making and much in between.
In 2019 Slung Low took over management of the oldest working men’s club in Britain, The Holbeck in South Leeds: they run this venue as a Pay What You Decide creative and community space.
During the Covid crisis of 2020 the company was the ward lead for Holbeck and Beeston for social care referrals with responsibility for 7500 homes. They run a non-means tested self-referral foodbank: delivering over 250 parcels of food a week.£7.00 to £10.00