West Yorkshire Playhouse and Alan Lane (Slung Low) join forces
and invite you to spend your Sunday in convivial company, with live
music by The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ, dynamic speakers
and fine food.
Four Courses and four Radical Opinions. A meal where your choices include the very best of Yorkshire's food, alongside fascinating contributions and speeches from our special guests on the theme 'What can Radical Thinking offer in today's world?'
Irving is a professional mediator who co-founded the APPG on Conflict Issues.Irving also founded UK Citizens' Online Democracy, which pioneered public participation in the British democratic process using the internet, for clients including the UK government's Cabinet Office and the European Parliament. Before that he distributed many feature film winning two Oscar nominations, and produced several award-winning TV documentaries and West End plays.
As part of Feast, Irving is interested in discussing how 'We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are.' or 'Radical Do-ers' or 'How to make peace and influence people' OR possibly all three! He might just let you, the audience decide...
Daisy Campbell directed the world's longest play The Warp, as well as co-directing and translating a West-End production of Makbed blong Willem Sekspia, a Pidgin English version of Macbeth, designed to teach a
world language. Her children's play, School Journey to the
Centre of the Earth has been staged at the National Theatre in both
1996 and 2005 and has been performed worldwide. She has an MA in
producing TV and film and an MSc in Consciousness Studies and
Transpersonal Psychology, as a result of which she is establishing
Dharma Drama: Transpersonal Theatre, for which she has written and
directed The Big Q and The Girl with the Global Brain.
At Feast, Daisy will propose that humanity is currently speciating, i.e. mutating from Homo Sapiens into Homo Universalis. This is a new type of evolution, one that requires conscious effort, not just billions of years of natural selection. Daisy will discuss the possible characteristics of the new human, and the role of narrative and performance in discovering and becoming our new story.
John Battle lives in Armley and has done for 25 years. He is the former MP for Leeds west, (1987-2010) and first director of Church Action on Poverty (1983-1987). Since stepping down from parliament he now works in local community on projects tackling loan sharks and with ex offenders, and is involved in Leeds Community Organising to be launched on 28th of this month.
John is going to be speaking for fifteen minutes on "mixing up the wrong people, localism at the base" and will tell a couple of good news stories from west leeds on local organising and transforming actions.
Johann Hari is a British journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Guardian, The New Republic, El Mundo, The Guardian, The Melbourne Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, South Africa's Star, The Irish Times, and a wide range of other international newspapers and magazines.
He has reported from Iraq, the Gaza Strip, the Congo, Bangladesh, India, Venezuela, Rwanda, Peru, Ethiopia, Mexico, the Central African Republic, Syria and the United States.
He has interviewed many global leaders and thinkers, including the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair, Hugo Chavez, George Michael, Dolly Parton, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bill Buckley, Simon Peres, Martin McGuiness, Gerry Adams, Wangari Maathai, Malali Joya, Gore Vidal, Abu Hamza, Chuck Palahniuk and others.
From 2003 to 2011 he was a columnist for the Independent newspaper. He is currently working on a book.
Alan Lane (Curator)
Alan is Artistic Director of Slung Low. Slung Low specialises in making adventures for audience in non theatre spaces. They are based in 5 railway arches in South Leeds where they run rehearsal and making space for young and progressive artists.
Slung Low has made work with and for The Barbican, the Lowry, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, the Almeida, Imperial War Museum North, Liverpool European Capital of Culture, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Gate Theatre. Slung Low have made shows in churches, on streets, for trains, in shopping centres, caravans and graveyards, in warehouses, buses and botanical gardens.
In 2012 Slung Low will make 5 new shows for 5 North Yorkshire Festivals as well as the final part of the vampire series They Only Come at Night for Singapore Arts Festival.
Alan is curator, and host for Feast. He was resident Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2005-2006, where he also directed The Count of Monte Cristo in 2010. Alan co-curated the first Transform season with Kully Thiarai last year.
He is a selector for the International Student Drama Festival.
Featuring music by the Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ
Whitby crab salad with Yorkshire grain breads
Yorkshire pudding with Yorkshire lamb casserole and Hendersons relish
Rhubarb crumble with clotted cream from brynor dairy
Yorkshire cheese platter
Yorkshire Vegetable Soup
Asparagus and Yorkshire blue cheese filo parcel