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The Vandal Factory theatre company are based in York/Leeds and consist of Natalie Quatermass and Henry Raby. They have just finished a week of research and development on a new show, English Dirt about the history of land-ownership. They are holding a work-in-progress sharing in Leeds on Saturday 14th September:
What: English Dirt is a performance collaboration between Flora Greysteel and Vandal Factory. This is a 40 minute, script in hand, work-in-progress performance. It explores the history of English land ownership and relates it to current crises such as climate, housing and nationalism.
Where: Middle Floor Wharf Chamber, Leeds LS2 7EQ
When: 14th September. Doors 17:00, Joe Solo support act 17.30, English Dirt 18:00
Watch: A trailer from our work-in-progress at Derby Theatre can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Obv7dq8Pys
How much: This is a Pay What You Decide event.
50% the proceeds will go to the Land Justice Network and 50% of the proceeds will go to launching English Dirt’s Kick-starter.
Accessibility: Unfortunately the space is not yet wheelchair accessible, however it was our only affordable option at this time and we will be seeking more accessible spaces in the future. This is something the venue is seeking to address as soon as possible. We are very sorry if this means you are unable to attend and we can provide a recording of the live performance.
The next stage of development: We are looking to make a 75 minute performance of English Dirt in 2020. In order for this to happen, we need partners, collaborators and funding. We hope that this event will act as a means of instigating those conversations as well as us gathering some vital feedback from a friendly, critical audience.
That lost Marion Shoard documentary isn’t so lost anymore:
The focus in the other workshops is on how land can be used to satisfy human needs such as for housing, food and social space. However, what about all the other species that we share the planet with, as well as the air we breathe and the water we drink? How do we ensure that both the planet and human beings thrive?
This workshop will examine the environmental consequences of the current patterns of land use and then consider alternative ways in which we can distribute and use the land.
There is a lot wrong with land use in this country but where and when have things gone well!? What can we learn from success stories?
This session will explore both urban and rural case studies including Cate Chapman (Ecological Land Coop), Peter Peacock (Community Land Scotland), Jonathan Rosenberg (Walterton and Elgin Community Homes) and Zhenya Kazlou (Ecomotive).