After a hugely successful first term at their Cultural Community College, the acclaimed Leeds theatre company Slung Low have unveiled an exciting new programme of Pay What You Decide cultural classes for their second term.
The new term, which will start on the 17 February at Slung Low’s new location The Holbeck in South Leeds, will offer an array of cultural activities including Woodwork, podcasting, Asian cookery, T’ai Chi and Mental Health First Aid. Free at the point of use, all the courses and classes will be Pay What You Decide.
The first term of Cultural Community College was a major success with over 350 people attending and half of the courses being sold out within the first 24hrs of the term’s announcement.
The courses will be led by artists from the region, of the highest standard who will share their skills, experience and passions with the students. These will include the poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, author Adelle Stripe and the team from the award winning Leeds based Manjit’s Kitchen.
For the college’s second term, the curriculum has been chosen by the participants from the first term themselves who have automatically become a member of the Cultural Community College.
Slung Low’s Artistic Director Alan Lane said:
“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the first college term. The enjoyment and confidence that people found in that first lot of subjects was more than we could have hoped for. With this second term we’ve listened to what people told us they wanted to learn, we’re developing the curriculum even wider. We’re committed to growing the college community as wide as possible and excited to welcome new friends and old friends.”
Slung Low are a company that make adventures for audiences outside of conventional theatre spaces. The company’s aim is to make unlikely, ambitious and original adventures for audiences, each with powerful, moving story at its heart. Shows that re-examine how audiences go and see a piece of theatre. The company are based in their new home of The Holbeck. Recently the company produced the award-winning Flood by James Phillips as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
The Cultural Community College is a major part of the company’s long- term ambition to create Leeds People’s Theatre: a major new citizen theatre producer of epic, outdoor political theatre for the city combining Slung Low’s trademark staging style with a permanent programme of participation and citizen training.
Slung Low’s Cultural Community College is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. An advisory board made up of educators from across the education spectrum including universities, theatre education departments and the private sector will support the team throughout the new term.
For further information on the new term at the Cultural Community College please visit https://www.slunglow.org/cultural-community-college/