15 Minutes Live

We are really pleased to announce that 15 Minutes live continues. Slung Low has committed to creating a series of 15 Minute Live events, each with new writers, in the region over the next 3 years. Keep up to date with 15 Minutes Live over at Slung Low.

An I Love West Leeds Festival and Slung Low collaboration.

In November 2011 we commissioned 6 writers to create six new radio plays about Leeds. They were created, performed and recorded live by Slung Low at Sunny Bank Mills, an old textile factory, in Farsley. Live music, on-stage sound effects and audience particiaption created an intimate and gripping afternoon of making radio come to life. Tender, magical and musical these radio plays by 6 northern writers are free for you to enjoy.
Download them, go on.

15 Minutes Live review by Nick Ahad - Yorkshire Post, 18 November 2011

Photos by Phil Moody

15 Minutes Live at Sunny Bank Mills was made by
Siddique Akbar, Sara Allkins, Matt Angove, Joe Bone, Laura Clark, Dominik Dygasiewicz, Jane Earnshaw, Lucy Ellinson, Heather Fenoughty, Dominic Gately, Harry Hamer, Phil Moody, Kaleem Janjua, Sam Jones, Alan Lane, James Quinn, Adam Smith, Rommi Smith, Katherine Tate, Danny Templeman, Andy Thomson, Sue Twist, Boff Whalley.

With huge thanks to John Gaunt, Susan Gaunt, William Gaunt and Michael Whitaker at Sunny Bank Mills.

15 Minutes Live at Sunny Bank Mills

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(files are in mp3 format, for top quality aiff files please contact the festival)

His Letters by Alice Nutter
Alice Nutter was formerly a member of the anarchist pop band Chumbawamba before hanging the mic up at the end of 2004 to concentrate on writing drama. While a member of the band Alice had a stint as a journalist and Features Editor at the now defunct Leeds Other Paper/Northern Star. Originally from Burnley, Alice now lives in Leeds and describes herself as a writer who ended up in a band. In recent years Alice has written extensively for television, and her episode Jimmy McGovern's ACCUSED has been nominated for a Writers' Guild Best Television Drama Series Award. In November she will begin an attachment programme at the National Theatre.

Vegan Wedding by Ben Tagoe
Ben is originally from Perth, Scotland and moved to Yorkshire in 2002 to study Creative Writing at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. He received a BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary in 2003 for his radio script 'Keeping it up with the Joneses' and has since worked on various productions including 'So Far To Run' (Freedom Studios, 2009) and 'Bittersweet Sunshine' (Red Ladder, 2010). Ben is currently one of eight writers selected for the 2011 BBC Writers Academy. He has also been co-commissioned by Oran Mor, Glasgow and Perth Theatre to write 'Cold Turkey at Nana's' for their 'Play, A Pie and A Pint' programme in Spring 2012.

Ticket by Rommi Smith
Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright. Her work has been featured on Woman's Hour, The Afternoon Drama, The Verb, Poetry Please! From Fact to Fiction, Late Junction and BBC World Service. She has held residencies at British Council, BBC, Keats House and at Parliament. Her forthcoming collection Mornings and Midnights, is a Poetry Book Society Choice. Rommi features in the award-winning film, We Are Poets, which follows the journeys of six young writers whom she mentored to attend Brave New Voices, the most prestigious slam championship in the USA. She is currently writing for both opera and documentary.

Angels and Aliens by Emma Adams
Emma writes for theatre spaces, other places and screens. Often fantastical, surreal and funny, her work ranges the spectrum between dark satire for adults and adventure comedies for children. Emma was shortlisted for the 2009 Meyer-Whitworth Award for her Red Ladder commissioned play Forgotten Things and her play Ugly was published by Oberon in 2010.

Durkopp Diana by Aisha Khan

Aisha's most recent work has been No Man Land for West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatre an der Parkau, Berlin. Other theatre includes Beep (Theatre in the Mill, Bradford) Moonshed (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) Day Breaks, Night Falls (WYP) and for BBC Radio 4; Road Trip, Driftwood Heart and Paper Flowers and episodes for Silver Street (BBC Asian Network). Directing work includes rehearsed readings of Theres Loads of em in Burnley, Thais and Its a Lovely Day Tomorrow for West Yorkshire Playhouse and Goodnight Mrs Thatcher, and Beep for Northern Bullits at Theatre in the Mill. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds with an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication, has worked as a Literary Assistant at West Yorkshire Playhouse and is Associate Director of Northern Bullits.

Alan Bennett and Barbara Taylor Bradford on a bench on Armley Moor by Boff Whalley
Boff Whalley began his career in theatre by playing a Roman soldier in Jesus Christ Superstar at Lowerhouse Junior School in Burnley. This role, although of minimal dramatic content, did require some singing. Later that year, at the school's end of year concert, Boff performed miming to the Archies hit song 'Sugar Sugar' while playing a hockey stick and wearing a motorbike crash helmet. Since then things have gone from strength to strength, and his next foray into the world of musical theatre will be playing an invisible French philosophical monkey in the musical 'Big Society!' at Leeds City Varieties.