Saturday, 19 July 2014

Space2 Recipe For Life, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 17th July 2014

Image/Photos Credit: Space2

Space2 has cooked up a wonderful theatrical evening with its use of mouth watering ingredients of song, dance, poetry and film.  With its new branding, Space2 is celebrating 11 years of being a successful community development organisation whose innovation and creativity have strengthened their mark to make Leeds a better place for its communities.

Recipe For Life was an opportunity for the residents of Leeds and their families to enjoy an evening of theatre in a dry auditorium.  Audience members had a taste of what was about to come from submitting to a Time to Change pledge to admiring the colourful exhibits of chairs done jointly by Space2 and other organisations.  Space2 is commissioned by Local Authority and key arts organisations to promote health and community cohesion in their neighbourhoods, specially in East and North East Leeds, in Leeds.

Paul Kaiserman, Space 2 Trustee, introduced the evening's proceedings.  Then our minds 'Wonder' with the singing with Singing on The Edge, Gay Abandon, LCC Adult Choir, Brathay Chantry Trust and Caution CollectiveSpace2 artists led contemporary and innovation driven dance productions which were performed by Yorkshire Dance Youth, Gipton Together's Rizin Phoenix Cheerleaders, RJC Dance in the first Act.  The second Art there was the legendary David Hamilton's Eyerayshun Zone and Fallen Angel Dance Theatre.

Mental health and emotional wellbeing among young people was articulately expressed in the performances by children from a North East Leeds Primary School.  Michelle Scally Clarke's Suitcase and West Yorkshire's First Floor Writers.  Communities were celebrated and pondered with an extract of the forthcoming Gipton the Musical and a short movie of Back to Front, a small community gardening project. 

Self discovery applies to one and all as demonstrated in performances by Fallen Angel Dance Theatre's We Rise Up By Lifting Others, a Space2 project funded by Arts Council England.  Young People's concerns about their future were expressed in Communities and Cultures done in partnership with Leeds University.  Markings of Tour de France and the First World War were linked in Ben Tagoe's extract from Before the Leaves Fall, performed by Lee Toomes.

What an amazing evening! Successfully packed with enthusiastic and talented performances! It was certainly the 'Chef's Special' which offered insight and awareness specifically in communities, young people and mental health and emotional wellbeing.  All concluded in song with singing by Caution Collective who were then united with the choruses who appeared beginning of the show for the finale.

Space2 will go from strength to strength to continue celebrating and embracing Leeds and its communities through the arts and raising issues and affairs that matter to everyone in today's society.  Please check out more about Space2, an exciting and creative organisation, via this link.

A big thank you to Space 2, especially to Emma Tregidden and Dawn Fuller and all their colleagues, for cooking and putting on a theatrical banquet which fulfilled engagement, movement and inspiration to many that evening.  It's definitely felt what was witnessed in the Quarry Theatre is better than what is seen in a West End musical! Looking forward to what Space2 is cooking for 2015.

Dawn Smallwood
19th July 2014

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