Northern Broadsides artistic director Laurie Sansom has unveiled a new production model, which will engage members of local communities to create work.
Sansom, who was announced as artistic director in February this year, has announced his first production will be JM Barrie’s Quality Street, which will feature input from workers at the Quality Street factory in Halifax, where Northern Broadsides is based.
For the first time, the company will work with “creation squads”, formed by members of different local communities. These squads will co-create future productions with the company.
In Quality Street, which will open in February next year, workers from the Quality Street factory will provide “a live commentary that will frame the action” of the play.
Northern Broadsides said this would provide “a modern lens through which to view Barrie’s story” and that the organisation aims to build “long-lasting relationships between employees and their local theatre company”.
Quality Street will also tour to venues in Salford, Lancaster, Bury St Edmunds and Liverpool.