Down in the market...

I wandered down to Kirkgate Market yesterday afternoon as I heard that The Museum of Untold Stories might arrive in search of stories. I love the market - and on a sunny Saturday it was thronging with the good folk of Leeds bustling and bargaining over broken biscuits, searching for chillis and sweet potatoes, mobile phones and haberdashery. I couldn't think of a better place for the Museum to go in search of a good story. And it didn't disappoint. From the moment the mechanic Watt appeared, a large crowd began to gather - drawn to the mysteries of a time space portal and the absurd pleasure of a stall selling nothing, simply giving away stories... What burst out of the time machine was 45 minutes of non stop, full speed ahead story telling and making..And when the broken crown was presented to the audience for a story, they weaved a wonderful tale of Queen Victoria and a one armed well mannered robber who came back to say 'Sorry'. 
Real theatre often happens not on the stages of our institutions, but alive on the streets. It is not carefully rehearsed and delivered at a distance but played out between the people - and when the often distinct line between audience and actor is crossed is when the real drama starts to happen. We are all players together... 
So, here's to Kirkgate Market, to the bravery of Unwinn Watt and Juniper Jacks for bringing us their Time Space Portal - and to the people of Leeds with a story to tell.
I'll be going back again on Tuesday. 


See you on Tuesday. This sounds fab..

went on Thursday - great fun - the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids!

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