Take a TAXI journey through Leeds – at Farsley’s Old Woollen

John Kendall as Mal Swings into action in Taxi. Photo: Anthony Robling

TAXI takes to the stage this week at The Old Woollen, Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.

It’s a high velocity, full-throttle ride of physical theatre, dance and drama, set in an urban city landscape as seen through the eyes of a taxi driver.

This brand new co-production from Leeds-based Red Ladder Theatre Company, mad dogs dance theatre and Spin Arts, written by Andrea Heaton (Smile Club, Football Freddie), TAXI is based on an original concept of co-director, Douglas Thorpe (Phoenix Dance, mad dogs dance theatre) from his own experience as a taxi driver, in the city of Leeds.

TAXI is a co-production bringing together the co-directing talents of Red Ladder artistic director, Rod Dixon (Mother Courage, The Damned United, The Shed Crew) and Douglas Thorpe.

The frenetic journey through the streets of Leeds, seen through the eyes of the taxi driver character has been a fully collaborative piece, from all of the creative team, and has been three-years in the making, from its original creative concept and R&D funding from Leeds Dance Partnership, Leeds 2023 Seed Commission and Eclipse Theatre.

It will also be Rod Dixon’s last show as artistic director for Red Ladder as he leaves at the end of the year, following 17 successful years with the company.

Though set in Leeds, TAXI could be any urban centre as Rod Dixon, co-director of taxi and Red Ladder artistic director, explains: “TAXI could be set in any urban landscape in the world. The themes are universal, how we trust or mistrust people, how we are out for ourselves or not. The Taxi driver is almost a philosopher, this is set in a city centre but really it could be anywhere.”

TAXI is currently running at The Old Woollen, Sunny Bank Mills, 83 – 85 Town St, Farsley, Leeds THURS 10 AUG (Preview Tickets) £13 plus booking fee until Sunday, 20 August.

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