a walking play by Liz Margree
made in collaboration with the Refugee Council
Made in 2008 when the internet was still young and “MP3 players” were still competing with MiniDiscs.
Back then Liz wrote…
TRODDEN is Unlimited Theatre’s first walking play. Which means I’m going to ask you to put on headphones, listen to me speaking-in-your-head and walk with me. Think radio play meets city-tourist-walk. With the walking being optional.
In April 2007 I started to think about what it would feel like to live in Leeds but feel like a tourist. I was thinking about the way Leeds is described as the financial centre of our region and as “the Knightsbridge of the North”. I wondered where that leaves the city’s inhabitants for whom those labels simply don’t resonate – those of us who can’t afford to shop in Harvey Nichols or the people who wouldn’t even be allowed in to buy a coffee. Who don’t feel like their home is their home anymore. And at the same time I started thinking about refuge and asylum. So I went and spoke to some good people at The Refugee Council who very kindly introduced me to five people currently living in Leeds as either refugees or asylum seekers. Women and men, from different countries, with different stories. I interviewed all of them and TRODDEN is the result. It isn’t verbatim theatre but I haven’t made anything up. It’s just their real experiences, mixed up with mine. And by making this a walking play, I hope to mix it with yours too.
TRODDEN is as new for us as it is for you, so here’s some helpful things to know about how to listen to this show:
• TRODDEN is 50 minutes long.
You can either….
• download it to your computer or MP3 player and listen at your leisure whenever and wherever you want
• stick it on your MP3 player and using the map to help you, do the walk it was written to accompany. I’d recommend this option.
• The walk starts at Leeds Railway Station on the main concourse. It finishes at City Square. In between it’ll take you round the city and give you the opportunity to sit and listen as well as walk and listen.
• When you reach the starting point (see the map) press play, leave it running and start walking. Mostly you’ll hear my voice, but there are also periods in the recording where there are pauses in me speaking. During these times, continue to walk (or sit), following the map.
• Don’t worry if you get ahead of or behind my voice in terms of your walk. Just go with it as eventually we’ll both end up in the same place. But feel free to pause so you can catch up or play back if you want to. It’s your show as much as it is mine.
Welcome to the show. I’m glad you could make it x
Written and performed by Liz Margree
Sound Design and Editing by Andy Wood (Sound Alibi)
Sound Engineer: Bruce Wood (Touchwood Studios)