Slung Low film about dystopian future Leeds civil war to stream online for free

A film about a dystopian future Leeds descending into civil war is due to premiere online.

Award-winning Leeds theatre company Slung Low has announced that its new short, The Good Book, will streamed for free online on Friday May 1.

The Good Book will be the first production by the newly formed Leeds People's Theatre - featuring members of the community - and is produced by Slung Low with the support of Leeds 2023, an organisation set up by the city council and arts groups.

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Avalon is a young woman desperate not to take sides, but as civil war begins, she must undertake a dangerous mission to rescue a precious relic from destruction.

The short film features a cast of invited actors including Bradford actress Riana Duce (The D-Road, Claybody Theatre), Angus Imrie (Fleabag, The Boy Who Would Be King, The Hollow Crown, Emma, and The Archers), Katie Eldred (Hunger, Arcola Theatre), along with more than 100 members of the Leeds community.

Directed by Sheffield filmmaker Brett Chapman, The Good Book continues screenwriter James Phillips’ future dystopia series.

Leeds breaks into civil war in The Good Book. Picture: Slung Low.Leeds breaks into civil war in The Good Book. Picture: Slung Low.
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This started with The White Whale at Leeds Dock in 2013, continued in 2014 with Camelot - a Slung Low and Sheffield Theatres outdoor co-production that was last seen as a centre piece of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017’s performance programme - and on the BBC with the epic Flood.

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Leeds People’s Theatre has been created by Slung Low and will be a "dedicated division for large-scale professional arts projects with communities in Leeds at the heart of them".

It involves the public participating in and with professional artists and creative teams, offering an opportunity to learn, gain more experience or simply be part of a community.

The Good Book will be the first of several projects that Slung Low are currently planning for Leeds People’s Theatre.

The film which is supported by Leeds City Council, Leeds 2023, Arts Council and Leeds People’s Theatre will be available to stream online for free from 12pm on Friday May 1 at www.slunglow.org/TGB