Alan Lane

Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low directing most of their work over the last decade including projects with the Barbican, the RSC, The Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Sheffield Theatres, Singapore Arts Festival and the Lowry. Slung Low make large scale people’s theatre work on stages, trains, castles, swimming pools, fishing boats and town centres.

In 2017, Slung Low headlined Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with Flood by James Phillips: a four-part epic performed online, live and on the BBC. Over half a million people saw a part of Flood. It won a Royal Televisual Award Yorkshire for innovation in drama.

In 2018, Slung Low, with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, opened a new Cultural Community College in Leeds offering a full range of cultural lessons in activities from South Indian cooking to blacksmithing, star gazing to documentary filmmaking and much in between.

In 2019, Slung Low took over management of the oldest working men’s club in Britain, The Holbeck in South Leeds: they run this venue as a Pay What You Decide creative and community space.

During the Covid crisis of 2020, the company was the ward lead for the city council’s Coronavirus helpline with responsibility for 7,500 homes. They run a non-means-tested self-referral food bank.