Leeds University Library

Take the Red Route tour

Published Tuesday 26 June 2012

External view of the University Red Route

Final live performances 29-30 June

Red Route is a performance tour which acts as an unofficial guide to one of the University's most notable architectural features. It is a story of grand architectural visions, funding cuts, and the persistence of trees.

The piece draws on original material from the University Archive, merging fact and fiction. During the performance, images from the Archive are projected onto the corridor walls, while the performers recite quotations taken directly from archival documents.

The live presentations take place on Friday 29 June and Saturday 30 June, at 11.15pm, as part of the Performance Studies international Conference. The event is free - just come along to the stage@leeds foyer.

For anyone unable to make the live performance, Red Route's creator, Professor Steve Bottoms from the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications, has translated the piece into an audio download with accompanying images. Steve himself narrates the piece, and guest voices are provided by staff members from the University's School of English.

Access the audio tour at the Special Collections website.


The Red Route corridor - allegedly "the longest in Europe" when first built - forms the spine of a complex of brutalist, concrete buildings constructed by the University in the 1960s.

The PSi Conference is an initiative of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, in partnership with sister schools in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications, and Workshop Theatre in the Faculty of Arts. The Ludus Festival Leeds coincides with the conference.