The Reservation

A one to one performance-installation made with performance maker Jaye Kearney

"Looking back it just underlines for me how powerful art can be at unlocking difficult things, at encouraging people to share and understand, and at making them comfortable doing so. The Reservation is quietly overwhelming in its power to unlock your grief. Beautifully made, everything about it is perfect. See it!"

Audience Feedback

"Exquisitely Judged"

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

About the show

The Reservation is an intimate performance-installation for one person at a time. Designed by Ellie Harrison and Jaye Kearney especially for Hotel rooms, The piece offers visitors the gift of time and the opportunity for reflection and the remembrance of those we love.

The Reservation was co-commissioned by Theatre in the mill, Bradford; ARC Stockton and Emerge Leeds. Developed with support from The Queen's Hotel, Leeds University through Incubator and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

For current and upcoming chances to see The Reservation go to the events page.

It has been performed in Leeds with Light Night Leeds and Emerge Leeds at The Queen's Hotel and Merrion Hotel, Bradford with Theatre in the Mill at The Midland Hotel, in Stockton-on-Tees with ARC Stockton Arts Centre at The Clareville Hotel and in London with Camden People's Theatre and SPRINT Festival 2012 with Swiss Cottage Hotel. In 2012 The Reservation enjoyed a run of 48 performances at The Wrens Hotel, Leeds in association with Love Arts Festival 2012.


Read the 4 Start Review from The Guardian's Lyn Gardner here

What People Are Saying

"I was moved to tears and am very proud to have played a part in commissioning what I believe to be a significantly mature and important performance."

"I though the piece was superb, If it had been at Edinburgh Fringe it would have been an award-winner, and people would be raving about it. Likewise I feel, for example, if it were at BAC. You cared and felt cared for/about. Add this to the sheer artistic excellence of every part of it, made it a very special show."

For more information on the making of The Reservation please visit the Process page.