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From the archives

Tales From The Edge Of Town

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A co-creation project with schools on the fringes of Cambridge.

In 2019 102 young people participated in the project and 300 people made up of school groups, families and the local community saw the final show.

PHASE ONE

In 2019 we worked with young people during 6 months of workshops in schools and community spaces to explore and tell/write stories of what the future of their communities would be like in 50 years time, working with actors, musicians, an animator, a film maker, set and sound designers. The stories children wrote, told, recorded and drawn were transformed into a theatre show and exhibition, and presented back to them in the heart of the community at Clay Farm Centre.

 

PHASE TWO

In 2020, we worked with Cherry Hinton Primary School and The Galfrid to allow young people to explore and tell the stories of the communities and places they live in. This took the form of writing stories, maps, drawings and songs. Our plan was to then take away the ideas they created and transform them into a show to be performed at St Andrews church in Cherry Hinton.

Unfortunately, we were in the midst of preparing for our local production when lockdown began. However, we didn’t let this stop us! Instead, we sent in our Project Recovery Team to take their ideas and turn them into an online experience.
You can join them on their first adventure here as they explore a portal that has opened in Cherry Hinton Park!
https://talesfromtheedgeoftown.com

We also sent out 300 Creative Activity Packs to local Cambridge food hubs. This included: Trumpington Pavilion, St Paul’s Church (Trumpington), Church of the Good Shepherd (Arbury), The Edge Café (Romsey), Chesterton Methodist Church, Hope Church (East Chesterton), Barnwell Baptist Church (Abbey) and St Andrews Church (Cherry Hinton).

You can view the activity pack here. Creative Activity Pack 1 Creative Activity Pack 2

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Press

PHASE ONE

Cast Martin Bonger, Jodie Davies and Richard De Winter
Director Michael Judge
Set and costume design Fiona Rigler
Musical Director Richard De Winter Additional music designed and composed by the company
Production Manager / Sound Designer Ash Day
Producer Maya Ellis
Animator Lizzie Hobbs
Workshop Leader Hilary Cox

Cherry Hinton Primary School Year 5s and 6s
Trumpington Community College

Thanks to:
Natalie Evans from Trumpington Community College, Sally Haiselden from Cherry Hinton Primary School. Liz Pinchen, Alison Woods, Dominic Halford, Andy Ayling from Clay Farm Community Centre,Lego Club and Vicky Haywood, Sam Turton, Sabine Zieser,  Dan and Eliza from ARU, Alex, Cat, Sarah at NIE. 

 

Credits

PHASE TWO

Cast Martin Bonger, Rose McPhelimy, Abayomi Oniyide, Richard de Winter, Greg Hall
Director
Michael Judge
Designer 
Rachana Jadhav
Music
Greg Hall
Workshop
Artists Sam Sutherland and Hilary Cox-Condron
Producer
Emily Blackwell
Photographer 
Claire Haigh

All material co-created with children from Cherry Hinton Primary School and The Galfrid School.

Thanks to:
Barbara Rodel, Sally Haiselden and Charlotte Wyn. Our funders Arts Council England, Cambridge City Council and National Lottery Awards for All and we acknowledge the grant we have received from the Marshall Community First Fund, a charitable fund managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

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