Please find below a series of photographs and videos documenting the process and product of our Creative Jubilee project, 1952: Southwark Stories.
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Our project was broken down into 6 stages:
During this stage
EDITING & WRITING
Designing & Planning
WORKSHOPS & WRITING SESSIONS PHOTOS
Taken during the interview process at Elim House and Southwark Pensioners’ Centre in May 2022.
A video of the whole performance captured by a member of the community.
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A higher quality record of the performance (filmed during the dress rehearsal) will be made available soon.
MEETING THE MAYOR OF SOUTHWARK
We were very lucky to be joined at our event by Councillor Sunil Chopra, the Mayor of Southwark. As you can see by the photos below, the children were extremely excited to meet him and honoured that he came to their event.
A series of short interviews conducted by project participant, nine year old Okubotin.
FEEDBACK FROM THE CHILDREN
Note: In some cases the children were unable to write their feedback, so it has been transcribed by an adult.
FEEDBACK FROM THE INTERVIEWEES
- “We never get a chance to interact with young people; it’s been a really nice experience” – Paul
- “I just thought they were a really lovely bunch of kids. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.” – Kathy
- “It was a great experience mixing with the youngsters and I appreciate it very much.” – Vernon
- “It’s been a pleasure talking to these boys” – B
- “I’ve really loved it. We really liked the opportunity to do work with young people, older people and this this is a great start. I’m sure we’ll do other things together” – Cathy, Southwark Pensioners’ Centre
WELCOME LETTER TO The AUDIENCE
1952: Southwark Stories is a multi-generational, community verbatim theatre project that is a joint venture with Spring Community Hub and Shedlight Stories. With support from Arts Council England, we have been working with Spring’s youth group to create a piece of theatre that tells the stories of Southwark residents in 1952.
Verbatim means “in exactly the same words as were used originally”. In order to make verbatim theatre you take the words of people you interview or from transcripts of various speeches etc and turn them into a play.
Which is exactly what we have done over the last 7 weeks!
After workshops about verbatim theatre and interview techniques, the children from Spring met with older members of the community at Elim House and Southwark Pensioners’ Centre and interviewed them using the year 1952 as a jumping off point. They asked about what life was like in the ’50s, how Southwark has changed in 70 years, and about their personal life, their friends and family.
Coming out of 2 years of lockdown where many older people were isolated, it has been amazing to involve them in this project alongside the children and bring the younger and older members of our community together to interact and get to know each other.
Once the children had completed their interviews, they then took the transcripts and pulled out all the bits they found most interesting or (in a lot of cases) funny. Once they had done this they started to put the quotes together in categories to get a sense of themes and topics which we then put into an order that made sense and flowed.
Then it was time to edit. We chose to create a play that did not have specific characters, but instead formed a fast-paced piece that jumps around between lots of different people, back and forth with the performers taking on multiple roles.
Today you will see a performance that uses our interviewees’ words and stories performed by professional actors.
The children have taken the lead in every stage of this project, including designing the poster and deciding what activities we would have at today’s event.
We hope that you enjoy today’s performance and other activities. The children have worked extremely hard on this project and it has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved.
Thank you for coming and helping us celebrate the local community this Jubilee weekend!
Artistic Director, Shedlight Stories