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31st January 2020 by Morven Macbeth


Date 28th January 2020

For Immediate Release


A new participatory project made by

Brewery Arts Centre, imitating the dog theatre company, Highlights Rural Touring and YOU!

 STREET is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

“For wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.” Shakespeare

Street is a collection of real stories from the people of Cumbria, retold in a walk-through multi-media installation.

Take a stroll through our miniature street, peer in through the windows and see and hear a multitude of stories of Cumbrian life played out. From the comings and goings of everyday life, stories emerge of arrivals and departures, life’s tragedies and joys, of loneliness and togetherness, of our differences and of the hopes and dreams which ultimately unite us.

We are collecting stories across Cumbria – from Barrow to Brough, and Carlisle to Kendal and the villages and towns in between. Our story collectors are coming to a place near you in February. They’ll be in libraries, clubs, offices and homes, recording your stories over a FREE brew some cake and a chat.

So come and join us at one of the sessions nearest you – we’ve got the kettle on – just pop in and see us.

Kirkby Stephen (Local Links) – Saturday 8 February (10am-12pm)

Alston (Local Links) – Friday 14 February (10:30am – 12pm) – at the Chill & Chat Session

Kendal (Brewery Arts Centre) – Saturday 15 February (10am – 12pm)

Arnside (Education Institute) – Saturday 22 February (10am – 12pm)

Street is brought to you by Brewery Arts Centre and imitating the dog, in association with Highlights Rural Touring and here are a few more snippets of information.

‘We are thrilled to be working with the Brewery and Imitating the Dog on this project made with communities across the county – we can’t what to hear what folk tell us!’ – Kate Lynch, Director – Highlights

‘We are opening our doors, brewing the tea and looking forward to chatting to find out more about the amazing people that live, work and visit Cumbria’ – Miriam Randall, CEO – Brewery Arts Centre

‘Imitating the dog are all set to make this project with communities across the county – we know we will find some gems!’ – Julie Brown, Executive Director – imitating the gog

When is it all happening?

In February, we’ll be gathering stories. In March, imitating the dog theatre company will be resident at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal from 2 – 6 march pulling everything together and building the street.

When and where can I see Street?

In autumn 2020 – dates to be announced. The installation will be at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

How can I get involved?

Contact Conrad Lynch, Laurence Young laurence@imtating or Kate Lynch

Is it free to take part?

Yes, there’s no charge – we will even make you a cuppa and provide cake!

Will I need to perform?

No, we just want to hear your stories. We would like to record your voice, just chatting to us naturally, and this may be used as part of the final installation

Will my story definitely be included?

We will use some of the stories we hear, but we can’t use them all. At the very least, your story will inspire the final piece.

Join the Here and Now project and help create something beautiful, new and unexpected. Come and give us your voice and share your stories and be part of this fabulous national project. Join us and try something new.

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