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24th February 2021 by Morven Macbeth

PRESS RELEASE

Date 19 Feb 2021

For Immediate Release

STREET

is a new participatory project made by imitating the dog theatre company, The Brewery Arts Centre, and the people of Cumbria.

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.

Stories and voice recordings were collected from across Cumbria in early 2020. and imitating the dog made 5 short films from these, in March 2020.

STREET is a collection of these real stories – from Barrow to Brough, and Carlisle to Kendal and the villages and towns in between – retold as miniature digital installations.

The project was originally planned as a walk-through gallery installation – a number of small houses (think doll’s houses!), with the films projected into the rooms, so that visitors could peer inside to see and hear the stories.

Now, due to the pandemic and government restrictions, the project has been recreated to online delivery. In this new plan, each film will locate the original filmed footage and recorded audio in domestic situations: a cupboard, a bookshelf, a bedside table. Keeping with the miniature theme we see tiny characters acting out strange but familiar actions in these everyday locations.

The 5 films will be released by Brewery Arts Centre, one per week, throughout March 2021.

Take a walk through an ordinary house. If the ghosts of past inhabitants could be seen and heard, what stories would they tell? What actions would they replay? The inside of a kitchen cupboard is filled with the regrets of a grandmother, the bookshelves house the memories of a son. The furniture and walls of every room bursting with unnoticed life.

From the comings and goings of everyday life, stories emerge of arrivals and departures, lifes tragedies and joys, of loneliness and togetherness, of our differences and of the hopes and dreams which ultimately unite us.

imitating the dog bring their unique style of magically-real video making to a series of recorded monologues from the people of Cumbria. In five short episodes we hear fragments of very real lives set against the magic of some very unreal situations.

You can watch STREET at this link: https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/about/our-work/street/

ITD Learning and Access Officer Laurence Young said: ‘It’s been a joy adapting our STREET stories for a new medium and audience. When we first spoke to these brilliant people we had no idea how the world would change over the coming months, but revisiting these stories has been a real light and a reminder of the humanity and need to share in these everyday moments and memories. We hope they bring some much needed warmth to everyone that watches.’

Tilly Woof (18) one of our youngest storytellers said ‘It was brilliant to be about to take part in this project, not only being able to tell my story, but to listen to others from around the region – really fascinating!’

CREDITS

STREET was made by imitating the dog

The work was commissioned by The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Engagement and promotions are supported by Highlights.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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FURTHER INFO FOR PARTNERS

The 5 films will be released by Brewery Arts Centre, one per week, throughout March 2021.

A downloadable pack allows people to get creative at home, making their miniature scenes. Using printed out templates, an old CD case and smartphone participants will be able to create tiny illusions on their own kitchen table – a mixture of Victorian theatre tricks and home-crafting!

Conscious that not all potential audiences, including some people who contributed stories, will have access to see the work online, Highlights are leading on getting the work onto other platforms, including regional TV and radio.

ITD and Highlights are reconnecting with the individuals who contributed stories, to ensure they can access the final products.

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For more information contact:

Aimee Green

Marketing and Communications Manager, Brewery Arts Centre

E: aimee.green@breweryarts.co.uk | T: 01539 722833 Ext. 251

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