Karen: a story of family and generations past, of hard work, and of the things we wish people got to experience and the conversations we never got to have. “When I used to ask her to tell me about her life she’d say ‘oh, hard, hard days, you don’t want to know about that it was hard’ which was a shame really.”
Alex: a story of moving to Cumbria to experience the joy of finding space and time to slow down, of finding quiet beauty in a gorgeous landscape. “One thing I really love about living here is the sense that I’m just a drop in the ocean or the bat of an eyelash when it comes to time.”
Keith: a story of space and magic, of finding something you love and running with it, and the dangers of pyrotechnics. “It’s great, you can just turn up in your normal clothes, chuck the cape on, and suddenly you’re transformed into a space travelling magician.”
Tilly: a story of growing up, of playing games and adventuring, of yearning for change, and realising all the good that’s around you. “As a child, a lot younger. It was freeing. You felt a lot safer.”
Jean: a story of change, things to come, and the small brilliant moments of your life that stick with you forever. “And it was like something classic out of a Ken Loach movie, because we actually asked this bus conductor as he went past – hey Mister, do cats have souls?”
STREET is a collection of real stories from the people of Cumbria – from Barrow to Brough, and Carlisle to Kendal and the villages and towns in between – retold as miniature digital installations. Watch all 5 episodes below.
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, life’s 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.
STREET is a new participatory project made by imitating the dog theatre company, The Brewery Arts Centre, and the people of Cumbria.
Louise & Steph at “Amy’s Care” Keswick
Karen McVea Roberts
Simon Kurt Unsworth
Director – Andrew Quick & Simon Wainwright
Video Designer – Simon Wainwright
Assistant Video Designer – David Callanan
Foley Design – Adam Steed
Theme music – Steve McWade
Music played by James Hamilton
Will James Holstead
Initial Technical Design – Andrew Crofts
Initial House Design – Matthew Tully
Captions – Steve McWade
Engagement – Steve Fairclough
Model Plan – Simon Fletcher
Learning and Access – Laurence Young
Barrow Public Library
Susan Benson – Cumbria Archive
Fraser at “Amy’s Care” Keswick
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