Past Projects

Please scroll down to see examples of Local History Work, Work with Young People, Community & Issue based Work, Other Work & Plays:

LOCAL HISTORY WORK

Healthy Arts Women’s Work, short play about the women working at The Spinners mill in Leigh in 1915 performed as part of Leigh Canal Festival.

Healthy Arts MemorabLEIGH reminiscence & storytelling workshops about memories of Leigh, using artefacts provided by Wigan & Leigh Archives. MemorabLEIGH photos

Prize winning essay in Past Forward magazine The Man Who Made Leigh Beautiful.

Wigan & Leigh Archives ‘WW1 History Guided Bus Tour’. Tour notes

‘No Bravery Without Fear’ T.I.E piece about V.C. recipient and C.O. performed in schools by Green Room Creative Productions

Gilded Hollins Primary School, Leigh Bringing History to Life, narrated reenactment of a 1922 trip to London by local elementary schoolchildren.

LP100 ‘The Story of the Park’, ‘The Tantrum of the Tank’ & ‘Street People’ (2015) community performance by professional actors & primary school children. LP100. Heritage Lottery funded. Healthy Arts Director Martin Green. LP100 project evaluation

‘The Edge of Darkness’ collaborative installation (poem, banner & interactive labels) at Warrington Museum inspired by the life of Anna Barbauld. Collaborative Space

Heritage Lottery/Manchester Irish Writers ‘Changing Skies’ project for Manchester Irish Festival 2014 dramaturgy support to monologue writers. Newfound Theatre Company

Ellsey’s Vinegar/Freedman Brown Communications interviewing ex-employees, employees & local people & editing transcripts for celebratory book about 80 years of local factory. Past Forward article

Wigan Diggers Festival commission of 3 monologues about Gerrard Winstanley, performed by a professional actor throughout the festival.

Arts Council England/Leigh & Wigan Words Together Literary Festival 2012 commission of site specific play The Lost Gardens of Etherstone about the history of Etherstone Hall area (Dig Manchester site), performed by professional actors & musicians. Words Festival

Wigan Leisure Culture Trust (WLCT) commission of scripted promenade performance A Terrible Affray, about a local murder in 1895, performed by Wigan Community Theatre Company around The Museum of Wigan Life. Festival brochure

Heritage Lottery/Leigh Sports Trust Intergenerational research/improvisation workshops leading to commission of scripted promenade performance, The Streets of Leigh by 60+ performers in 8 locations around Leigh Sports Village about the history of Leigh. Years 9 & 10 from 3 High Schools, 3 Youth Theatre groups, F.E. students, Rotary members, Over 50s Forum, Local History Society members, 2 local amateur dramatic groups & members of the public aged 19-92.

(WLCT)/Wigan Secret Writers research/script workshops leading to promenade performance about history of Wigan, Wigan: A Soap Opera performed around Museum of Wigan Life by local writers & actors.

Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust (WLCT) Reel Times. Interviewing local people & editing transcripts/DVD for 2 library exhibitions about local area, & history of local cinema. Local residents aged 14-90.

Wigan Pier Theatre Company research/improvisation/script workshops leading to promenade performance about history of Haigh Hall, Haigh Fever performed in 8 rooms of the Hall including the staircase, by 40+ performers (years 9 & 10) from 4 local High Schools. Article

Wigan Pier Theatre Company/Higher Folds Estate Community Theatre Group Intergenerational research/improvisation/script workshops leading to community play, Folk on the Hill about the history of the housing estate, performed in community centre by 30+ residents.

(WLCT)/Turnpike Community Theatre Company Intergenerational research/improvisation/script workshops leading to 4 community plays (including linked trilogy) about the history of the Westleigh area and its residents, performed in community venue by local residents aged 9-85.

Wigan Pier Theatre Company/Wigan Community Theatre Intergenerational research/ improvisation/script workshops leading to 2 community plays about the history of Wigan performed in community venue by local residents aged 18-45.

Leigh Excellence Cluster Heritage Project Intergenerational poetry day for primary schools leading to booklet. Years 4 & 5 from 5 primary schools & local people aged 60-80.

WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Leonard Cheshire Can Do Merseyside improvisation/script workshops with special school pupils with learning and physical disabilities.

‘No Bravery Without Fear’ short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Green Room Creative Productions with accompanying workshop. Green Room Creative Productions

The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Colourful Caricatures improvisations with KS3 students inspired by artist Jennet Thomas’ film ‘The Unspeakable Freedom Device’.

Gilded Hollins Primary School, Leigh Bringing History to Life, narrated reenactment of a 1922 trip to London by local elementary schoolchildren.

LP100 Lilford Park Centenary Celebration involving pupils from six Leigh primary schools and one High School Bringing History to Life, narrated reenactments of key events in the history of the park leading up to its opening in 1915.

Newfound Theatre Company 9 one-act TIE plays with accompanying workshops for 11-13 year olds including ‘Around the World in 80 Plays’ about world festivals and ‘The Origins of the Olympics’.

Platt Bridge Young Mums Group/Children & Young People Services Wigan writing/research workshops leading to publication of book & commission of stage play, Be a Rhino Not a Sheep, for teenage pregnancy awareness day. Young Mums aged 16-19. Article

Words11 Festival The Wednesday Club a fictionalised account of local vicar’s work with young offenders & his correspondence with a prisoner on Death Row, Georgia, performed in church by professional actor & local young actors 16+.

Words11 Festival/Willpower Theatre Company writing workshops leading to short scripts inspired by the work of Amnesty International, written & performed by teenagers 13+.

Haigh Fever (Wigan Pier Theatre Company) research/improvisation/script workshops leading to promenade performance around Haigh Hall, Wigan. Years 9 & 10 from 4 High Schools. Article

Junior Turnpike Community Theatre Company research/improvisation workshops leading to play performed in community venue. Local children aged 9-15.

Leigh Sports Trust/Heritage Lottery intergenerational research/improvisation workshops leading to commission of scripted promenade performance The Streets of Leigh by 60+ performers around Leigh Sports Village. Years 9 & 10 from 3 High Schools, 3 Youth Theatre groups (ages 9-15), F.E. students (ages 16-19), Rotary members, Over 50s Forum, Local History Society members, 2 local amateur dramatic groups & members of the public aged 19-92.

Leigh Excellence Cluster Heritage Project intergenerational poetry day for primary schools leading to booklet. Years 4 & 5 from 5 primary schools & local people aged 60-80.

Higher Folds Estate Community Plays (Wigan Pier Theatre Company) intergenerational research/improvisation/script workshops leading to 3 community plays performed in community centre. Residents of the estate aged 9-85.

Turnpike Community Theatre Company intergenerational research/improvisation/script workshops leading to 4 community plays performed in community venue. Local residents aged 9-85.

COMMUNITY & ISSUE BASED WORK

Expect the Unexpected creative writing with Sefton residents aged 65+ inspired by the natural history collections at The Atkinson Museum, Southport.

Dramatic Action/CVS Bolton. Workshops using words and images to create an exhibtion about Hate Crime. https://www.facebook.com/dramaticbolton/

Newfound Theatre Company/5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust. Buttons. Short play about the impact and importance of the Involvement Scheme performed at Involvement Day conference by professional actors, carers & service users. http://www.newfoundtheatre.com/#!health/c2414

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/Wigan Council/Healthy Arts. Time For Me ‘a creative group for women experiencing depression and/or anxiety in the antenatal or postnatal period with a child up to the age of 2 years’. Journal Therapy exercises and illustrated story book.

Platform Theatre Company. Family Snaps. Script based on improvised scenes.

Rochdale Borough Users Forum (RBUF). Two one-act plays about problems faced by service users performed at local conference for service users, carers & service providers. Newfound Theatre Company

Rochdale MIND. One act play about the media’s portrayl of suicide. Performed by Newfound Theatre Company in Rochdale and London & later filmed. Trailer for film

Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust (WLCT) Reel Times. Interviewing local people & editing transcripts/DVD for 2 library exhibitions about local area, & history of local cinema. Local residents aged 14-90.

Wigan Council/ Wigan Social Services/ Wigan & Leigh Carers/ Crossroads/ 5 Boroughs Partnership/ Wigan & Leigh CVS. 13 one-act plays about problems faced by Carers, & Young Carers performed at local conferences for carers & professionals, & used to train ward staff.

Arts Council England/Leigh & Wigan Words Together Literary Festival 2011/Willpower Theatre Company writing workshops leading to short scripts inspired by the work of Amnesty International, written & performed by teenagers.

Arts Council England/Leigh & Wigan Words Together Literary Festival 2011 commission of fictionalised account, The Wednesday Club of local vicar’s work with young offenders & his correspondence with a prisoner on Death Row, Georgia, performed in church by professional actor & local young actors.

Children & Young People Services Wigan/Platt Bridge Young Mums Group writing/research workshops leading to publication of book & commission of stage play, Be a Rhino Not a Sheep, for teenage pregnancy awareness day. Young Mums & local FE students aged 16-19. Article

Age Concern/Salford University/Wigan Pier Theatre Company Intergenerational improvisation/ writing workshops leading to publication of booklet & commission of radio play, The Ageless Self, for training professionals. Years 8 & 9 from local High School, care home residents & Over 50s Forum. Article

Stockport Council. Creative Writing Course, Introduction to Writing workshops, BBC My Story writing workshops, Mental Health themed writing workshop & Diversity themed writing workshop. Adults aged 25-75.

OTHER WORK

Prize winning essay in Past Forward magazine The Man Who Made Leigh Beautiful.

Three issues of the ‘Pennington News’ magazine. Writing and editing articles. “The feedback has been excellent.” Chris Travers, Collins & Darwell Printers

Writing copy for website of ‘Collins & Darwell’ printers. http://www.collinsanddarwell.co.uk/

Lilford Park 1915-2015 booklet detailing the history of the park.

‘Bags of Hope’ workshops with mental health service users combining journalling techniques with creative activity.

‘The Edge of Darkness’ collaborative installation (poem, banner & interactive labels) at Warrington Museum inspired by the life of Anna Barbauld. Collaborative Space

Ellsey’s Vinegar/Freedman Brown Communications interviewing ex-employees, employees & local people & editing transcripts for celebratory book about 80 years of local factory.

PLAYS

Women’s Work, short play about the women working at The Spinners mill in Leigh in 1915 performed by Healthy Arts Platform actors as part of Leigh Canal Festival.

Buttons. Short play about the impact and importance of the Involvement Scheme performed at Involvement Day conference by Newfound Theatre Company, carers & service users.

Family Snaps, script based on improvised scenes performed by Platform Theatre Company.

No Bravery Without Fear, short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Green Room Creative Productions with accompanying workshop.

The Story of the Park, community performance by professional actors & primary school children. LP100. Heritage Lottery funded. Director Martin Green. LP100

Pressing the Right Buttons (filmed as On The Edge), one act play performed by Newfound Theatre Company in Rochdale & London, & filmed by m.freeth.com Trailer for film

The Lost Gardens of Etherstone, one-act play Leigh & Wigan Words Together Festival. Director Hellen Kirby.

Edgeland, short play performed by Action Transport Theatre Company as part of Tiny Plays collection in several venues. Dramaturg Kevin Dyer. Review

Pack Rat, one-act play workshopped by The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Director Chris Bridgman.

The Wednesday Club, one-act play Leigh & Wigan Words Together Festival. Director Martin Green.

Around The World in 80 Plays, short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Newfound Theatre Company.

Is This A Dagger?, short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Newfound Theatre Company.

Origins of the Olympics, short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Newfound Theatre Company.

Healthy Eating, short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Newfound Theatre Company.

Replay, short T.I.E piece performed in schools by Newfound Theatre Company.

Just Run, monologue performed by M6 Theatre Company as part of Small Change collection in regional theatres & schools.Small Change on tour

The Ageless Self, radio play for training Salford University students working with older people. Article

The Language of the Skies, full-length play workshopped by The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Director Stefan Escreet.

Monster Boys & the Flood, full-length play developed as part of tEXtPERIMENT by The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Science Adviser, Ann Lackie, Director Stefan Escreet. Article

Tramping Like Mad, full-length play, performed by The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Director Stefan Escreet. Review

A Terrible Affray, one-act play rehearsed by professional actors in the Way We Were Museum, Wigan but unperformed. Director Stewart Aitken. Sponsored by North West Playwrights.

Moonstruck, full-length play workshopped by professional actors in the Bill Naughton Studio, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Director Sue Reddish. Sponsored by North West Playwrights.

Roman Candles, one-act play workshopped by Soho Theatre Company, London.