Local History Projects

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.