WRITTEN IN STONE
WRITTEN IN STONE wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
The Pomegranate Youth Theatre has received £25,700.00 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Written in Stone in Chesterfield. Led by Carole Copeland, Director of the Youth Theatre, Sheila Young from Dexter Productions and volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the heritage and history of local memorials and their relevance to young people today.
Working with local explorer scout groups they hope to create a positive difference by raising awareness among young people of the meanings, importance and feelings behind local memorials and commemoration ceremonies. The project will explore why this was particularly relevant for those left at home who were living in a pre-television and social media world and in a time the dead were not repatriated.
The Written in Stone project hopes to lead to the creation of an original anthem to be performed by those young people involved.
It is hoped that the project will enable local young people to re-engage, discover new relevance about commemoration and provide new opportunities to learn about their own heritage, with reference to conflict in the past and present by asking questions about their local war memorials and their history.
“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support young people to record the process, share their research and write the original anthem. The process will be recorded on a bespoke website for a wider audience to use in future commemoration events.”
Three Ghosts and a Missing Turkey
by Katy Dent
The Rose Theatre
The Candy Girls
May 4th - 5th at the Pomegranate Theatre
Former workers at one of Chesterfield’s biggest factories are playing a major part in the development of a new theatrical production.
Staff at the long-gone Trebor sweet plant have contributed stories about working life and relationships to the project.
Their recollections are the inspiration for The Candy Girls which will form one of the highlights of the new Chesterfield Community Arts Festival in May this year.
The production has been made possible by a £10,000 All Our Stories grant from the National Lottery and involves professional scriptwriters, actors and musicians working with the Pomegranate Playwrights Group and Pomegranate Youth Theatre.
Arts officer Carole Copeland, who is leading the project, said: “We decided to do this because of the new Waterways project. It was time to celebrate the legacy and to celebrate the transition into the new.”
The Candy Girls - Tales from Trebor was performed on May 4 and 5, with performances at 2.30pm and 6.30pm on the Saturday and 6.30pm on the Sunday.