'Passing the Baton'
“There’s music in the water here. It’s in the trees and in the coal seams.
It runs right through the core of the people.”
Passing The Baton, by Mike Akers
We took donations at each performance, and proceeds from each performance to the following charities across the Forest of Dean:
The Orchard Trust
Age Concern, Forest of Dean
The Scarr Bandstand, Sling renovation project
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Introducing our theatrical + musical extravaganza!
Passing the Baton was commissioned as part of our Forest Tales project and toured around the Forest of Dean throughout August and September 2017.
Funded by Arts Council, Forest Tales has been an intergenerational project focusing on stories and memories from the local area. In the months leading up to the performance, we worked with playwright Mike Akers to develop a new script which was taken from discussions and memories uncovered in the intergenerational sessions we ran with the local community.
Much of the inspiration and focus of the story came from the Lydbrook Brass Band and we were delighted that the Lydbrook Training Band was able to join us for a very special intergenerational performance at the end of the project.
Some of our set was created through community workshops delivered by Artspace Cinderford, using screen prints inspired by the stories.
Our very talented performers were Chez Dunfois (EveryBODY Dance, Pif-Paf Theatre, Perfomers Without Borders), Katie Storer (Mufti Games, The Desperate Men, Ramshaklicious, Beyond the Ridiculous) and Pat Moran (Kneehigh, The Globe, Bristol Old Vic).
After 14 shows and with over 650 audience members reached, we are immensely proud of the performance and the whole Passing the Baton team! We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to see the show, and of course an extra-special thanks to the Lydbrook band!