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Participants appeal – be part of a performance

Do you have a story to share? if so theatre maker Lucy Ellinson would like to hear from you.

Lucy is looking for 14 local residents from new-born babies, to senior citizens, to help her create a short unique performance, which will take place on the opening night of PULSE Fringe Festival at the New Wolsey Theatre on Thursday 30 May.

This very special community performance is called WHEN I WAS OLD, WHEN I GET YOUNG. Local people will share their memories and what they think about growing older, to help create a ‘story of a life time’. It takes inspiration from Wiliam Shakespeare’s famous ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech (from ‘As You Like It..’) and considers the ways in which we change over time.

The project was first shown as part of the RSC Pilot night with local residents from Stratford-upon-Avon and is now coming to PULSE Festival to be made by the people of Ipswich.

Lucy is an experienced theatre maker and works with communities to document their oral histories. For this project she is looking to conduct short interviews with 14 local people in order to weave together recordings of their personal memories. This will then provide a soundtrack as they each stand for a short time on The New Wolsey Theatre’s stage.

· Lucy is looking for people from every age group to participate – from a newborn baby to a senior citizen.

· Lucy would ideally love to meet people have never performed on a stage before, who live in Ipswich and neighbouring areas and have a story they’d like to share.

· Are you free on the evening of Thursday 30th June, if so (and if you have any questions) get in touch!

If you would like to get involved or to find out more about the project, please contact Laura Norman at lnorman@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295 930 and she will put you in touch with Lucy. Please apply by 23rd April.

Rehearsals will take place on 28 and 29 May.

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