“Now we tell our tale” is based on the memories of people who lived in Andover in the 1960’s and 1970’s or moved to it as part of the London overspill.
This original contemporary theatre involves young people from several schools across the town. The performance will include elements that have been previously filmed as well as live sections.
Workshop sessions have been held at several schools in Andover since last Autumn and the whole show was rehearsed in one intense week during this February half term.
Leading the project is John Baxter, who was Head of Performing Arts at Harrow Way School for over thirty years, Mark McGann, actor and director, who is a member of the McGann acting family and now heads his own production company, Drama Direct and local author Roy Chatfield, who has created the script.
The project has been funded by the Test Valley Arts Foundation & Aster Housing and supported by local insurance broker Be Wiser who have provided two members of staff who have worked alongside John Baxter in planning and setting up the project.
“We are really keen to support this fantastic project,” said Crescens George – Director of Learning and Development at Be Wiser. “We have two of our graduate apprentices helping Roy with his research and they will be closely involved with the project at every stage. It’s a very exciting project for the town and we are delighted to be involved from the concept.”
The production is at The Lights in Andover on Feb 24 at 7pm.
“The young people will benefit from being involved in all aspects of the performing arts. They will gain in terms of their own self-esteem, self-confidence, their ability to work as a group and increase their knowledge of career opportunities both from the performing arts industries and beyond,” said John Baxter.
Pictures by Paul Scicluna