A Way With Words
A Way with Words was the second phase of Cheltenham Festivals’ three-year community project in Cheltenham West. It was a cross-arts, multi-generational project with a focus on gathering and sharing local people’s stories, reminiscences and opinions. The material gathered was then re-interpreted and shared in a public performance as part of Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016, using different performance media.
A Way with Words offered people from across Cheltenham West the opportunity to get involved as Story Collectors, Story Providers and Story Tellers; and also to engage with Creative Practitioners specialising in a variety of performing arts. The project resulted in engaging 565 participants and audiences of more than 500!
I loved the cross-section of people involved and the process of gathering material, words, stories etc.
|Participating community groups||26|
|Story collection sessions||39|
|Story Tellers (performers)||40|
|Audience for performances and interactive exhibition||500|
*Some groups and individuals took part in more than one activity.
Find out how it went and what the participants thought:
Download the A Way With Words 2016 Evaluation – Summary [3.16mb]