Excavate Theatre Company

by | 10 October 2021 | Heritage, Notice, Sherwood

Nottingham-based community theatre company Excavate are starting work on the creation of a series of audio walks that will tell a new story of the culture, identity and history of the Sherwood Forest area.
Funded by Arts Council England and working in partnership with Inspire and Miner2Major, the company is currently looking to gather memories and stories from towns and villages across the region, focussing on hidden histories and contemporary experience. Once this material has been gathered, local residents will be given the chance to help shape this into a series of seven recorded stories that will become part of newly created or already established walking routes over the autumn, ready to be launched next year.
The finished pieces will be performed by a professional cast and will be written by Andy Barrett, whose plays have been produced by Radio Four, New Perspectives and Nottingham Playhouse. Andy sees this as the perfect project to respond to the current situation. He said: “Over the last year we’ve all embraced the local and have realised how important our neighbours and communities are. This project is a chance to dig into the diversity of voice and experience that make up the places where we live, and to encourage people to explore their towns and villages anew through the power of story.”
Anyone who is interested in knowing more, or thinks that they have a story to tell, can do so through an online Sherwood Storycard which can be found at https://sherwoodvoices.co.uk/. Andy is particularly interested in hearing from people who feel that their stories may not have been told, or that their understanding of the place where they live is different to that which is normally expressed.