Memories of school days in Blacon are about to be turned into an exciting musical theatre production.
City theatre company Theatre in the Quarter is working with Blacon Educational Village in an ambitious project entitled Best Days of Our Lives which will involve people of all generations in a new piece of theatre to be performed at Chester Cathedral in October.
Several of the schools in Blacon are being rebuilt and the production will paint a clear picture of the impact these community buildings have had over the last five or six decades.
The research process has already begun and memories of people’s time at school in Blacon are already pouring in.
Writer Helen Newall has written many of the plays for Theatre in the Quarter during its 10 year history, including the highly acclaimed railway station piece Over by Christmas and the touring Silent Night.
After the Easter holidays Helen will visit schools and record interviews with teachers, pupils, caretakers and mid-day assistants past and present, as well as other people from the community who have stories to tell.
She explained “It is very exciting to be working on another project with Theatre in the Quarter and with such a wonderful collection of schools. At this stage we have no idea what the play will contain, but based on the stories already gathered, I am sure it will be an exciting reflection of a colourful collection of schools.”
Children from Blacon Educational Village are already gathering memories from local residents. They have actively sought support from local partners including Avenue Services and Vintage Blacon.
Dave Williams, headteacher of Dee Point Primary School, explained how important it was to mark the significant changes happening in Blacon at the moment.
He said: “This is a hugely exciting and emotive project that truly captures the hearts of our community. With four of the six schools being completely rebuilt; 50-60 years of history will be reduced to rubble by next summer, 2016, and we wanted to ensure these old buildings were celebrated and their history reflected and remembered by the community they have served.
“Alongside this, we want to look forward and celebrate the future of education within our community and how education will continue to flourish in new, fit for purpose accommodation”
Artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter Matt Baker added: “This project will continue to strengthen incredible links between all schools that already exist, however it will also link generations of people who have shared these community buildings; this is a really exciting opportunity to develop that further.”
He added: “We have always had great experiences in working with Blacon. Together with Homegrown Dance Theatre and Cheshire Dance we have achieved some astonishing productions engaging enormous numbers of gifted young people from Blacon. This is a really good foundation to build on.”
If you have memories of school days in Blacon email Dave Williams at email@example.com.