The Wellington Monument is set to be centre stage in a community arts project commemorating the 200th anniversary of laying of the first foundation stone.
Actiontrack, the performance and participatory arts company responsible for the hugely ambitious and successful ‘The Wondrous Tales of the Whiteball Tunnel’ project in 2014, has been asked by the National Trust to create a performance with people from the local community. Entitled ‘The Story of the Stone’, the performance will take place at the monument on the evening of Saturday October 21st – 200 years to the day since the first stone was laid.
Anyone who would like to be involved is invited to go to the first meeting at Wellington Arts Centre on Sunday September 17th at 2.00pm to find out more. The company is looking for local actors, singers, musicians, makers, and anyone who’d like to be involved in this unique opportunity.
Actiontrack says, “It will be a short, fairly full-on rehearsal and production process run mostly on Sunday afternoons from mid-September and up to the show day for actors to perform the piece, musicians to play the music (instruments need to be portable for obvious reasons), banner-makers and bearers to support the spectacle, a performance chorus to sing and get involved in the big moments and costume/make-up/technical support. And anyone else who’s up for it!
Any age or experience level welcome but please note that any young people up to 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult.”
This promises to be an exciting and creatively stimulating way of celebrating the place of the iconic monument at the heart of the local community, its people and its history.