The project commissioned by the National Trust to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first stone of the Wellington Monument is under way – but organisers would welcome more participants.
Actiontrack’s Nick Brace is developing ‘The Story of a Stone’ as a community project with musicians, performers, compilers and supporters from the town as well as members of Genesis Youth Theatre.
Nancy Powell-Brace said, “We’ve now had two meetings developing ‘The Story of a Stone’. Both have been well attended – but there’s always room for more participants. The nature of the piece requires a chorus of voices and bodies and an accompanying band – and it’s not too late to get involved.
“Our next meeting is on Sunday 1st October at 2.00 pm at Wellington Arts Centre. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. Don’t be shy. Come and enjoy an afternoon of scripting, singing, cutting and sticking.
“All efforts will be rewarded with a fabulous pageant at the Wellington Monument on the evening of Saturday 21st October – exactly 200 years to the day of the laying of the foundation stone. The doors will open (as it were) at 4.00 p.m.with guided walks given by the National Trust. There’ll be food on sale but audience members are encouraged to bring both a seat and a warm drink.
“So far the performance is rollicking along with a core cast and band of about 30 aged between 14 – 87, but double that number would be better! We encourage everybody – young and older – to come and be part of this event. It is our monument which we are all desperately trying to save. This event will raise awareness across the region and you can be part of it.”