DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THE CREATIVE WRITING COURSE WILL CONTINUE AT SIGNAL ON A MONTHLY BASIS. taking place on the forth Tuesday of each month from 5.30 – 7.30pm, contact [email protected] for more details.
From January to March, thirteen people came together to for a 6-week creative writing course. During the 6- weeks the group created a script inspired by real-life memories local people have shared about the popular market. Volunteers collected oral histories which were used as a basis for creation of a range of colourful characters and stories during a six-week creative writing course led by writer Kate Davies. During the creative writing process, the group watched films, listened to sound and looked at archive photographs and writing, which inspired the script’s content and sometimes fed in directly.
The play is structured as eight short performances linked by ballads. The piece kicks off with the story of the ‘Banana King’, a stallholder obsessed with the yellow fruit, and then parades around various stalls past and present, from the haberdashers and milliners, from the site of the old outdoor market to the stall selling ‘unmentionables.’ The result is an entertaining, sometimes moving and at others hilarious exploration of the lives and culture of the market past and present.
The 13 participants who created the piece are all new writers who developed their skills under tutor Kate Davies and will now see their original work performed live for the first time. Ms Davies said: “Working with this group really has been a real delight. Most had no previous experience of creative writing yet they’ve produced work that’s original, engaging, funny and moving.”
The final performance took place in Barrow Market on Saturday 7th April 2018 and there will be another performance of The Ballad of Barrow Market on 18th May, 7.30pm at the Dock Museum. Finally – Signal is making a film from the performance which will be shared in May!