From Stephen to Avenham

Culturapedia collaborated with the wonderful Dutch location theatre company PeerGrouP to produce From Stephen to Avenham. A site specific piece of work commissioned by the Preston Guild for 2012.

Working with young people from the Forest of Bowland and Preston, two pieces of original promenade theatre were created and performed in two different locations, 30 miles apart.

In Gisburn Forest we spent a heady summer learning about local Joseph Hodgson; his unrequited love, and his urge to be remembered, and in Preston we brought Joe’s adventures into the city centre, with a re-enactment of the Slaidburn Silver Band, Preston Guild 1902.

The work was two years in the planning, immense fun and goes forward with a legacy project taking place in Gisburn Forest in the summer of 2013 working with Blaize Theatre. Culturapedia created all the local partnerships, undertook local production and raised funding for the activity from the Arts Council Grants for the Arts programme supported by seed funding investment from Preston City Council.