'We're the kind of place where people's stories don't normally get shared
Because we're just 'ordinary folk' from Tameside, just out 'little' borough over there."
Inspired by interviews carried out with members of the Tameside community, 'No Such Thing As Ordinary' is a snapshot into the stories and lives of people in Tameside. In a collage of first-hand accounts, we follow 6 characters as they explore their relationship with the borough's history, community and their own memories of the place they call home and ask us to consider if there is such thing as ordinary?
Tameside Creative Community (CIC) is made up of local Tameside residents brought together as Ambassadors for the Royal Exchange Theatre's Local Exchange programme. They worked with the Royal Exchange Theatre to bring the Den to Stalybridge in August 2019, creating a programme of activity for a two-week pop-up festival. They are now working together as company, aiming to contnue giving a platform for local voices and celebrating Tameside.
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We are entering our third year of delivery in Tameside and have made some incredible partnerships with Tameside Council, Jigsaw Homes, Global Grooves, Age UK, Tameside Women’s Centre and Holy Trinity Community Centre.
Our Tameside Ambassadors have been working with us for a year now and have been developed some incredible projects – from making their own work, commissioning plays for THE DEN to digging out allotments and creating workshops locally.
In August 2019, Tameside hosted the first ever version of THE DEN in Stalybridge Civic Hall which was a huge success. Read all about the incredible two weeks here. There’s been much more than this going on in Tameside, with projects happening across the borough.
As part of our Local Exchange programme in Tameside Jigsaw Homes have provided 2 years funding to work with tenants and residents in Dukinfield, Cavendish Mill and Ashton.
This innovative project provides opportunities for Tameside residents to improve their wellbeing and mental health, employment prospects and learn new skills. The projects delivered so far have had a positive impact on people’s lives, removing the barriers to isolation, improving people’s confidence and increased self-esteem.
We began working with Age UK in February 2019. Since we have initiated and led a satellite Elders Company who went on to perform in the Den in Stalybridge, we have also led Dementia Café Storybox sessions with two dementia support groups hosted by Age UK. Staff, volunteers and service users have been offered tickets for our productions. In February we will also work with two other Dementia Support groups in Denton and Dukinfield.
In 2018-19, we worked with schools in Tameside on a variety of projects. Many schools took part in workshops we delivered in their school on devising, performing and writing. We also worked closely with Mossley Hollins High School in a project called Exchange 360. During Exchange 360, students took part in technical theatre, performing and marketing workshops to then perform on the main stage at the Royal Exchange.