A Year On Zoom
One year on from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Healthy Arts created a project for local actors and writers who were missing being creative due to the closure of community arts venues.
With support from the Local Connections Fund, local writers and members of the amateur theatre sector were brought together online in a series of sessions that included opportunities for people to reconnect and make new friends while brushing up their writing and performance skills.
The idea of charting events throughout the previous twelve months developed into a dynamic project that captured attitudes and experiences throughout the various lockdowns. 18 pieces of new writing were nurtured by Julie McKiernan and 21 performers were coached by Martin Green in a series of monologues and duologues filmed on Zoom. There was also some one-to-one coaching on comedy technique, led by local comedian Chris Boyle.
This powerful record of 12 difficult months in a history of our time has been given the title “A Year On Zoom”, reflecting how communication changed for us all. The individual scenes are being released on social media throughout April and the full film will be available at the end of the month.
One participant, John Naughton, said: “I was delighted to be part of this project as, like most people involved in theatre, I was missing enormously the camaraderie, the discipline of having to learn lines and of portraying a character. This project is a splendid way of documenting the evolving events and issues surrounding Covid and the dramatic and unforeseen effect on our lives.”
Local writers are: Elaine Garner, Tony Topping, Marilyn Payne, Janet Critchley, Kate Pashley, Keith Williams, Joan Patrick, Barbara Roberts, Maria Byrne, Jan Porteus, Scott Davenport, Helen Lloyd, Sammy Holden, Erica Dawn, Shaun Fallows, Kelly Cassidy, Sharon Godiff Pulido, Dave Withington.
The performers include: Erica Dawn, Emma Appleton, Susan Rigby, Julia Walsh, Lisa Jane Aldred, Peter Hall, Sheila Hinds, John Naughton, Stacey Vernon, Lucy Gregory, Kevin Shirley, Maria Lowe, Colette Davies-Kerwin, John Dudley, Andrew Holt, Hannah Roughton, June Dowd, Shaun Fallows, Megan Price, Loraine Knockton, Linda Davies.
Follow Healthy Arts on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook to view the films. There is no cost to view this work thanks to Government funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund. www.healthyarts.org.uk
Healthy Arts is a not-for-profit organisation of North West arts professionals who deliver workshops and projects to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals and/or for the benefit of the community. Healthy Arts aims to provide a range of creative activities and events for local people within Wigan and Leigh. We have gained a solid reputation for delivering well-researched projects using professional and community actors.
View the films here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Y_SpphJ_4Vvy8iyjk1hKQ
List of Scenes
|Dark Skies||Elaine Garner||Erica Dawn|
|Taking Stock||Tony Topping||Emma Appleton|
|Lockdown in April||Marilyn Payne||Susan Rigby|
|Keeping Going||Janet Critchley||Julia Walsh|
|Supermarket Sweep||Kate Pashley||Lisa Jane Aldred|
|Right To Roam||Keith Williams||Peter Hall|
|The Pandemic Walk||Joan Patrick||Sheila Hinds|
|Doubting Thomas||Barbara Roberts||John Naughton & Stacey Vernon|
|College Girl||Maria Byrne||Lucy Gregory|
|All In A Day’s Work||Jan Porteous||Kevin Shirley Maria Lowe|
|Hallowe’en||Scott Davenport||Martin Green & Colette Davies-Kerwin|
|The Intern||Sammy Holden||John Dudley & Andrew Holt|
|Shape Yourself||Erica Dawn||June Dowd & Julia Walsh|
|Christmas Eve||Helen Lloyd||Hannah Roughton|
|No Options & No Exercise||Shaun Fallows||Shaun Fallows|
|Hilarious Housewives||Kelly Cassidy||Maria Lowe & Megan Price|
|Lonely Hearts||Sharon Godiff Pulido||Loraine Knockton & Linda Davies|
|Patience||Dave Withington||John Dudley|