‘Treasure trove’ of memories brought to life in new theatre production

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A “treasure trove” of memories belonging to Sheffield’s older population will brought to life on stage in a new production.

The actors starring in Who Are Ye? have no script to follow, but instead take on the personas and voices of the people who have shared their experiences for the project.

It is based entirely on the true stories of older people living in the city and will explore individuals’ lives both past and present, including changes in culture, society, communities, music and fashion.

The performances at Theatre Delicatessen’s new venue on Eyre Street are the finale from a collaboration between the city’s £6m loneliness project, Age Better in Sheffield and Cardboard Citizens - a London based company which specialises in theatre that makes a real and positive difference to society.

Over the past few months, the organisations have been working together to speak to as many older people across the city to hear and record their stories.

With no script, the performances will be delivered in a style known as verbatim theatre, where actors take on the personas and the voices of the people who have shared their experiences in the project.

Marketing and communications coordinator for Age Better in Sheffield, Hannah Thornton, said: “This has been a chance for people young and old to come together and share memories and stories about Sheffield that otherwise may never have been told.

“Projects like these are really important for us to learn more about the stories of older people and use them to shape the support we offer at Age Better in Sheffield.”

Associate artist for Cardboard Citizens, Terry O’Leary, said: “We’ve loved unearthing the treasure trove of memories, opinions and thoughts of past and future Sheffield. Working with older people in Sheffield is a first for us and the final performances will certainly be special.”

Performances take place at Theatre Delicatessen on Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28 at 7.30pm, with an extra matinee performance on October 27 at 2.30pm. Tickets are available online at www.theatredelicatessen.co.uk, or on the door, at a ‘pay as you feel’ price.