In Motion Theatre Company gets Voices Heard in Ferguslie Park Paisley
The Voice Behind Our Town will be launched as part of In Motion Theatre’s Digital Programme. This new project supports the delayed tour of Other Side of The River by Lisa Nicoll which is inspired by the community of Ferguslie Park, Paisley. The Voice Behind Our Town is a series of six podcast interviews and a set of digital monologues written by local residents of Feguslie Park where we hear the real positive stories of change that are happening in this town that is often overshadowed by people’s preconceived notions because of historic reputation, headlines or comments on social media. This project is supported by Future Paisley, and delivered in association with Renfrewshire Leisure as a legacy project from the Paisley City of Culture 2021 bid.
Voice Behind Our Town Digital Monologue Production
ONLINE PREMIERE: THURSDAY 17th DECEMBER 7pm at www.inmotiontc.co.uk
Voice Behind Our Town PODCASTS:
AVAILABLE IN FULL FROM 14th DECEMBER AT: https://anchor.fm/inmotiontheatre
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In Motion Theatre are delighted to work along with community of Ferguslie Park Paisley to create a series of podcasts with local residents and to offer a set of online live & recorded writing sessions to create and develop a series of short five minute monologues which will be recorded & performed by professional actors.
The inspiration for Voice Behind Our Town came from the need to hear the voices of real people that often are not heard because they are overshadowed by people’s preconceived notions of a place because of historic reputation or headlines in papers or comments in social media. This work supports the delayed tour of Other Side of The River by In Motion Theatre’s Creative Director Lisa Nicoll which is inspired by Ferguslie Park and is supported by Future Paisley – a wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural story to transform its future . Future Paisley is led by Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure Voice Behind our Town will tour when it is safe to do so.
The monologues will be premiered online on In Motion Theatre’s website where they will then be available to watch until the end of February. The Podcasts will be available in full from the 14th of December on various podcast platforms.
The Voice Behind Our Town Podcasts lets local residents talk about the good things that go on in their town despite struggles and preconceived notions that people have or that have been attached from what newspaper headlines have said. They let us hear how the stories of past and present have shaped the people who have lived there and the strength and determination that goes on within a community. The guest range in age from 18 to 82 male and female and give a broad view of what it is actually like to live in the town of Ferguslie Park, Paisley and the battle that people feel they have been up against from headlines, reputation and comments over the years.
The podcasts tell a universal story about fighting against preconceived notions and the warmth, determination and community feel that exists not just in Ferguslie Park but in towns and cities all over Scotland. People often don’t visit a place and think they know what it is like. The residents of Ferguslie and these podcasts are here to let us hear the passionate stories and the everyday hero voices heard – from Marc Small who has set up On Yir Bike to get people cycling and healthy in Ferguslie, to Terry McTernan and John McIntyre who have been activists for 40 years in making a change for all the people in the community, to Janine Carter who is an 18 year old music student/ singer/songwriter to 82 year old Helen Crangle who worked for decades in education helping families have a better life, to Norrie Ward the local bus driver who did the bus route there for 30 years before retiring to Elaine Carter who has set up the Seniors Club so people have a place to go and a purpose.
Seven writers from Ferguslie Park have also been working to create fictional monologues which are inspired by their town and experience of living there. This writing process provided space and support for residents of Ferguslie to create individual pieces of writing to express their stories of Ferguslie. The writers were guided through writing sessions and workshops by playwright and creative director of In Motion Theatre Lisa Nicoll. Lisa feels strongly about encouraging writers from all backgrounds to write and have authentic new voices discovered and this is a huge driving force of what In Motion Theatre is – a passion for hearing working class voices, giving opportunities to all, developing their writing and making sure everyone is valued in life and has the opportunity to have their voice heard. These pieces are written by John McIntyre, Terry McTernan, Helen Crangle, Michaela Sweeney, Sanjay Lago, Karen Herbison and Patrick Kidd.
The pieces include stories of a young Asian man who moved to the town in the 80’s and the struggles embarked on, a community activist in the late 1970’s who knew a change had to happen after the worst winter and woman who has become an artist but still doesn’t believe she is good enough or deserves this because she is not from the right part of town.
These will be performed by Keith Fleming (Outlander, Citizens Theatre), Karen Bartke (Scot Squad), Leah Byrne (Dundee Rep Ensemble), Josh Whitelaw (BEATS), Mary Gapinski, recent Royal Conservatoire graduate Sanjay Lago and introducing new actor Gregor MacRae who is currently a third year acting student at North College Lanarkshire. In Motion believe in giving opportunities to new and early stage creatives as well as established artists and is a key core of the companies beliefs.
The aim for the podcasts and the digital monologues is to let real people’s voices heard and help dispel thoughts of what folk are like from towns that can have a negative attachment and that just because you have a certain postcode doesn’t mean you have to be seen as being on the bottom of the ladder.
Lisa Nicoll Creative Director of In Motion said
“I have spent two years getting to know people in Ferguslie Park Paisley and to find out what brings this community together. What I have found is that there is such a sense of caring and community and solidarity that has existed before the current COVD 19 pandemic. I have observed more connection in this community than when personally I have lived in larger cities and towns where often you can become isolated and not know your neighbours or don’t get involved in things that go on around about because people can become caught up in their own lives”.
Terry McTernan Community Member Ferguslie Park said
'I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this project as its been personally challenging but has provided a fantastic opportunity and platform to promote the many positives about Ferguslie Park using a very different medium.'