Students from the Theatre and Performance Foundation Degree at University Centre St Helens breathed new life into the photographs from the Geoff Williams Photography Collection, through Echoes Through the Years, a series of performances inspired by the long-forgotten images.
Course leader Ian Greenall described the performances as “a fictionalised insight into the lives of the people whose photographs appear in the collection. Their stories are told through movement and a series of intimate monologues. Each of the twelve students took on the role of a character from one of the photographs to tell their story”.
The piece was performed to captive audiences in St Helens Central Library and included monologues, dance and movement as well as audio and visual technology. It was a unique and innovative way to explore the photographs and was very well received. The monologues were an interesting insight; sometimes funny, sometimes intense and showcased a talented group of performers.
The new imagined stories brought images from the Geoff Williams Photography Collection to life, Sue Williamson, Head of Library Services commented it was a “brilliant way to shine a light on these almost forgotten memories.”
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