In September 2014, EVERYDAY HEROES took an audience of local residents and community members on an evening storytelling walk around Heginbottom Crescent and told the stories of Ashton-under-Lyne’s ‘everyday heroes’ – each hero having been nominated by local people and interviewed by Chol artists.
Performed by community members with brass bands, line dancing, disco and a street party vibe, the piece took place in gardens, on top of cars and along the street itself. The event ended with the chance to sing a few favourites on karaoke, before a fire installation, lit by community members and spelling out the phrase THIS IS OURS, illuminated the sky.
EVERYDAY HEROES was a commission from the Royal Exchange Theatre directed by Evie Manning and produced in partnership with us and pa_Boom, as part of a collaboration between New Charter Homes, New Charter Academy & the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The project engaged over 70 residents as participants and volunteers, and was attended by an audience of over 300 from the local community.