24 MAR 2017

nm-2016-295The dates for the upcoming Maxims Live! workshops have been announced, taking place next month in various locations in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The events will be a chance to bring along favourite records, photos, outfits and memories from Maxims.

They will be held at:

  • Silverdale Athletic Community Building, Sutton Avenue, Silverdale, on Tuesday, April 11 from 1.30pm to 3pm;
  • York Place High Street, Newcastle, on Saturday, April 22 from 10.30am to 3.30pm;
  • New Vic Theatre, Basford, on Thursday, April 27 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Memories and material gathered at the workshops will be used to inspire a new play, due to be performed at the New Vic and in the Belong Heritage Gallery early next year.

Selected stories and memorabilia will also feature in an installation in the gallery itself.

The ‘Maxims Live’ project is being undertaken by the New Vic as part of its award-winning ‘Borderlines’ initiative, which uses theatre in social contexts. It works regionally, nationally and internationally, and is acknowledged as a national model for the ways theatre can be used to work within the community.

Director of New Vic Borderlines, Sue Moffatt, said: “The ‘Maxim’s Live’ project offers a perfect opportunity for the New Vic to capture memories from local people about an iconic space in Newcastle-under-Lyme and work with individuals from the local community to create an innovative, lasting piece of work that celebrates the history of the space, and also looks forward to its future.”

The partnership has come about between the New Vic and Belong due to their shared values of giving people a sense of belonging, creating vibrant communities and nurturing positive relationships and outcomes for people’s wellbeing.

Belong Operations Director, Tracy Paine, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the New Vic on this project. Bringing Maxims back to life is about much more than restoring a building. It’s people’s stories that live on and our aim is that the gallery will provide a range of opportunities for this shared exploration of the past.

“We hope people will get behind the appeal and come forward with their memories and we look forward to celebrating them in this play and the installation in the gallery when it opens next year!”