A performance, to include music, poetry written specifically for the event, to involve the community, community choirs, local amateur dramatic groups, local bands, people of all ages who can share their stories, schools and youth groups, based on the memories and recollections of those who worked at the Listers factory in Dursley, and to include the hopes and dreams for the future of this market town.
The performance to take place at the Dursley Festival 2016, to be filmed and recorded and a copy given to the local heritage centre.
Considerable research needs to be undertaken, interviewing those who worked there, which would include visiting local old age and nursing homes, community centres and groups, as well as utilising local newspapers, social media etc. Funding is needed to write the project, to include help from professional writers, filming and editing, any equipment required, insurances, administration, costumes, and so on.
The project has developed out of the exhibition of photographs taken as the old Listers factory in Dursley was being demolished at Easter 2015, and those photographs then exhibited at the 2015 Dursley Festival. Visitors were asked to write their memories and recollections of the town when Listers was the main employer, as well as their hopes for the future. The original photographs can be found at clocking-off-dursley-festival-2015
Catherine Jones is a performance artist, writer and musician. She recently was awarded an MA in Fine Art (distinction) from University of Gloucestershire where her final show included a performance of poetry she had written, live music and dance, and curated food and drink. She is committed to participatory art practice that has relevance and meaning for all.