Telling tales: new theatre project in Wimborne set to tell secret stories from the museum

Bournemouth Echo: CREATIVE: Curators and a student volunteer at the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne which will be the venue for a new theatre project CREATIVE: Curators and a student volunteer at the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne which will be the venue for a new theatre project

PEOPLE with disabilities will join a new theatre project in Wimborne this January.

Secret Stories from the Museum, organised by theatre companies State of Play and Persuasion Arts, will feature a series of creative workshops at the Priest’s House Museum.

Both disabled and non-disabled drama professionals will lead the sessions.

Tam Gilbert of Persuasion Arts said: “Participants will have the chance to explore some of the fascinating objects in the museum’s collection and they can create new stories about them through drama, mime, movement and music.”

Organisers also plan to document the workshops in a blog, and will create a book and DVD to be kept at the museum in the future.

Tony Horitz who leads State of Play, said the sessions are just the beginning of the project.

“We’ll then use the stories people have created as part of a new show celebrating the lives of disabled people in East Dorset,” he said.

“The performances will be at the Priest’s House Museum’s Open Learning Centre later in 2014.”

Curator Emma Ayling said: “This project is a wonderful opportunity to involve groups in the local community who have previously found it difficult to make use of the museum, collecting their stories and helping them to access and benefit from the collections that the museum holds.”

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