Excavate have been working with communities across the region since 2000 to create a wide range of performances, films, audio pieces and texts to dig into and explore ideas of place, history and culture. During that time they’ve worked with thousands of people of all ages and have produced over forty theatre shows, the majority of which have been free to watch.
Their most recent work has included making a community play with the residents of a slum in Pune, India; working with the Loros hospice in Leicester to create a series of audio stories exploring issues around end of life care; and working with people on the Aspley estate in Nottingham to create a show based on their stories.
Here are a couple of films of their work which you may find interesting:
The Bilborough Trilogy; 2007-2009
An Act of Defiance (the story of the Luddites of Hucknall and Sutton in Ashfield); 2014
Here is one of a set of podcasts that they’ve also just finished writing and directing for Mantle Arts:
And here is a radio play that they made with a community cast for Arts for Rutland, exploring the impact of the First World War on the social life of the county:
For more information on the company and the work they have done visit the Excavate website.
Miner2Major is a five-year Landscape Partnership Scheme (2019-2023), supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Focussing on the heart of Sherwood Forest area – from Bestwood to Ollerton, and Mansfield to Rufford Abbey – Sherwood is an ancient forest, with a complex and fascinating history to match.
Find out more from the Miner2Major website.
Inspire is the community benefit organisation responsible for libraries, cultural events and learning in Nottinghamshire. It is also an Arts Council NPO, receiving funding for parts of its programme of work for children and young people. The Books and Reading stream runs a successful rolling programme of literature and reading events and workshops, including the annual Inspire Poetry Festival and Readers’ Day, as well as special occasional projects, some of which have received ACE project funding, most recently the Voices poetry project led by Ben Norris. Usually, these events take place in some of Inspire’s 60 libraries, where the Culture team and frontline staff work together to deliver the programme to their various communities.