I am a songwriter and actor and I am starting an Arts Council funded project about individuals who’ve inspired the lives of people living in Leicestershire today. With that in mind, I am organising meetings early in 2013 with groups of people from all parts of the community to hear and collect their stories.
With these stories, I will create an interactive performance (called ‘Father Used To Say’) using songs, stories and pictures which I will take into Community Centres, Social Centres, Libraries, Museums and other places where communities meet so that everyone can hear each other’s stories and hopefully show how our diverse communities share a common humanity.
I was recently invited by Katherine Brown to visit her ‘Points Of Interest’ group and talk about my project with a view to running a story gathering session when the project begins. I sang a song for them about one of the people who have inspired me, Leicester’s Joseph Merrick (a.k.a. The Elephant Man), which moved one member of the group to tears. Then we talked about who has inspired the group.
Their enthusiasm was infectious. I was told a few stories, one of which stood out as an excellent example of the sort of inclusive and inspirational stories I’m looking for; it was about an American who spoke many languages including those of some of the Native American tribes whom he befriended.
I am looking for more people and groups to tell their stories. Also, instead of charging groups to have story gathering sessions (which could exclude a lot of people) I am organising a prize raffle, which will also help with my funding application. So I am looking for people to help sell tickets and donate good prizes for this. The first prize will be £250 cash and I already have donations of a meal for two and an aromatherapy session.
I have a website at www.fatherusedtosay.wordpress.com where I can be contacted and anyone can leave their stories too.
Andrew ‘Skatz’ Scattergood