In March 2020, members of the Royal Exchange Elders and Young Companies were due to start rehearsals on an intergen performance project.
Faced with the prospect of Lockdown, we reimagined the project to take place online.
Up to 45 people aged 14-82 asked to take part and were all included. Working with artists Nickie Miles-Wildin and Testament (who had already started work on the original project), we re-shaped the idea to rehearse on Zoom with a view to creating five outputs which we could share as part of a festival week. As the project developed, this evolved into an ambitious five-part series involving over 40 original characters developed through improvisations and writing tasks.
Sticking with our original theme of how music connects us, the series centred around an imagined music festival taking place somewhere in Greater Manchester. We even created and recorded a song which we later released in two versions (an 80s original and a live Festival anthem) via Bandcamp.
We hope that our evaluation report will share insights and learning for other professionals and participants embarking on similar projects (both intergenerational and digital) in the future.