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Tamesiders deliver their take on “The Queen’s Speech” with the Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 13th December 2018 @ 10:41 by Lauren Entwistle
Community Dukinfield Tameside

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has been out and about in Dukinfield to give local people a starring-role in a short film that will be played at a special festive community event next week.

It marks the beginning of a two year project called the “Local Exchange” that aims to reach people who may not otherwise feel that theatre is for them, with the Royal Exchange partnering up with Jigsaw Homes.

The film, that’s based around the Queen’s annual Christmas Speech, asked members of the public what they are looking forward to in the New Year and what has happened to them since last Christmas.

Jack Bamber, engagement manager at the Royal Exchange Theatre, said himself and colleagues went into the community earlier this year armed with microphones and a green screen to capture people’s heartfelt thoughts.

He said: “We got so many responses – some were very emotional, from people who had lost parents this year or had a really rough time.

But we also had incredibly positive ones! We had a number of really funny speeches from Age UK and primary schools in the area – plus a lovely story from someone who was homeless and has now found their feet.”

Both video and audio has now been compiled into a film which will be premiered at Dukinfield Methodist Church on the 18th of December, during an event running from 5-8pm.

Alongside the film, there will also be craft tables, monologues performed by young company graduates and traditional carol music from Spotlights Choir.

Jack added: “This is just the beginning of our work in Tameside and we really would just like to invite anyone who would like to attend and find out more about what we do.

“Everyone is welcome to come and get festive – we’ve got a lot planned and it’s going to be a very special upcoming two years. “

If you’d like to find out more about Royal Exchange Theatre’s “Local Exchange” scheme visit:

Photo: Anne Gosling who is part of the film: “A Christmas Message for Tameside”