Dynamite Island is coming to Slough!

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Dynamite Island is coming to Slough!

Performance company Dynamite Island is delighted to visit HOME Slough this year with The Great and the Grand, a musical show about your grandparents.

Slough locals Sat, Yvonne, Khalid, Linda, Nisha and Teresa have been meeting online with Dynamite Island once a week for the past month, telling stories and writing songs about our grandparents. Together we have created a series of short films, intertwining our family trees, sharing loves and losses, and asking questions we’ll never know the answers to. Join us on Saturday 3rd July for a unique tribute to the grandparents of Slough, hosted live on Zoom.

Running time: approx 90 mins.

July 3
5:00 pm
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HOME Slough
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Over the last few years the company has been touring their ‘grandad cabaret’ Rendezvous in Bratislava (watch the trailer here), a show about theatre-maker Miriam’s grandad, a joke collector and cabaret writer who she never met. Now, the company works with local people in towns around the UK to create more time-travelling music theatre performances, this time featuring stories of participants’ own grandparents, and performed by the participants themselves.

Dynamite Island’s favourite thing about the project is that the show we create could only be made by the specific group of people we work with. A chance assembly of assorted ancestors!

The Great and The Grand was seed funded by Farnham Maltings, and has been supported by South Street Arts Centre and Manchester Jewish Museum.

About Dynamite Island
Dynamite Island is Thom Andrewes, Catherine Carter, Will Gardner and Miriam Sherwood. We combine live music with elements from participatory art, theatre, cabaret, radio and more, looking for new ways of telling stories and exploring the places where music, theatre and real life bump up against each other.

We have worked together for 10 years on music theatre events, cross-genre concerts, and contemporary opera productions. Our projects are collaboratively devised and produced, and we have partnered with artists and companies including performance company ERRATICA, chamber-pop orchestra The Coveryard. In the past we have produced work together under the names Carmen Elektra Opera Collective and Travelling Tent.

Twitter: @dynamiteisland | facebook.com/dynamiteisland

Song from Reading G&G: https://soundcloud.com/the_biting_point/keep-the-family-house

Quotes from from G&G Slough project participants:

Really enjoying what we’re doing, it’s fascinating hearing about other cultures and other grandparents and how they struggled.

This is way better than anything I could have ever imagined it would be, it really is.

It makes me feel like I want to call my parents and find out more about my grandparents. It looks like I’ve still got quite a lot to learn.

Thank you for organising this, because for me it was the best thing I’ve done ever, and the most enjoyable thing I’ve done ever. I’ve learnt a lot.

I’m so sad, I can’t believe we’ve come to the end. It has been amazing, one of the best things I’ve ever done. Such a lovely group of people, and so easy to be part of it.

Thanks to you all for making this a really surprisingly profound and joyful experience. The gift that I’ve received is that I’m in touch with how to write a song. Big thank you.

I’m really really sorry that it’s come to an end. When I volunteered for this I was absolutely petrified. But from the minute it started it was just so much fun. And I’ve learnt so much about my grandparents and my parents along the way. It’s something I’ll always remember and always take with me. Thank you very very much.

Quotes from audience members from previous G&G projects:

Warm, playful, thoughtful and tender.

It just felt really special, the intimacy of the stories and I think the way the production brought it out in people just felt really magical, there was a real energy warmth from everyone in the room between everyone. Human history is shaped by the stories that we tell around the campfire, and it really felt like that, like we were sharing stories around a campfire. It’s an important project at a divisive political time.

Extremely moving and enjoyable.

It was really moving to watch, so well presented and profound.

Excellent way of sharing stories, I want to find out more about my own family history now.

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