An exciting new Museum of Stories is set to open in a Luton park next year.
Revoluton Arts want local or former residents, as well as visitors, to come forward and tell their stories of the area.
The project, which will be set in Bury Park, aims to tell the untold tales of the locals.
It can be fact, fiction or even half true, and it can be on any subject that they wish to talk about.
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Local broadcaster and theatremaker Shemiza Rashid will work alongside Fin Kennedy, a playwright and producer to produce the stories into five-minute audio pieces. Both have a wealth of experience telling stories.
Stories also don’t have to be perfect or in English. They can be submitted in any language to be translated into English. They can be set in the past, present or future.
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One five-minute audio story will be made by a selected writer. This will be shared publicly at a listening party in a Bury Park cafe.
Eventually, they hope to populate a geolocated map of the area showing pins where many different stories can be experienced in Bury Park.
Museum of Stories co-curator Shemiza Rashid said: “Bury Park is brimming with colourful stories waiting to be told, shared and heard. I’m super excited that we have the opportunity to capture some of these stories in audio drama format with an exceptional playwright like Fin Kennedy, and his new company Applied Stories.”
Museum of Stories creator and Artistic Director of Applied Stories, Fin Kennedy said: “This is the first time we’ve tested this new idea and we’re delighted to be trialling it in Bury Park. Luton is a place full of stories, as I know from touring here so many times when I was running touring theatre company Tamasha. I can’t wait to see what grassroots stories we uncover from Bury Park’s imagination. I hope Museum of Stories will grow in time into a city-wide cultural project for Luton.”
Revoluton Arts producer Furhaad Ahmed said: “We are proud to be supporting a local Luton artist to work alongside a writer of national renown to create this world exclusive in Bury Park. Revoluton Arts invited Applied Stories to partner with us as part of our Bury Park residency, and use Luton as a testbed for this exciting new format. We can’t wait to see what they uncover.”
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