Best Days of Our Lives: Community Reminiscence

HELEN NEWALL, Matt Baker (Composer)

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


    Best Days of our Lives was a highly ambitious and successful spectacle that celebrated the lives of those who grew up and went to school in Blacon, Chester. Commissioned by Blacon Education Village, the piece was inspired by the stories of many people of all ages who were interviewed. The piece was written by Helen Newall with music composed by Matt Baker, and was directed by Matt Baker with choreography by Julia Williams, Homegrown Dance Theatre. The piece involved over 300 children from all 6 schools in Blacon; a community chorus of 60 people; a band of 6 musicians; and 3 professional actors, Francis Tucker, Rachael Rae, and Judy Jones. The play was accompanied by a film created by Andy Davies and DeeVideo which featured many people from Blacon as well as aerial shots of the neighbourhood. Best Days of Our Lives enjoyed three sell-out shows in Chester Cathedral. Funders & Sponsors: Arts Council Lottery; Cheshire West and Chester; Earl of Chester Trust; Cheshire Community Foundation; Blacon Education Village: Avenue Services.
    Original languageEnglish
    Media of outputOther
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • playscript
    • performance
    • community theatre
    • reminiscence


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