|Richard listens to the ideas for the drama moments|
The moments, 'sleepwalkers', 'a shot in the dark' and 'awake' seemed ever more relevant, as the young volunteers created scenes where the everyday normality of people going to work and school in the early morning is disturbed by a sudden dramatic, catastrophic, murderous event, the aftermath of which sees everyone scared into a heightened sense of alertness and very much more aware of their individual and collective vulnerability. There were depictions and freeze frames before and after a bomb explodes, and the idea of a torn letter returned as plans are changed forever by the aftermath of such a destructive act.
|A group walks through their scene|
We ended the session confirming a small group of young volunteers who would meet us at the archives of Wolverhampton during the easter holidays. They will be asked to view and respond to images, letters, publications and objects, including the file of Jesse Hill with his letters to his wife Maggie, and the bereavement letter from Sergeant Noble. Our friend and colleague Dr Nicola Gauld will join us along with Liz Palmer, a genealogy expert. They are both members of the People's Heritage Co-operative, whose excellent blog is: http://peoplesheritagecoop.blogspot.co.uk/