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  • Intergenerational Project

        We won’t go down in any fancy history books – but our history is enough.”

     

    I am delighted to offer this Critical Friend Report in support of the Waterford Intergenerational Group’s drama project, Glimpses.

     

    Glimpses is the latest in a series projects undertaken by the Group in recent years. These include: Waterford Life: Now and Then, (2010) Best Foot Forward (2012) and Blast from the Past (2012). The projects share a common intention of bringing together individuals and groups across a range of ages and background, enabling them to share their life experiences through storytelling, music, drama, dance and the visual arts.

     

    This year’s project, Glimpses, is a one act play, devised during a series of eight weekly workshops facilitated by local playwrights, Martina Collender and Anna Jordan and attended by upwards of a dozen actors and actresses. During the course of the workshops, participants ranging in age from sixteen to seventy plus were encouraged to share their stories and their experiences and to find a way to present these through the medium of drama.

     

    Set in five houses on an inner city Waterford street, Glimpses was presented in first draft form with a performance in Waterford City Library during the 2015 Bealtaine Festival and the finished production was presented for two performances at the recent Waterford Harvest Festival. I attended both productions and was enormously moved by the integrity and conviction of the performances. I was also greatly impressed by the extent to which Martina and Anna had succeeded in making, not just a coherent drama but one which seemed to reflect so faithfully and directly what the participants had brought to the devising process.

     

    More than anything, the production offered proof that the process of making drama is at least as important as the outcome. The extent to which each and every actor on the stage claimed ownership of their story was remarkable to behold and a reminder of all that is possible in the art of theatre making. Even more remarkable was the very clear sense of shared purpose. This is difficult to achieve in any rehearsal room and the extent to which actors separated by several generations managed to do so in Glimpses is an extraordinary tribute to Martina and Anna, as well as to the principles which govern the Intergenerational Group.

     

    I congratulate Mags Drohan, Grainne Boucher, St. Brigid’s Family & Community Centre, the Inner City Community Youth Project and in particular Anna, Martina and the actors and actresses on their collective achievement. I also commend Waterford City & County Council for their investment in this memorable project and hope that the Intergenerational Group will be enabled to continue with its extremely valuable work.

     

    Jim Nolan.

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