Chance to share your memories of growing up in Port Talbot

24 March 2016

A Port Talbot student wants residents to tell her what it was like to grow up in the town in two decades separated by 60 years: the 1940s and the 2000s.

The Forties & Noughties project, the work of 24-year-old Hannah Roach, will showcase memories of people who grew up during the two decades in a special exhibition and presentation.

It is already creating a buzz.

Older people with memories of growing up in wartime and social media savvy teens from the 2000s have been getting in touch with Hannah to share their stories of life in the town – and the six-week exercise doesn’t start until Tuesday, April 12.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who has a story to tell, no matter how big or small,” said Hannah, a student at University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea, who is studying for a degree in applied drama.

“I’m looking for visual and performance artists who can turn their stories, and those of others, into pieces of art, dance, drama, poetry and music and so on to exhibit and perform in our living archive at the end of the project,” she added.

“Ideally the artists will be a Forties kid, or a Noughties kid, but anyone with memories of these periods is welcome to come along and take part – whether or not they consider themselves an artist.

“It’s all about sharing and working with real life stories and memories in a creative and fun way. “Everyone has a story to tell – this is their opportunity to tell it in a way that will be seen by many people at the end of the project, and for decades to come.”

The six-week project runs from April 12 with workshops held each Tuesday from 6.30pm at Ebenezer Church Vestry in Civic Square, Port Talbot, near the Princess Royal Theatre. The exhibition and performance will take place during the final week.

Anyone interested in getting involved should email fortiesandnoughties@outlook.com; those wanting more information should visit the project’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fortiesandnoughties

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