JUNO Theatre, the city-based company that supports female theatre practitioners, launches an exciting year-long project, The Salisbury Tales, Ancient & Modern, on Sunday 23rd September at the historic St Thomas’s Church.
The project opens with a performance of seven new plays commissioned by Juno and generated at workshops in St Thomas’s Church. Inspired by the theme of pilgrimage, the dramas explore events across the centuries in this medieval church where they will be performed.
Also under way is an outreach element with Juno writers collecting the stories of city residents whose voices are often unheard: carers, the elderly and homeless, young people and vulnerable adults. Further performances and displays of residents’ testimony will happen in 2019.
Core to this project is St Thomas’s Church, constructed for the workers building Salisbury Cathedral and seen as the church of the city. Its heritage will be celebrated by this project as it nears its 800th anniversary.
Sue Ashby, who chairs Juno Theatre, said: “Juno is thrilled to be working with St Thomas’s on this exciting project and creating an opportunity for us to engage with people in the healing power of the arts. Our emphasis will be on celebrating people from all walks of life who live in a community that has gone through a difficult time recently.””
The Salisbury Tales: Ancient & Modern is supported by Heritage Lottery, St Thomas’s Church, The Friends of St Thomas’s, Celebrate Age and Salisbury’s Health & Wellbeing Board.