Come Together: The Lost Letters, was an intergenerational music and theatre community project with Britten Sinfonia and Saffron Hall. Involving many participants who had not experienced a creative workshop environment before, the project invited individuals to first correspond with each other by writing letters. This simple but effective activity built relationships and trust between participants as they swapped memories and shared their writing, before coming together to build on these initial ideas in performance workshops as a larger group.
"Come Together: The Lost Letters was a community project designed to give the people of Saffron Walden the opportunity to work creatively together, guided by professional theatre makers, musicians and composers. Through this collaboration we hoped that cultural and generational myths would be dispelled and that all involved would learn from one another, forge new relationships, and ultimately become performing partners."Rachel Yates, Artistic Director of The Lost Letters
We received some really insightful feedback from the participants. Here's what some of them felt following the project:
"It not only achieved its aim of bringing different generations together but it changed lives. Participants performed in public for the first time ever, and conquered their fears and shyness. One participant was reconnected with a photo of herself she thought lost forever. How amazing to be part of something so transformational on a personal level."Participant feedback
"The project has taught me I can participate in group activities and rest in between. It has taught me my life isn't over living with my illness."Participant feedback
"When I started the project, it felt like a huge leap of faith: I wasn't really sure that I was ready to take the risk and push myself out of my comfort zone and I was carrying a lot of personal baggage and so slightly scared at the whole prospect. At the beginning of the process, I struggled to look through old photographs or to write about my past and my feelings but something changed for me during the project and I felt secure enough to do both of these things and also talk about my experiences with others. We created a team so quickly and learned to trust and rely upon each other, everyone was so friendly and we have created a special bond through sharing details of our lives. I feel so much more confident and strong and have been able to build on this experience away from 'The Lost Letters'."Participant feedback
"From a personal point of view, I always had confidence that we would achieve an excellent artistic outcome. What was more unexpected though was the depth of impact on areas of participants' lives."Thomas Hardy, Learning and Participation Director at Saffron Hall
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The Lost Letters was a Saffron Hall project delivered in partnership with Orchestras Live and in association with Anglia Ruskin University, Britten Sinfonia, Creative Walden, Essex County Council, Fairycroft House, Mind in West Essex and Uttlesford District Council.