Music theatre group on the hunt for armed forces veterans from Tameside

A MUSIC theatre group based in Guide Bridge are on the hunt for armed forces veterans from Tameside to help create a brand-new podcast for children.

The Armchair Adventures podcast series, launched at the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, has been enormously popular with more than 9,000 listens so far.

Andy Smith, director and composer at Made by Mortals, said: “We have just received funding specifically to work with a small group of armed forced veterans from in and around Tameside.

“We’re looking for people who are interested in being creative and who enjoy music and drama – but they certainly don’t need any previous experience.

“They will work alongside us to help develop a new episode for the interactive podcast with an engaging theme.

“It will be amazing to create the episode, but they will also be creating a cultural experience for school children to get involved with.

“The aim of our Armchair Adventures project is to create an experience that connects people together, through music and theatre.

“The past year has been tough for everyone, so the more people we can get involved in our online group sessions the better.”

Made by Mortals was launched in 2017 and creates thought-provoking musical theatre projects to explore health and societal issues.

Their focus is on bringing people’s lived experience to life and their approach is democratic, accessible and people-led at every level.

Directors Paul Hine and Andy Smith have worked together on many professional and participatory projects to people of all ages and from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.

The group will work closely with professional musicians, an actor and a scriptwriter as well as a podcast engineer for nine sessions to create a lively and imaginative interactive podcast.

Sessions begin on February 24 and will run virtually for nine weeks on Zoom. For more information on how to get involved, contact jenny@madebymortals.org or call 0161 706 1011.

You can also listen to the Armchair Adventures podcast online: www.madebymortals.org/armchair-adventures/

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