Living On the Edge
Green Croft Arts is making a film for Northumberland Winter Festival 2020. Living On The Edge will be a visual immersive soundscape featuring the stories and memories of people living in West Northumberland. Actor and Voice Artist Kathryn Beaumont (Home Front, Radio 4) will narrate the stories over a specially composed soundscape by award winning composer Kit Haigh. A timelapse film taken from the edge of West Northumberland and the base of Green Croft Arts will form the background to the stories. Living On The Edge will be a film for and about the people living in West Northumberland using the stories and memories of growing up and living in the area, of the communities experience of living in a pandemic.
During the second lockdown in November and December 2020, Green Croft Arts hosted 3 virtual coffee mornings on Zoom where we shared memories and the conversations recorded and the words transcribed. Memories and stories were also received through email and we held 3 arranged telephone calls which were recorded and transcribed.
Despite the government Covid - 19 restrictions we were able to host one to one socially distant interviews at a Covid 19 secure venue with the Zig Zag Days Project. They target people living in West Northumberland who feel isolated due to disability, unemployment, mental health or other issues. The project is coordinated by Haltwhistle Partnership.
The film will premiere on Thursday 4th February 2021, on Time To Talk Day which encourages the nation to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems.
Listen to Amanda Drago talking about Living On The Edge on Radio Newcastle.
Interview by Radio Newcastle's Anna Foster.
Kathryn Beaumont Biography
Kathryn Beaumont is an actor, maker and psychotherapist living and working in the North East. Kathryn’s acting work ranges across stage, tv and radio. Recent acting credits include: Isabella Beeton in Northumberland based theatre company November Club’s production of Food and Feuds, ‘Suzy’ in OpenClasp’s production of Rattle Snake, DC Smee in ITV’s Emmerdale and BBC Radio4 WWI series Home Front, playing North Shields’ munitionette Edie Chadwick. Kathryn has also lent her voice to an online Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing course. As a maker and collaborator Kathryn wrote and performed a one woman show I Told You This Would Happen, which toured nationally, and is currently working with London based Coney to develop The Glass Kettle: a playful theatrical experiment which reflects on our relationships with politics. Kathryn’s work increasingly seeks to explore how art can raise awareness and impact the lives we choose to live. She is delighted to be joining the team at Green Croft Arts to explore how current restrictions continue to affect people in rural communities.
Living On The Edge has been funded through Northumberland County Council as part of Northumberland Winter Festival 2020.