Project out to collect Sheffield stories for future theatre project

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A Sheffield storytelling initiative is breathing new life into an abandoned city centre store - and this week could be just the first chapter.

The Bare Project has moved into the former Woolworth’s shop on The Moor until Sunday, inviting passers-by to help contribute to a community story collection,

The front of the store has been turned into an audio and visual exhibition area, and people who drop by can tell their stories and have a cup of tea.

Project workers are appealing to local businesses, organisations and arts lovers to support the initiative on a crowdfunding website.

Artistic director Malaika Cunningham said: “This is a really different project which has already been recognised by funding from Arts Council England and our aim is to involve the whole community.

“The Woolworth’s shop is open to everyone in Sheffield and we want to collect as many stories and dreams as possible, from people of all ages and walks of life.

“We will then craft the collected stories into an immersive theatre piece which will be performed to audiences in the derelict warren of back rooms behind the shop front.”

The project, Time Passes, Listen, hopes to gather ghost stories, family folklore, dreams, place-based memories and tales of moments when time stood still.

The shop is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and workers have already gathered over 150 stories, many from people who are new to the arts.