The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury are working in partnership with Bristol based digital innovation company Stand And Stare who have been commissioned by Tewkesbury Hospital to create a theatre jukebox to celebrate the redevelopment of the market town’s hospital.
Using archive material and interview footage from local residents, Stand And Stare will compile a bank of memories, experiences and testimonials about people’s experiences and encounters with Tewkesbury Hospital over the past number of years.
The material will accumulate in a theatre jukebox exhibition; a digital experience where exhibition users listen to audio clips through a set of headphones, while looking at a range of static and video imagery which accompanies each clip.
This project has been commissioned by Tewkesbury Hospital to mark their new development project which is nearing completion.
The Roses has been commissioned to manage the project, having previously worked with Stand And Stare two years ago on a similar project which documented archive memory material about the theatre and its past.
The Roses have also been working closely with Tewkesbury Hospital in a project which saw the theatre offer young children from four local primary schools a unique opportunity to select and commission an artist to create a unique piece of artwork to brighten up the children’s waiting room of the hospital. Having selected the artist Imogen Harvey Lewis who is nearing completion on her mural, the children are looking forward to unveiling the completed work in the new year.
The Theatre Jukebox project by Stand And Stare starts in the new year, and the company are looking for volunteers to come and share their memories and experiences on Thursday 23 January between 4pm and 6pm at The Roses, ready for them to be compiled into the final project later on in the spring. If you have any photos or memorabilia which you think might accompany your story please bring it along with you.