Local actor, MOCO Theatre company member and administrator at Hatch Brenner Solicitors on Theatre Street, Joe Darbyshire, has been selected to give his voice to the winning entries in the Talking Statues Norwich creative writing competition.
The National Centre for Writing and Creative Nation have given budding writers the chance to write a short monologue (max 350 words) from the perspective of Snap the Dragon at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, or the Missing Statue at the Church of St John Maddermarket.
The winning entries will be read and recorded by Joe Darbyshire and television presenter Helen McDermott. Snap the Dragon is for writers aged 16 and under and the Missing Statue for writers over 16.
The winners of the competition will join the likes of Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Sarah Perry, Megan Bradbury and Luke Wright as part of the Talking Statues Norwich trail, which tells the story of Norwich and its famous historical residents through interactive statues across the city.
Snap the Dragon and the Missing Statue will be launched on Saturday 16 February, with details on special events to follow. The project will be live until September 2019 and thousands will be able to listen to the winning stories.
Joe Darbyshire, the voice for Snap the Dragon, said: “I am extremely excited to be involved in such an inspiring project on behalf of MOCO Theatre. Norwich has such a diverse and rich cultural history, it's brilliant that Creative Nation is bringing it to life so vividly."
Miche Montague, MOCO Theatre Artistic Director added: “It's such an exciting time for MOCO - gaining such a good reputation for our work and being part of new, imaginative projects. MOCO’s vision is to empower young people to embrace new possibilities and believe in themselves and their futures - and this is exactly what we are doing! We are grateful to the ongoing support of our sponsors Hatch Brenner Solicitors who enable us to move forward with confidence as new opportunities arise.”
Talking Statues Norwich has been organised by Creative Nation and the National Centre for Writing with support from The Forum, Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), Festival Bridge, The Freemen of Norwich, Historic England and the Norwich Heritage Fund.
The creative writing competitions are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
For more information visit http://www.talkingstatuesnorwich.co.uk/