Letters to Myself is a new participatory arts project and theatre show. It is, at its heart, a letter writing project that hopes to give participants and later, audiences, an opportunity for self-reflection. The project looks at what we would say to our past, present or future selves, what we wish we could say to the people we love or just what we wish everyone knew. It explores ideas of self-value, self-reflection and collective knowledge and experience.

The project is made up of two parts both as important as the other.

 

Participation

We’re asking as many people as possible to take part in the project by sending us a letter they have written to their past, present or future self. Letters received so far have been long and short, silly and soul searching but always insightful. Crucially, though they relate to very specific personal experiences, they do so in a way that resonates with the reader/listener.

You can also choose to write to someone else if you prefer, whatever makes sense to you.

If you’d like to write a letter, you can find out more on our Get Involved page.

We’re also working with Cultural Spring to run activity in 10 wards across Sunderland and South Shields, including writing workshops and a mobile living room. If you’re based in the North East and would like to come along to any of these you can find more information on our Dates page.

 

Performance

The final stage of the project will be a new theatre show that will weave text from the letters into a verbatim style piece, with stories and experiences given a narrative structure and joined through common themes (love, sex, friends, families, decisions etc.) The piece will be a loving protest against our critical inner voice, recognition of our mistakes and shared regret and a celebration of our daily triumphs.

For details on where you can see the show, see The Dates page.

 

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