Inspiring project that gives a platform to previously unheard voices and stories
The ReVerb Project came into being early in 2021 as a partnership between The Place and Pathways (part of King’s Arms Project). Its aim is to create opportunities for voices that are often hidden or unheard to have a platform. It’s inspired by hope and the belief that change can happen and there is ‘no such thing as a hopeless case’. It allows an insight into lives and experiences we ourselves may never have considered.
“Stories cannot demolish frontiers, but they can punch holes in our mental walls. And through those holes, we can get a glimpse of the other, and sometimes even like what we see”.
Our first ReVerb event, on 17th March 2021, was hosted on a digital platform and attracted over 50 audience members from across the UK and overseas. Stories and letters were brought to life through live readings and video. Many of the contributors read their own work, and performers from the local community lent their voices to some of the narratives.
Audience feedback from the first Digital Sharing:
‘Thanks for all the hard work that all of you put into this and I hope that all of the people who had the courage to share their stories found this made them realise they have come a long way and have so much more wisdom and value than they ever thought they had before.’
‘Thank you so much for the invite tonight, it was amazing to hear the stories. I know that Dave would have been so proud of you all. The Phoenix Coaching Trust is honoured to be able to continue the coaching courses that have had such an impact.’
‘I’m so glad I managed to catch some of this. Absolutely brilliant work. Well done…this MUST happen again.’
‘Thank you so much everyone for sharing your stories. Hayden (contributor) I am so proud of you – well done’.
The ReVerb Project continued in May 2021 with a new sharing of stories in The Place Outdoors, a space created on site at The Place Bedford for outside events and performances throughout the summer.
And now we move onto the third ReVerb event: Fireside Stories, coming in February 2022. Watch this space for further details.
Find out more about this project by following our Social Media channels for future announcements.
If you’re interested in partnering with us on this project and opening the opportunities up to more under-served voices in our community then get in contact with us directly: community@theplacebedford,org.uk