20 join Carmel’s cast

A CAST of 20 Borderers aged from nine to 70 have answered an appeal to perform in A Conversation with Carmel at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, on Wednesday.

The recruitment drive was by Barrowland Ballet and Vox Motus Theatre Company who have been booked in for two workshops, prior to the main performance.

The challenge was offered to anyone from a child to senior citizen, male or female, experienced or not, who was willing to be in a series of scenes from family life during the full show.

Choreographer Natasha Gilmore said: “I am interested to work with performers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including those who are 60-plus and children.

“Together we will explore ideas for Conversation With Carmel – a new multi-media dance theatre piece inspired by conversations I had with my grandma.”

The story, unsurprisingly, surrounds Carmel, who is confronting the big questions about life, death and love.

The work takes the viewpoint that older people have a wealth of knowledge and should be listened to, respected and celebrated.

The piece features 83-year old dancer Diana Payne-Myers, with four other professional performers who represent her immediate family hosting a surprise birthday party for her. The community cast helps to generate the atmosphere of a big family party.

A spokesperson for the show said: “A Conversation with Carmel fuses the talents of some of Scotland’s most exciting artists – Barrowland Ballet’s choreographer Natasha Gilmore, artistic directors of Vox Motus Theatre Company Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds, composer Quee MacArthur (Shooglenifty) and award winning film-maker Rachel Davies. “

Tickets are priced at £12 (£10) for the performance, which begins at 7.30pm – phone 01721 725777 for more details.