The Lyric Hammersmith theatre is launching a new podcast to share undiscovered local stories and memories.
Now, the theatre is on the hunt for current and former local residents or workers to offer their unique take on the charms of Hammersmith, its history and the area’s best-kept secrets to the ‘Your Hammersmith Story’ project.
Rob Lehmann, director of Young Lyric said: “What does Hammersmith mean to you? It could be a story from your first visit, a special occasion, celebrating a local hero, your favourite places to visit, anecdotes from your time here, you name it.”
The theatre is calling for local residents or workers – past or current – to submit their insights and recollections by Thursday 24 June, with selected stories chosen to feature in the podcast in August.
The new podcast is set to run alongside an innovative community play, due to take over the Lyric Hammersmith’s main stage on August 12-14.
The new Heart of Hammersmith production marks the first large-scale community play in the theatre’s 125-year history and brings together an inter-generational cast of more than 40 west Londoners.
It’s being written and created by Nicholai La Barrie, resident director of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, with The Lyric Community Company, and directed by Eva Sampson and Alex Hurst. The production will also feature a community chorus from the Young Lyric’s partner organisations, and local residents have been invited to sign up for other roles.
“We’ve loved hearing from our community members for Heart of Hammersmith, and now we want to invite residents and workers from H&F to share their memories with us as part of Your Hammersmith Story to celebrate the history, people and places of Hammersmith,” added Rob Lehmann.
To take part in Your Hammersmith Story, forms are available to download from the Lyric website and in person from the box office. For more details, visit the Lyric’s Your Hammersmith Story website.
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