After Hiroshima would not have been possible without the help of the 258 dedicated volunteers and participants that formed the team. Participants were at the heart of the project at every stage and had a major role in sculpting and directing it. They came to us from all walks of life.. some were local residents wanting to contribute to a community project, others were university students looking to develop new skills and others even lived abroad and were able to take part in the project through remotely transcribing interview for us.
Here are a number of ways that people were involved with the project but the list is not exhaustive. We aimed to tailor each opportunity to the individual to ensure if was a meaningful experience for both parties:
Technical assistants, assistant stage managers, wardrobe assistants, Front of House helpers, installation/de-installation assistants.
The choir was led by Fran Lobo and Katie Cooper. It was formed of 17 intergenerational singers of mixed abilities. Everyone was welcome, they didn't need to be able to read sheet music or have any prior experience just enthusiasm.
A team of volunteers got together to discuss and interpret the research and interview transcripts. This resulted in our Front of House exhibition which focused on the Aldermaston Marches.
We interviewed 35 people about their immediate, and longer term, responses to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Record & transcribe interviews
A dedicated team of interviewers visited story tellers, all over the country, in their own homes to hear and record their testimony. These interviewes were then transcribed by a huge team of volunteers. It was a massive undertaking; we had approximately 60 hours of interviews and each hour of interview takes roughly 8 hours to transcribe!
Our researchers used a wide range of mediums and sources (including archival material, newspapers, banners/propaganda, songs and music) to explore points of interest that came up in the interviews as well as the subject more widely. We went on research day-trips to the Peace Museum, the Bradford University peace archives, the Southwark Local History Library and the LSE archives. Other researchers worked independently from home. Some asked for subjects to research whilst others chose themes that interested them such as the role of women in the early nuclear disarmament movement.
During a series of weekly workshops, an intergenerational group creatively explored and the research and testimonies collected throughout to see what could be brought to life theatrically; what worked and what didn't? This process informed the script writing process.
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