Introducing... Chris Salt

Posted on: 22nd November 2016 at 00:00
Posted by: PANDA
Location: Greater Manchester
Discipline: Multi-disciplinary

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This week we've got a very special Introducing... Chris Salt, TV documentary maker come playwright is also on the PANDA Board, and we're delighted to introduce you to him. Read on! 

Who are you?

I’m Chris Salt, a TV documentary maker who decided he wanted to become a playwright instead! Recent work has been as artist in residence for Let’s Go Global, curator for Thank You Theatre, writer for the NTC’s collaborative writing production ‘A Wife or the Gallows’; audio-visual director for Imperial War Museum North, facilitator and documentarist for community arts project Great North Passion (BBC/Cultural Spring) creator/director for BBC's Miracle on the Estate and writer/director of Arts council funded theatre piece, ‘Gemma Climbs Her Mountain’.

I was invited to join PANDA’s board some five years ago, and now they can’t get rid of me!


You’ve got a show on now, can you tell us more about it?

Edgeways Productions is a newly formed arts partnership between me (applied film and theatre maker/writer) and Karen Hayes, poet/devising practitioner. We both have a recent history of arts council funded projects as well as a wealth of experience as individual and company based artists involved in socially engaged practice. We have been friends and collaborators for over 30 years and it felt about time to stop talking and start doing! Our stated aim is to advance education in the arts and to provide facilities in the interests of social and cultural welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation. We use Drama, Music, other performing arts and the arts generally, for the benefit of those people who do not usually participate in or have access to the arts, including those people on the margins of society.

A Cargo of Curiosities is a pop-up museum based at the Grade II* listed Alkrington Hall in Manchester which housed the 18th century Leverian collection. This month, 250 years since Ashton Lever first showed his own collection, we’re opening Alkrington Hall East to the public. This time, instead of stuffed birds and elephants feet (luckily) we’re hosting collections sourced from the local community. From WWI to Y-Fronts via music, memories and matchboxes, A CARGO OF CURIOSITIES examines the notion of collection, and the impulse to collect, through the lens of the original eighteenth century museum.

Open FREE to the public Friday to Sunday from November 11th – 27th (1pm – 4pm). Alkrington Hall East, Hall Drive, Middleton, Manchester M24 1WD

More details can be found on the website www.edgewaysproductions.co.uk

So far, we’ve had over 500 visitors and it’s been a brilliant experience – part exhibition, part gossip group – lots of new friends, lots of memories shared.


What's next?

This is always the most difficult thing isn’t it, to poke your head above the parapet of today’s project and plan ahead. We’re currently talking about two possible projects; one is building on the excitement and partnerships generated from this one, looking at working-class autobiography; the other is a music project, an adaptation of a brilliant novella, the themes of which make it ripe for today. In other words – we need to get on it and PLAN!