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Hawk’s Well Theatre

Come Together - The Cultural Companions Collective

local artists paired with people cocooning alone to produce new pieces of work

Come Together - The Cultural Companions Collective 

Hawk’s Well Cultural Companions was an initiative set up last year with the aim of providing increased opportunities for older people to engage with Sligo’s vibrant cultural and arts scene by setting up a network of people who would accompany each other to cultural events at the theatre.

Our current closure and the fact that older people have been cocooning during lockdown inspired us to revisit this project as we are acutely aware that in these uncertain times, connecting with and supporting each other in new ways has become more important than ever before. We wanted to embrace connectivity with older people who were cocooning alone, while supporting our treasured artists at this difficult time.

We have paired four local artists with four older people (hosts) who were cocooning alone during lockdown. Over the course of the project the paired artist and host have been getting to know each other through a series of conversations, after which the artist will write an original piece of work inspired by the host and their conversations together. This new piece of work will be performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience in due course when such an interaction is allowable.