Sing London have commissioned some of the nation's most celebrated writers and actors to animate 35 public statues across London and Manchester.
Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your phone on a nearby tag and hey presto: your phone rings. And it's Queen Victoria on the line... or Peter Pan... or Abe Lincoln...
Using drama, humour and location technology, Talking Statues breathes new life into the statues that surround us all.
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Here's a chance for budding writers to get their words heard on the street. Sing London is teaming up with Audible.co.uk to find voices for 4 statues across London and Manchester.
Write a short monologue, up to 400 words, from the perspective of one of our competition statues below and send your entries to email@example.com with the subject heading 'Public Writing Competition Entry.'
Our expert judging panel will be looking out for originality, factual accuracy, and entertainment value so keep this in mind when writing.
Click on the names below for individual writing guidelines:
The winning pieces will be recorded by well-known actors and included as part of Talking Statues, ready to chat in time for Christmas. You will also be invited along to the monologue recording and receive a copy of the final recorded script to keep.
Tracey Markham, from Audible, said: "Spoken word is how we first discover the love of hearing and telling stories as children. We're delighted to help take storytelling to the streets of London and Manchester. We can't wait to hear the stories that the statues will tell."
Notes created by Art History Link, the Arts Educational Consultancy, www.arthistorylink.co.uk
Whether we're filling the streets with pianos, ping pong tables or talking statues, we believe that small interventions can invigorate the public spaces we all share.
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The School of Museum Studies at The University of Leicester are conducting extensive project research which will be made publically available.