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Reliving the Rows Sunday 30th July

29th July 2023 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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This Sunday CHESTER'S historic Rows will be brought to life by a group of performers who will take on the roles of historic characters.

The free Re-Living the Rows event will take place on Sunday, July 30,between 10am and 4pm, at four different stations on the Rows.The entire event has been created by Chester Young Producers; a group of Chester teenagers supported by The Grosvenor Museum. It will capture a little bit of what life was like in Chester's unique past.The Chester Young Producers have been at the heart of design, programming, and production.Olivia, one of the Young Producers, said: "We wanted to create an event that explores Chester's history in a fun and engaging way, to excite and intrigue the public as they walk through the city centre."Through actors and objects, sights and smells, we want to breathe life into stories connected with Chester's unique Rows. Four performers- David Alexander, Thomas Hudson, Omar Hussein, and Lydia Walker have worked with the production team to create characters that are sure to charm those who meet them.
The character of Richard Dodd, the 15th century weaver, will be telling passers-by on Watergate Street all about how the Weavers' Guild smashed his loom.
A servant of Thomas Cowper, a 17th century mayor of Chester, will be indulging in some gossip on Upper Bridge Street and giving people a glimpse into Chester during the English Civil War.
Visitors to Eastgate Street can chat with the character of Susanna Brown, founder of the famous Browns of Chester in the late 18th century.

Also on Watergate Street will be a 19th century archaeologist, engaging onlookers with tales of finds from the Rows and beyond.

Councillor Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "The Chester Rows create an atmospheric background for these interactive performances.

"Through the Chester High Street Heritage Action Zone project, we've handed over the reins to our talented Young Producers who are presenting a brand-new experience for residents and visitors. I can't wait."

Historic England's Pippa Brown said: "It's so imaginative to use the stories behind the incredible heritage of The Rows in this way to get people involved. I'm sure it will be great success."

Visitors will also be able to handle real and replica objects relating to different time periods, with West Cheshire Museums staff on hand to facilitate and answer any questions. A trail will be available to pick up from the Grosvenor Museum in advance, or from any of the four stations on the day.


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