Generation game for new Lotto-funded project

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YOUNG and old are working together in a new project which spans generations - with help from the Sunderland Echo.

Living Histories is using local heritage to produce a series of performances and exhibitions.

Pensioners and teens will join together in dance, drama and song, alongside a photography exhibition about their experiences.

The project is funded with cash from a £250,000 Lottery bonanza, after the Echo joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to offer grants to community groups.

History group, the Friends of the Donnison School, successfully applied for a slice of Lottery cash to fund the venture, which is being captured by photographer Damien Wooten.

Living Histories launched at Quayside Exchange on Monday with a celebration of its 200th anniversary and will culminate with two performances in October.

Kids from Southmoor Academy have already signed up to become one of 12 inter-generational champions on the project, co-ordinated by The Friends of the Donnison School, based in Hendon.

Founder Jeanette Hilton said: “The project is building on work we have already done with older volunteers, and theatre work.

“The idea is to underpin it with inter-generational procedures in theatre and drama.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact the Friends on 565 4835, or email