Lucy Caldwell is among the celebrated writers commissioned to contribute to “Talking Statues”, a project in which celebrated actors and writers unite to give voice to statues across London and Manchester from August 19th
35 statues across London and Manchester will begin telling tales of the past through the voices of recognisable British actors and words from our best writers.
To hear the talking statues, visitors need to swipe their smartphones over signs beneath the statues to access the monologues.
Playing some of our most notable characters from history are Dominic West, as Achilles in Hyde Park; Jeremy Paxman as John Wilkes in Fetter Lane; Prunella Scales, as Queen Victoria in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens; and Patrick Stewart as the voice of the unknown soldier at Paddington Station. The statues are being brought to life as part of a project by Sing London, a non-profit arts organisation, with the intention of purely lifting the nation’s spirits.
Lucy has written a monologue for Xavier Corberó’s group scultpture The Broad Family located in Exchange Square, London in which she captures the voice of the little girl in the group of figures, a little girl who loves playing Statues, in which she follow human passers by. She dares you to join her game.
Best known for her role in Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams, who voices the little girl, said of Lucy’s monologue: “I loved the way the text captures the mind of a young girl. From a young age, I wondered what my teddy-bears were saying while I was away and this project encapsulates that feeling.”
For more information about the “Talking Statues” Project, visit the website at:
More information about Sing London, which produces city wide events in which the wider public can engage, can be found on their website.