About the Show

‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’ is an initiative funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and developed by Suffolk Archives which supports people to learn more about where they live.

As part of this initiative, Suffolk Archives appointed the Voice cLoud to support people in three areas across Suffolk (Dunwich, Lowestoft and Tattingstone) to conduct research into local or family history as part of a project named ‘Land & Shore’.

The Voice cLoud is a creative arts organisation based in North Suffolk which explores and promotes the role of music and the arts for health and uses the arts to engage new audiences in the heritage and culture of the areas in which they live.

‘Land and Shore’ offered people the chance to explore and discover the stories of lost communities using the resources, material and archives within the collections of Suffolk Archives – Lowestoft, Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich record offices.

The Voice cLoud has worked closely with each group, facilitating and supporting their research and have chosen three research strands from the Lowestoft group to be represented in a special bespoke performance created by the Voice cLoud using professional actors entitled ‘Ancestors’.

The group’s research made discoveries about the fascinating and sometimes tragic lives of their relatives and ancestors which led them to Lowestoft’s workhouse; the town’s long-lost Beach Village and, further afield, to Dunwich and even Canada!

The show is a dramatisation of the lives of these real Suffolk characters from the past century; retelling their experiences and bringing to the stage these relatives that the group discovered.

To find out where the show will be performed and to get tickets, please visit our SHOW SCHEDULE page.