Julie Hesmondhalgh and Maxine Peake have signed up to take part in a monologue project founded to help those in need in Warrington.
The #LocalLegends project has been set up by Warrington-based theatre company Not Too Tame, and is asking people from across the north of England to contribute stories and ideas.
Hesmondhalgh and Peake are among a team of actors and writers who will turn the stories into monologues that will be streamed online as a miniseries.
Others confirmed for the project, which is being run in association with national arts organisation Common, include actors David Mumeni, Sian Gibson, Joe Sims, John McArdle, Sue Devaney, Yusra Warsama and Phil Whitchurch, as well as writers Luke Barnes and Toria Garbutt.
They will work to create the monologues with directors Jimmy Fairhurst, artistic director of Not Too Tame, and the company’s co-director Louise Haggerty, and producer Conrad Lynch, with audiences encouraged to donate to a Local Legends fund.
The fund has been set up with payments app Collctiv and in partnership with Warrington Voluntary Action to identify communities in need.
Funds raised will focus on food banks and charities tackling domestic abuse and homelessness and those supporting children in case and the elderly.
Haggerty said: “We are so excited to be working with so many amazing artists on this project, and are so appreciative of them giving up their time and skills to contribute to our Local Legends campaign.”
More information can be found here.