Take a walk through an ordinary house. If the ghosts of past inhabitants could be seen and heard, what stories would they tell? What actions would they replay? The inside of a kitchen cupboard is filled with the regrets of a grandmother, the bookshelves house the memories of a son. The furniture and walls of every room bursting with unnoticed life.

From the comings and goings of everyday life, stories emerge of arrivals and departures, life’s tragedies and joys, of loneliness and togetherness, of our differences and of the hopes and dreams which ultimately unite us.

imitating the dog bring their unique style of magically-real video making to a series of recorded monologues from the people of Cumbria. In five short episodes, we hear fragments of very real lives set against the magic of some very unreal situations.

STREET is a collection of real stories from the people of Cumbria – from Barrow to Brough, and Carlisle to Kendal and the villages and towns in between – retold as miniature digital installations.

STREET is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

STREET was made by imitating the dog

Our STREET Stories

Jean: a story of change, things to come, and the small brilliant moments of your life that stick with you forever.
‘and it was like something classic out of a Ken Loach movie, because we actually asked this bus conductor as he went past, ‘hey Mr., do cats have souls?’

Watch Jean’s story below! 

Tilly: a story of growing up, of playing games and adventuring, of yearning for change, and realising all the good that’s around you.
‘As a child, a lot younger. It was freeing. You felt a lot safer.’

Watch Tilly’s Story below!

Keith: a story of space and magic, of finding something you love and running with it.
‘It’s great, you can just turn up in your normal clothes, chuck the cape on, and suddenly you’re transformed into a space travelling magician.’

Watch Keith’s story below! 

Alex: a story of moving to Cumbria to experience the joy of finding space and time to slow down, of finding quiet beauty in a gorgeous landscape.
‘One thing I really love about living here is the sense that I’m just a drop in the ocean or the bat of an eyelash when it comes to time.’

Watch Alex’s story below! 

Karen: a story of family and generations past, of hard work, and of the things we wish people got to experience and the conversations we never got to have.

‘When I used to ask her to tell me about her life she’d say ‘oh, hard, hard days, you don’t want to know about that it was hard’ which was a shame really.’

Watch Karen’s story below! 

Watch the video below to learn how to make a paper house with your own projections! 




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