We believe in what the Arts can do to help develop us, to educate us.
Our journey to date has been one of exploration and development.
Core to everything we do is the belief that the Arts can make a difference to each person;
they can help us look at the world around us, to help us understand
just what being alive in the 21st Century is all about.
And that is why we direct all our efforts to the benefit of the Communities:-
creating new expressions based on participants' stories
using workshops to help people engage
working to help develop our understanding of mental well being
understanding today's Birmingham by exploring its past
building links with communities
Communities we have worked with . . .
Dolphin Women's Centre
The Dolphin Women's Centre seeks to help the local women of East Birmingham: -
"A community where children and young people are able to fulfil their potential
and where parents and guardians are enabled to support their families."
In 2018 the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) asked us
to run 3 courses to help women express themselves
and to gain more self-confidence and awareness.
Express Yourself: Our Christmas
Dolphin Women's Centre December 2018
This course runs for 3 weeks, and we will devise a piece for
performance that draws on the students'
memories, hopes, and feelings
Creating Theatre: Our Park
Dolphin Women's Centre September to October 2018
Building on the positiveness of the previous sessions, this time we went into
the surrounding park to discover for ourselves what the park was all about. From the material
we gathered, a script was prepared, and it was performed in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Introduction to Theatre & Drama
Dolphin Women's Centre May to July 2018
A 10-week course giving attendees an opportunity to learn what Theatre is all about.
During that time the students found themselves reading scripts,
devising short pieces about their lives, and rehearsing and
performing a small piece called "Bread & Roses".
St.Paul's Church is in the heart of Birmingham and has been for over 200 years.
In its parish are examples of the industries that made Birmingham what it was and is.
It prides itself on being an open church that opens its doors to all.
We have worked with St.Paul's for over 5 years, and during that time we have
devised and created Theatre for people with both Theatre and non-Theatre experience: -
The Other Side
St. Paul’s Church & Birmingham & Midland Institute 2017
A Play for Today, told by the Voices of Yesterday
Fascinating stories . . . from both then and now, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter
. . . brought back to life. A site-specific, script-in-hand, play for Voices,
created and performed by the Theatre Birmingham Collaboration.
Orpheus in Blue
St.Paul's Church 2016
The Orpheus myth, reconstructed by the Actor/Devisors.
Telling the story of 21st Century lives set in Birmingham 2016.
Making the myth a reality of today's world.
The Nativity 2015
St.Paul's Church 2015
Nine actors came together to tell the story of Christmas
in the Jewellery Quarter - and Nazareth. Not only the traditional
story but as well a story of our own Christmas. In 2015. Using the English
Mystery plays as the basis, the script played with contemporary writing,
with even a few Shakespeare-style speeches.
A truly innovative take on Christmas.
A Quarter Full
This was our second piece of straight devised Theatre,
and told the back stories of 7 characters
who lived in the Jewellery Quarter.