Wednesday, 15 February 2012

BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT HOST COMMUNITY THEATRE TO HELP MONEY GO FURTHER

Women & Theatre will be joining forces with Birmingham’s oldest charity, The Birmingham Settlement on 29th February to perform a unique piece of community theatre full of fantastic stories and tips, all designed to help people make their money go further.

As a charity, debt management is something at the very core of The Birmingham Settlement, so the 29th is planned as an Open Day, featuring money surgeries and advice, as well as a chance for potential volunteers to visit and find out more about the charity’s work. It will then culminate in the performance, entitled ‘Make, Do & Mend.’

Make, Do & Mend is a project Women & Theatre have been developing across Birmingham over the last 5 months. The company has been researching with a variety of community groups to understand the issues people face, and collect advice and information to resolve any problems. They have had informal sessions and conversations, as well as running a series of intergenerational workshops to develop the project. The performances have been designed so that community members can join the company in the morning to be ‘rehearsed into’ the performance to share with audiences in the afternoon. This will create an exciting mix of professional and community performers – a participation technique Women & Theatre have delivered successfully a number of times.

Terina Talbot, Women & Theatre’s Associate Director said; “We’ve been working for several months with community members, and it’s looking very exciting. With stories and songs, and contributions from all generations, ultimately, it’s a feel-good piece of theatre that everyone can enjoy. So if anybody wants to get involved, or needs debt advice, or simply a good afternoon out - we’d encourage them to get in touch.”

All activities will be happening from 11am at the Centre for the Aston Family, 359-361Witton Road, B6 6NS. For more information on The Birmingham Settlement, or to book free tickets to the performance (which starts at 1.15pm) call 0121 250 0777 or email info@bsettlement.org.uk

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