THE CLEANSING OF CONSTANCE BROWN presented by STAN'S CAFE
@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)
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Dolphin Women's Centre, Birmingham
2 - 6 October, 2017
Through our Change Makers award from Arts Council England we have been developing ways of working with people from a range of ages and backgrounds living in the Washwood Heath and Saltley areas of Birmingham. This has included creating and running after school Drama Clubs at two local secondary schools and establishing a network of contacts and arts ambassadors in the community. In October 2017 we ran a week of free Drama Workshops for women at the Dolphin Women's Centre. The centre offers a range of learning and leisure activities for women in the local area and importantly a place to meet and socialise.
We linked the week to the re-rehearsal and tour of our show Time Critical which explores how personal memories and histories relate to world events. The workshop participants came from a variety of backgrounds and most had none or very little previous experience of drama. We framed the week in much the same way as we had devised Time Critical creating a timeline of world events and adding our own personal moments to it. This provided a lovely way of sharing stories in a relaxed and informal way. The week ended with a sharing of the material gathered during the sessions with personal memories shared, events acted out and dance crazes recreated.
We had a wonderful time working with our new friends and the photographs of smiling faces below reflect the enjoyment that everyone shared. We have been very happy to be able to continue contact with a number of the participants and some helped us out with audience surveys and photography at the Time Critical shows at the Midlands Arts Centre in November.
For Stan's Cafe: Amy Ann Haigh, Lucy Nicholls, Craig Stephens and James Yarker
Photography: Nushin Hussain
Thanks to: Maxine Mills, the staff of the Dolphin Centre and everyone who joined us during the week.