Last night we officially kicked off the activities of Brighton People’s Theatre.
The Dome’s Artistic Planning team invited us to meet the Dome’s patrons to talk about our partnership, the first project and why we need a people’s theatre in the city.
After that we took a group of people who we’ve been running pilot workshops with at the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project to see Bryony Kimmings’ Fake it Till you Make it at the Brighton Dome Studio.
It was such a moving, honest, true and brave show. After some of the group got much needed hugs from Bryony and Tim, we had great chats about the different elements of the show that we loved and what had inspired us for our workshops which start in 2 weeks.
Trips to the theatre like this are part of what the people’s theatre hopes to do regularly – to take company members to see contemporary performance.
We’ve also been busy this week setting up this sparkly new website, our twitter profile and our Facebook page. Please follow/like us and help spread the word. And we’ve put up 200 posters in community centres around the city and given out 500 fliers about our upcoming workshops on austerity in the city.
After 6 months of work setting up the partnerships, running pilot workshops at the BUCFP, applying for funding and getting everything ready to go, we are now, finally, ready to start the important bit. Making the work.
We cannot wait to get started.
Maybe we’ll see you at our first workshop on Tuesday 22nd September, 10-1 at the BUCFP? If you’re thinking of coming along, you can be sure of a warm welcome, a free creche, a free lunch afterwards and your bus fare reimbursed if you are on a low income.
We look forward to meeting you.