Local community come together to present “Jokes Apart”, a community theatrical comedy show celebrating diversity!
On Friday 24th March at 1.30pm we are opening our doors to the public and inviting them to join us for a free performance called “Jokes Apart”. Over the course of 7 weeks, people from across our local communities have come together to create and perform a theatrical comedy show celebrating local diversity.
Through our ‘Bridging the Divide’ project, funded through the Big Lottery Fund, Birmingham Settlement, with the support of local theatre company Women & Theatre, have brought together people of all ages, from young people at school to members of our over 50s Ageing Well group. ‘Bridging the Divide’ focuses on bringing individuals and communities together to help them learn about one another, different cultures, beliefs and the issues they all face, with the goal of better understanding and supporting one another. Aston is a very diverse community with many different cultures and faiths living side by side and these workshops have celebrated these incredible differences, giving participants a chance to engage with new people and build a shared identity in their community. The workshops have used comedy as a centrepiece for discussions and those involved have had a fantastic time, sharing stories and anecdotes to create this final performance. As well as breaking down divides in our community, the project has also broken down individual barriers, bringing the shy out of their shell and giving them a voice.
Rob, Senior Community Action Work, said: “Our ‘Bridging the Divide’ project has gone a long way to overcoming the challenges and stigma facing the divided, disengaged communities of Aston and the neighbouring area. This performance is a culmination of the work which has seen the generations, from school children to our Ageing Well members, come together to create an exciting theatrical comedy performance that showcases their different lives, attitudes and backgrounds.”
So if you want an afternoon of fun and laughter, why not join us at the one and only performance of ‘Jokes Apart’ at 1.30pm on Friday 24th March?
The performance is free and will take place at Birmingham Settlement’s main hub in Aston at 359 – 361 Witton Road, Aston, B6 6NS.
To find out more call 0121 250 0777 or get in touch with Robert Netherway – Senior Community Action Worker on 0121 250 0764 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Maxine Reid – Business Development Manager on 0121 250 0781 / email@example.com.