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THEATRE GROUP GIVES RESIDENTS A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE IN LONGBRIDGE

Hundreds of people came together to support a musical theatre production in Longbridge last Saturday (23 June).

Women of Longbridge celebrated the stories of women who have lived and worked in the area, through a combination of drama, movement and song.

Produced by award-winning Birmingham-based theatre group, Women & Theatre, the cast was made up from twelve local community volunteers who captured the true essence of Longbridge – its past, present and future – bringing the area’s unique stories to life through music and song.

The production stirred up nostalgia for the former Austin plant, re-enacting scenes from the production line and the historical events that led up to its closure, but it also looked towards the town’s future.

The performance moved through the town centre during the day and saw audiences come together from across Birmingham to enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment.

The project has been developed in partnership with FLOS (Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces) and is funded by Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England, The Cole Charitable Trust, The John Freeney Charitable Trust, The Grimmitt Trust and The Harry Payne Fund.

Andrea Clarke, Property Manager for St. Modwen, said: “Women of Longbridge is an inspirational project that celebrates the stories of local women. We’re committed to creating a strong community, and projects like this gives local people the chance to get involved and enjoy everything that Longbridge has to offer.”

Jo Gleave, Lead Artist Practitioner for Women & Theatre said: “It’s important to be able to tell the story of Longbridge from the perspective of the women who call it home. The performance acknowledged the significant changes that have happened here and the impact that this has had on women’s lives and the area. It celebrated the strong sense of community in the face of adversity and political change and champions hope for the future women of Longbridge.”

Thanks to support from St. Modwen, community group Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces (FLOS) has organised a range of events for the year ahead. For more information and updates on events and activities at Longbridge visit www.longbridgelife.co.uk  and follow @LongbridgeLife on Facebook and Twitter.