Sign up now for youth workshop that’s a real hot ticket

Sunday, 24th July 2016

AN innovative and exciting workshop aimed at 11 to 17-year-olds exploring the consequences of arson and the misuse of fire is running in Tamworth next month – and young people are being urged to sign up as soon as possible.

Twisted Firestarter is a week-long workshop, run by Fired Up Theatre in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council, Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s Space programme.

It is a unique, interactive and inclusive project exploring arson and its consequences through drama, storytelling, music, rap, script writing, poetry, kites, contemporary dance, physical theatre, masks and film production. The project will be fully supported and led by professional actors, rappers and poets from Fired Up Theatre.

The workshop runs from Monday August 1 to Friday August 5 at Tamworth Enterprise College in Belgrave, with a public performance of work created during the workshop taking place on the Friday.  The show will then be toured to schools and youth groups, while a DVD created as part of the week’s workshop will also be available for use in schools and groups.

Places are strictly limited and can be booked online at www.staffordshirespace.uk or via email fireduptheatre@aol.com

The week-long workshop – which is completely free for 11 to 17-year-olds –  is being run as part of the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership’s Summerwatch campaign to promote safety and crime prevention as part of a host of activities for young people.

It is being funded by the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s Space scheme, which has given more than £11,000 for youth activities under the Summerwatch umbrella.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “This exciting theatrical project will allow young people to explore and use their creative skills, while also sharing a very important safety message with their peers in a way that is relevant to young people.

“Tamworth Community Safety partnership has been very proactive in putting together a range of positive activities for young people as part of the Space funding bid and we are very grateful to the Space project for funding this innovative workshop.”

Space has been launched by Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, to increase young people’s skills, improve their health and wellbeing and create opportunities for young people to take part in positive activities to help make communities safer.

Other activities, which take place throughout Tamworth, include: 

  • Boxing sessions at the Cornerpost Gym for boys and girls aged 11-17
  • Retro arcade games at Namco Funscape Bowling
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Football and other fun sports run by Burton Albion Community Trust, which will be setting up Street Stadia in four venues throughout Tamworth

More information on the dates, times and places of all the Space activities taking place in Tamworth can be found on the Space website at www.staffordshirespace.uk