Wannabe performers sought for new Tamworth play

Friday, 3rd July 2015

TAMWORTH people who fancy stepping into the spotlight are being invited to take part in an exciting new nine-week drama project which will culminate in live performances of an original show in the town centre.

I Am Drama is one of the 15 elements that make up I Am Tamworth – an ambitious 12-month initiative by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team designed to encourage people to get creative across a diverse range of the arts.

It will provide anyone who wishes to act, sing, dance or perform with the unique opportunity to develop their skills alongside experts from Fired Up Theatre and Tamworth Repertory Company during a series of FREE weekly workshops.

The two-hour I Am Drama sessions begin at Tamworth Town Hall on Tuesday, July 14th and will see participants helping to devise and perform a two-part play telling the Tales of Tamworth.

Budding thespians will perform the play during Heritage Open Weekend and the town’s first ever Food Festival on September 12th and 13th.

Deputy leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Robert Pritchard, said: “This is what I Am Tamworth is all about – providing opportunities for people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved in the arts.

“The I Am Drama project follows on from the hugely successful Tigress community production and is designed to encourage complete novices to learn some new skills and have a go at performing. It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who fancies themselves as an actor or singer, for example, and would like the opportunity to develop their interest further, as well as meeting new people.


“The project ends with the chance to put those new skills to the test in a unique public performance in the town centre on what should be a busy weekend.”

Workshops will include improvisation, physical theatre and storytelling and will be led by Simon Quinn of Fired Up Theatre, whose previous work includes collaborative community projects The Wall, Quadrophenia and Colin Grazier Enigma, which were all performed in Tamworth, starring Tamworth people.

Simon explained: “We are looking for anyone who wishes to act, sing, dance, juggle, perform a magic trick etc and become part of our theatre company to help devise and perform Tales of Tamworth.”

Workshops run from July 14th to September 8th, 6pm-8pm, excluding August 4th. Those who sign up will be given a full list of locations and dates. There is no need to book; anyone interested is invited to just turn up to the first session at Tamworth Town Hall.

All abilities are welcome and there is no need to audition.

More information is available by calling Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team on 01827 709314, or via email on tarartsdevelopment@tamworth.gov.uk.