Theatre workshops to run from Stratford's new Fred Winter Centre - The Stratford Observer

Theatre workshops to run from Stratford's new Fred Winter Centre

A THEATRE production featuring and telling the stories of homeless and vulnerable people will be staged in Stratford next year.

Street Arts Project, which supports the homeless and vulnerable community in Stratford, will be running theatrical workshops at the Fred Winter Centre – the town’s new housing plus hub expected to open in November.

The workshops, funded by a grant from Stratford Town Trust, will culminate in a theatre production in February based on real life stories of some of those involved.

Charity founder Jackie Lines said: “Stratford Town Trust have been a huge support to Street Arts Project through previous projects and we are thrilled that they have invested in our future aims and aspirations for 2022.

“We will basing the core of our work in the new Fred Winter Centre, run by Spring Housing, and at the Playhouse Theatre with whom we have established strong working relationships.”

Funds will also go to a new music project for those living with poverty, mental health issues, suffering exclusion and isolation.

Throughout lockdown, Street Arts Project has worked tirelessly with the homeless and street community delivering outreach support and ongoing music workshops remotely and at the Playhouse Theatre when restrictions were lifted.

It has provided clothing, emergency shopping, hot meals and one to one emotional support on the streets.

A new CD will shortly be released from those workshops, featuring songs written by the participants and supported by the group’s professional musicians.

Musician Doug Armstrong added: “The quality of work is outstandingly high. The musicians relate brilliantly with those in the group, and we are aware that the need for our projects is even greater now since a year of isolation and lockdown.”

Visit the Street Arts Project Facebook page for details on how to get involved.


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