Women & Theatre are excited to be running a series of free, friendly and accessible community performance courses for older adults and carers in association with The Hub, Hazelwell.

The club provides uplifting activities that encourage older adults and carers to be active, sociable, learn new skills and collaborate to create work that brings people together and strengthens community connections. The courses promote wellbeing and reduce isolation of older adults, carers and wider community members. We particularly target those at risk of social isolation or decline due to low physical activity levels or other health factors. We work with social workers and other professionals to refer participants to the course and also welcome self referrals. During 2020, the project has involved a series of Comedy Courses, which took place on Zoom, led by W&T’s Artistic Director, Janice Connolly, the creative force behind Barbara Nice. The courses proved to be a great way for people to get together, be creative, build confidence and make new friends.

From spring 2021 courses have moved focus, to explore creative ways of developing drama over Zoom. In autumn 2021 we restarted in-person sessions at The Hub, Hazelwell culminating in the Brandwood Pantomime which was performed on 14 December 2021 at the Hub. In Spring 2022 we plan to continue in person sessions at the Hub with a focus on Spoken Word and Poetry for a 9-week course, culminating in a sharing/ performance.

The next term begins Tuesday 1st February 2022 and runs fro 9 weeks until 29 March 2022, 2pm-4pm with a performance / sharing on Wednesday 30 March 2022, 7pm at The Hub, Hazelwell. All workshop and performance activity will follow the latest Covid-19 safety guidelines, we have contingency plans for remote delivery if necessary. For more information and to register an interest email: rosiegunn@womenandtheatre.co.uk or call 07864 642970.

Lockdown Videos 

You can watch videos from our first online comedy course below



W&T have a long history of community focused comedy courses which you can read about here.

Are you an older person or carer interested in making new friends, having a laugh and creating your own stand up routine? Or do you know someone who would be perfect for this course? Please get in touch via rosiegunn@womenandtheatre.co.uk or call 07849 214 799


Partners & Funders 

Birmingham City Council

The Hub, Hazelwell

Brandwood Centre