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.

Summer Term 2022 

Ever wanted to write and perform your own play? 
Free and friendly drama club for people aged 50+ and carers in Brandwood and surrounding areas.

Our successful Community performance club continues this summer, led by writer Liz John and director Alison Belbin. The course will involve participants writing their own monologues ( a play presenting the words or thoughts of a single character). Over 10 weeks, the group will develop their own creative ideas, writing and performance, culminating in a final performance.

No previous experience necessary, just the desire to be creative and have some fun!

An Evening of Monologues 

Join us for an entertaining and engaging night of theatre, performed by our Community Performance Club, who have been developing their own monologues (plays presenting the words or thoughts of a single character) over the previous 10 weeks.

The evening will be a theatre-filled, fun and friendly event for all the community. There will also be light refreshments and an opportunity to find out more about local organisations and groups in the local area.

Tickets are free but booking in advance is essential. Get your ticket here. 

If you have any questions or would like more information contact Rosie Gunn via 07849 214 799 or email rosiegunn@womenandtheatre.co.uk


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.


Partners & Funders 

Birmingham City Council

The Hub, Hazelwell

Brandwood Centre