Brighton People’s Theatre has just launched a new programme of work taking place throughout 2019 to explore and test the viability of creating a people’s theatre for the city. This is thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and being made an Associate Company of both the Brighton Dome and the Attenborough Centre of the Creative Arts at Sussex University.
Their programme includes regular weekly workshops, monthly guest artist workshops, a play-reading group and trips to the theatre to see shows. These are open to all adults aged 18+ who are not professional artists, living in the BN postcode area.
People can book onto any of these using Eventbrite here.
Brighton People’s Theatre have made also short film of the launch on Brighton Palace Pier at the end of January which portrays what they are about and what they are hoping to achieve this year.
They were also interviewed by the theatre website Exuent about why we feel that the way theatre is made and consumed is a social justice issue. You can read that here.
Twice a year they will hold people’s inspiration meetings; where anyone who has taken part in the programme can share their thoughts and ideas about what they want to make a show about, and which artists they’d like to work with.
They will bring two of these ideas to life on the stage of the Brighton Dome and the Attenborough Centre of the Creative Arts. Or maybe people will want to create work that is shown elsewhere in the city.
Their first workshop is happening THIS SATURDAY 2nd March and they have a few places left on it. It’s all about storytelling and is being run by a warm, talented playwright called Suhalya El Bushra. People can book into it here.
‘The arts are not a prerequisite of the privileged few; nor are they the playground of the intelligentsia. The arts are for everyone—and failure to include everyone diminishes us all.’ Richard Attenborough