fwtn6Back in April, B31 Voices were invited, along with Sgt Karl Pierpoint from Longbridge police and Luke Olley from Northfield Ecocentre, to speak to young people at a Fourthwall Theatre Network workshop at The Factory.

The group are working on devising performances based on community issues and they wanted to know what we all did. They will be performing their creations at a Birmingham theatre later this year and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Here one of their members writes about her experiences with the group:

I’m Abigail, and I’m a member of the Fourth Wall Theatre Network.

Whilst being part of the Fourth Wall Theatre Network, I have learnt the key aspects of drama, characterization, and tension building, as well as more complex ideas and theories to improve my performance and devising technique. Also, being able to work with older and younger people has helped me develop to work with different people better.

A few weeks ago, we had a session where the police, B31 Voices and the Northfield Ecocentre came in and talked to us. They told us what they did in the community, how they did it and, in groups, we created both simple and crazy scenarios to do with what they did, which we then changed into a story, which eventually became a performance.

What I’m hoping to get out of the experience is better skills, which will help me with my drama GCSE and give me more experience in performing so I can go on and do more performances.

The Fourth Wall Theatre Network is based at the Factory in Longbridge. The Factory is a new young people’s centre, which has a range of opportunities and activities that are both educational and fun. Fourth Wall’s goals are developing future artistic leader, doing drama differently, creating theatre, inspiring young actors and actresses and helping them improve or gain key skills.

I am looking forward to being part of a growing network of young actors, actresses and performance. I believe its one of my best experiences which I’d truly love to share with others.

Fourth Wall Theatre Network work with young people in schools and in the community. To find out more visit their website, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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