Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre in unemployment project

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Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre in unemployment project

The Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham has been awarded funding for a new arts project designed to help adults over 50 get back into employment.

The theatre’s resident charity, Blue Orange Arts Ltd, received the funding from the European Social Fund in conjunction with the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation.

Entitled, ‘Theatre of the Unemployed’, the new project will work closely with adults over 50, as well as adults who suffer from mental health issues specifically in Birmingham.

Special workshops have been designed which utilise drama-based and creative writing exercises that ‘build self-confidence, encourage leadership skills, practical interview techniques and team building’.

Participants will have the opportunity to involve themselves in producing a short theatre piece that ‘explores issues surrounding unemployment in a professional theatre environment’.

They will also be able to experience every aspect of theatre behind-the-scenes including production, stage management, lighting design, costume design, as well as acting.

This is a very rare opportunity for participants who are finding difficulty to return to the workplace. Classes will use theatre and drama based activities via role-playing, improvisation and strategy-building games that will encourage students to engage in ‘self-examination, self-expression and motivation’.

It is hoped that such involvement will offer them the confidence boost they need to go out and seek employment.

The sessions are free to attend and are set to take place from Tuesday 19th February 2013 to Thursday 21st March 2013.

The sessions have been split into two group sessions to accommodate the over 50s and those with mental health issues:

Over 50’s group – Tuesday & Thursday Mornings: 10am-2pm

Mental Health Group – Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons: 2pm-6pm

Blue Orange Arts are now seeking participants for the project from both specified groups who are currently unemployed.

For an application form or more details please contact the Blue Orange Arts on 0121 212 2643 or email studio@blueorangetheatre.co.uk

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