A West Midlands theatre group will be telling Tales of the Town with extracts from nine classic plays set in shops, cafes, pubs, hotels and markets.
Central Youth Theatre will present them at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton on Sunday 10th
From 2pm they will perform extracts from Laundry Girls by Bill Owen, Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse and On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard.
These are followed, from 4pm, by Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland, California Suite by Neil Simon and Two by Jim Cartwright.
The final set of extracts, from 7.30pm, are Satin & Steel by Amanda Whittington, Market Boy by David Eldridge and What Are You Doing Here? by David Compton.
CYT director Jane Ward said: “These extracts are full of characters making you laugh – and sometimes cry. We have around 70 young people involved in the performances, and they have been working hard on these since last October.”
“This project has been planned as a precursor to what we hope will be a larger project celebrating the history of Wolverhampton City Centre.
“We are currently awaiting to hear whether a bid to the Heritage Lottery has been successful, so that we can move on to explore the history of trading and shops in Wolverhampton.
“A team trained in inter-generational research would work alongside the City Archives, the Mary Portas project to revive shops and shopping, and people of the city who used the shops, cafes, pubs and hotels and markets in years gone by.
“During 2011 we had huge success with our heritage project Everybody Dance Now – which was based around the history of social dance in the city – which culminated in a huge international festival in the city in 2011 and the temporary conversion of the former Low Level Railway Station into a ballroom”
Tickets for Tales of the Town are £7 for adults (£5 concessions) with family tickets for two adults and two concessions at £20. The box office is on 01902 572090. Online booking is available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/newhamptonartscentre/