Winterbourne offers creative opportunities this summer

Did you know that Fourth Wall has been awarded a Heritage Lottery grant to train young people in running cultural events through a project to be run at Winterbourne House in Edgbaston over the summer?

Up to twenty people aged 17-25 have been recruited to create, devise and present ‘Within These Four Walls’.  This will consist of three theatre performances and an exhibition on the themes of Leaders of the Past, Women’s Education and Communication. The plays will be performed at Winterbourne in September, and the exhibition will run at the house for ten weeks beginning in October.

During the project Fourth Wall will train the participants to run the project and help them to recruit a group of young performers aged 11-18.  The two groups will then use the archives at Wnterbourne to research the Nettlefold family, who built the Arts and Crafts House in 1903. Working from a base in Northfield, they will explore the contrast between the Winterbourne house on the one hand and the Moor Pool estate in Harborne that John Nettlefold helped to develop and the back-to-back slum housing in Birmingham city centre that he helped to clear on the other.

I'll be interested to see what they come up with ....