A free mini theatre festival is set to take place in West Bromwich this weekend, with performances being held in actively running businesses.

Actors and music artists are taking their talent to retail spaces in the Sandwell market town, including in an Afro Caribbean fast food shop, a hairdressers, an Asian sari store, a coffee shop and  in the indoor popular West Bromwich market.

Amahra Spence performing in Tropical SpyceAnand Chhabra
Amahra Spence performing her piece in fast food joint Tropical Spyce

Each of the pieces have been inspired by the shops and customers who use them, utilising a combination of real experiences and creative flare to tell stories about the people who make up local communities.

In the coffee shop setting, the story is narrated by Jake Oldershaw, who has used customer’s experience to create themes of love, forgiveness and hope; while rapper and spoken-word artist Lady Sanity uses the sounds and voices of how people feel about beauty in the hairdressers.

Bohdan Piasecki is a spoken word artist playing a game show host Anand Chhabra
Bohdan Piasecki is a spoken word artist playing a game show host

Actor Amahra Spence plays several characters drawing on how people support one another in an Afro-Caribbean shop.

Poet Bohdan Piasecki plays the role of a game show host with glitz and glamour, while visual performer Vimal Korpal is transformed into a Maharaja, sharing stories from sari, alteration and clothing shops with themes of family and survival.

Composer Ricardo Santos Rocha has created the music and performs live accompanying the artists.

Kafe R10 is one of the settings for the grand live and interactive performancesAnand Chhabra
Kafe R10 is one of the settings for the grand live and interactive performances
Actor Vimal Korpal as the  Maharaja in a sari store Anand Chhabra
Actor Vimal Korpal as the Maharaja in a sari store

The performances are the creative work of Black Country Touring, a Midlands based theatre company that specialises in capturing local stories and sharing them with the community.

Each mini show is for customers as well as the passing public all for free, with performances having taken place on 13th and 14th September; and again next weekend on 20th and 21st September.

Jake Oldershaw will be narrating in a coffee shopAnand Chhabra
Jake Oldershaw will be narrating in a coffee shop

Where to find the venues and performances:

 

Back in 10 by Black Country Touring Black Country Touring

The Black Country Touring performances take place on 27th and 28th September across Wolverhampton. More details at: www.bctouring.co.uk.

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