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Our STAGES Exhibition is now open!

Our STAGES Exhibition is now open!

A brand new exhibition from Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is now open to the public in the Exhibition Hall at Light House Wolverhampton.

Just a short walk from the Grand Theatre, the new exhibition is a celebration of the work the theatre does with young people from all areas of the community, including a series of free workshops that have been taking place this summer. The workshops teach young people a variety of theatrical and artistic skills including drama, hip hop and bhangra dancing, costume making, graffiti art and more!

On display at the exhibition is a wall of graffiti made by the young people, the graffiti art of Jack Sankson of GraffitiForU, a Cinderella dress made of patchwork stories from school students and so much more!

The exhibition also highlights Speak Up, an exciting new project for Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in direct partnership with the National Theatre. The Grand Theatre will be working closely with schools in the area to help launch a new national programme which sees young people, who have been most affected by the pandemic, working in collaboration with local artists and teachers to co-create artistic responses to issues that are most important to them. Responding to the current challenges in schools, the programme aims to develop young people’s self-expression, wellbeing and personal skills, with an open-ended offer to make creative projects in their local area.

Lucy-Ellen Parker, Speak Up & Audiences Manager at the Grand Theatre said; “At Wolverhampton Grand Theatre we strive to reach and positively impact the young people of Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas. We aim to ignite, excite and inspire the young people of Wolverhampton and the wider community to engage with the Grand Theatre and grow together in a cohort of peers who are committed to theatre and it’s development and impact in the West Midlands. We are hugely excited to have launched our Stages exhibition and connecting freelance creatives with young people to create engaging work. The Grand Theatre is committed to providing a platform for local young people to make their vital voices heard.”

The Stages exhibition is now open until the end of August at the Light House in the Chubb Building a short walk from the theatre and is free to attend.

A film of the exhibition can be viewed here.