Paving the Way Panto Project


Make A Wish 2022/23

For 2022/23’s Pantomime Project, the Grand Theatre has once again collaborated with Heath House Studios. We decided to base this year’s project on the theme of ‘Wishes, Lamps, Trinkets and Treasures’, as they feature heavily in this year’s pantomime, ‘Aladdin’.

The project began back in September, when Pauline from Heath House Studios visited 31 local community groups to deliver a free two hour textile workshop. During these workshops participants stitched, created and crafted a variety of trinkets and treasures that you can see in the gallery below.

The exhibit, ’Aladdin’s Grand Antique Shop’, features around 500 pieces of work, each one created by the participants involved. Aladdin’s shop is where the heroic boy himself stores the incredible treasures he has found during his visits to many different countries. The project also mirrors this, as people from countries such as Bangladesh, Yemen, Afghanistan, China and Ukraine were involved.

This project has been fully funded by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre as part of our charitable aims.

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For more information on this project or to enquire about how your group can become involved in future projects, please contact our Outreach Manager for Creative Learning, James Collins –

A huge thank you to the following Community Groups involved:

Aaina Community Hub, African Caribbean Community Initiative, Wolverhampton Adult Carers Support Team, Age UK Veterans Club Wolverhampton, Bangladeshi Women’s Association, Positive Steps Girls Youth Club, Black Country Mental Health, Breast Cancer Action Group Wolverhampton, Brushstrokes Community Project Sandwell, Confederation of Bangladeshi Organisations, Compton Care, Gatis Community Space Friendly Fridays & Youth Club, BeeHIVe LGBTQ+ Group, LGBTQ+ Fusion, Living Springs, Murray Hall Community Trust, Refugee and Migrant Centre Walsall, Refugee and Migrant Centre Wolverhampton, Sandwell Young Carers, Sgt. Pepper’s Friends, Spurgeons Young Carers, St Andrews CE Primary School, The Way Youth Zone, Wolverhampton Creative Embroiderers, Yemeni Community Association Sandwell Women’s Wellbeing Network, Yemeni Community Association Sandwell Girl’s Youth Club, Yemeni Community Association Cradley Heath Women’s Wellbeing Network, Tipton Muslim Community Centre Boys Youth Club, Place of Warmth – Jubilee Park Centre, X2Y Youth Group.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Heath House Studios would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported this amazing project.


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