Warstock Playscheme and Dark Horse Venture Ladies' Group

Selly Oak Arts Champion, 2007-10

Birmingham Royal Ballet led a cross-generational project involving the Dark Horse Venture Ladies' Group, a senior citizens' group, and the children taking part in the Warstock Playscheme.

The children in the Playscheme had three two-hour workshops at Warstock Community Centre during February half-term. The members of Dark Horse Venture Ladies' Group (an already organised group) worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s wardrobe department and a freelance costume maker/designer. As part of the process, they enjoyed insight talks from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Wardrobe and Technical departments, showing a selection of costumes and props used in performance. The group also watched the Playscheme children working on their dance piece during the February half term.

The workshops were inspired by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s magical Swan Lake, using themes and ideas to produce a short performance piece. The performance piece was then re-visited during the two full days at the Easter play scheme, by which time the Dark Horse Venture Ladies' Group had made some costumes. The costumes were fitted and the necessary adjustments were made, resulting in the piece being performed to family and friends of the community centre.

It was a wonderful opportunity to be part of a cross-generational collaboration project, which brought together people within the Billesley community.

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