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Girls and women compete and collaborate on and off the pitch
Birmingham-based Women & Theatre's new show will celebrate women's cricket becoming part of the Commonwealth Games for the first time. Forming part of Birmingham 2022 Festival, A Thousand Threads includes community performers from across Birmingham and Sandwell and follows local research into the aspirations of girls and women both on and off the pitch.
Featuring rival teams from the Athena League, the Spinners and the Weavers, each day of this four-day cricket match takes place in a different outdoor community space across Birmingham and Sandwell with final performances of the whole series at Midlands Arts Centre. Part of the performance will be listened to through headphones and there will also be British Sign Language and captioned video available.
A Thousand Threads
A Thousand Threads is the third production created by Women and Theatre looking at women in sport. Into the Water at Moseley Road Swimming Baths shared community stories of women's relationships with swimming and water while Run, Jump, Throw! was an audio piece about women and athletics designed to be listened to whilst walking around Perry Hall Park.
Artistic director of Women & Theatre Janice Connolly explains: "Ever since the news that the Commonwealth Games were coming to Birmingham in 2022, Women & Theatre have been plotting and planning to bring a new community production about women, girls and cricket to audiences across Birmingham and Sandwell. We're really excited to bring this ambitious theatre production to audiences which is the third in our women and sport trilogy. We are also proud to be working with Deaf Explorer to ensure that performance is accessible to D/deaf audience, participants, and artists, by integrating BSL and captioning into performances at Midlands Arts Centre."
Women and Theatre examine women's cricket
Raidene Carter, executive producer at Birmingham 2022 Festival, says: "What better way to celebrate women's cricket being introduced to the Commonwealth Games than with this wonderful Women & Theatre project - one of 10 sports themes commissions in the Birmingham 2022 Festival programme where sport and art are intertwined to tell stories that will inspire fans of both. Audiences can expect to be bowled over by this one."
Community performances take place at Selwyn Rd Playing Fields on Sunday 15 May at 1.30pm and 5pm, Ward End Park on Sunday 29 May at 1.30pm and 5pm and Uplands Manor Primary School on 19 June at 1.30pm and 5pm. Ticketing for community performances are Pay What You Can, a non-profit ticket model which does not depend on set prices for performances but instead asks audiences to pay what they can – with three prize brackets available including a free option. For community performance tickets see https://womenandtheatre.co.uk/project/a-thousand-threads/
Performances at MAC take place on Friday 15 July at 1pm and 7pm, Saturday 16 July at 1pm and Sunday 17 July at 11.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets for MAC are £5 plus booking fee book via 0121 446 3232 or visit macbirmingham.co.uk