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A brand new community arts project is taking shape in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth - and local talent is being sought to participate in the project. The innovative theatre production promises to be one of the biggest community arts projects ever staged in Tamworth. The initiative is the result of a link-up between Tamworth Repertory Company and Fired Up Theatre, the producers of previous successful community productions of the Wall, Quadrophenia and Colin Grazier Enigma, directed by Simon Quinn. Fired Up theatre is now looking for individuals of all ages and abilities, community groups, schools and colleges to get involved in the community arts project, which is called The Days of Abigail Skyrocket. It will be performed at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on March 7 next year.

Abigail Skyrocket
New community arts project tells the story of Abigail

The production follows the story through the eyes of a reported ghost (Abigail) from the Assembly Rooms as she searches for her beloved husband Tommy through the shows and performers who have trodden the boards of the stage over the past 130 years. The Days of Abigail Skyrocket is written by Mal Dewhirst, a local poet, writer and film maker. The project's vision is that it will involve people from all ages and communities across Tamworth and also involve groups of people who would not normally work together. Scenes will cover the Assembly Rooms during World War Two, performances by local groups, and star names such as The Beatles; bringing nostalgia and a contemporary look on how the Assembly Rooms has entertained crowds for more than a century.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
Work is continuing on Tamworth Assembly Rooms

Simon Quinn, Director for Fired Up Theatre, said: "We are really excited about bringing a brand new show to Tamworth that will celebrate 130 years of the Assembly Rooms' long history of community theatre. We are looking for people with all sorts of skills and talents to bring this project to the stage and would particularly like to get voluntary groups involved. We are inviting people of all ages and abilities to get involved with this exciting community arts project." Adey Ramsel, Theatre, Artistic and Events Manager for Tamworth Assembly Rooms, said: "This arts project is the first of many annual events as part of the venue's new community outreach programme. The venue's aim is to include as many community groups and individuals from all walks of life as possible. The project will not be affiliated to any one particular group and will act as a way of bringing people that may not normally join arts projects, onto the venue's stage."

Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Adey Ramsel
Assembly Rooms theatre manager Adey Ramsel

People can get in touch by emailing their interest by December 10 to or by calling the Arts and Events team on 01827 709314.
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Why? Get involved in new community arts project
When: 7 March 2020
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Corporation Street, Tamworth B79 7DN
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