Fourth Wall has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to train young cultural leaders of the future through researching the archives of Winterbourne House and Garden in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Designed as flexible work experience Fourth Wall will recruit up to twenty young people aged 17 to 25 to create, devise and present ‘Within These Four Walls’. consisting of three theatre performances and an exhibition on the themes of Leaders of the Past, Women’s Education and Communication that will be performed at Winterbourne in September. The exhibition will run for ten weeks at the house beginning in October.
Participants will join the Fourth Wall Youth Board and be able to undertake the project alongside their current work, college or university studies. Working with Fourth Wall's Creative Director Lucy Bailey-Wright they will receive a personal work and training plan that reflects their own interests, skills needs and time commitment.
During the project Fourth Wall will train the participants to run the project and help them recruit a group of young performers aged 11-18 and with them research the Nettlefold family who built the Arts and Crafts House in 1903. Working from a base in Northfield the young people will explore the contrast between the Winterbourne house and the Moor Pool estate in Harborne that influential town planner John Nettlefold helped develop, as well as the Back to Back slum housing in Birmingham city centre, which he helped to clear.
FOURTH WALL YOUTH BOARD
We are recruiting young people aged between 17-25 to join our Youth Board. You will receive training on running this project and gain skills in the areas that interest you.
PERFORM in Within these four walls
We recruiting young people aged between 11-18 to perform in the Within These Four Walls project. You will spend two weeks in August researching and rehearsing and then a weekend in September performing the three theatre performances at Winterbourne House and Garden. In August you will visit Winterbourne to research the Nettlefold archive, visit the Moor Pool Estate in Harbourne and the Back to Back houses in Birmingham city centre before devising and rehearsing the theatre performances with the Youth Board members. If you are interested sign up below and we will send you more information.