A CITY theatre group will be able to take centre stage this summer after scooping a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Worcester TheatreMakers is a theatre workshop company set up in early 2014 by Beth Walsh and Bev Bevan.
Beth and Bev are committed to using theatre and drama to encourage adults and children to build confidence, self-esteem and people skills, in addition to having a lot of fun.
This grant is for a project called ‘Joyful Drama for Women’ with the additional goal of helping women survivors emerging from the isolation of lockdown.
Bev and Beth will work with local women, some of whom may be victims and survivors of abuse whilst others may have mental health issues. All will have suffered emotionally from the isolation of lockdown and social distancing.
The women will be offered a series of drama workshops to help them explore their emotions and experiences. The workshops will act as a form of therapy on a journey to better mental health; they will empower and motivate the women to develop confidence and skills and crucially will put a smile back on the faces of a group of vulnerable women.
Beth Walsh said: “Bev and I are both excited as this is an opportunity for us to begin to help a few of the many local survivors.”
For Keith Slater and Community Boost, the company established to help other organisations access grant funding, this is another success.
“I am so pleased as for the second time this month The Boost has been able to help a Worcester arts organisation be awarded a grant of £10,000.
“This grant is doubly important because it sends a very clear message to Beth and Bev that their work is valued, is important and is needed.
“It is easy to almost overlook that a lot of people are going to emerge from lockdown and will be worried if their skills and their jobs are still in demand.
“A grant of £10,000 makes it very clear just how important community-based organisations like Worcester TheatreMakers are going to be not just in 2021, but for a lot longer as we all come to terms with the events of the last 12 months.”