Handsworth Park, Birmingham Friday 19 August, 1.45PM & 7.45PM Saturday 20 August, 1.45PM & 7.45PM Windmill Hill, Warwick Arts Centre Wednesday 24 August, 7.45PM Thursday 25 August, 7.45PM West Park, Wolverhampton Sunday 28 August, 1.45PM & 7.45PM
Book by Roy Williams | Music and Lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced in association with Warwick Arts Centre, City of Wolverhampton Council and DRPG Creative.
An uplifting new concert musical, inspired by the Bristol Bus Boycott, performed in the heart of communities across the West Midlands.
It’s 1963 and the Swinging Sixties have arrived: The Beatles release their debut album, the mini skirt is born and the Civil Rights movement is gaining ground in America. Back in the UK, the country is emerging from the Big Freeze. As temperatures thaw, tensions are running high in Bristol where the Omnibus Company refuses to employ Black or Asian drivers or conductors.
Paul Stephenson, an idealistic youth worker, takes to the streets to stand up for equality. Lorraine, a teenager, newly-arrived from Jamaica, joins the fight and, in so doing, finds her voice and becomes part of a movement that changes history.
With an explosive, feel-good score bursting with ska, calypso and rock 'n' roll...this is a story of standing up for what you believe in, allyship , and - ultimately - finding joy.