Inspired by the Games: A Thousand Threads
Celebrating women’s cricket being part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Women & Theatre have been busy with a series of new community productions on all things women, girls and cricket as part of Birmingham 2022 Festival.
A Thousand Threads brings together community performers across Birmingham and Sandwell, featuring vibrant choreography and unique soundscapes while exploring the lives and aspirations of women and girls on and off the cricket pitch.
When talking about how the inclusion of female cricket in the Games inspired her work, Artistic Director of Women & Theatre, Jannice Connolly BEM said: “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 MAC.”
Raidene Carter, Executive Producer at Birmingham 2022 Festival said: “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!.”
After an incredibly successful launch earlier in May, A Thousand Threads prepares to take their cricket match to three different locations across Birmingham and Sandwell to finish their run. Bring the family and enjoy a day out celebrating until the final wicket.
Catch A Thousand Threads at Ward End Park Sunday 29 May (female only performance), Uplands Manor Primary School, 19 June and Midlands Arts Centre 15- 17 July.
For more information and to book tickets visit: womenandtheatre.co.uk