AN-award-winning Stourbridge theatre company for adults with learning difficulties will be throwing open its doors this weekend to showcase its work and its students.

Side by Side Theatre Company Stourbridge will be hosting a Show & Tell morning from 10am to 1pm on Saturday October 23 at The SideSpace at St John’s in St John’s Road, Stourbridge, for anyone keen to find out more about the charity’s work, wanting to meet the students, see live performances, chat to the teaching team, or see the renovations that have taken place in recent months.

The former St John's Church became the group's base in 2018 and the charity has since raised thousands of pounds to fund roof repairs, complete re-wiring, have a new heating system installed plus new lighting, flooring and a brand new kitchen and toilets.

Creative director and founder Susan Wallin MBE said: “Having been back rehearsing and performing at The SideSpace for a few weeks now, we’re keen to open the doors, welcome potential new members, and thank the community for donations that have enabled us to start turning The SideSpace into the wonderful working space that it’s becoming.

“There’s a lot more work to be done in The SideSpace, but we’re very proud of what we and the community have achieved so far, and the students love it."

Side by Side, a registered charity which gives adults with learning disabilities chance to develop their skills in the performing arts, has been going strong since 1997.

The group has won too many awards to mention and performed regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As well as its dance and drama specialisms, it has added music and digital media to its repertoire of classes and extended the number of drama and dance sessions due to demand.

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