Community play comes to Ashfield area

FOLK from Sutton, Kirkby and the surrounding areas will be able to showcase their talents, discover new interests and make new friends by taking part in the Ashfield Community Play.

Nottingham-based arts organisation Hanby and Barrett helps communities create large-scale, outdoor productions and gives people the chance to try things like acting, singing, writing, designing props and costumes, researching local history and much more.

The group has previously put on shows in Hucknall and Southwell and is now hosting two workshops for anyone who is interested getting involved in the Ashfield Community Play.

The first one will take place on Saturday at Kirkby’s Festival Hall, between 10am-noon, and the second one will be held at Sutton’s Lammas Centre on 12th February, from 2-4pm.

Supported by Ashfield District Council and Arts Council England, the project aims to give communities an insight into their area’s heritage.

When the play is performed in Ashfield, residents will be able to explore the impact of the Luddite movement 200 years ago when skilled textile workers protested about the introduction of automated machinery.

Work on the production is likely to begin in September and the performance is set to take place in October.

For more details contact Fiona Mitchell-Innes on 07807 504 654 or email

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