Putting on an ‘incredible performance’ at The REP

Incredibles 3Last week an inspirational group of strangers came together to put on a one of a kind performance at Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP).

Customers from our supported housing services worked with Directors at The REP to create three performance pieces reflecting some of the challenges they have faced in their lives.

Called the Incredibles; so named due to the many challenges these individuals have overcome, the project has enabled people from a range of backgrounds who may have experienced homelessness to regain their confidence, empowering them to begin a new chapter in their lives.

incredibles iii 1Abosede who took part in the project said: “Being part of this has helped me build my confidence, it’s helped me become the person I am today – THANK YOU!, We stuck together, worked together and it was great fun, I’ve learnt that everybody is in the same boat regardless of their past and I enjoyed the process just as much as the performance”

Anthony who also performed added: “To be part of this was total joy, fun and it’s a very good strategy in helping people deal with depression and anxiety. It provides an opportunity to show your strengths – I felt honoured to work with different people, it has enriched my life – overall, the whole process was above and beyond what I expected”

incredibles iii 2Alan Jephcott, Resident Involvement Manager at Midland Heart said: “Seeing these groups perform evokes so much emotion. It never ceases to amaze me what is possible – we have given our customers a toolkit that has helped them feel empowered and enabled them to have the confidence to really shine. This experience will stay with them and will be a story they can tell long into their futures.”

Daniel Tyler, Theatre Director from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Learning and Participation Department said: “The project and performance was inspired by The REP’s show Folk – a new play by Tom Wells about hope and finding your feet when your world is turned upside down.  It offered the perfect backdrop and really motivated those involved to tell their own individual stories based on their own life experience.  It was an incredible week for The Incredibles!”

incredibles iii 3Now in its third year the Incredibles project has supported many customers giving them a chance to express themselves creatively, learn how to work together and gain new skills. This year 38 customers took part in the arts based project with 14 performing on stage in front of an watched by an audience of 180 guests including family and friends.