Birmingham 2022 Festival presents a China Plate & Birmingham Hippodrome production

To The Streets!

Produced in association with Warwick Arts Centre, City of Wolverhampton Council and DRPG Creative

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Graphic text reads 'To The Streets' against an orange background.

To The Streets!

Music & Lyrics by Tim Sutton
Book by Roy Williams
Based on an original idea by Christopher Haydon

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.

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Generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council. The R&D for To The Streets! Was supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund. 

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  • 19th August 2022 - 20th August 2022 at Handsworth Park, Birmingham

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  • 24th August 2022 - 25th August 2022 at Windmill Hill, Warwick Arts Centre

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  • 28th August 2022 at West Park, Wolverhampton

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This is an outdoor event and takes place at the following parks across the West Midlands.

Handsworth Park, Birmingham*
Fri 19 Aug 1.45pm & 7.45pm
Sat 20 Aug 1.45pm & 7.45pm

Windmill Hill, Warwick Arts Centre
Wed 24 Aug 7.45pm
Thu 25 Aug 7.45pm

West Park, Wolverhampton*
Sun 28 Aug 1.45pm & 7.45pm

Doors open at 12 noon and 6pm, with pre-performances at 12.30pm and 6pm.

*Subject to licence

Creative Team

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Tim Sutton & Roy Williams

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  • Director | Christopher Haydon
  • Music & Lyrics | Tim Sutton
  • Book | Roy Williams
  • Choreographer | Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe
  • Designer | Soutra Gilmour
  • Producers | China Plate & Birmingham Hippodrome

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