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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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.

Browse the full programme for the show here.

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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. Supported by Garfield Weston Foundation’s Weston Culture Fund. The R&D for To The Streets! was supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund

Show Information

Commissioned by BBC Arts, Longing to Belong is a new short musical film about a Jamaican girl’s desire to fit in in 1960s Bristol.

Available to watch on BBC iPlayer, the film is inspired by our brand-new stage musical with Birmingham Hippodrome – To The Streets!


In the film its 1963 and Lorraine, a Jamaican teenager, has just arrived in Bristol. She soon realises that her new home is not the warm, welcoming place she hoped it would be. In the face of racist hostility, she sings passionately about her desire to belong.

Longing to Belong is one of several films commissioned to reflect the Birmingham 2022 festival celebration of creativity and culture around the Commonwealth Games. Based on the original artwork commissioned by Birmingham 2022 Festival. A China Plate Theatre production in association with Birmingham Hippodrome for BBC.

To The Streets! was an outdoor event which took place at the following parks across the West Midlands, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

  • Handsworth Park, Birmingham
  • Windmill Hill (Warwick Arts Centre), Coventry
  • West Park, Wolverhampton

Browse the full programme here, or scroll down to download a copy.

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Cast & Creative Team

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Tim Sutton & Roy Williams

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  • Music & Lyrics | Tim Sutton
  • Book | Roy Williams
  • Director | Christopher Haydon
  • Choreographer | Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe
  • Designer | Soutra Gilmour
  • Musical Director | Ian Oakley
  • Casting Director | Pearson Casting
  • Dialect Coach | Claudette Williams
  • Sound Designer | Gareth Fry
  • Lighting Designer | Arnim Friess
  • Video Designer | Duncan McLean
  • Associate Choreographer | Melody Sinclair
  • Associate Musical Director | Aron Sood
  • Associate Director | Nyasha Gudo
  • Associate Costume Designer | Naomi Thompson
  • Associate Artist Wellbeing Practitioner | Nigel Bailey
  • Company Stage Manager | Hannan Finnegan
  • Deputy Stage Manager | Jasper Mattel
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Amy Carroll & Alice Chapman
  • Wardrobe Manager | Chloe Fundak
  • Wigs | Andriea Nelson
  • Costume Construction | Jacki Cottom & Maariyah Sharjil
  • Paul | Michael Ahomka-Lindsay
  • Roy | Jonathan André
  • Des | McCallam Connell
  • Bert | Paul Kemble
  • Guy | Duane-Lamonte O'Garro
  • Secretary | Jessie May
  • Pearl | Denise Pitter
  • Lorraine | Charlotte St.Croix
  • Harry | Andy Watkins
  • Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone | Claire Louise-Appleby
  • Drums | Vanessa Domonique
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn | Jacob Philips
  • Bass Guitar, Upright Bass | Joseph Roberts
  • Guitar | Phill Ward

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