Broadway chosen as location for drama project
PUBLISHED: 16:09 27 March 2018
Broadway shopping centre in Bexleyheath has been chosen as a location for a special project, which will be coming to the town this summer.
The borough has partnered with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to produce the Performing Places programme, which uses drama to create an exciting and emotional story aimed at encouraging residents or visitors of a place to see it in its best light.
The Broadway was chosen due to the fact that it is a thriving town centre and a bustling transport hub, particularly for young people after school.
The project will aim to bring young and old together to experience the Broadway in new ways and to jointly rediscover and celebrate it as a place in the community.
Schools and local community organisations close to the town centre will be able to take part in workshops as part of the project, and there will be the opportunity for locals to discover the story as it unfolds in the shopping centre during the last week of June.
Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, leisure and environment, said: “It’s really exciting to work with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, who are a leading cultural organisation and are putting a huge amount of energy into creating a story and performances that will be both moving and great fun.
“We can’t say too much now, as we don’t want to spoil the fun, so look out for publicity and signs of the project landing in the Broadway in June.”
Cllr Don Massey, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for finance and corporate services, said: “This is a tremendous way of using the arts to engage with communities.
“The project is focused on bringing people together around a shared ideal for what a place can mean to them.
“Using drama as a way of achieving this will have a big impact.”
The project has been made possible thanks to full funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in 2017, which will go towards a series of projects that will benefit local communities.