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Methodist Central Hall Central Methodist Hall, Warwick Ln, Coventry CV1 2HA
Sat 6 Nov 2021 @ 19.00
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Reform The Norm - Story Of Us: Live

Sat 6 Nov 2021 @ 19.00
Methodist Central Hall
Central Methodist Hall, Warwick Ln, Coventry CV1 2HA Show on map
Duration: 135 mins
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Guideline Audience Age Range: 14+

7pm -9.15pm on 5 and 6 November 

 

An immersive and intimate evening of stories, poetry performance and music. The Story Of Us began as a ten-week training course, giving individuals, who for many reasons are marginalised, a chance to be listened to and tell their own stories in creative ways. 

The Story Of Us: Live is not simply a culmination of work created, but a warm invitation to engage with these stories that so often are miscommunicated, misunderstood or unheard.

You are invited to enter a space designed by the storytellers. Through art and performance, we can look at some key issues faced by many in our city and begin to hear from the collective what solutions or ideas they have. There’s an opportunity to informally meet the collective over tea as part of the evening, as we creatively think about the story of all of us in Coventry and how we can envisage a more equitable society for all.

The original training course was run by Jude Habib, founder of Sound Delivery, and the collective were recruited through the City Of Culture Caring City Team and associated host organisations, Grapevine, Positive Youth Foundation, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and Central England Law Centre. 

Produced by City Of Culture Trust in partnership with Grapevine, Central England Law Centre, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and Positive Youth Foundation.

Supported by funding from Spirit 2012.

Bios of participants

Keith was born in Coventry, on the Walsgrave Road (well nearly, only 4m away in a front room) in the 50s.

He is married to a migrant. He has one son who is married, to another migrant, and they are living in his parents old house in Coventry.
Keith had a varied career from aero engine fuel system development engineer, seeing some of the worlds first microprocessors being designed and made, selling IT systems to car dealerships to setting up my own plumbing business.
 He enjoys fixing things and processes.
He is currently looking forward to being able to book a holiday abroad once COVID is at an end.

Pavinder is 30 and grew up in the Foleshill area of Coventry.  She sees Coventry as a great community.  But there is a disease sweeping society that needs to be talked about. That disease is loneliness. Pavinder thinks we need to talk about loneliness so people can understand the reality of people’s lives. Loneliness is a very big problem and she knows that firsthand. She believes that talking and communicating about it and making the subject less taboo or hidden will help.

Starco is 24 year old and loves to read and listen to audiobooks.  She lives with autism, ADHD and dyspraxia. She lives with her mum who lives with depression and anxiety.  She likes colouring and finds it therapeutic. She loves wearing onesies and loves everything about “Stitch”. She’s a big Stitch addict. She can find it difficult when people tell jokes as due to her disabilities she doesn’t always understand jokes. She is not a fan of cats or dogs. Understandable as she was bitten once by a cat and twice by dogs. Starco also loves music, writing the lyrics to songs that reflect what she’s going through

Hameed has lived in Coventry for 3 and half years and studies Electronic Engineering at Coventry University. He enjoys several activities such as playing piano, martial arts, skating, playing basketball, acting, and his lifelong passion, gaming. 

He’s very concerned about mental health, access to mental health services, and the impact of mental illness, especially childhood trauma, on a person’s life. Having found getting access to the support services he needs he’s been working with an advocate through Coventry Law Centre to help him.  

Teresa was a single mother and a nurse for people with learning disabilities. She also did a degree as a mature student and gained her B.A.(honours) in Applied Social Sciences and had her second child whilst doing her first year exams. She is also a trained counsellor, aromatherapist and reflexologist. However, due to her long term health issues she is unable to work at the moment.

After having a difficult life; Teresa finally met a wonderful man who is very supportive and understanding. She is now happily married.

Her interests include crafting, reading, baking, gardening, and walking. Her health conditions often dictate what she can do.

She recently started an all-inclusive and accessible to all, walking group, any ability can join.

Jazz Moreton is an interdisciplinary artist who has multiple disabilities as a result of surviving a stroke as a teenager, and a passion for activism and equality. She strives to use her enthusiasm for the Arts to create work that has the power to ignite action and discourse around the many inequalities that people with disabilities endure on a daily basis. 

Since graduating with First Class Honours in Fine Art in 2017, she has worked in performance, sound, and traditional visual arts, has exhibited and performed in Coventry, Brighton, and London, and recently had a BBC New Creatives audio commission, Discordance, played on BBC CWR. 

Jazz is passionate about using her experiences as a person with multiple disabilities, along with her creative ability and drive for genuine equality, to create positive social change through arts and media.

Are you going to try to stop her? 

Leigha is a mum with multiple disabilities to a child who also has multiple disabilities. They have a lot of fun together and would like everybody to have access to fun things to do. She writes poetry about her experiences and others. Leigha is passionate about fairness and how incorrect information leads to unfair prejudices, damaging the quality of lives people lead. 

Bengy is 39 and is an eclectic person. He enjoy dj-ing and drumming,  enjoys being on the Warwick Art Centre Committee, is a Pride trustee and is involved in Underground Lights, Cardboard Citizens, Bold as Bard, Crisis and Grapevine.  He is part of the City of Culture Leadership Team. AND they’ve just created a group called winning at life

Access information

  • BSL interpreted

BSL interpretation is provided.

Content Guidance: Trigger Warning and some challenging topics

 

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