etermined that her young daughter will never lose the powerful, fiery magic that she arrived into the world with, Katie sets off on a mission to create an instruction manual entitled: How to be Brave. This brand-new, one-woman play follows Katie's journey as she gets on her old childhood BMX and rides around Newport to find what she's really made of.
By listening to the unheard voices of the city, she begins to ask what the women who have gone before can teach her about how to be brave in this confusing, fast-changing world we live in.
Experience a love story from writer Siân Owen, to Newport - the city that made her.
Do we become less brave as we get older? How can we teach our children to be brave when our world is crumbling around us and we don’t feel brave ourselves? The promoters for the show are the group Coffee and Laughs charity, which is a friendship group for women of all ages, faiths and cultures. The Group run regular workshops and tips with the community. "We are raising awareness and funds for Bundles Baby clothing bank and support as well, which is a voluntary support group for women and families in need during pregnancy. Both use Community House on Eton Rd, Maindee, as their base.
The project is funded by the Night Out Project which brings the arts to the heart of the community. Night Out Facilitator Naz has expressed, ‘I am passionate about supporting the arts and its power to connect communities and empower people. I am looking forward to watching ‘How To Be Brave,’ an inspiring story that embraces Newport, my home town. The community group, Coffee and Laughs are volunteering their time to create a warm welcome on the night with a café, stalls and more to enjoy before the show.’
The theatre show is promoted by the community group and they would be very grateful for your support and sharing of the information. There will be a raffle supported by local businesses, stalls, café and more on the night. Raffle tickets will become available from 3pm 29th March.
Lots of local and independent businesses are supporting; We have a photo shoot at Holbrook studio for 2 hours with a print and 10 digital photos. (Worth £100!).
'How To Be Brave is a Newport play through and through, and it has much to teach other writers, directors and perhaps even TV producers, what it is to laugh along with the eccentricities of one’s hometown, rather than at it.'- Emily Garside. 15/03/19. Wales Arts Review.
About Coffee and Laughs:
For twelve years the Coffee and Laughs Group has opened its arms to women of all ages, faiths and perspectives: to respectful, informed exchange of views and cultural traditions and a rich friendship network between women and their families who may never have otherwise encountered each other. A member says: “~…..just retired and quite lost…I have made some lovely friends who have supported me through illness and low times”.
They meet at 1 o’clock on a Thursday and talk solidly for two hours, while stitching, knitting, learning more English, or more I.T. skills. Speakers wanting a diverse audience to spread their message in the community know it as a happy forum for often serious topics. And they know there will always be food. A university researcher commented: “ I think this place is unique – I love visiting”.
Funding is always a problem, however, so if you can come to what looks like a very interesting theatre night, arrive with a £1 or 2 to spare and taste the food and the atmosphere of Coffee and Laughs.
About Baby Bundles:
"We are a voluntary Support Group for women and families in need during pregnancy. If you can spread the word, you are already helping! We pass on maternity, baby clothes and equipment to women and families in need. Thanks to the marvellous Jojo Mamon Bebe, we do not need baby clothing, as we are part of their From a Mother to Another Scheme..but we do need helpers!
Head of Baby Bundles, Sally commented, ‘If you know anyone who needs any baby clothes maternity clothes, or equipment then please get in touch. If you can spare some time then we would love to have your help! We need volunteers to help sort clothes and distribute to those in need. We are based at Community House, Eton Road. NP20 OBL. Any help gratefully received. We will also establish a friendship support scheme (Bundle Buddies) and birth partner/ doula support. Having a baby is a life changing experience and can be a lonely time, if you are new to a community and don't know anyone. Bundles aims to provide much-needed support, a friendly face and kindness. Look forward to getting to know you soon!’
We are looking for Bundle Buddies- if you want to help get in touch. Contact: 07432648925.
"We want to thank Dirty Protect for supporting us and allowing us to be part of this amazing performance!" - Sally, Baby Bundles, 2019.
Check out the event page on Facebook which would be great if you can share it and invite others.
How to Be Brave, Community group hosting a one-woman inspiring show about Newport at Community House, Eton Rd, Newport, NP19 0BL. On Friday 29th March. Doors: 5.30pm. Show: 6.30pm.
Tickets can be reserved or are available online (+booking fee) or from Community House, 01633 265486.
The show is kindly supported by:
the Night Out project, Arts Council of Wales, Resilient Communities and Fusion.
Further details on the production can be found via their social media, also be sure when tweeting or discussing the show online to use: #HowtobeBrave.
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