Young people from Rotherham took to the streets to stage a performance aimed at changing negative perceptions of the town.
Funded by Arts Council England, ‘Taking Back the Town’ was created by Chol Theatre and involved actors, dancers, opera singers and artists performing.
Over 75 young people took part to kick off Rotherham Arts Festival - a two-month event that will see over 25 performances across the town throughout May and June.
The performance, which was watched by hundreds of spectators, came from The Mix - a group within Chol Theatre that was set up by, for and with Rotherham’s young people in the wake of the child sexual exploitation scandal in the town,
The Mix seeks to change the perceptions of Rotherham.
Susan Burns, Director at Chol Theatre said: “We were so proud to bring ‘Taking Back the Town’ to the streets of Rotherham.
“All too often Rotherham is in the newspapers for the wrong reasons and we wanted to address this. We have a town full of creative young people and the arts is a wonderful way for them to express themselves.
“By encouraging them to share their feelings on all of the negative attention we are showing the town to be a strong community that is coming back fighting. They have worked hard to bring this show together - writing scripts, songs and staging everything.”
The performance started at Myplace Rotherham and ended in All Saints Square.
Chol Theatre is an arts and theatre company based in Huddersfield, which
aims to challenge discrimination and explore the positive values of diversity through arts projects.