Calling 16–25-year-olds to join free dance workshops

16 April 2024

Tamworth Borough Council, in partnership with renowned dance-circus company Motionhouse, are looking for young people in Tamworth who want to be part of a new creative performance project and live performance this summer.

16-25 year olds from Tamworth and the surrounding areas are invited to join a series of FREE workshops to have fun and gain new skills, by learning and performing with international company Motionhouse’s professional dancers, in Tamworth Castle Grounds on 20 July.

To take part, interested participants will need to be available on the following dates for rehearsals in the Castle Great Hall and performance in the Castle Grounds:

  •  Wednesday 5 June: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 June: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 June: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 June: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 July: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 10 July: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Thursday 18 July: 5.30pm - 9pm
  • Friday 19th July: 5.30pm - 9pm
  • Saturday 20 July: all day for rehearsal and performance.

The public performance will give participants the opportunity to work alongside Motionhouse by kicking off the Athelstan 1100 event, a week-long festival delivered by Tamworth Castle and St Editha’s church. The week will include Anglo Saxon living history, community archaeology, talks and lectures, demonstrations, community art and live music.

The performance will be the opening event of the local Anglo Saxon history festival creating a contemporary celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the ascension of Athelstan, King of Mercia, who is considered by many historians as the first King of England.

You don’t need any previous dance experience to take part, just enthusiasm and commitment. You must sign up before 30 April by contacting Lara Rowe, Tamworth Castle Museum and Archive Manager on:

Tamworth, during the Anglo-Saxon times, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mercia, and one of the most powerful kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England. 

The festival is funded by The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and builds on the success of recent Anglo Saxon heritage events including King Offa’s Procession in March and Aethelfest in June 2023.

More information will be added to the castle website here: