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A hand written note discussing 'Too Much Hassle', a Grassroots Theatre Group production at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.

“Too Much Hassle came out of a workshop where individuals wrote down experiences which had happened to them which stuck out in their mind. There seemed to be a common theme of situations where individuals had had to cope with unwanted pressures. The theme was developed into a half hour show which included songs composed by the group. The theme succeeded in highlighting problems and situations common to the young unemployed experience and was a focus for the creative expression of these frustrations. The working period for this show was 5 weeks and rehearsal space was kindly loaned to us by the National Boys Club and City Centre Youth Project. The group consisted of 8 members, each member was involved in the writing, devising process. The show opened to a packed house in the Sherman Theatre on the 12 November 1986 the audience was mainly made up of young people who had previously had little experience of live theatre. After the show comments from the audience seem to indicate that the show had succeeded not only to entertain but explore issues which were relevant to the audience. There followed a tour of youth + community centres including Butetown Youth Centre, Cathay Youth Centre + the CCY Project. At each venue the audience response was of a very positive nature.”

This note is anonymous, but was possibly written by the Charles Street Arts Foundation Drama Outreach Worker (Fiona Scott) for the Publicity Relations Officer, which another document identifies as David M Lambert.

This note is part of a set of Grassroots Theatre Group papers that include concept notes, working scripts, copies of photographs, descriptions and material to assist with promotion and sponsorship. Grassroots Theatre Group was organised by Charles Street Arts Foundation. They put on two shows at the Sherman Theatre, 'Too Much Hassle' on 12 November 1986 and 'Porky Pies' on 10 October 1987.

In June 1977, Cardiff Community Concern started the Charles Street Carnival as a community groups' alternative celebration of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. This became an annual event and grew into a separate organisation, Charles Street Arts Foundation. The Foundation came to employ artists and staff but was founded and run by volunteers. Cardiff Community Concern, also founded and run by volunteers, was an alternative advice and information centre for young people, based in 58 Charles Street.

Glamorgan Archives, D20/12/2

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