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Handwritten statement by W T Day describing his experience of volunteering for Grassroots Theatre Group, Cardiff, in 1986/87:

“I participated in Grassroots theatre group virtually at the inception, just prior to the groups first play 'Too much hassle', and had the pleasure to write part of one of the sketches that were finally performed. The first performance at the Sherman Theatre was doubly exciting for me due to the fact that words I had written were actually performed live.

"Due to a job commitment I was unable to take part in 'Too much hassle' apart from spectator status but later the next year I found time to rehearse and became the jester and Prince Kevin in 'Porky Pies', the second Grassroots’ production.

"Both Performances got rave reviews and both helped me in ways that only personal creative expression can give, my confidence was boosted; working in a group has been a useful experience that I personally would recommend to all people young or old especially if you’ve had that niggling curiosity to see what its all really about.”

The signature looks like W T Day Mr. He has added a smiley face.

This 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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