Stanhope and Witton Park

The Town Meeting is a performance where you get the chance to experience what it feels like to be part of a community facing a life changing decision. Set in a fictional town you become a local resident and work together to save your town. You’re in charge of the story as you take big decisions to decide your own future. It gets you to think about our fast-changing political landscape and your place in it. The show brings people together and gives you a chance to speak and listen to different views and opinions and identify the spaces that are shared in your community – buildings, green spaces and more reflecting on how and why these spaces are important for you and for others.

People have said the show was, “brilliant – entertaining and interesting… didn’t want it to end!” “curious and adventurous” and “rage inducing!!”.

Dr Paul Cowie, an expert in planning from Newcastle University, was on hand to share his expertise and help to show how the community’s plans and ideas could fit into a planning system that is often seen as “top down” and not connected with what really matters.

The Town Meeting performance was held in Stanhope then one week later, it was followed by the workshop where community members were able to explore more fully what is important to them about the place they live.  The workshop was also held in Witton Park.

Run by theatre company Cap-a-Pie in collaboration with Dr Paul Cowie.

Read the full report on the project here: The Value of Shared Spaces