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Fallen Angels explore addiction and recovery stories

Published: 6 September 2018

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre is to stage a one-off performance in Birmingham of Acts of Recovery, an evening inspired by real-life experiences.

The company’s artistic director, Paul Bayes Kitcher, brings his experience as a classical dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and extensive work in movement and dance theatre to the production.

He said, “when I was at Birmingham Royal Ballet I always loved to dance dramatic roles that really meant something about people’s lives. I’m really excited to have this opportunity to bring together an amazing and versatile cast to explore stories of addiction and recovery. I’m hoping to take the audience on a journey to witness the power that dance has to break stigma and transform people’s lives.”

Acts of Recovery will be a collaboration between Fallen Angels, Geese Theatre Company’s community ensemble Staging Recovery and dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Geese which was set up 30 years ago has worked with some of society’s most vulnerable and marginalised members.

The Staging Recovery community ensemble began as a creative outlet for people recovering from substance misuse but has expanded to encompass a broader definition of recovery, from mental health issues and trauma to experiences with criminal justice.

Acts of Recovery will be presented in Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio on Friday 14 September.

Steve Orme