Play for Jewellery Quarter

We’re busy developing a Play for the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, planned as part of summer 2022’s region-wide festivities. To help us, we’re holding a free public online event on Thursday 5th August at 7:30pm.

Do you have a connection with the Jewellery Quarter? If so, we want to hear your fascinating facts and family anecdotes about its community – residents, workers, visitors, customers and others – and about the huge variety of beautiful things crafted there. How do you feel about your jewellery, not just in terms of financial worth but in emotional value too? And what about all the medals and cups, glassware, clocks and watches, silverware, etc, made and sold in the Quarter – what have they meant to you? What about development and ‘gentrification’ in this area? The BOLDtext writers will be joined by experts from the area. Will you be there too?

We’re also asking the public to share the stories behind their most cherished piece of jewellery on social media. Share a picture, video or even just a few words on our Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter (@bold_text #JQPlay) or Instagram (@BoldTextPlaywrights). We can’t wait to hear from you!

Here are a few stories we’ve received so far.

Alexandra writes: This little bull pendant is very precious to me. He first caught my eye at a street market in Budapest. I was travelling around Europe between school and university and he brings with him many happy memories of my trip. Bulls have always had meaning for me – I’m a Taurean, and born in the Chinese year of the bull, and I’m also typically stubborn and passionate. But I loved this little fellow’s jaunty demeanour and lively spirit. I didn’t know when I bought him that Birmingham would become my adoptive home town, and he now carries extra meaning for me in his similarity to the jaunty brass bull in the city centre. It’s amazing that one little pendant can represent the roots of my birth, my love of travel and adventure, and the comfort of home.

Play for the Jewellery Quarter is National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

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