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Volunteers wanted to find our funny roots

Creative Black Country are looking for volunteers to support their National Heritage Lottery funded project.

‘Finding Our Funny Roots’ will explore how humour in the Black Country is rooted in the heritage of comedians from the past - and they are looking for volunteers to support the project by helping to identify research and record the heritage of humour in the Black Country from 1950 to 2000.

Volunteers will work with Creative Black Country, the artists Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists and archives and museums in the Black Country to research and develop four heritage humour tributes celebrating the lives of the Black Country’s forgotten stars.

Volunteers will help film the performances and assist in capturing memories through oral history recordings as well as help form this media into digital stories, which will be available online, creating an archive of Black Country humour heritage.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to like to gain skills in heritage research, collecting oral history, filming and editing and to be part of the Funny Things comedy festival in Wolverhampton. It’s a chance to ensure there’s a lasting legacy of the important comedy history of the Black Country.

There are also opportunities to volunteer for the Funny Things Comedy Festival, helping the team run Funny Things, Wolverhampton’s comedy festival taking place 26 October to 2 November 2019. Parminder Dosanjh, Creative Director of Creative Black Country, said:

“For the first time Wolverhampton City came together to host over 120 events in the name of humour. We’re pleased to see a whole range of events that explore comedy at it’s broadest sense.

“Alongside stand-up we had artist commissions and events that reflected local voices.” 

To find out more visit the Funny Things website or email info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk.

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