After a long hiatus of two and a half years community-focused theatre company ThreadBear Theatre is now raring to go.

Two events are planned for June. The first on Thursday June 23 (7.30pm) is a Playback Theatre performance at the Quaker Meeting House, Church Street, Paddock, where an audience is invited to come along and share their stories about life, the universe and everything in between.

Co-artistic director Lucy Smith said: “We bring these stories to life using improvised drama and music. No scripts. No rehearsal, it all happens in front of you.

“This performance is entitled ‘Playing with the Apocalypse’, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the strange times we are living in and the sense of fear that can feel overwhelming at times.

“We want to focus on listening deeply to people’s stories, their experiences and their hopes and dreams for the future in spite of it all.

“Being together in a community space and sharing stories together is a radical act of connection and we believe it promotes empathy and stronger communities.

“The event is free to ensure that it is accessible to all, although we gladly accept donations to keep this important work going.”

The second event on Monday June 27 (7pm-9pm) is an Open Rehearsal, a chance to take part in a rehearsal.

Lucy added: “Expect playfulness, movement, music and improvised drama as we guide you through the steps of bringing a story to life. Open to all. It will be fun and is again a free event.”

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