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CTWOW Media Release 8th September 2029


Over 200,00 people invited to tell their stories from over 200 years of history turned into a performance for 5 days on Southend Pier, don’t miss it!

CTWOW is proud to announce this People’s Theatrical Consultation to decide the fate of Southend’s Most Famous Icon – Southend Pier.

We invite you to take part in a new and unique play about the people of Southend-on-Sea City on 19th-23rd September 2023 on the land end of Southend Pier. CTWOW will propose some fresh ideas on what could be done to reinvigorate the fate of Southend and its Pier by rediscovering how many times the Pier has reinvented itself.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Southend Community Fund and Leigh Town Council and produced by local not for profit company, Blade Education, CTWOW wants to delight, shock and surprise audiences into recognising that it is time that we stepped out into the light and became the place we all want to live and thrive.

Tickets are £15 for Adults and £10 for Concessions and Children. For every ticket that is purchased, organisers Blade Education are giving away tickets to people and organisations who are being impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. We want everyone who wants to come and join this performance to have the opportunity as far as capacity levels will allow. If you can’t afford the ticket price, just email contact@ctwow.org.uk and talk to the team. The City that Walks on Water is a play that is performed in the Open Air on the Upper Deck of Southend Pier, at the Land End. This is a Promenade Play where after an Opening Scene with the whole cast and audience, the audience is split into groups and moves between each scene, rather than sitting down and watching the whole play. The expectation is for the audience to be standing and moving throughout the performance, however if you wish to bring a camp chair with you, please feel free to do so.

For further information the City That Walks on Water website is at: www.ctwow.org.uk click here to find out when https://www.ctwow.org.uk/ctwow-production

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About Blade Education:

Blade Education is a not-for-profit company based in the City of Southend-on-Sea that works with local communities to create new ways to tackle social issues, experience heritage and combat disadvantage through art, education, and information. We believe passionately in lifelong learning with a special emphasis on building bridges between the older and younger generations and that outdoor learning is the best way for children to understand and engage with the world around them. www.blade-education.org.uk #BladeEducation

About The National Lottery Community Fund:

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive. We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives.

Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness and helping the UK reach NET Zero by 2050.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects - 255 projects per postcode area. About the Southend Community Investment Board:

The Board have developed their ideas and understanding of the assets and challenges in Southend and determined their values, vision and mission. Our values are:

• Responsibility

• Cooperation

• Commitment

• Empathy

• Transparency Underpinned by Independence and Inclusivity Our vision is of a sustainable Southend where residents engage in their wider communities, are empowered to realise, and reach their full potential. In a city they are proud of, feel safe in and can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. Our mission is to utilize the strengths and assets of Southend by motivating residents to create sustainable resilient communities taking community led action that will improve mental health. END

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