It’s the 1980s. One of the Midland’s first Black Police officers and an acclaimed gospel guitarist, faces conflict on the streets, at work and in church. To bring harmony to all this discord he must find the spirit behind the letter of the law.
Inspired by the life of community hero Trevor Prince, Community Service is an emotional and uplifting theatre show, full of live music and wit. It is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, the Handsworth Riots, miner’s strikes and casual racism. Meanwhile, in the Pentecostal Church a schism is being questioned by children who are listening to secular music on the radio and rebelling against the strict rules of their immigrant parents.
Directed by: Reisz Amos (AKA – Odd Priest), Paul Steadman (AKA – DJ Steadman) & James Yarker
Consultant: Ray Prince
Community Service ‘Origins’ a Windrush 75 Celebration
After four days of research and development work for Community Service we hosted an event celebrating the contribution of Windrush and subsequent generations to policing in the West Midlands.
This event mixed verbatim testimony from Black Police Officers with scenes from our early rehearsals. Steady did some DJing, Reisz led the house band playing some gospel songs and providing live music for the action. A food van was parked up outside the venue and it all worked out very nicely.