Where We Dream (2012)
We can do it, we can do it
We can make our dreams come true
West Bromwich Operatic Society (WBOS) is ‘an amateur company with professional standards’. The members perform at major theatres in the West Midlands, selling thousands of tickets to enthusiastic audiences. They have always been self-sufficient and given their surpluses to local charities.
But according to government statistics the Black Country is an area of ‘low engagement’ in the arts – although four of its many amateur theatre companies, including WBOS, are older than the Arts Council itself.
Where We Dream follows WBOS through creation of Mel Brooks’ The Producers from rehearsals to curtain call at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Along the way it tells the story of a company that has thrived while so much of the world around has gone. It celebrates resilience, friendship and fun, and people’s determination, always, to put on a great show.
Where We Dream is about what is missed by official statistics: the things that matter in people’s lives.