About The Corner Shop

The demise of the traditional corner shop in favour of the all-conquering supermarket has often been cited as part of the break-up of local community spirit. In 2006 The Evening Standard reported as part of their ‘Save Our Shops’ campaign that, in the previous five years, 7,000 family or individually-owned convenience stores had disappeared in Britain.

As this long-loved institution at the heart of Britain’s community life begins to disappear from our streets, our site-specific promenade theatre production, The Corner Shop, created by Foursight Theatre and Black Country Touring and supported by English Heritage, celebrates the changing faces and cultures of the corner shop over the years.

The production takes place in a disused shop unit in a Wolverhampton shopping centre. The audience will promenade around the shop while the performance takes place around them. With performers behind the counter and exhibits on the shelves, the whole environment serves to bring to life the stories of the Black Country’s corner shop community.

The production was originally created in 2008 (first performed in the Queen’s Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich on 26 September 08) with support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage  and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

Performances: 23 October – 8 November 2009
Units 23 – 25, The Mander Shopping Centre, Wolverhampton

23 Oct  – 7:30pm

24 Oct  – 4pm, 7:30pm (BSL signed performance)

28 Oct  – 1pm, 7:30pm

29 Oct  – 1pm, 7:30pm

30 Oct  – 1pm (audio described performance), 7:30pm

31 Oct  – 1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm (audio described performance)

5 Nov  – 1pm, 7:30pm

6 Nov  – 1pm (BSL signed performance), 7:30pm

7 Nov  – 1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm

8 Nov  – 4pm, 7:30pm

Tickets £7/£5 concessions (including 50p booking fee), and must be bought in advance.

To book (tickets go on sale 1st September) call 0870 320 7000 or visit Midland Box Office, 18 Queen Square, Wolverhampton.


Foursight Theatre
Over the last twenty-two years Foursight Theatre has gained an exceptional reputation for creating unusual, uncompromising and multi-disciplinary work, which reviews history through the eyes of women, unknown, famous and infamous.  A recent success was Thatcher The Musical!, the story of a certain lady with close ties to the corner shop….

For further information about The Corner Shop or Foursight Theatre please visit www.foursighttheatre.co.uk.

Black Country Touring
Black Country Touring programme dance and theatre in community venues and develop projects creating participation opportunities for people with little or no experience of professional arts production.

For further information about Black Country Touring, please visit www.bctouring.co.uk.


2 Responses to “About The Corner Shop”

  1. Sajida Says:

    Hi Bobby
    Thanks for the link will definetly be attending again I loved it the 1st time round. Best wishes to all the team at BCT

  2. graemerose Says:

    Same here. I can’t believe it’s over a year since West Brom ! Look forward to catching the show next week.

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