A group of entrepreneurial Fixers, who are out of work in Norwich, have grouped together to form their own theatre company, providing work experience for other unemployed people in their area.
The group, known as the ‘TheaTeers’, were concerned with the amount of young people in their area who were unable to secure any work or work experience, so decided to create an opportunity for themselves.
Through their play ‘Every Which Way But Where?’ the group recruited actors, scriptwriters, directors, producers, and a whole range of backstage staff – all of whom were unemployed young people from Norwich.
With one performance of their play under their belts – after a performance at The Garage, Norwich – the piece follows the group as they perform for a sixth-form audience at City College, Norwich.
Lead Fixer Rachel Wearmouth (21) explains: ‘When I was younger, I had health problems which took me out of my studies. Therefore I have not been able to gain as many qualifications.
‘Because of this, it is hard for employers to take a chance on me because it does not show my abilities on my CV. Not having a job completely destroyed my confidence, but through this Fix I realise that I can do things.’
Also in the piece many of the TheaTeers group recount their stories of unemployment, and the Fixers hear from Dick Palmer, CEO for Norwich City College, who gives his views on the employment situation facing young people today.