Strangers in Paradise Circus (2006-2007)

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In 2006 and early 2007, Banner worked within the Aspire Development Partnership to develop a new production based on the real-life experience of asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham in order to challenge racism and the spread of racist attitudes.

The resulting show, Strangers in Paradise Circus, toured a range of community venues in Birmingham and Solihull in spring 2007, including performances in Aston, Billesley, Castle Vale, Chelmsley Wood, Great Barr, Hamstead, Handsworth, Kings Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Perry Barr, Sheldon, Sparkhill and Turves Green.

Strangers in Paradise Circus was part funded by the European Social Fund through the Community Initiative EQUAL, and has also been supported by Arts Council England, the Baring Foundation, Birmingham City Council, the William A Cadbury Trust, the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England & Wales, the Professional Footballers Association, the PRS Foundation for New Music, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association and the Woodward Charitable Trust.