Welcome to Grass Roots

Grass Roots is a registered charity whose aim is " to encourage local people to participate in the performance arts." Grass Roots Theatre Group has been in existence for thirty years. Formerly known as Cawthorne Theatre Group, we have concentrated on working with young people between the ages of eight and sixteen.

Our name changed in the year 2000 when we performed our first community drama "One Breath" in a specially designed and built outdoor theatre in Cannon Hall Park. The play was written to celebrate the Millennium and a cast of one hundred of all ages played to full houses every night. Because of demand the play transfered to Elsecar Heritage Centre for a repeat run, again to full houses.

There have been three other major community dramas: "Time and Chance",in 2004, about the building of the canals in Barnsley; "Profit and Loss" in 2008, about the Huskar pit disaster in Silkstone and "A Distant Country" in 2010 about the forced migration of Polish people to the Barnsley area during the second world war.

Our work with young people is ongoing, involving weekly workshops, occasional theatre trips and an annual production, which has included everything from melodrama to Shakespeare.

A Distant Country

Our last community play in 2010 told the story behind the lives of many Polish people who settled in Barnsley after the war. Specially written by Sylvia Le Breton, the play follows the life of a Polish family as they make their way across Siberia, Persia and Europe to Barnsley. The play was performed at the Civic on 7th - 10th June 2010.