MEMBERS of Stourbridge's award-winning Side by Side theatre company will be presenting their latest show this week.

The actors and dancers, who all have learning disabilities, will be taking to the stage at Stourbridge Town Hall from Wednesday June 19 to Saturday June 22 in Robin Hood and the Timestone.

Going strong for 22 years, the group - a registered charity - has won countless awards and members have been regulars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Their annual show at the town hall has been warmly received by Stourbridge theatregoers and this year founder Susan Wallin said the group will be holding a 'spotlight' session after the Friday performance of the play which she wrote and is co-directing along with Emma Francis.

Susan, who was awarded the MBE in 2013 for her work with the group, said: "At the spotlight session, anyone interested in finding out more about the Side by Side charity or the group itself can ask questions of the trustees and the students.

“Whether someone’s interested in becoming a student, volunteering during rehearsals, offering professional services, or simply finding out more about progress with St John’s Church (our recently-acquired venue), we’d love to meet them.

“We felt an open spotlight session immediately following one of the performances would be the ideal place to do this, with the students fresh from the stage and buzzing with enthusiasm and energy.

"We’re also looking for a new name for the venue, so we’d love to hear people’s thoughts on that too.”

Listed building consent has just been granted allowing the charity to carry out internal alterations to St John's Church on the ring road which Side by Side bought in the autumn to transform into a permanent base for the performers and for other community groups to hire.

Tickets for Robin Hood and the Timestone are available from or from the French Deli, Coventry Street, Stourbridge.