THE Black Country Living Museum will come to life this August with a series of evening performances showcasing the changes in society over the decades.

Theatre company Black Country Touring will bring the ‘Back in 10’ series to the Tipton Road museum every Friday evening in August from 4pm to 8pm.

The museum’s famous buildings will be used as a backdrop to tell the story of the Black Country's social, cultural, commercial and industrial life over the decades.

Andrew Lovett, Director of Black Country Living Museum, said: "This is a wonderful way for the museum to share the news of our new BCLM: Forging Ahead programme and give visitors a taste of the work that will be taking place at the museum over the next three years.

"We will use real things, real people and real stories to engage and inspire visitors, of all ages, to learn about the Black Country’s heritage, its impact on the world and its relevance today.”

Steve Johnstone, Black Country Touring’s Co-Artistic Director, explained: "The new development offers us a great opportunity to tell some of the stories from the era when there is still so much relevance to issues today.

"In an age of austerity and pay-day loans we are telling the story of poverty in the 1920s. For the 1930s we look at the revolution in communication. In the era of #MeToo we go back to the 1940s to explore the role of women in a post-war world.

"As youth today protest about the devastating effects of climate change it was the film Rock Around The Clock that, in the ‘50s, caused teenagers to riot and demonstrate in the streets. As the ‘migrant crisis’ has been used to divide the country with Brexit the 1960’s saw newly arrived communities facing similar hostility.”

J. Wiltshire Pawnbrokers, Gripton’s Radio, H. Morrall’s Gentlemen’s Outfitters and the cinema yard are set to be the backdrop for the performances, which will include drama, poetry, music and dance.

Performances take place at 4.45, 5.30, 6.15, 7.00pm every Friday in August, with entry to the museum costing £5 after 4pm.