When Solihull Operatic Society produced ‘Oliver’ in May 1993 it involved many youngsters playing the parts of orphans and street urchins. Taking part in the show fired their enthusiasm, skills and a wish to continue. Pat Sherrington-Blane, the Society’s Chairman at that time, put her enormous energy into forming a youth section. She recruited a very able team including Syd Reeves, Mandy White, Malcolm Speake, Andy Moore, Steve Hughes, Lucilla Lang, Liz Redston, Eddie Cordwell and Melanie O’Donnell. Sandy Green had the inspiration to name the group S(olihull) O(peratic) S(ociety’s) AGE FACTORY. On a Saturday afternoon in September 1993 around 35 young people arrived for the first meeting, and SOSage Factory was born. It has continued to produce a show every February in Solihull Arts Complex and a concert in the Summer. To date, 320 young people have been part of this amazing group from all parts of the borough and beyond – some for just a few performances but a couple for 18!