Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Look No Rice!

Our agent in Denver has sent us news of a neat piece of ‘Data Art’ – as I’m learning to call it. Where we traditionally use rice to count things, here the artist uses time. Not being at full mental flexibility just now it took me a moment to cotton but not I have I think it’s great. If you like Of All The People In All The World there is a good chance you may like this.

Black Country Touring: Black Country Echoes

Black Country Echoes will be kicking off this Autumn with a range of exhibitions and events to celebrate the history and heritage of the Black Country. As part of the festival the ‘Theatre’ caravan from Eat! will be making an … Continued

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Kate Bush on stage at Birmingham Hippodrome…

Last night, Kate Bush made a triumphant return to the stage after more than a three decade long absence. Audience member, Craig Wooldridge blogs about seeing the icon of British music right here on the Birmingham Hippodrome stage back in April 1979… I was 16 years old when I went to see Kate Bush at […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Remembering Lord Attenborough…

Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we were very saddened over the weekend to hear of the passing of a great stage and screen actor and director, Lord Richard Attenborough. Lord Attenborough opened our Patrick Centre back in 2001 and impressed everyone with his gentle and well spoken manner; take a look at a photo from this […]

Black Country Touring: The Autumn / Winter 14 Brochure Is Out

The new brochure for the Autumn / Winter season is back from the printers ready to be mailed out. Watch out for our latest co-production with Kali Theatre and Arts Alive ‘My Big Fat Cow Pat Wedding’ touring nationally from October … Continued

mid * point: PAID Arts Marketing Graduate Internship

Arts Marketing Graduate Internship

6 Months – Paid – starting in September 2014

Women & Theatre and The Other Way Works are recruiting an Arts Marketing Intern.

This paid Internship offers a creative graduate hands-on arts marketing experience working on a variety of projects for two Birmingham-based theatre companies.

Deadline for Applications: 12pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

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Get further information here

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Fierce Festival: What is an Algorave? Find out at Club Fierce Sat 4th October!

 

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If you’re looking for a new kind of raw, unpredictable night of dirty industrial/techno sounds and truly live electronic music: this is it. No DJ’s, no decks, no producers, no limits. The Algorave brings the cerebral world of live coding and the dirty dancing of raves together to form a new wave in club culture in which performers improvise their music live on stage by writing and rewriting code.

Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduces futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dance floor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party by providing the energy for the party.

Not a coder? Don’t worry: you don’t have to know code to enjoy an Algorave. Everyone who is into new electronic music and underground raving will feel right at home.

Fierce is excited to be hosting an Algorave on Sat 4th October with leading exponent Alex Mclean.  Have a peep here. The event will be complimented by visuals from Birmingham local Antonio Roberts.

http://wearefierce.org/events/club-fierce-algorave/

 

Fierce Festival: What is an Algorave? Find out at Club Fierce Sat 4th October!

 

Algorave_Image_brochure

If you’re looking for a new kind of raw, unpredictable night of dirty industrial/techno sounds and truly live electronic music: this is it. No DJ’s, no decks, no producers, no limits. The Algorave brings the cerebral world of live coding and the dirty dancing of raves together to form a new wave in club culture in which performers improvise their music live on stage by writing and rewriting code.

Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduces futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dance floor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party by providing the energy for the party.

Not a coder? Don’t worry: you don’t have to know code to enjoy an Algorave. Everyone who is into new electronic music and underground raving will feel right at home.

Fierce is excited to be hosting an Algorave on Sat 4th October with leading exponent Alex Mclean.  Have a peep here. The event will be complimented by visuals from Birmingham local Antonio Roberts.

http://wearefierce.org/events/club-fierce-algorave/

 

mid * point: Call Out for Fierce Volunteers!

About Fierce Festival

Fierce Festival 2014 returns from Thursday 2 to Sunday 12 October.

Taking over venues across Birmingham and Warwick Arts Centre, this year we need a team of dedicated volunteers to help us deliver the festival which will include theatre, music, installations, public interventions, workshops, talks and parties.

True to tradition, public projects will collide with agenda setting events and wild parties. Works have been developed, restaged or commissioned specific to Birmingham. They will take place in warehouses, local art centres, up-and-coming galleries, historical sites, streets and disused commercial spaces.

Why volunteer with us and what will you experience?

  • You will meet great artists and other like-minded people.
  • Have the opportunity to play a key part in the running of an internationally recognised festival.

Get first hand experience, develop the necessary skills required to make performances and events happen and receive a personal reference (Great for your CV!).

Plus you’ll get free tickets to Fierce’s Club Fierce party on Sat 3rd October, concession tickets to over events – as well as a number of free drinks at the festival hub, a much sought-after staff t-shirt, and invite to the post festival afterparty.

 

What will you be doing?

  • Act as a main point of contact for information about the festival, the programme and the city for visitors from near and far.
  • Meet and greet audience members at installations and performances,
  • Provide support to the production team (and yes…sometimes this will be moving equipment, manageable furniture and popping the shops)

 

Specialised Roles

  • Installation of the festival hub/ festival parties

Are you interested in getting your hands dirty with some painting and construction?
Fierce Festival will need volunteers to get the space in order and style the venue.

 

  • Production Assistants

Working on installing / getting out installations.

 

  • bar work / table waiting experience

 

  • car drivers with own vehicle(for production running, plus artist collections from airport etc)

 

  • Documentation Assistants

Help support video documentor and photographer

 

Selection process

Eligibility: You need to be over 18 years old, available between 24 September and 16 October and able to commit to a minimum of four shifts over the period.

Application: Please to fill out the application form, available to download here and email it to volunteers@wearefierce.org by Mon 1 September 2014.

Meeting: We will host the first volunteer meeting on Mon 8 September 2014, 7pm – 9pm in Digbeth, where you will be able to learn more about the festival and understand the available volunteering opportunities.

 

Contact: if you would like further information or experience difficulty downloading the application form, please email Sarah Hamilton Baker at volunteers@wearefierce.org


mid * point: Old Joint Stock Theatre Listings, Sept-Oct 2014

Tell Me About Your Ex 2 (Old Joint Stock Theatre Company)

2 Sep – 6 Sep 2014 7.30pm

£10

 

Tell Me About Your Ex is back for a second year with all-new stories!

 

Tell Me About Your Ex a new play from the Old Joint Stock Theatre, made up entirely of stories from you! For the past few months, we’ve been asking the Birmingham public to send us tales from their past relationships, and in September we will be presenting them through song, theatre and storytelling. What’s more, each night’s audience will be invited to fill in their own cards. These new stories will feed into the show during the production week, so it really will be a different show every night!

 

An Old Joint Stock Theatre production, developed by Birmingham-based writer Tim Jefferies and directed by Robert Ball.

 

‘For sheer ambition, creativity and commitment this young company cannot be faulted.’ 5 STARS What’s On Live

 

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Two Degrees (Red Trouser)

20 September 2014: 3pm, 6pm & 9pm

£7.50

 

A group of old friends and acquaintances reunite to recount a story of uncertainty, fear, getting lost – in a supermarket – and becoming truly lost in the reality of modern life. Written by Jonathan ap Emrys and performed by Neil Jackson and Jonathan ap Emrys, Two Degrees is an intimate and interactive experience for twelve audience members which will surprise, engage and stir both the emotions and the imagination.

 

Two Degrees is created by Red Trouser, a Birmingham-based theatre company, which produces interactive and engaging new writing. Due to the intimate nature of the production, please note the audience capacity for each performance is 12.

 

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Foghorn Improv: The Sherlock Tomes (Foghorn Improv)

25 September 2014: 8pm

£7.50

 

Stop in to Baker Street for an evening of Improvised Sleuthing! What dastardly deeds will Sherlock uncover in his quest? Will he avert Professor Moriarty’s fiendishly complex scheme? Will we unearth the true subtext of Holmes and Watson’s relationship? All will be revealed!

 

Foghorn Improv are the Old Joint Stock Theatre’s resident Improv group, performing on the final Thursday of each month.

 

‘The whole evening had the audience roaring with laughter … The talent on display is simply superb’ ***** – The Public Reviews

 

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Our Kylie’s Havin’ A Bab (Stripped Down Theatre)

26 Sep – 27 Sep 2014: 8pm

£8-£10

 

Stripped Down Theatre are proud to present Our Kylie’s Havin’ a Bab, the second in the ‘Our Kylie’ trilogy of comedy plays!

 

This is the story of the days of pre-parenthood and everything that goes with it; an awkward night of conception, expensive gadgets, gizmos and buggies that you can never get to work properly, those all-important scan appointments where you can never find a car-parking space and that beautiful moment when your child is born. Whether you have children, are going to have children or are terrified of having children, Our Kylie’s Havin’ a Bab will make you laugh with empathy, solidarity or relief!

 

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The Goon Show (Old Joint Stock Theatre Company/Birmingham Comedy Festival)

3 Oct – 4 Oct 2014: 7.30pm

£10

 

Relive the lunacy of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe as Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok and Minnie become embroiled in the case of the heinous PHANTOM HEAD SHAVER (OF BRIGHTON), and tell a terrifying tale of family greed and murder in (pause for dramatic effect), THE CANAL!

 

A rare chance to see two classic Milligan radio scripts performed on stage, complete with live sound effects and jazz band. The Goon Show re-wrote the rules of British comedy during the 1950s, attracting radio audiences of nearly two million and paving the way for Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan and The Mighty Boosh – and they can still be heard on BBC radio today, 60 years later!

 

Winners of Best Studio/Fringe Production (Central Region) The Public Reviews 2014

Written by Spike Milligan; Directed by Robert F. Ball

 

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Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking (Tangram Theatre Company)

8 October 2014: 7:30pm

£10

 

Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended.  The eccentric theoretical physicist is accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs. Warning: features the wurst sausage joke ever.

 

‘The clearest – and certainly the funniest – explanation of the Theory of Relativity I know.’ John Lloyd (creator of QI)

‘Here’s a treasure.’ 5 STARS The Times

‘Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible…This really is delightful and comes strongly recommended.’ 5 STARS British Theatre Guide

 

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Behind The Blinds

10 October 2014: 7:30pm

£8-£10

 

At number 65, the wine is poured, the nibbles ready, the cushions plumped, Buckaroo and the brace and bit are waiting… the doorbell rings. The new neighbours (the audience) have come to say hello and there seems to be rather a lot of them!

 

“Nice to meet you, do come in…” Richard and Isabelle are your hosts for the evening and, having got to know all about their other neighbours over many years, they will share the innermost secrets of the characters living on their street. BEHIND THE BLINDS is a new show weaving together lyrically witty and sophisticated songs that reveal what goes on behind the blinds on this ordinary-looking suburban street. Look closely to see that there is no such thing as ordinary! In the great tradition of comic and tragicomic songs, imagine a combustible mix of Victoria Wood, Tim Minchin, Gilbert and Sullivan and Ian Dury!

 

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Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis (The Flanagan Collective)

17 Oct18 Oct 2014: 7.30pm

£10

 

Three years after the Reichenbach Falls the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, is presumed dead. Dr John Watson has married and moved on, consigning his of days adventure and investigation to memories. In an intimate room, a lecture is about to take place. A great professor of criminology prepares to educate his audience on the ʻscience of deductionʼ that Holmes made famous. Will this event be the catalyst to throw Holmes and Watson together again, as one final mystery lays dormant, waiting to be unraveled? Could it be true that their archenemy Moriarty is still at large?

 

This fast paced and participatory production places the audience at the heart of the action, with games to play and investigations to be solved. A contemporary, interactive original drama inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved detective stories. Created by The Flanagan Collective, associate company at York Theatre Royal, and Hartshorn Hook Production in partnership with Pegasus Theatre and York Theatre Royal.

 

ʻIs there a better young writer in Yorkshire theatre right now?ʼ The York Press on Alexander Wrightʼs most recent show Babylon

‘An enchanting piece of storytelling’ The Stage

 

PREVIOUS ACCLAIM FOR THE COMPANY

 

‘Beulah is charm itself’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘Bringing a tear to the eye and a jolt of electricity to the heart’ ***** The Scotsman

‘Mesmerising’ ***** The Skinny

‘Exquisite…one of the most intelligent and illuminating works of theatre we have on stage today’ ***** A Younger Theatre

‘Utterly spellbinding’ ***** The Public Review

‘A beautiful secret’ ***** ThreeWeeks

‘Breathes profoundly fresh ideas in to everything you thought you knew about life’ ***** Broadway Baby

 

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Dracula’s Ghost (Don’t Go Into The Cellar)

22 October 2014: 8pm

£10

 

The infamous Lord of the Vampires seek to gain his revenge from beyond the grave…

 

A sequel to the original Bram Stoker classic, Dracula’s Ghost combines mixed media and live performance to create a lurid gothic melodrama.

 

Formed in 2010, Don’t Go Into The Cellar remains the British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein. Don’t Go Into The Cellar perform at venues across the United Kingdom, from theatres and restaurants to manor houses and festivals. Our shows offer an original take on traditional Victorian and Edwardian theatre, combining authentic costumes and props with multi-media film, video and sound.