mid * point: Montague’s Song – An intimate Requiem for a lost Coventry violinist

We sing a story of the soldiers of The Somme
Of whom one from Coventry was named, Montague.
 
Theatre Absolute and Talking Birds present Montague’s Song, an intimate Requiem for Coventry violinist Montague Johnson, who was lost at the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years to the hour of this performance.
His story will be told, and the mystery of a discovery made many years later will be uncovered.
Performed by Derek Nisbet, Chris O’Connell and Elinor Coleman.
Date: Saturday 3rd September 2016
Time: 6pm (Doors 5.30pm)
Venue: St John’s Church, Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY
Running time: 30 mins approx
(followed by drinks at the Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW)
Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) via OxBoffice:  https://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=18020
Tel 0845 6801926
We sing a story of the soldiers of The Somme
Of whom one from Coventry was named, Montague.
 
Theatre Absolute and Talking Birds present Montague’s Song, an intimate Requiem for Coventry violinist Montague Johnson, who was lost at the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years to the hour of this performance.
His story will be told, and the mystery of a discovery made many years later will be uncovered.
Performed by Derek Nisbet, Chris O’Connell and Elinor Coleman.
Date: Saturday 3rd September 2016
Time: 6pm (Doors 5.30pm)
Venue: St John’s Church, Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY
Running time: 30 mins approx
(followed by drinks at the Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW)
Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) via OxBoffice:  https://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=18020
Tel 0845 6801926

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Hot on the heels of the Promenade Ballroom on Friday comes a magical evening of songs made famous in the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens. An exceptional ensemble of Soprano, Violin, Flute, Harpsichord and Cello will be gathered for your entertainment and delight.
Tickets: £10, buy here

mid * point: Holding Baby by Jan Watts

Holding Baby a new play by Jan Watts  that had a successful rehearsed reading at the mac in January will premier at the Book To The Future Festival  at the University of Birmingham. Tickets are free. the performances are on Friday 14th October at 7.30pmand Saturday 15th October at the Chaplaincy. For more information  and tickets go to www.birmingham.ac.uk/bttf


Fierce Festival: Fierce FWD 2016: Call for Applications

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Permutations in the City, Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon, Fierce Festival 2015

Fierce FWD is a development programme for artists working in Live Art and performance conceived and produced by Fierce and supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Fierce FWD offers the opportunity for artists to develop an idea for a live performance/experience in the public realm alongside a period of research and field trips.

The programme is for emerging artists living or working in the West Midlands (outside of full-time education) or those with strong ties to the region, perhaps through studying or growing up locally. In keeping with Fierce being a Live Art festival this scheme is aimed at those developing projects for live performance and experiences. We define Live Art broadly and expect to receive a broad range of proposals encompassing performance art, body art, experimental theatre and dance, contemporary performance, socially engaged projects, art activism, progressive cabaret and club performance, one-on-one performance, durational work, site-specific projects, immersive parties, performative events and other experimental live practices.

We take a similarly broad approach to the term ‘emerging’, this scheme isn’t intended just for young people and recent graduates, but anyone that defines as emerging. Perhaps you’ve recently started experimenting with performance in your practice, perhaps you’re re-emerging after a hiatus, or shifting focus to make your practice more of a professional commitment.

For this round of Fierce FWD we’re particularly interested in supporting artists to develop new work for the public realm and non-arts spaces. Have you got an idea for a carpark, city square, railway station, park, garden, bingo hall, swimming pool, rooftop, shop front, arcade, supermarket, public toilet, river, church, football ground or restaurant? Or perhaps you’ve got an idea for a project that would exist digitally, online or as an audio piece, or abstractly as a competition, stunt, tour or game?

The programme has two stages:

Part 1

In September Fierce will select between eight and ten Fierce FWD artists. Each artist will receive a micro-bursary of £500 to try an artistic experiment, develop a piece of work or conduct some research towards a project. Alongside this, the Fierce FWD artists will participate in an intensive workshop delivered by one of the UKs foremost practitioners in making work in the public realm. Furthermore a number of research trips will be undertaken by the group and facilitated by Fierce to see high quality work around the country – with a bursary for each participant to do so. Research trips may include SPILL Festival of Performance (Ipswich), Arika (Glasgow), IBT: Bristol International Festival, Juncture Festival (Leeds), Sacred Festival (London) and more. Each Fierce FWD artist will also have their practice profiled to an international audience via a page on the Fierce website. Over this period that will start in October and run until March 2017, the cohort of Fierce FWD artists will support each other through facilitated discussion sessions.

Part 2

From the eight Fierce FWD artists two or three will receive additional funding, mentorship and producing /curatorial support to develop a finished site-specific work for Fierce Festival, running the 16 – 22nd October 2017.

How To Apply

Please send proposals to contact@wearefierce.org by noon on Monday 26 September with the subject line ‘Fierce FWD 2016′. Proposals should be up to two pages (max 1000 words) that include:

  • An introduction to who you are.
  • Your reason for applying for Fierce FWD and your connection to the West Midlands.
  • A description of your proposed project, research or enquiry.
  • A broad outline timeline and how you propose to spend the initial £500.

We will assess the proposals on the quality of the ideas and would like you to be realistic about what can be achieved within the given budget.

In addition you may also include:

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • No more than 2 video clips of your previous work.
  • No more than 8 images of your previous work.
  • No more than 3 links to your website, blog or other online work.

If you would like to apply via a video message, please do so, and ensure it contains the same information as requested above, within a 5 minute maximum duration.

We particularly encourage applications from black, queer and disabled artists.

We may not be able to provide detailed feedback on all proposals. We also advise that due to other schemes in the region Fierce FWD is not best suited for playwrights and traditional theatre makers who are better supported via other scheme’s in the region such as Rep Foundry.

If you have enquiries about the scheme email your question to contact@wearefierce.org and we will reply as quickly as possible.

Deadline

Monday 26th September at noon.

 

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MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: SEPTEMBER 2016

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FRI 2ND-SAT 3RD – LEICESTER CURVE

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Showstopper!  The Improvised Musical: Three shows (two for adults, one for kids) of fully-realised musicals made up on the spot based on audience suggestions. Includes moving story-lines, amazing songs, full group harmonies & dance numbers.  Olivier Award winners 2016.

http://www.theshowstoppers.org/upcoming-shows/

SAT 3RD – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

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The Same Faces:  Monthly Leicester show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

WEDS 7TH – CHERRY REDS

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Freewheelers:  Free comedy improv showcase where groups, pairs and solo performers try out new games and material in central Brum.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

THURS 8TH – THE MALT CROSS

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Gorilla Burger:  Regular Nottingham show where everyone is welcome to take part, simply by putting your name in a hat. 

https://missimp.co.uk/improv-shows/

SAT 10TH – REGENT SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB

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Improv Smackdown 2016:  8 of the country’s best improvisers go head-to-head in Leicester in order to be declared the country’s greatest improviser of 2016

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

FRI 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE HOUSE

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Wow impro:  Free comedy night from Coventry-based improv troupe.

https://twitter.com/wowimpro

MON 19TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 

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Box Of Frogs:  Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with all your favourite improv games.  Absolutely free, with their usual cast iron guarantee – ‘laugh, or your money back!’

https://boxoffrogsimpro.wordpress.com/performances/toadally-free-shows/

THURS 22ND – ISLAND BAR 

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Hilarity Ensues:  Monthly show in central Birmingham featuring stand up, sketch and improvised comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/ensueshilarity/

SAT 30TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

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The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

Keep up to date with all improvised theatre & comedy shows in the Midlands

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov


MidlandsImprov.com: FESTIVAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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Birmingham Improv Festival

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October 2016

Blue Orange Theatre, Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham Improv Festival is bringing together some of the best improvised comedy performers in the UK, giving you the chance to watch top-quality improv throughout the weekend!

Three days of completely improvised plays, musicals, sketches, puppets, costume dramas – plus workshops led by world-class teachers and much, much more.

A whole weekend jam-packed with workshops, classes, performances and fun!

Here are some highlights:

The return of the Black Country’s greatest export, superstar improviser JOSIE LAWRENCE as she returns to Birmingham with THE GLENDA J COLLECTIVE, on Saturday October 22nd at 6pm


Direct from their sell-out run in the West End, Olivier Award SHOWSTOPPER!, on Saturday October 22nd at 8pm.A brand new musical, created on the spot by their incredible, musical comedians.


Five-time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners,  THE NOISE NEXT DOOR on Sunday October 23rd at 4pm. Fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.


Local Showcase  in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Sunday October 23rd at 7.30pm.  Featuring local improvisers Box of FrogsThe KneejerksYou Me and MonkeyMissImpWOW and others


All of that and much much more.  Click here to see the full line up, and buy your tickets.

All shows and workshops are at:
The Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton St.
Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham
B18 6AD
( map)
Box Office Number 0121 212 2643


mid * point: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Romeo and Juliet

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet  are on at Ludlow Assembly Rooms Sep 7-17.
Here are the website and Facebook event pages:
Here are the trailers for each production
A combination of Rock’n’Roll, SteamPunk, magic, Greasers, Teddy Boys and (of course) an ass, these two new stage productions with a live band playing an original score are bold re-imaginings of Shakespeare’s best loved romantic tragedy and hilarious comedy.

mid * point: Festival of Imagineers

Festival of Imagineers returns 26 September – 1 October
Imagine, Make, Inspire – a celebration of creative invention

  • Festival of Imagineers, a celebration of creative invention, returns to Coventry for a third year.
  • A week long programme of free interactive exhibitions, workshops and activities.
  • Local, national and international artists, engineers and designers imagine, make and inspire from 26 September – 1 October.

The Festival of Imagineers returns for its third year with a week long programme of interactive exhibitions, workshops and activities from imagineers from all walks of life from Monday 26 September – 1 October in Coventry.

Throughout the week a series of amazing free experiences will take place celebrating creative invention with local, national and international artists, engineers and designers inviting audiences to join in and become creative collaborators themselves.

From Monday 26 September Imagineer’s making space, the Daimler Powerhouse, will be open to the public from 12noon – 4pm with opportunities to discover more about the work of Imagineer including current and future projects covering everything from Terrible Tractors to bikes to elephants as well as plans to transform the building into a centre of excellence for the creation of outdoor and site specific performances.

Throughout the week members of the public are invited to collaborate with, respond to and share their ideas with a series of Artists Residences including Nick Martin (the creator of Imagineer’s Godiva), visual artist Julia O’Connell and writer Chris O’Connell from Coventry’s award-winning Theatre Absolute, and digital arts organisation Ludic Rooms.

The Daimler Powerhouse will also be the base for a series of workshops and talks, for members of the public and school groups, covering everything from whole community cardboard creations and how to create recycled constructions such as musical oboes. Across the City talks and tours will explore the city’s architecture and the significance of the elephant as a symbol of Coventry.

The week culminates on Saturday 1 October with the Festival of Imagineers taking to the streets from 12noon through to 10pm with a series of ingenious, quirky and extraordinary performances transforming public spaces around the City.

Audiences can expect live animation and dance bringing together graffiti art and amazing choreography by Hungarian Bandart Productions at The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery. In University Square inspiring outdoor theatre will bring an Urban Astronaut, a Wheelhouse, Flycycle and Submercycle, a model town and hair sculpting extraordinaires to the streets.

Saturday 1 October draws to a close in the Cathedral ruins as dusk falls with a stunning waltz on stilts to the music of Johann Straus by Italian company Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo  with Valse followed by Addictive TV’s acclaimed Orchestra of Samples, created over five years and featuring 200 musicians in Coventry Canal Basin.

Jane Hytch, Chief Executive Imagineer Productions said: “It is fantastic to be bringing the Festival of Imagineers to Coventry for a third year and we are really excited about bringing people into our making space, the Daimler Powerhouse.

“We want audiences to see for themselves how artists, designers and engineers work collaboratively with Imagineer to create extraordinary outdoor performances and events. We are also keen for people to join in either with our workshops or just offering their feedback on the projects we have planned.

“We are delighted to welcome companies from Hungary, Italy and Spain to perform alongside our colleagues from across the UK and Coventry, people will encounter some very special street theatre in and around the City when the Festival culminates on 1 October. We look forward to welcoming people throughout the week.”

David Burbidge, Chairman Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “This promises to be an exciting and memorable event and will be a great example of the innovation and creativity that Coventry has to offer.”

The full programme can be found online at www.imagineerproductions.co.uk or via facebook GodivaAwakes or twitter @ImagineerUK.

Imagineer Productions is working in partnership with Culture Coventry to deliver the third annual Festival of Imagineers.

The Festival of Imagineers is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Coventry City Council as well as funding partners Medwell Hyde, Imagineer Technologies, Talent Match.

The festival is also supported by Imagineer Productions’ business patrons including; Shortland Horne, Premier Group Ltd, Shaw Sheet Metal, Warwick University, Coventry University, Coventry Students Union, The Imagineering Foundation, In Transit, MTC Midlands Training Centre, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Coventry University’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, IDP, Coventry Cathedral and Think Higher.

ENDS

For further information contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of Imagineer Productions on 07779026720 or email HelenLAnnetts@hotmail.co.uk

Images available on request.

LISTINGS

General Listing

Festival of Imagineers 2016 – A celebration of creative invention
Monday 26 September – Saturday 1 October
Coventry

The Festival of Imagineers 2016 is a week-long programme of interactive exhibitions, workshops and activities by imagineers from all walks of life.
Expect a series of amazing FREE experiences to watch, try for yourself, join in and influence as you become one of our creative collaborators.
Find out more: www.imagineerproductions.co.uk or Twitter: @ImagineerUK or facebook: Godiva Awakes

Detailed Listing

Festival of Imagineers 2016 – A celebration of creative invention
Monday 26 September – Saturday 1 October
Coventry

The Festival of Imagineers 2016 is a week-long programme of interactive exhibitions, workshops and activities by imagineers from all walks of life.
Expect a series of amazing FREE experiences to watch, try for yourself, join in and influence as you become one of our creative collaborators.
Find out more: www.imagineerproductions.co.uk or Twitter: @ImagineerUK or facebook: Godiva Awakes

Imagine
Monday 26 September – Saturday 1 October
12noon – 4pm daily
Location: Daimler Powerhouse, Unit 4, Sandy Lane Business Park, Sandy Lane, Coventry, CV1 4DQ
Get involved in Imagineers creative processes with a week of research, development and experimentation.

 

Artist Residencies
Walking with Elephants – Nick Martin

Witness – Julia O’Connell and Chris O’Connell
Wandering Web – Ludic Rooms

 

Exhibitions

The Imagineerium Project
Transformations
The Daimler Powerhouse
Likeable Bikeable City
Walking with Elephants

 

Make

Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October
Times vary – see below
Location: Daimler Powerhouse, Unit 4, Sandy Lane Business Park, Sandy Lane, Coventry, CV1 4DQ unless otherwise stated.

 

A range of talks and workshops provide an opportunity to engage in practical making skills or to learn from established artists and makers about their creative practices.

 

Tuesday 27 September

 

Schools workshop: The Imagineerium Initiative

9.45am – 11.45am

 

Tours & Talks: IDP
IDP Offices, Spon Street
6.30pm

 

Presentation: Hi!-Level meeting with Tyran of Cardboardia
7pm

 

Wednesday 28 September

 

Schools workshop: The Imagineerium Initiative
9.45am – 11.45am

 

Family friendly workshop: Science busking with Gaynor Sharpe
5pm – 6.30pm

 

Workshop: Science Busking with Gaynor Sharpe
Ages 8 – 14 years
Time TBC

 

Trail: Walking with Elephants
Starting from Drapers Bar, Coventry
6.30pm

 

Making workshop: Cardboardia
7pm

 

Thursday 29 September

 

Workshop: Strandbeests

6pm

 

Talk: Tim Hunkin
7.30pm

 

Friday 30 September

 

Talks: Presentations of ideas from Residencies

12 – 1pm: Nick Martin, Walking with Elephants

1 – 2pm: Theatre Absolute, Witness

2 – 3pm: Teatr Biuro Podrozy and Dr Headicke, The development of the Winter’s Tale

3 – 4pm: Dom Breadmore, Wandering Web


Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Junior Commentators

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On Saturday a team of apprentice commentators from the Lyng Media Club take to the streets of West Bromwich as part of the Sandwell Arts Festival. A team of twelve young people aged between 5 and 12 will be on the streets between 12:00 – 15:00 reporting on all the goings on in the town centre during festival time.

We have had two training sessions – the group knew about commentators, a bit from football, but perhaps more enthusiastically from Wrestle Mania. So this was a start, but how to train them in the dark arts of street commentary was a significant challenge.

On Tuesday we tried lots of different mini speaking games and description challenges before I cracked open the dominoes. With eight members of the group setting up dominoes and four commentating of their efforts everyone was kept busy and on task in rotation. We took in some fresh air to practice commentating in the street before wrapping up by setting out a Scalextric loop and commentating on a series of one minute races.

On Thursday we did much the same session but increased the level of difficulty and introduced the microphones and mixing desk to proceedings. They were all better than on Tuesday and there were some lovely moments. Everyone seems to have enjoyed their training sessions, I’m not sure how much closer they are to being ready for tomorrow.

Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof is performed by three casts, the professional Wuppertal Dance company, a team of elderly amateur ballroom dancers and youth cast. It was fascinating and poignant seeing the senior version in Hannover, imaging the same material embodied by its original cast. The West Bromwich scenario is different we have very cast improvising their own material. It remains to be seen how skilled the cast can be in their execution and how robust the idea is to work if the execution isn’t skilled? On the flip side it remains to be seen what the cast’s youth will bring to the show that Craig and I as haggard old grown ups can’t hope to emulate.

Putting shows under stress is a useful way to learn about them and of course let’s not forget that giving the young people a great experience, extra confidence and some new skills is the least we hope to achieve and reason enough to be doing this. Thanks to Creative Black Country for the commission.