As Black History Month 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to thank everyone who attended our special events and joined us in remembering the brave soldiers who gave their lives for Britain in the First and Second World Wars. Black Blood Runs Red was a huge success in celebrating the contributions of soldiers of the Commonwealth often forgotten, we’re very proud to have been a part of it, and plan to programme many more such events in the coming years.
Gone, but not forgotten, as the saying goes, and a new exhibition launching this month at The Drum will continue to shed light on the contributions of servicemen from the former Commonwealth. West Indies to West Midlands is the most recent work of documentary photographer Inès Elsa Dalal, who specialises in conducting social commentary projects involving heritage, community, sanctuary and social rituals.
Presented in association with the Why Are West Indians project (WAWI), this exhibition is the beginning of a new archive of previously untold narratives linking over 400 years of contribution to the British military with mass migration from the West Indies to Britain. Inès initiated this archive twelve months ago, and will continue to work with underrepresented communities in relation to unreported war contribution during the commemoration of the First World War (2014-2018).
The exhibition launches on Tue 11 Nov at 6pm, and will be free to attend and open to the public until Thu 8 Jan 2015. For more information, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk. To learn more about the Why Are West Indians project, visit www.whyarewestindians.co.uk
Follow WAWI on twitter @WAWIproject with #WestIndiesToWestMidlands, and follow Ines @InesElsaDalal
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MARKETING MANAGER, ROGUEPLAY THEATRE
Part Time, £7.30 p/hr.
BIRMINGHAM BASED CANDIDATES ONLY.
RoguePlay Theatre requires an experienced creative arts Marketing Manager. The candidate must have specialist knowledge of promoting physical theatre, the local arts scene and preferably some experience of circus. Contracted hours are currently 2.5 days p/week, Monday & Wednesday 9-5.30pm & Thursday 9.30-1.30pm, with a view to extending to 3full days funding dependent in 2015.
RoguePlay is one of Birmingham’s Highly Physical Theatre Company, producing and performing Circus Theatre. Producing work nationally and internationally, RoguePlay’s work captures new stories through stunning Aerial Circus, Acrobatics, Poetry and Dance. The work plays with the marriage between Circus and Theatre, workshops challenge young people, classes are disability accessible and the well equipped Creation Centre is safe and affordable. The Company are currently touring nationally and the Marketing Manager will have a significant role in the development of RoguePlay’s current studio into the West Midlands Creation Centre from early 2015. We are seeking a Marketing Manager that can communicate the Company’s ethos and represent a pro-active member of the RoguePlay team. This role also includes a number of administrative tasks.
The position will require the successful candidate to-
*Formulate strategic marketing plans to target specific audiences and follow existing marketing strategies
*Utilise social media
*Make and develop media connections
*Write press releases
*Liaise with tour venues and educational institutions
*Attend board meetings
*Work closely with designers and printers and distribute publicity material
*Increase sign ups to our mailing list
*Liaise with hirers for the studio space and be responsible for hire contracts
*Keep clear and up-to-date records of market analysis
*Often work alone and occasionally manage space bookings during working hours
*Experience in Arts Marketing
*An active interest in the creative arts
*Computer literate in Word, Excel, Publisher and Photoshop and social media savvy
*Excellent communication skills
*Ability to self plan and often work alone within a small team
*Be self employed and either reside in, or be planning to relocate to, Birmingham
*Specific interest in Circus Theatre
*Interest in developing your role within the company on a long term basis
*Knowledge of the local arts scene
Please send a C.V & covering letter to-
Deadline for applications-Thursday 13th November
Notified of Interview by Saturday 15th November
Interview Date-Monday 17th November
Start Date-Monday 24th November
RoguePlay are based at Minerva Works, Fazeley St, Digbeth, Birmingham For further information on the company please go towww.rogueplay.co.uk
Creation Week at RoguePlay Theatre, Creative Development Opportunity for Artists
Are you an artist wanting to develop your aerial skills to incorporate into your own work?
Are you interested in Circus Theatre creation?
Do you need space, time and training to start the beginnings of new work?
Learn more about our creation week here, for dancers, aerialists and physical theatre performers to work with our artistic team: http://www.rogueplay.co.uk/#!Creation-Week/cawg/3D36F87A-97DC-4A93-919A-CD3FFD85C9CA
DEADLINE 9th November
Midland Creative Projects in association with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Bloodaxe Books present…
The Hundred Years’ War – modern war poetry in performance
Friday 31st October (8pm) and Saturday 1st November (2.45pm & 8pm)
at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry
The Hundred Years’ War is a new production that fuses poetry and theatre, to give a fresh voice to war poetry from the last century. 40 poems from around the world will be performed by three performers (Jill Dowse, Miriam Edwards and Zachary Price) each chronicling times of war and conflict, with verse from aggressor and victim, soldier and civilian, the wounded and those watching on in horror.
The production offers stories of war from across the world, from the trenches of the Somme to the horrors of the Second World War and the Holocaust, and in Korea, the Middle East, Vietnam, Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Voices of all nations and creeds are represented, often from opposing sides.
The Hundred Years’ War opens at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on the 31st October at 8pm, followed by two shows on Saturday 1st November at 2.45pm and 8pm. Book your tickets now via this link
The production will then tour nationally in November 2014 and from April to July 2015.
More details at www.livepoetry.org. Our 2014 tour poster is attached to this message.
November 1914, The “Great” war is raging over three continents and the first trenches are about to be dug…
To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Blue Orange Theatre delve into the history of the Great War through two extraordinary new plays.
The first being ‘The Boy from the Boro’ by Three in One Productions, which explores the story of an ordinary soldier – Arthur Horobin, one time farm worker and shop keeper thrust into the mud and blood of trench warfare. This beautifully told one man performance encapsulates the reality of the war using multimedia, storytelling and poetry. Schools are able to book exclusive matinee performances of this production from Monday 3rd November – Friday 7th November at 10.30am or 1pm.
The second production the theatre is hosting is ‘1914 Local News’ by Tell Tale Theatre. The production looks beyond tales of glory and tragedy to uncover the day to day lives of those who lived through it. A talented cast combine physical theatre, verbatim accounts and vibrant storytelling to perform a different show every day. Based upon local news reports, letters, journals, photographs and reminiscences of the same date one hundred years ago. 1914 Local News can be booked by schools on Friday 28th November at either 10.30am or 1pm.
Both productions are also offering schools the opportunity to book exploratory drama workshops to accompany the performance. All workshops will provide a fully comprehensive workshop plan containing curriculum objectives and be delivered by the cast of the production whom are all fully DBS checked.
To enquire or book a performance at the Blue Orange Theatre, please contact Holly Parry on 0121 212 2643 or email email@example.com
Coventry City Centre
Thursday 30 October
Take a small journey into the Arts.
Come and meet arts survivors and share strategies for having big dreams and sometimes even achieving them.
The Survival Trail will take the participants to three different independent arts organisations in Coventry – EGO Performance, Tin Music and Arts and Imagineer Productions – to hear from key people and get the inside story of their careers, ambitions and struggles.
These encounters will provide starting points for conversations and problem solving where you can reflect on your own challenges and find likeminded people to share them with.
Take some time out – it’s good for your creative survival.
Event starts at EGO Performance Space, Silver Street CV1 1 JN at 12.30pm
Event ends at Imagineer Productions, Unit 4, Sandy Lane Business Park,
Sandy Lane CV1 4DQ at 4.00pm
Lunch is provided, please inform us of any dietary requirements
This event involves walking, please let us know if you will need transport.
Survival Trail is run in conjunction with Creative Enterprise and part funded by
ERDF, Arts Council England and Coventry University
To register for this free event go to www.eventbrite.com
The Cardinals are off on a big tour in the New Year. Their first stop off is in New York City in early January. This means putting the set, props and costumes in a shipping container in December. They don’t have much time to rehearse once Stateside and so they are re-rehearsing now and on THURSDAY they are putting on a special limbering up performance for the company’s nearest and dearest (like the good readers of this blog). So if you fancy coming along and seeing the show again for for the first time you are very welcome and you are welcome to bring anyone else you think may like it. Tickets are just £5. The bar will be open. We have a new heater for @ A E Harris, so it should be fun and almost snug and we’d love to see you.
The tour is very exciting but it’s combination of sea freight and air freight is quite taxing, especially on Craig who is trying to itemize every single object we are taking along with their weight, value and combined dimensions. Charlotte has been equally taxed juggling flights and freight timings and contracts and negotiations of how these costs are spread across seven venues/festivals on two continents.
It will be a relief when all that’s left to do is perform the show.
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