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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Meet the Family! Uncle Bens Block Party

There’s just 4 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum, and we cannot wait! As Christmas is a special time, we’d like everything to go perfect, but that is not the case! After getting some unexpected news from his doctor and some very strange dreams, he’s decided it’s time to make amends and change his ways for the better! Uncle Ben has booked the local sound system, bought his party hats and crackers, and stocked up on mince pies, samosas, fried dumplings and a few bottles of Rum! Everything’s going perfect… until his family cause some trouble! So let’s meet a few of them…

The main man is Uncle Ben! He is a single father who’s raised his kids alone, whilst struggling to maintain his home, he is working hard to pay off his mortgage and raise his family up the right way. He’s very close to his friends and family, especially his daughter Collet, who he’s always there for.

Next, we meet Collet, who is Uncle Ben’s daughter and married to Robert. She has always struggled with her mother’s death, but is very close to her father. They don’t agree at times, but they always have love and respect for each other.

Robert is Collet’s husband, and was bundled into a quick marriage when Collet decided she didn’t want to reach a certain age and still be single, but the marriage is on the verge of ending, and tensions are running high between them both.

Next week, we will meet another 3 characters from Uncle Bens Block Party, so be sure to keep a look out!

Make sure you join us and get into the Christmas spirit! We still are offering our early bird ticket, which is only £10.50 and a Family Ticket for just £37.50, available until 5pm on Sun 30 Nov! All you need to do is call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit

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mid * point: Talawa Script Submissions

Submit your script to Talawa Theatre Company
Talawa Theatre Company has always been a home for emerging Black British writers. Our new literary department is now up and running and we are expanding opportunities for writers with a variey of initiatives, including:

-         Talawa Writers’ Programme, our flagship scheme for developing new writing talent

-         Talawa Firsts, a season of new play readings

-         Studio Firsts, development opportunities for emerging artists
Talawa is calling for scripts by new and emerging Black British writers, the next script submission window will be between 1st November and 30th November.
Please send your script along with a short covering letter telling us about you and your work to: Jane Fallowfield, Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London N1 6AH.
Each script is read by one of our readers and will receive feedback. We aim to respond to you within 3 months.
For more information, visit the literary pages of the website:

mid * point: Come to the Cabaret as ‘La Belle Nuit’ opens its doors at EGO Arts Venue on New Years Eve!

Come to the Cabaret as ‘La Belle Nuit’ opens its doors
at EGO Arts Venue on New Years Eve!

  • A new, once a month, Cabaret Evening launches on New Years Eve at EGO Arts Venue in Cook Street, Coventry and will run till March 2015.
  • Jacques Tache – Master of ceremonies invites you to Celebrate Midnight in Paris as Ego Arts venue is transformed for the night into ‘La Belle Nuit’ inspired by the 1920’s/ 30’s Cabaret clubs of Paris.
  • Susan Black sings Piaf, Apache Dancers, Cirque Performers – Cargo du Nuit, Musician Mitzi Subishi, The Belle Boys, Dancers Femmes Sauvage, Les Mamans Chaudes and of course the Can Can will transport you to an evening of opulence, glamour and a touch of the Moulin Rouge.

Produced by Kathi Leahy in partnership with EGO ‘La Belle Nuit’ (The Beautiful Night) is a new venture. Inspired by the atmosphere, decadence and the risqué performances of 1920’s / 1930’s nightlife in Paris, Berlin, New York and London ‘La Belle Nuit’ is a pop up Cabaret Club in Coventry – situated in Ego Arts Venue, Cook Street. London acts alongside home grown talent will dazzle, surprise and entertain as they say Bienvenue ‘Welcome’ to La Belle Nuit!

This monthly spectacle will bring together professional and emerging artists from the world of Cabaret, Cirque, Dance, Comedy and Live Music. Sumptuous surroundings, private tables and waiter service with a difference will spirit guests away to a lost era – outrageous, divine, decadent and not for the feint hearted!

La Belle Nuit launches on New Year’s Eve with the following line up:

  • Satirical humour from the Master of Ceremonies – Jacque Tashe and his extraordinary facial hair!
  • Headline act – Susan Black as French Chanteuse singer ‘Edith Piaf’. Described by The Stage as “An international diva star with a voice that can fill the Albert Hall without a microphone…She is a true showstopper…. a sparkling jewel and a genuinely original talent who has a magical power of delighting her audiences beyond all expectation.”
  • Cirque duo – Le Cargo de Nuit – zest, vitality and edge to this perfectly formed duo.
  • Les mamans chaudes – Don’t mess with these mamas! Dance sensation with a cheeky twist.
  • House dancers; The Belle Boys & Femme Sauvage with bring a crazy mix of old and new as they dance on chairs, tables, off walls and Can Can guests into the 2015 on the stroke of midnight.

Kathi Leahy (Producer) said: “Ravishing, decadent, devine – live music, dancers, cirque acts and dressing up! What’s not to like! Coventry has a wealth of talent out there – time to show it off.”

Georgina Egan & Corinne Emerson (Artistic Directors of EGO) say: This night is something completely different for Coventry, a much needed event that we are very excited to be hosting!


For further information contact Kathi Leahy Producer on 07969355488 or email

For Marketing / Press / Interviews contact Kiri Lewis PR for EGO on 07801981532 or email:

Media Listing:

‘La Belle Nuit’
31 December 2014
8pm – 2am
EGO Arts Venue, Silver St / Cook St, Coventry.

Tickets £25 in advance only.
To book contact 02476 226060 or book online

Tickets can also be purchased on Facebook

(Please note there is a small booking fee online)

Kathi Leahy and EGO Enterprise Ltd are creating a new venture – ‘La Belle Nuit’ – a dazzling ravishing evening of cabaret which launches on New Years Eve 2014 and continues once a month as we take you to Paris, Berlin and New York! London acts alongside the very best home grown talent from Coventry.

The line-up includes: Susan Black Sings Piaf, The Belle Boys, Femmes Savauge, Les mamans chaudes, Mitzy Subishi, Le cargo Du Nuit and resident Master of Ceremonies Jacque Tache.

mid * point: Job Ad – Creative Black Country Artistic Director

Job Title: Artistic Director
Contract & Hours of Work: Fixed Term until 31st August 2017, 3 days a week – based on a 6 month probation
Salary: £35,784 – £37,578 pro rata based on experience
Location: Black Country

Further to the successful appointment of a Programme Director Creative Black Country (CBC) is seeking a part time Artistic Director to lead on the delivery of the CBC artistic programme.

CBC is a 3-year Arts Council funded programme to enable more people to experience and be inspired by the arts. CBC will invest in the talent, appetite and potential of the people of the Black Country to engage in the arts through innovative and highly creative arts and community engagement that will combine public events, commissioning, local arts seed funding and community development. The programme will take place across the three local authority areas of Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.


Reporting to the core steering group, the Artistic Director will be responsible for the development of the programme, effective delivery, monitoring and budget management for the artistic programme.

This is a high profile and cutting-edge initiative with the potential to affect real long lasting change in the area.  We are looking for someone with creative vision, knowledge of the professional arts and community sector and a wide breadth of experience and expertise in managing large programmes of work.


Hard copies of the application form may be obtained by calling Debra Hill at SCVO on 0121 525 1127

DEADLINE:  Please submit Application Form and Equal Opportunities form by Monday 1st December at 10am

For more information contact: Mark Davis at SCVO on 0121 525 1127

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Monday 8th December 2014.


mid * point: Birmingham Literary Event

Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 4 Launch: Poetry, Fiction, Theatre & Open Mic

Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 4Date: Thursday December 11th 2015
Venue: 6/8 Kafé, 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5HG
Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm (we will be starting promptly so arrive early and get a drink)
Tickets: £3 (entitles you to £3 off any issue of the magazine at this event)

Our first Birmingham Event. Come and hear brand new poetry and short fiction from contributors to Issue 4 of Bare Fiction Magazine. We’ll also have a rehearsed reading of Sarah Hehir’s play “Echoes Through the Dust”, performed by Nadi Kemp-Sayfi & Aimee Berwick. The event will be hosted by the editor of Bare Fiction, Robert Harper.

Four open-mic slots for poetry or short fiction can be requested on the night. Arrive early and put your name down. (max 2 mins per slot)

Confirmed readers:

  • Jo Bell, Roy Marshall, Jacqui Rowe, Lucy Jeynes, Jean Atkin, Ted Eames, David Calcutt, Penny Rogers
Whilst you can pay on the door, we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance so as not to be disappointed as there is limited seating. More details and booking form on our website at:

mid * point: One Christmas Eve

One Christmas Eve

A new play by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning

playwright Frank Bramwell.


Christmas Eve in Birmingham . . . Mom’s battling desperately to buy last minute presents, Dad’s in the doghouse, and their daughter in London is really not looking forward to a Christmas Eve on her own . . .

An amusing, touching tale that strikes a chord within us all.


A story of old Birmingham and new Birmingham, as the different generations collide one Christmas Eve. Where did Christmas go . . . and what is it all about anyway?


This will be TheatreOfTheQuarter’s first production in


St.Paul’s Church

Jewellery Quarter, B3 1QZ


December 11th, 12th, 13th (7.30pm), 14th (3.00pm)


Tickets £7.00 – pay on door

ring 07720 839 612 or email to reserve in advance



TheatreOfTheQuarter . . . is Theatre about and inspired by the Jewellery Quarter. As well as actively helping to promote the Quarter’s unique distinctiveness and rich heritage, it produces Plays, Theatre Classes and Workshops, for both residents and visitors alike.   ¦¦   @theworkshopb1   ¦¦​

mid * point: Three Job Opportunities from Little Earthquake

Three Job Opportunities from Little Earthquake – Set and Props Designer / Costume Designer / Composer (paid positions)

As part of our yearlong project, the Young Producers have now chosen which show idea they want to develop with us through to full production: and the winner is The Boy Who Became A Beetle!

Freely inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis, it looks at the comic and complicated life of an ordinary boy who wakes up to find he’s got clacking pincers on his head, a huge heavy shell on his back and six spindly legs with a mind of their own. How will he get dressed? Eat his breakfast? Go to the loo? What will his family do when he scuttles downstairs? And how will everyone at school react to this creepy crawly crisis? This will be a funny, messy and moving new show for everyone who knows what it’s like to feel different. It is aimed at audiences aged 7+ and their families.

We are now looking for a Set and Props Designer, a Costume Designer and a Composer who will all become key members of the collaborative team, working closely with Little Earthquake and the Young Producers to develop the set, props, costumes, music and sound effects which feature in the production on its initial tour in Summer 2015, with public performances in each of the partner schools and in a range of venues across the Midlands.

These are all paid opportunities and applications are now open. Full details can be found in the Opportunities section of our website. Application deadline for all three positions is Thursday 11th December 2014 at 10pm.

mid * point: Heterophobia- an urban musical @ the mac

HETEROPHOBIA 2015 – AN URBAN MUSICAL @mac_birmingham



Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 January 2015


Devised and Directed by Hannah Phillips | Composition by Nik Haley

Suitbable for ages 12 years +, Runs at 70 mins

Heterophobia is a hybrid of art forms and interactive digital technology which tells the story of a young heterosexual male trying to ‘come out’. Devised and Performed by Outspoken – a company of both graduates and students from the BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) course at Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University.

Feat. Matt and Oscar from Antics Dance Crew (as featured on Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’)



School Performances
(Aimed at Key Stage 3 & 4)
Tickets £5 | Teachers go FREE!
Wednesday 14 Jan 2015 1.30PM
Thursday 15 Jan 2015 10.30AM & 1.30PM
Friday 16 Jan 2015 10.30AM & 1.30PM

General Audiences | Tickets £5
Thursday 15 Jan 2015 7PM
Friday 16 Jan 2015 7PM


“Fantastic production; truly high quality written material combined with artistic visual images, sound and movement. Trendy, contemporary musical theatre at its creative best.”
Janine ODonnell BMET
“We saw Heterophobia last night…wow what a show! The students and myself were blown away by an excellent and moving performance – such talented students and a real roller coaster of a show!”
Lee Woodall, Perry Beeches




Twitter:  @OutspokenBSA

Ticket Sales: 0121 446 3232 | Tickets £5



Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people face high levels of discrimination and disadvantage and are suffering much higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts according to the results of the Youth Chances survey of 16-25 year olds published in Jan 2014 by equality and diversity charity METRO.

Stonewall’s Teacher’s Report 2014 revealed 86% of secondary school teachers surveyed say pupils in their schools have experienced homophobic bullying.



mid * point: Opend Door at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre


8.00pm Monday 24th November 2014

Directed by Ola Animashawun (Euphoric Ink and Royal Court Theatre)

BOLDtext Playwrights return to Open Door at The REP with a series of self-portraits exposing what it’s really like to be a working playwright in the region today. Drawing on our own personal experiences, four dramatic monologues, presented by ourselves, will expose our working practices and influences, as well as exploring how our individual backgrounds have shaped the writers we are today. The results, like all good selfies, promise to be entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Off His Trolley by Stephen Jackson: Twenty Things You Need As A Regional Writer (accompanied by a shopping basket on wheels).

Dark Matters by Nicola Jones: How place influences theme. Nicola asks if growing up in a haunted house in rural Shropshire explains her fascination with dark deeds.

Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly: How to write accents and voices from across the map and up and down the social ladder.

The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes: Being determined not to be a writer and failing. ‘Mr Nutt the supply teacher sat on my desk and whispered: you do know you’re a writer don’t you? I ignored him… I felt annoyed… I was annoyed because I was going to be an artist… everybody knew that… even my dog…’ 

To be part of our invited audience please book your seat/s by calling 0121 236 4455 or visiting The REP

While both events are FREE to attend we suggest a cash donation of £3 on the night (or more) if you like what you see. To avoid disappointment please book your seat/s in advance.


BOLDtext are working playwrights who aim to create more opportunities and new platforms for our work in the Midlands and beyond. Please visit BOLDtext for more information.