Acting Out Blog: The strangest story ever

In a recent meeting there was an exercise where everyone says one word to form a crazy story. And our members did not disappoint on this occasion.

So here it is!

Penguins participated contentedly in charity fundraising. Carrots, onions and chocolate sausages danced continuously together by moonlight sonata while whales sang loudly and macarenaeously. Tonight Matthew, I want gratification although my lips are moist with delight and s***n from many carrots throbbing viciously between tortoise’s shells. Horrible cushions accentuate disgusting places like brothels where people go rampantly exceptionally pursuing seamen who take women up to rooms where they play doctors without borders but nobody feels satisfied.

We’re working on acting in things too, announcements very soon.

Women and Theatre: Upcoming Events from Women and Theatre


It’s been a busy Spring so far for Women & Theatre with performances of Clocking On (part of our WWI Women’s Work project), the beginning of our Boy’s Talk project and ongoing development of our research project, Hidden Harm in Dudley.

Over the next few months we’ve got a number of great events planned and we thought we’d give you a quick low down so you don’t miss out!

A Celebration of Comedy

Come on down to mac birmingham on Saturday 9th May 2015 for a comedy showcase compered by Mrs Barbara Nice.  Bringing together performers from six of our most recent comedy courses, this celebration event promises audiences an afternoon of fun and laughter.

Since July 2014, with funding from Comic Relief, we’ve run comedy courses with bereaved adults and young people, young carers and older adults.

The overwhelming success of each course has led us to creating this celebration event which sees some of the participants return to the mic alongside your favourite Kings Heath housewife Mrs Barbara Nice.

Event details

Sat 9th May, 4pm, Free admission, Foyle Studio at mac birmingham, all ages welcome.

Tickets are free but must be booked from the mac website in advance.

To book tickets click here

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Boy’s Talk

Women & Theatre is working with a talented group of boys from different walks of life to create a new theatre production called Boys Talk. Staged at mac birmingham’s Outdoor Arena, it will be an engaging celebration of male communication with movement, drama and spoken word.

Inspired by the desire to understand the motivations and concerns of young men living in Birmingham, Boys Talk will explore: how, when, where and why boys talk.

The production has been led by the young people involved, working with W&T’s Artistic Director Janice Connolly, Choreographer Jerrel Jackson and Stage Manager Liam Walsh.

Event details

Sat 23rd May, 2.30pm & 6.00pm, Outdoor Arena at mac birmingham, all ages welcome.

Tickets are £5 (£3 for concessions) and should be booked from the mac website in advance.

Please note, this production will be held outside in mac’s Arena. Audience members are advised to bring warm clothing and cushions.

To book tickets click here

Black Country Touring: Nirbhaya – International tour comes to Wolverhampton

Nirbhaya – The Play comes to the Black Country in May 2015 as part of Alchemy Black Country. Dawinder Bansal (BCT producer) explains why this show is such a vital piece of theatre and how theatre-goers in the Black Country … Continued

mid * point: Open Cast – Call for Performers

Applications are invited for an open audition for actors and actor/musicians with Talking Birds in Coventry. This is an opportunity to meet and work with the company in a relaxed group setting over the course of a day (11am-4pm), at the Shopfront Theatre in Coventry. We are not auditioning for specific roles, but rather identifying talented and versatile performers who the company can draw on for future projects (see for examples of our previous work). We will also be inviting Artistic Directors from other regional companies to join us in the afternoon. Travel expenses and lunch will be provided.


To apply, please e-mail us at subject: Open Cast, with a resumé/CV of your experience to date (can include video/audio links), plus a short statement on why you would like to attend the workshop and what you would bring to working on a project with the company.


We particularly welcome applications from artists based in the Midlands, disabled artists and artists from BAME backgrounds. This opportunity is aimed at emerging or established professionals rather than students, though those approaching graduation or postgrads will be considered.


Date of Workshop: Friday 5th June (Coventry)
Deadline for applications: 18th May (10am)

Date we will inform successful applicants: 22nd May

mid * point: Director needed

I am looking for a director to work with me on my next project ‘Alternate Minds, Alternate Realities’.

It is going to be a one-person, portmanteau piece of five or six monologues all based on experience of those with mental illness.
I shall be writing, producing and performing the show.

Due to it being several pieces portraying different characters I want to employ a director to help me with my charaterisations
and with the complexity of the staging and transformations. I anticipate it will be about one week’s work.

My previous show on a similar theme ‘This Way Madness Lies’ – which  portrayed my own descent into mental illness – has a web page
and a video clip here:

If this project sounds interesting to you please get in touch and we can discuss the details.

Yours expectantly,
Augustus Stephens

mid * point: RoguePlays Work Experience Programme

This year RoguePlay are running a work experience placement programme entitled Know How 2015, funded by Birmingham City Council. The Know How project provides work experience placements and volunteer opportunities for those aged 14-25 years, between May and July 2015. These placement opportunities are aimed at young people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments and long term illness. We have created an integrated programme of a two week work experience placement to include the delivery of a Bronze Arts Award accreditation for all young people.
The work experience programme offers young people with exceptional need the opportunity to work with a number of industry professionals, under whom they are able to develop their creative and leadership skills, gain practical knowledge of varied art forms including circus and theatre, and an insight into the day-to-day running of a theatre company. It is important to our organisation to offer the same opportunities to young people with exceptional needs as we do to young people without them.
Through this project 30 young people will spend up to two weeks with the company, taking part in training sessions and workshops in aerial circus, drama, marketing and theatre production, with our trained facilitators who are all experienced in working with those with disabilities. Placements are able to observe the company rehearsals and production periods, take on practical roles to assist the company in preparing for public performances as well as work alongside the directors, marketing managers and project managers.
Through working with the company, placements will have the opportunity to attend live theatre performance and take part in a tour of the street art around Digbeth. They will also be encouraged to research and attend arts events in the city, all of which contribute to the broadening of their knowledge and engagement with Birmingham’s cultural offer.
2 lucky placements will also be placed at our partners, Birmingham Repertory Theatre. These placements are for one week only and will take place between Monday 15 June and Friday 26 June 2015. The REP offers experience in a variety of different departments and roles within the theatre. Students on work experience placements with The REP also have the opportunity to complete their Bronze Arts Award during their placement.
WE STILL HAVE PLACEMENTS AVAILABLE!  And we are open to new partners, such as schools and community organisations to become involved.

mid * point: Half Term Youth Theatre at Blue Orange Theatre


Once again the Blue Orange Theatre presents a Half Term Youth Theatre Workshop for all those budding young actors out there!

Are you aged between 7 and 13 and looking for something fun to do during the half-term break? Well look no further, the Blue Orange Theatre will be providing 4 days of drama workshops – learning such skills as characterisation, scriptwriting, improvisation, devising, mask, mime, movement and physical theatre skills all at the price of £30 for the week between 10am and 3.30pm.

Throughout the week, you will be given the opportunity to create an original piece of drama with the help of our professional drama workshop facilitators. The final piece will be performed on the last day to an invited audience of close family and friends.

To book you place call 0121 212 2643 or email us at

Funded by Comic Relief.

mid * point: Bursaries to attend NRTF 2015 conference


Live & Local / Shindig is offering bursaries to performing artists in the Midlands to attend the National Rural Touring Forum Conference and Showcase on 14-16 July in Norfolk.  This opportunity is for artists who have professional performing experience but are inexperienced in rural touring. Bursaries will cover conference fees and accommodation and contribute to travel costs.  For further information and details of how to express your interest (by 18th May), please go to the DART website:

mid * point: Upfront Comedy Mayday Special

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The Drum and Upfront Comedy presents

Mayday Comedy Special 

Fri 1 Apr, Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm
Tickets: £13.50 (£11.50), £16.50 OTD

The Drum and Upfront Comedy is back for the summer season with some of the finest stand up that the UK has to offer to get you ready for a summer of laughs, including Curtis Walker, Geoff Schumann and Roger D for our Mayday Comedy Special on Fri 1 May at 7pm.

Our Summer Season opens with Comedy’s Don Curtis Walker a multi-talented performer and his indefinable comedy  We’ve got regular gutbuster Special P (MTV Base’s Comedy Funhouse) joining us. There will be hilarious newcomer Judy Thomas, appearing for the first time and blowing away everything in front of her in 2015. This fabulous night of comedy  will hosted by world renowned teletubbie comicJohn Simmit!

If you have a special occasion or birthday party coming up over the next few months, then come down and celebrate in style with us. We have a number of offers including our Group Offer buy 9 tickets get 1 free, we’ll also throw in your very own cake! You can enjoy our summer season of comedy and get all three of our shows with our fantastically value Season Ticket costing only £36!

Tickets are priced at  £13.50 (£11.50), £16.50 OTD. To book your tickets or for more information call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit

Food will be available on the night
Suitable for audience 18+


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Notes to Editors

Artist Information 
Curtis Walker as well as a stand up comedian he is a very renowned actor, having worked with Maya Angelou – Moon On A Rainbow Shawl and Lenny Henry – Lenny Henry Show, Now What, Almost Always Africa and appeared in Kathy Burke’s (penned) film The End.

After yet another memorable performance at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the great Nelson Mandela shook Curtis’ hand – twice …

He’s had  numerous television credits such as The Real McCoy BBC, They Think It’s All Over BBC, Jonathan Ross Ch.4, The Stand Up Show Ch. 5 to name a few.

Curtis was awarded best male stand –up from BICA as well as receiving the Top Carlton TV Multicultural Entertainment & Comedy Award. 

Curtis tours his own one man show, Right Now  and is the voice of Carlton in BBC Children’s comedy Kerching!

Moves an audience in a way I’ve never seen a stand-up do beforeWilliam Cook – The Guardian
One of the funniest guys in Britain” – David Bowie

Special P within the first 2 years of his career kicking off he  appeared on Channel’s 4’s So You Think You Are Funny?. He is a regular performer in all the premier comedy venues in the UK and is also recognised as an international comedian, having toured in Germany, Holland, China and USA.

He is a regular act of choice for the US Army and the RAF. He also frequents Hollywood, Washington and New York, performing in established places such as The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store.

Alongside performing around the world in various comedy venues, Special P has started to tour his own one man show You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet, which was a sell-out first show in London.

Judy Thomas The bubbly Londoner, has been moving fast around the comedy circuit, she’s already taken part in her first UK tour after just eighteen months! A mother of 2, is having to spend ever increasing amounts on childcare as her witty and boisterous routines see her in ever increasing demand by comedy clubs around the country.

About The Drum:
The Drum is the UK’s premier intercultural arts centre dedicated to the development, presentation and celebration of arts and cultural activities of Birmingham’s diverse communities for the benefit of all.