The Other Way Works: Black Tonic 2015 Credits

Directed by Katie Day
Text by Clare Duffy
Video by Chris Keenan
Sound by Mark Day
Scenography by Xristina Penna
Card Game Designer Holly Gramazio
Stage management by Xanthe Parker
Creative Technologist David Haylock, Watershed
Producer Thomas Wildish
Identity Design by Sebastian Harding
Scientific Collaborator Professor Debra Skene

Performed by Ali Belbin, Angela Clerkin, Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose, and Magdalena Tuka

2015 Tour funded by Arts Council England, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, and our Kickstarter supporters. Supported by Watershed, Theatre in the Mill Bradford, and Birmingham REP. Official 2015 hotel partners: The Bradford Hotel.

Originally commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre, and funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, with support from Contact Theatre, CPT and mac.

Our thanks to the creative team and casts who played key roles in developing the original production in 2008.

mid * point: Community Cast Volunteer Opportunity


Birmingham Repertory Theatre are looking for volunteers for a community company to support the professional cast by appearing as supernumeraries in the world premiere of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me, adapted by Tanika Gupta and directed by Artistic Director Roxana Silbert on the main House stage.

Adapted from the much-loved novel by the award-winning playwright, Tanika Gupta and with especially composed music by the Ringham brothers, Anita And Me paints a colourful portrait of village life in 1970’s West Midlands during the era of flares, power cuts and glam rock.

The overall dates of the commitment are 7th September – 24th October.  You will only be required on the occasional evening / Saturday during the rehearsal period between 7th September and 4th October. The technical rehearsal week and performances will run from Monday 5th October-24th October. During this period we will use a rota system so you will not be expected to commit to the entire run. As much availability as you can offer will be welcomed. To be part of the company you must be 16+.

Please note these are unnamed, non-speaking roles and are voluntary unpaid opportunities. We will be able to make a small contribution towards travel expenses incurred in appearing in performances.

Whilst we are interested to hear from anyone local who would enjoy this opportunity, we are also looking specifically for people who match the following descriptions:

– Young men and women (16-30 yrs)

– Women of 40 years and older 

Please register your interest by emailing We will be running an informal workshop for anyone interested from the beginning of August.

mid * point: Assistant Directing Opportunity

The JMK Trust in partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & The Rep’s Directors’ Group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the West Midlands, who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

The role

We are looking for an assistant director for Tessa Walker’s upcoming production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  This production is The Rep’s annual Christmas show and will be produced in the main auditorium, The HOUSE.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

Rehearsals from: Monday 12thOctober 2015

Technical from: Thursday 12th November 2015

First preview: Thursday 19th November 2015

Press: Wednesday 25th November 2015

Closes: Saturday 16th January 2016 2015

As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • To provide general assistance to the Director.
  • As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including attending and noting the production.
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the West Midlands and will also be or become a participant of the JMK & The Rep Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK Artistic Coordinator and The Rep to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.



The Leverhulme Bursary is £2,250.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to by Monday 17th August

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working with Tessa Walker on this production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • How this bursary opportunity and involvement in the JMK Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role

If you would like to find out more about the role you are invited to an informal information session with Tessa Walker at The Rep from 5pm – 6pm on Friday 7th August. If you are interested in coming along please email by Monday 3rd August.

If you have any other questions please contact  or

mid * point: Pilot Nights: Submissions Open

SUBMISSIONS OPEN for PILOT Nights at Arena Theatre
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At Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Thursday 8th October 2015

On Thursday 8th October PILOT Nights will return to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton co-piloted by Creative Black Country and Black Country Touring. This is a chance for contemporary theatre makers to present up to 20 minutes of new, work-in-progress material, in front of a real live audience and industry peers.

Artists will receive a small fee, professional photo and video documentation of their work, and feedback from the audience. There will also be access to some rehearsal space at the Arena Theatre. It will also be a great opportunity to create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners.

For selection criteria and to make a submission  click here
Deadline for submissions: Monday 7th September

Open to theatre makers from across the UK, PILOT Nights take place in venues across the West Midlands. Each event is programmed and managed by a Co-Pilot, in conjunction with the core PILOT Nights team. Co-Pilots are practising artists with an interest in producing/curating.  Having a different Co-Pilot for each event ensures the programme remains diverse and exciting, and places artists at the heart of PILOT Nights.

PILOT Nights encourages applications from diverse sections of the theatre-making community and welcomes applications from disabled artists. Please contact PILOT Nights if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs.

The Co-Pilots for this event are Creative Black Country (CBC) and Black Country Touring (BCT)

CBC is a three year campaign which aims to make the most of creative talent in The Black Country.  People in the area will have more opportunities to see, promote and commission a wide range of high quality arts activity

BCT is both a producing company and a touring network. We support a network of promoters across the Black Country to programme professional theatre and dance into community spaces and professional theatres. Most of our promoters are volunteers who give up their time to bring arts events to their local communities.   BCT’s own productions are created in partnership with other leading arts organisations and take place in non traditional spaces  both regionally and nationally.

As part of this PILOT Night some of the volunteers who are already participating in the CBC programme, including groups such as Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association,  will be working with us on the selection and programming of PILOT Night.

If you have any questions or concerns please  We want you to apply and we want to know what you can do.

Performance date: Thursday 8th October, Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

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If you would like the email in any other formats pleasecontact us.

Off to Edinburgh? PILOT recommends…

Ventoux by 2 Magpies
Summerhall Thursday 13th-Sunday 30th August
1.55pm £10 (£8)

Be Better by Urban Foxes Collective.
Bedlam Theatre Monday 24th – Sunday 30th August
1.30pm £10 (£8)

Both projects featured at PILOT Nights in 2013/14.

Alice Mary Cooper and Claire Willoughby at RSC PILOT Sites June 2015
Hannah Silva at RSC PILOT Sites June 2015
The Fabularium at RSC PILOT Sites June 2015
Bright Particular at RSC PILOT Sites June 2015
Miranda La Mutanta at RSC PILOT Sites June 2015


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mid * point: King Lear (alone)

“Is this the Promised End?”
Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning playwright Frank Bramwell

Was Shakespeare right to kill off King Lear at the end of his play?
As our starting point we take Kent’s question at the end of the play:

“Is this the Promised End?”
Lear is on the heath, left alone to once more think about
that fateful day and everything that happened since then,
retold through the words of Shakespeare.
Now he has just one hour, one hour to decide what his future holds . . .
This fascinating opportunity takes us along Lear’s ensuing spiritual journey
following the news of Cordelia’s death, allowing us to re-examine the
original play’s themes and insights from a completely different angle.

By losing the other 29 characters of the original, this play allows us to get
inside the very thoughts and feelings of King Lear himself.

This will be playwright Frank Bramwell’s fifth sequel to Shakespeare’s plays.
The previous four (based on Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Hamlet)
have all delighted audiences with the boldness of their approach and the
dexterity of touch. Romeo & Juliet for All Time won an award at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival for a play “that stood head and shoulders above other plays reviewed”.

Buxton Fringe
Old Clubhouse (Venue 21)
24 Jul 9:45pm to 10:45pm,
25 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Tickets £8 (Child and Conc £7)
Bookings via Opera House or or 07720 839 612
Birmingham Fest
Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row, B2 5NY
July 29th & 31st 7.00pm to 8pm
St.Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, B3 1QZ
July 28th & 30th 7.00pm to 8pm

Tickets £8.00 Box Office 0121 200 0946

For further Press Information, photos etc please contact Frank Bramwell
07720 839 612

Extracts from reviewers and audience to Frank Bramwell’s previous Shakespeare sequels:-
“What this play is very good at doing is raising an intrigued eyebrow. It constantly suggests possible inspirations for moments of Shakespeare’s plots and even certain turns of phrase.”

“Fringe theatre should be wary of performing Shakespeare . . . what they can do, however, is reinterpret, and here we have a fine example of this. Let’s write new versed dialogue (you have to admire both the ambition and the achievement) but do not forget to re-examine some of the original words.”
“. . . when it comes to Shakespeare “re-written” I get very sceptical. But I was proven wrong as they pulled out all the stops and the audience was treated to a delicious journey through Prospero’s messed-up mind.”
“The play itself is a wonderful re-exploration of Shakespeare’s original, from a totally different perspective. The blend of Shakespeare’s words and the writer Frank Bramwell’s own words worked very well.”

“Frank Bramwell’s play, however, is that very rare bird, a genuinely unusual take on the play, which remains true to the spirit (and the words) of the original whilst making us question our assumptions about it.”

“This production was not as expected, not dreary Shakespeare but a fine twist by Bramwell. Excellent production for the fringe.”

“Intense & intriguing. A real sense of pain, anguish and torment. Writing which makes it difficult to distinguish the original and the ‘simulator’.”

“So, forget Shakespeare’s version, put your thinking cap on and prepare to be re-educated!”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen such raw energy and physical commitment in a Fringe performance …”

“This was a complex and very clever … new look at the play. Take your sharpest wits with you, and listen carefully, but also be prepared to be carried along by the pace, skill and style of the presentation.”

“James, the venue manager, … genuinely rated your show among the top six Fringe shows he has seen in his decade working at the Festival.”
“Witnessing the differing styles of delivery of similar dialogue throughout, taught me more about performing Shakespeare than I ever thought possible. I just hope I can keep the memory in my mind always.”


As part of Birmingham Fest, Acting & Directing Coach Tracey Street is running taster workshops at The Old Joint Stock Theatre.

Each workshop is just £5 and no previous experience is necessary.

25th July 12 – 2pm

25th July  3 – 5pm

1st August 12 – 2pm

Full Details & to Book here:
Phone: 0121 200 0946

Fierce Festival: Fierce Music This Year

Fierce Festival’s long standing love affair with contemporary music continues over the coming months with several unique offerings; the first of which, an event hosted by The National Theatre’s River Stage on  ***Friday 24th July *** on London’s iconic Southbank with a  four hour DJ takeover from the provocative and talented Boy With Wings!!! Expect queer pop, funky electronica remixes & clothing envy!!! This event, brought to by Fierce Festival & art-music-fashion zine BIRMINGLAM  is absolutely ***FREE*** so  don your glad rags and join us on the Thames *** 7PM Till Late!!!!*** Weather  – A typically British 20 degrees. Atmosphere – Fierce.


Of Riders and Running Horses

As part of Birmingham Weekender running from the 25th-27th of September, Fierce Festival and the mac arts centre Birmingham have joined forces to bring you Of Riders and Running Horses, (Still House) an outside dance piece performed to a backdrop of the fading sun in a secret location around the City Centre.


“Night. We find a space in the margins of the city in which to gather: to start an ad hoc ceremony, to stamp our feet and shake our limbs, to dance in the face of an ending.” (


Club Fierce continues to develop its relationship with contemporary music this year presenting dance intervention, interaction and observing the intrinsic link between music, the body and the city. In addition to the Club Fierce program  also offers PME ARTS record listening parties and Permutations in the City; minimal dance intervention.

Gazelle Twin

Saturday 10th October @ The Old Print Works 9pm

Hailing from Brighton, Gazelle Twin brings her masked melodics to the beautiful architectural gem The Old Print Works, performing tracks composed and produced by herself from critically acclaimed debut album The Entire City (2011, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray) and following Mammal EP (2013, Sugarcane).UNFLESH (2014) her latest full length album offering industrial-pop beats is available now on Bandcamp!

Miguel Gutierrez – Deep Aerobics

Saturday 10th October @ The Old Print Works

We Must! We Must! We Must! Increase Our Bust! Deep Aerobics is an interactive spectacle that blurs the lines between a workout and an explosion. The attire of choice is completely your own (go beyond the 80’s people!) but anything that absorbs sweat is probably a good idea. Miguel Gutierrez is doing his best to ruin you, and you will enjoy it.



Sarah Farina

Saturday 10th October

Referred to often as a tastemaker for Berlin’s underground bass scene, Sarah Farina will be spinning what she herself refers to as “rainbow bass” at Fierce 2015.  Often progressive, her genre-hopping style has led her to  play with the likes of Tikiman and the legendary Dave Rodigan. Farina is respected by true music heads worldwide; listen to her soundcloud, you’ll see why.


Friday 9th October @ Festival Hub

This is a hardware sensation and a wiring marvel. For any music lovers interested in technical dj performance, Korg accessories, drum machines and midi keyboards: Anklepants. When words fail, there is always youtube.


Karaoke (ART)

Sunday 11th October @ Festival Hub 9pm


Davis Freeman invites us to live out our subconscious (or not so subconscious) superstar fantasies vicariously through Karaoke in this interactive video performance. Audience are invited to belt out one of the many popular classics to a collection of stunning art video’s produced by Freeman. Karaoke (ART) is the final billed performance of the Fierce 2015 festival, a celebration, an observation, a subversion of expectations of a familiar structure and above all, a whole lot of fun!














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