Are you a creative entrepreneur, looking to take your business to the next level?
Are you making progress, but feeling a little lost?
In need of some friendly advice from people who’ve succeeded?
All your questions will be answered In Conversation with Ammo Talwar of Punch Records, Wed 26 Mar, 6pm at The Drum.
Creative Enterprise, in partnership with The Drum, invite you to a free seminar event with cultural entrepreneur Ammo Talwar, MBE, CEO of arts-based enterprise Punch, producer of BASS Festival, Desi Moves and other international events and initiatives.
This event is ideal for anyone running a creative enterprise who would like to hear from an inspirational creative professional and learn about new support and development opportunities. The event is led by Creative Enterprise, a professional support initiative which offers a range of opportunities including workshops, mentoring, and advice and guidance from experts in the creative field.
There will be opportunities to hear from the team as well as help shape the type of service on offer.
Hosted by Helga Henry from Creative Shift, Ammo will share his business experience and industry knowledge to help you learn how to make contacts, get the most from your opportunities, and secure the connections and capital needed to help your creative business thrive. In particular Ammo will share with us how he has worked with large corporate organisations to secure donations, win work and help the growth of his company from a high street record shop in Erdington to the thriving international arts agency that it is today.
So whether you’re a small street-level agency looking for that prize contact, or an established company looking for a little extra push in the right directions, Ammo’s experience could be just the spark you need.
Visit Creative Enterprise to learn more.
Open Door – Part One
Extracts from five pieces of new work by Cucumber Writers
in the first part of an initiative with Birmingham REP
Thursday, March 13 2014 @ 7.30pm
The Door, REP
Introducing Mary by Matthew Warburton
Introducing Mary focuses on some of the more dramatic incidents in the relationship of Peter Archer and Mary Baxter. Any long term relationship has its highs and lows, and people muddle through, or they don’t.
Em by Amy Dollery
Em is desperate to get being a good mum right, but when social care becomes involved she finds herself torn by her family, her partner and her own insecurities.
The play explores the difficulties in making what you believe is the right decision both in the personal and professional world.
Varnish by Angela Gallagher
Anna makes her living spotting true masterpieces of art hidden under years of damage while Donald makes his restoring them. Yet their lives are based on hiding truths from the world and from each other. Truths that Anna’s persistent daughter Izzy is now close to finding out.
Love in West Brom by Rupi Lal
“In fair West Brom, where we set our scene, a pair of star-crossed lovers live their life in strife…” Romeo & Juliet this is not… This is Love in West Brom! A comedy about a Black Country girl and a boy with Punjabi parents who struggle to cross boundaries and cultural differences to stay together.
Burning Issue by Elizabeth Parkes
William Price was a man born out of his time with beliefs that would seem quite rational today but in the nineteenth century were dangerous views to hold.
A man of the people; an inspired doctor; a renowned eccentric; he is best remembered for his trial that eventually changed the law of the land.
To register as part of our invited audience, please send your name and those of anyone else you’d like to bring along, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cucumber Writers are a group of 11 emerging Midlands playwrights, who first met on the REP’s Write Away course in 2012. We staged several rehearsed readings of our work in 2013, and we’re trying out some longer pieces through Open Door, a pilot season of works-in-progress written by West Midlands based writers.
And there’s more to come…
The REP has invited the Cucumber Writers to test out more new work in front of an invited audience on Monday, June 2.
- Toadally Free Improv Comedy Monday March 17th.
Free Form Frogs – members of Box of Frogs workshop - present another dose of their inimitable brand of high-octane improvised nonsense from audience suggestions, on Monday March 17th at the Blue Orange Theatre.
All your favourite improv games, unrehearsed and improvised entirely live. No-one knows what will happen, least of all us! Expect to laugh, expect to be amazed – but most of all expect the unexpected.
Absolutely free, with our usual cast iron guarantee – “laugh, or your money back!” (but donations always welcome)
Monday March 17th, Blue Orange Theatre, 7.30pm. Come early and buy a drink.
Tickets just £0! For more information, contact The Blue Orange Theatre
The Arena Theatre has been successful in raising more than £30,000 in funding to develop work with Wolverhampton’s children and young people. Three projects have been underway for some months and now the young people are ready to share their performances with the public.
On March 21st and 22nd, pupils from West Park Primary School and Penn Hall School will be sharing with audiences the work they have done on the project Counter Culture. This is a heritage, education and theatre project in which the children have been working with Wolverhampton City Archives and professional artists on creating a piece of theatre based on their own research and interviews they have conducted with Wolverhampton people. The children visited shops, snack vans, the police station, library, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and a host of other locations to find out about how people communicate and make relationships over the city’s counters. Their performance will take place at the Arena theatre and all tickets cost £1. The main funder for this project is Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are available from the Arena Theatre box office.
Since last September, a group of secondary school pupils have been meeting at the theatre every Monday evening as the Arena Young Rep, a youth theatre developed in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. On April 2nd and 3rd, the young people will perform at the Rep in a production of Macbeth. This is part of the Young Rep Festival. Tickets are on sale now from Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The Arena Young Rep will be looking to recruit new members at its taster session on Wednesday 28th May, and there will also be a week-long summer school commencing on Monday 28th July. Places can be booked from the Arena’s box office. The Arena Young Rep has received financial support from the William Adlington Cadbury Trust.
Four young people have started their Arts Award journey at the Arena, working towards their Silver and Gold awards. They are able to access unique opportunities offered by the theatre to work with theatre professionals and get involved in events and activities at the theatre.
Theatre Development Officer Alison Vermee said “The Arena is delighted to be able to offer such great, innovative, opportunities to young people in the city. We very much hope that people will support them by coming to see the work they have created.”
Jestaminute Community Theatre cic are looking for community actors to take part in their new play ‘One back of Nineteen’ at Forge Mill on 12th and 13th April . The play shares the findings of their current Heritage Lottery funded project ‘Engineering the Past’ .
The company have been capturing the working memories of Redditch people before the town was designated as a new town and the play will share some of those stories through fictionalised characters .
The commitment :
Audition 26th March - evening 6 pm – 10 pm - venue in Redditch TBC
Rehearsals: 5th & 6th April 10 am-4 pm each day – venue in Redditch TBC
10th April evening 6 pm -9 pm at Forge Mill Redditch
Performances : *10th April – school performance at Palace Theatre Redditch exact time TBC but
actors called for 10 am -2.30 pm
12th & 13th April public performances at Forge Mill, 3 performances each day 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3 pm.
As this is a community project there will be no fee but expenses will be covered and we will provide drinks throughout day plus lunch.
* Your availability on the 10th is extremely desirable but not an absolute requirement as the play will be written in a modular fashion and this piece to an invited school audience will be shortened .
Please send details – playing age, gender, short resume of experience to: email@example.com
A Passion For Birmingham
Old Joint Stock Theatre
14th-19th April 2014
A stranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the biggest festival in its history begins. The events of the next few days will turn the world upside down.
A Passion For Birmingham is a new promenade play reimagining one of the world’s most important stories, the life and death of Jesus Christ, as a gripping contemporary drama, a political thriller, a study of the abuse of religious power, and of friendships ripped apart and rebuilt.
A unique collaboration between Birmingham Cathedral, The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre and the Wellington Pub, this is an event for the whole community of multicultural Birmingham.
A Passion For Birmingham is a promenade production which will lead its audience around both familiar spaces and hidden spaces in the three venues via the passageways and alleyways which surround them. In each new location, a new scene unfolds.
Monday 14th April
6:30pm & 8:30pm
Tuesday 15th April
Wednesday 16th April
6:30pm & 8:30pm
Thursday 17th April
Friday 18th April
Saturday 19th April
1pm, 6:30pm & 8:30pm
Box Office: 0121 200 0946
Please wear suitable footwear. We apologise that due to the nature of the promenade style, the production is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are strictly limited to 30 per performance
Running time: 1hr 15 approx.
For press and reviewer comps, please contact Artistic Director, Timothy Hodgson, on 0121 200 0946
Directed by Tracey Street
Written and devised by Tim Jeffries, Tracey Street and the OJS Theatre Co.
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company
Founded in 2012 and based out of a 105-seat studio theatre above the Old Joint Stock Pub in Birmingham, The Old Joint Stock Theatre Company champions big plays for small spaces and forgotten and neglected writing.
They are currently gearing up for their Edinburgh 2014 production of Fragile, a new semi-autobiographical play by BAFTA-winning writer Geoff Thompson. The company’s 2013 Edinburgh show, Tea At Five, won Best Production Awards at Stratford-Upon-Avon Fringe and Birmingham Fest and gained glowing reviews from The Stage and The Times, and a feature on the front page of The Times.
The company is set for an exciting 2014, with A Passion for Birmingham this Easter (a promenade co-production with Birmingham Cathedral) and the opening of three new theatres programmed and supplied by the company, the first of which has already opened in Croydon and is currently on a run of seven successive sell-out productions; this is to be followed by new theatres at Fullers pubs in Hammersmith and Brighton later this year.
Best Fringe Production 2013 (Central Region), The Public Reviews
Best Production, Birmingham Fest 2013
Best Actress, Stratford-Upon-Avon Fringe 2012
Best Solo Production, Stratford-Upon-Avon Fringe 2012
Tracey trained at Dartington College of Arts, where she won the artist achievement award for her work with Slovak director Martin Cicvak. She has directed shows for Theatre 503 and the Czech National Theatre, and has directed and devised five new plays in the past five years for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Tracey is an associate artist with the National Youth Theatre of GB and is artistic director of ‘Letters To Eric’ Theatre Company. She recently coached the 70-strong ensemble cast for the professional production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral. Tracey is absolutely delighted to have had the chance to work on A Passion For Birmingham, a project which is so relevant today and she hopes it will add a new angle to perceptions of the city.
Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre
Tel: 0121 200 0946
Bringing Theatre to the Heart of Birmingham
This is just to update you on a new ticket offer from Birmingham Repertory Theatre, for Never Try This At Home. Unfortunately there is no longer a performance taking place on Monday 10th March, but please have a look at the attached flier for free tickets for the performance on Wednesday 12th March instead. Do book your tickets by visiting The REP website and entering the coupon code (details below).
Theatre Cuppa will still take place at The REP on Monday 10th March from 5pm, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you there!
Ali and Rochi
Dear Theatre Cuppa Members,
We hope you are looking forward to joining us at The REP on 10 March. Unfortunately there is no longer a performance of Never Try This At Home that day, but we don’t want you to miss out and so are offering you free tickets for 12 March instead!
Read on to find out more about this hilarious new play and how you can get your free tickets…
|Remember waking up on Saturday mornings and running down the stairs to watch your favourite children’s show? Remember watching the custard pie fights, pop bands and madness and desperately wanting to be part of the studio audience? Well now you can!…
Never Try This At Home is a hilarious, dark comedy inspired by your favourite TV shows from your childhood such as Tiswas, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Going Live, Live & Kicking, SM:TV Live and Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow. The anarchic chaos of these classic children’s shows is brilliantly recreated in this exciting new play.
Critically-acclaimed theatre company Told by an Idiot deliver an exhilarating and fresh look at a much-loved era of television. Niall Ashdown of Whose Line Is It Anyway? brings his incomparable improvisation skills to the cast so every performance is going to be a unique and unforgettable experience. Prepare for a disturbing look behind the forced smiles and bad clothes of past TV stars but be aware that anything could happen and that this show definitely isn’t for children!
Click here to listen to director Paul Hunter talk about his inspiration for the show.
“Told by an Idiot are the most exciting, enthralling and energising presence in British Theatre”
How To Book
To get your tickets at this special offer rate just visit The REP’s website, select the performance on 12 March and enter the Coupon Code THEATRECUPPA when prompted.
(This offer is limited and subject to availability. It is only available online and may not be applied retroactively. Maximum of 4 tickets per household at offer rate. Standard terms and conditions of sale apply.)
We hope you can join us for this hilarious show.
BIRMINGHAM TV AND FILM SUMMIT 2014
Library of Birmingham
Thursday 13th March 2014
Join us as we look forward to an exciting future for Birmingham’s Film and Television industry.
With introductions from Film Birmingham, Birmingham City Council and the RTS, leading to a key note speech from BBC Network Producer Tim Key and Executive Producer, Claire Ingham – Company Television. There will also be the chance to attend a range of informative breakout sessions and network with people from across the industry in our region.
The day will end with the RTS Baird Lecture and they are proud to announce that this year it will be given by Mars El Brogy.
We would be delighted if you could join us for this event which will herald a new partnership to support growth in Film, TV and digital content production in Birmingham.
We are inviting TV and Film professionals to come along and hear how we would like to move forward together as well as to take part in workshops led by industry experts, network with other professionals and key figures from the region.
The invitation is extended by the RTS, to join them at the Council House for the annual Baird Lecture which will be given this year by Mars El Brogy who will be giving us her expert knowledge on ‘The integration of social and digital into broadcast’
Attendance is free of charge, but to ensure your place at this event please complete and return the attached booking form to Jayne Greene, RTS Midlands Centre Administrator via email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which workshops you wish to attend.
Please also state if you would like to attend the Baird Lecture.
A confirmation email of your schedule will be emailed to you by Friday 7th March.
Registration will be from 11am with introductory speeches at 12 noon.
As you may be aware our previous email address with yahoo has been hacked!
You can contact specific members of the team through: email@example.com (marketing and design), firstname.lastname@example.org (finance), email@example.com (organisational development), firstname.lastname@example.org for our technical team and email@example.com for general enquiries.