Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Something to See and Hear.

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Nina West is a superstar it’s an outrage that so few people know this to be true. The sonic worlds she has created drive Ocean of Storms (1996) – which we then nicked a 250 second section of for It’s Your Film (1998), Be Proud of Me (2003) and The Cleansing of Constance Brown (2007) (which blew everyone into next week).

Most recently she delivered 255 minutes of inspired menace angst and wonder to power Twilightofthefreakingods to its bloody flame licked conclusion. Now she is working on the soundtrack to the film that has arisen from that show. The film premieres on Saturday and typically of Nina I received a text from her yesterday essentially saying “I’m very excited, I’ve made big revisions to the soundtrack, when I saw it at our recent screening I thought 1/3 of it was a disaster so I’ve relocated much of the music, added new elements and put in some reprises to hopefully make it perfectly balanced”. I’d thought it was amazing as it was, heaven knows how good it will be now.

Nine years ago Nina wrote an essay about her work for this website. It’s probably time we got her to write some more.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Play along with us…

This month we begin a series of exciting events titled RINGSIDE, focusing on the wonderful world of Wagner as we celebrate the arrival of Mariinsky Theatre’s epic production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. One of these special events is a unique chance to play along with a specially developed ‘reality game’ – find out more in a […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: It’s Time for Afrovibes! Thu 23 – Sat 25 Oct @ The Drum

After months of preparation and practice, Afrovibes 2014 has finally arrive in Birmingham! It opened last night at mac Birmingham to and will be on from Mon 20 to Sat 25 Oct.

The Drum will come alive with a sensational selection of South African Theatre, Dance, Music,Spoken Word and Visual Arts from internationally acclaimed actors, directors, performers and musicians. We hope you’ll join us in making this year’s festival even greater than the last, including our fantastic Afrovibes Closing Party on Sat 25 Oct at 10pm following Rhetorical.

Afrovibes Closing Party
Sat 25 Oct, 10pm

The Drum, Frontiers Café Bar
£3 OTD – Free admission with ticket stubs from any Afrovibes events

Join us at the Afrovibes Closing Party as we bid farewell to our South African guests and celebrate the end of the Festival. The Drum’s Frontiers Township Café will become the ultimate African music hot spot as DJ Fenta Zulu and MC Appollon from the legendary Club Afrique are joined by Newstyle Radio’s DJ Wali and DJ Fresh. Expect an amazing night of dance and music as we rock the Township Café with great classics and the latest hits from Soukous, Makosa, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-Hop and many more.

Also taking the stage for live performances will be a cappella trio The Soil presenting their stunning mix of township Jazz, Hip-Hop, Afro-Pop and Afro-Soul plus special musical vibes from the cast of Mamela, all hosted by Lit Fuse poets Amerah Saleh, Sipho Eric Dube and Nafeesa Hamid. Tickets for the Closing Party are £3, but take any ticket stub from The Drum’s Afrovibes shows, or any show at mac or Birmingham REP, and you’ll to get free admission! Even better, the same ticket will also get you £1 off any Afrovibes shows at mac or Birmingham REP – and vice versa!

Here’s what you can look forward to across the week, so make sure you keep these dates in your diary!

Freedom or Death: Photographic Exhibition – Dr Vanley Burke
On until Fri 7 Nov

An unprecedented photographic exhibition charting the final days of South Africa’s apartheid era, captured by documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.

Mandela 27
Until Sat 25 Oct
The Drum Café

Step into a recreation of Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell and learn the history of his and South Africa’s fight for freedom.

Punk in Africa
Tue 21 Oct, 7pm

Three chords, three countries, one revolution… the story of South Africa’s multiracial punk movement.

An Evening with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Tracie Morris
Wed 22 Oct, 7:30pm

An evening of conversation and performance from Jamaican poet and dub artist Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and the acclaimed US poet and voice artist Tracie Morris.

Biko’s Quest
Thu 23 Oct, 7:30pm

The legacy of inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko, brought to life through amazing contemporary dance.

Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm

Hear the voices, hopes and dreams of the remarkable young women of South Africa’s ‘born-free’ generation in a fusion of European and African theatre. Book your tickets, and get a special concessionary price on tickets for Township Comets.

Township Comets
Fri 24 Oct, 9pm

Enjoy a joyful mix of South African Township Jazz inspired by South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. Concession prices apply for anyone who has been to see Mamela

Sat 25 Oct, 7:30pm

Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1999, and the highs, and lows, of his political struggles are explored through the eyes of those he influenced.

Township Café
Every day during the festival

Relax in our specially created Township Café and enjoy unique art, drama, music and spoken word events happening throughout the day during the festival.

Afrovibes at mac birmingham

The Soil
Mon 20 Oct, 8pm

Soweto’s award-winning, platinum-selling beatbox a cappella group combine an eclectic mix of township jazz, Hip-Hop and Afro-pop.

Tue 21 Oct, 8pm

In January 2008, in Skierlik, west of Pretoria, seventeen year-old Johan Nel went on a racially motivated shooting spree killing four people and wounding eight. Skierlik explores tragic effects on those left behind.

Rainbow Scars
Wed 22 & Thu 23 Oct, 8pm

Written by Mike Van Graan, Rainbow Scars follows Lindiwe, a black teenager adopted by white parents, confronting her racial identity in the new Rainbow Nation.

Double Bill: Mana and Dark Cell
Fri 24 Oct, 8pm
Double Bill: Uncles & Angels and Dark Cell
Sat 25 Oct, 8pm

In Mana, South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe evokes the spirit of African dance and Shaman traditions. The award-winning Dark Cell draws inspiration from prisoners of Robben Island, using a prison cell as metaphor for mental imprisonment. Uncles & Angels uses breath-taking interactive dance and video to explore South Africa’s traditional Reed Dance.

Afrovibes at Birmingham REP

Fri 24 Oct, 7pm
Tickets: £5 (£3)

Making its UK premiere, this compelling short film reworks Noyes’ Fludde by Benjamin Britten, relocating the story of Noah’s Ark to present-day South Africa, and re-imagining Noah as a woman who must hold her family together.

Visit Afrovibes UK to view the full nationwide season of events. Find out more on facebook at Afrovibes as well as Twitter @AfrovibesUK with #afrovibes too.

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Rossini on the Road with WNO

In our latest blog, Welsh National Opera’s Nicholas John Dramaturg, Sophie Rashbrook, writes about the exciting upcoming season… From the 19-22 November, Welsh National Opera will bring their Autumn season to audiences at the Birmingham Hippodrome, with new productions of the revolutionary Rossini operas Moses in Egypt and William Tell, and Bizet’s much-loved classic, Carmen. […]

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: 24 Hour Culture Survey

The cultural organisations of the West Midlands need you! This weekend, a major survey will take place to discover how people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives in the West Midlands. The 24 Hour Culture Survey asks you to tell them what you get up to over a single day – be it visiting a gallery, taking a dance class, listening to music whilst doing the washing up, knitting or reading on the bus. Anyone can take part, no matter how young – all experiences count.

You can take part by filling in the survey here from noon on Friday 24 to noon Saturday 25 October 2014.

The survey has been commissioned by 22 of the West Midlands’ arts organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Compton Verney, mac birmingham, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, DanceXchange, Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. It is hoped that the findings will be used to inform arts policy in forthcoming years, both by the organisations themselves but also by local authorities and government.

Findings from the survey will be released before the end of the year.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Introducing our new First Night Bloggers…

We are very pleased to raise the curtain on our brand-new group of First Night Bloggers. The lucky team will be working alongside the Press & PR department over the next twelve months to bring you all the news and review surrounding our First Night scheme offering discounted tickets for 16-23 years olds – find […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Sanchez concert Cancelled at Bingley Hall – Official Statement onbehalf of The Drum

We regret to inform you that the Sanchez concert scheduled for tonight at The New Bingley Hall has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We sincerely apologize for this cancellation and the inconvenience it may have caused you.

All ticket holders will be entitled to a full refund of the ticket price paid, with proof of purchase, from the outlet that the ticket was purchased. Refunds for card payments will be available from The Drum straight away. However cash refunds will not be available until after 3pm on Tuesday 21st of October 2014.

Ticket purchased at one of the ticket outlets must be returned to the outlet for refund.  Please contact the ticket outlet of purchase and they will direct you how to claim your refund. Refund of booking fees will be at the discretion of the individual ticket outlets.

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: THE BODYGUARD – CAST ANNOUNCED…

Drum roll please… In the week that celebrates 26 years since Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” shot to number one in the charts in 1988, we are delighted to reveal that three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, will star in the leading role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in THE BODYGUARD when the production makes it’s Birmingham […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Discover the range of arts and culture available to pupils across the West Midlands

Birmingham Arts Partnership (BAP), a partnership made up of 14 arts and cultural organisations, including Birmingham Hippodrome,  is inviting teachers and educational professionals to a special event to discover the range, breadth and depth of arts and culture available to pupils across the West Midlands. The conference takes place on 22 October, 8am – 12.30pm […]