The Christmas decorations are up at Little Earthquake HQ, and we just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over 2013. It’s been a busy year for us and you can read all about it in our latest newsletter.
We have lots of exciting plans for next year and we’re both looking forward to seeing you again soon. Until then, we hope you have a very merry Christmas!
Gareth and Philip
After a sell-out premiere at The Lowry in Salford, our tour of The Tell-Tale Heart continues throughout Winter 2013 and into Spring 2014, with more dates being added to the schedule as they’re confirmed.
Thank you so much for an amazing theatre experience! Theatre of Cruelty at its best! Both myself and the students cannot stop talking about the performance. Brilliant to see some thought provoking and challenging theatre that really opens our students’ minds to the possibilities of theatre.Simone Mallon, Curriculum Leader of Drama, Penketh High School, Warrington, on The Tell-Tale Heart
We’re really chuffed by the audience response to the show and looking forward to sharing it with more people up and down the country over the coming months.
During our recent visit to the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, our resident photographer Jessica Oates came in to take some snaps of Laurence and Iain in action. You can take a peek at what she captured here.
Many of our local supporters have been asking if we’ll be performing the show in Birmingham, and we can finally announce that, yes, we will! We’ll be visiting the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 6th February 2014 at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale…and what a wonderfully creepy Christmas present they would make…! For more information, you can go to the mac website here.
We hope you can join us!
Our Artistic Director, Janice Connolly, will be leading a six week free comedy course at the Light House, Wolverhampton on Monday evenings in January/February 2014. If you’ve ever wanted to try writing and performing your own stand-up material, this is the time to do it! We would particularly like to encourage members of our diverse black and minority ethnic communities to take part. At the end of the course we host a Community Comedy Night where course participants will be able to share their material with local audiences alongside a professional headline act. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Kindle Theatre, one of the most pioneering theatre companies in the UK, present their new show Come Heavy Sleep, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre for two work-in-progress performances on 13th and 14th December 2013 at 7.45pm.
Come Heavy Sleep is a passion-fuelled murder story that takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s Othello. This performance tests ideas that will eventually develop into a large-scale ensemble spectacle, fronted by the band The Come Heavies with bold choreography, chopped-up narrative and stunning visuals. The music moves from 16th Century Lute to Noise Pop into Industrial Grindcore and 1950?s-style romantic ballad.
The 2012 development of Come Heavy Sleep was co-commissioned by RSC PILOT Night, mac birmingham and Coventry University. The 2013 development of Come Heavy Sleep has been commissioned by The REP.
Tickets are just £5 (£3 concessions) and available through the Birmingham Rep’s website.
(I’m hoping to go to this Friday night, if anyone fancies joining me.)
Speaking of PILOT Night – submissions are now open for the next one.
Here’s an excerpt from their announcement newsletter CiB received:
On Thursday 6th February 2014 PILOT Nights will land in Wolverhampton, hosted by the Arena Theatre. 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. In the week leading up to the performance, Arena Theatre have offered free rehearsal/development space. It will also be a great opportunity to create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners.
This is an unmissable opportunity for all kinds of theatre makers, not just from the Midlands but from across the UK.
You can read the rest of their announcement here.
For more info about PILOT Nights, how they work and what’s happened in the past, check out their website.
Kali and Pentabus present The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan
We’re co-producing with our friends at Kali an explosive new play about love, jealousy and a woman’s right to choose. Against a backdrop of modern rural India writer Sharmila Chauhan weaves an extraordinary tale of love and wonder.
Better get booked in early:
4th Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 7.30pm Book Here
5th Arena Theatre Wolverhampton 7.30pm Book Here
6th The Roses Theatre 7.30pm Book Here
7th Ludlow Assembly Rooms 7.30 Book Here
11th-23rd Soho Theatre 7pm Book Here
15th & 22nd Soho Theatre Matinees 2.45
The Drum brings together artists, musicians, poets, activists and community representatives from across Birmingham’s diverse communities to pay tribute to the great Nelson Mandela, remembering the life and legacy of a man who inspired generations and shaped the history of South Africa and beyond.
The event will celebrate Mr Mandela’s life and pay respects to his struggle for social justice, equality and reconciliation. There will be discussions, tributes, archive footage, and musical performances across a range of genres including Reggae, Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul and Bhangra. We will link to South Africa to join coverage of the funeral proceedings, and speak to ex-patriots as they share their memories of the great man.
Visitors are also invited to sign our Book of Remembrance, the extracts of which will be collected and presented to the South African Embassy.
Intended artists include Jazz vocalist Saaliyah, African Dancer Sandra Golding, Reggae artists Rose Capri, Robbie Levi and Christine Benjamin, R&B singer Tish Blake, African drummer Asha B, Hip-Hop artists Priscilla Cameron and Rawality, Soul artists Skipah and Lushea, poet Mike Paul, and Bhangra master King Gurcharan Mall & Dhol Blasters, plus a host of others.
Please join us as we pay our respects to a true hero, who’s indomitable spirit touched the lives of so many and achieved so much.
In addition to their scheduled evening performance, Town Hall Gospel Choir will be making a special tribute, performing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, South Africa’s beautiful National Anthem, official anthem for the African National Congress during the apartheid era and a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. This will be followed by a video tribute and an evening of music. Please note this is a separate ticketed event. For more information visit www.the-drum.org,uk or call 0121 333 2444.
Special thanks to Yaz Alexander for helping to coordinate this special event, and Robannas Studios for donating their time and equipment to make the event possible.