mid * point: SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN WEST MIDLANDS THEATRE TALENT ANNOUNCED

BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE AWARDED £332,000 TO SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF THEATRE WRITERS AND DIRECTORS

 

 

The West Midlands today builds on its status as a major force in supporting new theatre talent with the announcement that leading UK theatre company, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, is to offer further professional development opportunities for theatre makers, writers and directors for the next three years.

 

Two grants totalling £332,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust will enable The REP to run its hugely successful REP Foundry programme for a further three years until 2019 allowing it to discover, develop and support more theatre artists at the start of their careers.

 

Created in 2013 by Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director, REP Foundry aims to discover and promote the West Midlands’ most promising burgeoning talent. Writers, directors and theatre makers receive mentoring and professional support at The REP using the skills and knowledge of its team of experienced professionals alongside its network of specialist industry partners. They are also given the space to develop, share and create work for a variety of audiences.

 

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre says:

“Now more than ever theatre must continue to encourage ideas, talent and creativity and we’re passionate about making that happen in the heart of the UK. We’re thrilled with the success of REP Foundry and now thanks to the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust we are able to further our capacity to discover, develop and help promote more new theatre talent.”

 

The REP has a long legacy of developing and launching new writers and theatre directors, and REP Foundry has established itself as a springboard for emerging talent.  Fifty-four West Midlands based artists have benefitted from REP Foundry to date with some notable successes including the premieres of seven newly commissioned plays and employment at other regional theatres. Two former Foundry artists have become Associate Artists at The REP and other Foundry artists have since been able to tour their work.

 

This announcement comes on the back of The REP’s recent Ambition For Excellence Award from Arts Council England which will also furthers The REP’s commitment to making world class theatre with and for people across Birmingham. Over the next three years, Furnace will bring together local communities with extraordinary stories to tell and world class artists to create epic experiences of startling quality. The first of these projects took place on 1stJuly with a UK wide project. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ by Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre with the National Theatre and 14-18 Now and featured thousands of community performers. Furnace will bring theatre to a wider audience and builds both on The REP’s successful REP Foundry programme for developing emerging theatre talent by giving its graduates the chance to work on large scale international productions and new commissions, while also continuing the theatre’s programme of offering local community members the opportunity to perform on The REP’s stages and beyond.

 

Details of REP Foundry and how to apply can be found at: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/repfoundry or by emailingfoundry@birmingham-rep.co.uk. Applications are now open for 2016/17, deadline 5pm on Monday 22 August 2016.

  

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mid * point: Stand Up For Beginners at the Blue Orange Theatre

Stand-Up Comedy for Beginners.
Please find details of the class below.
Kind regards,
Blue Orange Theatre
We are delighted to offer a brand new comedy class for beginners. Join our 8-week course for an introduction to the art of stand-up
Comedy, led by experienced comedian Rob Coleman
Rob Coleman has been on the circuit for eight years. He is an established semi-professional comedian with over 1500 gigs to his name as both act and compere.
Rob has taught a number of comedy courses to budding comics of all ages. Last year at The Blue Orange he guided a group of completely new comics to their first five-minute performance.
Duration: 8 Weeks
Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Venue: Blue Orange Theatre
Dates: Term 1: Monday 26th September – Monday 5th December
Cost: £80 (£65 for the early bird, book before 26th August)
Please get in touch if you have any queries.

mid * point: Central Youth Theatre host Fantasy Film Week

Central Youth Theatre, Wolverhampton’s longest established youth theatre, are holding a week-long drama school based on three cinematic blockbusters: How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters Inc and The Jungle Book. This Fantasy Film summer school will be an opportunity for children aged between 7-13 years old to make a play in a week, which will then be showcased to an invited audience of family and friends at the end of the week. Children will get to play drama games, meet lots of new young people and act as their favourite film characters, such as Sully, Baloo and Toothless the dragon.

Ever dreamt of flying with your own dragon?

Do you wish you could dream with Sully and Mike?

Would you like to explore the jungle with Baloo?

Now is your chance! Come along to our theatre week and discover the fantasy worlds of How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters Inc. and The Jungle Book

 

The summer school will take place at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, Monday 25th – Friday 29th July, 10:30am – 4pm.

 

Prices
£95 for the week

£75 for families in receipt of working tax credit

£45 for families in receipt of unemployment benefit

There are also discounts available for siblings.

 

To enrol
Contact Jane Ward on 01902 572091 or email jane@centralyouththeatre.org


Theatre: Summer in Southside

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With suitable weather upon us, this weekend Summer in Southside brings the seaside to the city.

Over the weekend, experience a vibrant carnival atmosphere where Hurst Street will be transformed with seaside sights, sounds and silliness. Be swept away by nautical encounters from a cod choir, deep-sea divers and even some pirates.

Play on wooden street games, dive into the mouth of an enormous whale, enjoy street acrobatics, a marching band with a difference and much, much more.

The festival takes place from 12-5pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July. The programme can be found here.

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Party planner wanted!

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Well it turns out that inadvertently Stan’s Cafe has become ancient and in order to celebrate being ancient but not dead we thought we aught to throw a party, a proper party, the kind of party people leave saying “now that was a party”, the kind of party that rings down the generations.

One idea we have for making the party special is to make a new studio theatre show especially to premiere AT the party. Obviously organizing a party and making a new show for it is a logistical challenge, plus we have a fair amount of other stuff happening between now and then so we need some help, some PAID help, the kind of paid help that could organize the backside off a donkey.

Are you or do you know that person? The donkey backside organizing off, party planning, show production managing, VIP invite wrangling übermensch (person of supreme integrity and honour)? If so get in touch, we are hiring.

The full job description with news of how to apply is downloadable here

Women and Theatre: Artistic Intern opportunity

Generic recruitment for webpageWe are delighted to be able to offer another Artistic Internship position this September through funding from the Creative Employment Programme.  This paid Internship offers a creative individual the chance to gain professional experience, working with an award-winning theatre company on all aspects of project delivery including performance, stage management, workshop delivery and project-related administration. 

The vacancy is for 30 hours a week for a 6 month period starting on Monday 19 September.  Applicants should be aged 18-24 and must be registered unemployed with JobCentre Plus at the time of applying.  Application forms should be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday 10th August 2016 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th September 2016. Application packs are available from info@womenandtheatre.co.uk

 

MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: AUGUST 2016

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FRI 5TH – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE 

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Absurdly Fabulous: Feature length show in Birmingham inspired by Ab Fab, the hit 90s sitcom.  Grab your Harvey Nics avocado caviar wrap, pour the Bolly, throw off your La Croix heels and prepare for raucous fun, sweetie darling.

http://foghornunscripted.com/brand-new-secret-show/

FRI 5TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE HOUSE

[CV1 1JD]

Wow impro:  Free comedy night from Coventry-based improv troupe.

https://twitter.com/wowimpro

SAT 6TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

[LE1 5JN]

The Same Faces:  Monthly Leicester show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

THURS 11TH – THE MALT CROSS

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Gorilla Burger:  Regular Nottingham show where everyone is welcome to take part, simply by putting your name in a hat. 

https://missimp.co.uk/improv-shows/

MON 15TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 

[B18 6AD]

Box Of Frogs:  Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with all your favourite improv games.  .  Absolutely free, with their usual cast iron guarantee – ‘laugh, or your money back!’

https://boxoffrogsimpro.wordpress.com/performances/toadally-free-shows/

THURS 18TH – ISLAND BAR 

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Hilarity Ensues:  Monthly show in central Birmingham featuring stand up, sketch and improvised comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/ensueshilarity/

SAT 27TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

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The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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Black Country Touring: Sandwell Arts Festival 2016 – Imagine That!

WEST BROM IS TRANSFORMED INTO A TOWN OF ADVENTURE WITH AN INFINITY GARDEN, POP UP FILM, AN ILLUSTRATED TRAIL, TWISTED STORYTELLING, AN URBAN BEACH AND MORE! SATURDAY 13th & SUNDAY 14th AUGUST 11.30AM-3.30PM. And remember we’ll be offering a prize to … Continued

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MidlandsImprov.com: AUDIENCE REVIEWS: SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL

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Here’s what people had to say about Showstopper! when it came to the Theatre Royal Nottingham.  Scroll down for more detail on press reviews, blogs, Facebook comments and Twitter.

 

Nottingham Post

  • These geniuses of improvisation fill 90 minutes of highly entertaining, often hilarious, live theatre.
  • Brought the house down and what was especially brilliant was how the ensemble was able to collectively seize a line and turn it into a singalong chorus.
  • It is slick, pacy and ingenious. I haven’t laughed so much in years.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/showstopper-the-improvised-musical-review/story-29490756-detail/story.html

Nottingham Live

  • It was hilarious, which is not a word I use often.
  • The comedic musical talent on stage last night was sublime.
  • How they wound and worked all the ideas thrown at them was very impressive and entertaining plus their voices were up to the task.

http://www.nottinghamlive.co.uk/live/review-showstoppers-the-improvised-musical/

BabblingBates

  • Tonight’s show was brilliant and I’m still marvelling at quite how they can do it.
  • The cast are clearly all very talented and flexible and display a real bond, avoiding even a single awkward moment.
  • This show would appeal to anyone, young or old, experienced theatre-goer or novice, a truly funny night out.

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Facebook comments

  • I have been describing your show last night at Nottingham as Brilliantly Bonkers. Then people look at me as if I’m bonkers when they ask what it was about 😂 Guess you had to be there to “win the ball, pass the ball, trap the ball and score” Thank you!! Can’t wait for Saturday!!!
  • Absolutely brilliant! Soooo clever. Soooo funny…. A real unexpected pleasure! Will not forget the Brian clough song or barracudas in a while!

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