This year we’re bringing back our popular seasonal production, The Christmas Box. Perfect for older people’s residential and community settings, it has the feel of a travelling show with all the props and set pulled out from a wheelbarrow! With stories of winter and Christmas time, music and songs, interactive games and discussions, it celebrates the memories of older people and stimulates conversations between residents, reducing social isolation and promoting wellbeing. We’re now booking performances during the weeks of 7th and 14th December. If you know of any local care homes, community groups or residential settings with older people who might be interested in a performance, do get in touch.
On Saturday at 06:30 I experienced Something Good outside Birmingham Cathedral; dawn happened. As Dan Jones’ composition for the cathedral choir swirled around the churchyard, the streetlights clicked off in small clusters and a felt the lightness that came from realising that when I had arrived it had been the night and now, possibly fifteen minutes later, it had become the day. Although I have more than a passing acquaintance with dawn I cannot recall the last time I experienced like this. Usually I am in my own world noting the presence of dawn with more or less pleasure, on Saturday I experienced being in time and it was a joyous feeling.
Later in the day, was brought up short by time once more. The man from whom I normally choose to buy lemons, limes and coxes apples at the Birmingham Market wasn’t there. He wasn’t a friend; we’d exchange pleasantries about the weather, my status as a cyclist (he’d once saved my cycle helmet from one day to the next) and Eve’s penchant for a sausage sandwich. He wasn’t a friend, but that didn’t stop it been sad when, drawing closer to his regular pitch I saw the floral tribute and a card inscribed with the message something like “To Billy, a true legend of the market. We will miss you. From your friends, staff and traders”.
I love the markets, they are one of my favourite things about Birmingham and that tribute sums it up, there’s a dignity about the markets that I admire. I’ll miss Billy too but I expect someone will take his place. Carl was a legend of the market, but when he retired (getting out
in time before he was got by time) he passed his stall on and now I have a brief but pleasant chat with the new guy. Most recently he spoke about how how rugby has become his new Number 1 Sport as “Villa have let me down too many times” and now time has run out on that team as well… though in truth that is stretching the time thing as against Australia that clock didn’t stop a moment too soon.
We are currently recruiting for Casual Events/Bar Stewards to join our team. We have five positions available and hours are offered on a casual basis. For more information please download the recruitment pack Bar Stewards October 2015 or email email@example.com. The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 19th October @ 5pm.
Please note we do not accept CVs.
The Drum’s Arts Award Club
Saturdays 11am – 4pm*
The Drum’s Arts Award Club is open to anyone aged 5 – 25 years and is offered at five levels – Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. This is a nationally recognised accreditation and counts as points towards university applications. At each level, young people take part in the arts, research arts heroes and artists, create pieces of artwork to share publicly and to present work to others whilst learning and sharing skills. Not only do young people benefit by learning these artistic skills, they also progress with transferable skills including communication, team work and confidence building. The Drum’s Arts Award Club is a huge success so come along and get involved and earn yourself a qualification along the way.
*until 17 Oct
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Spitting Art has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, The Ian Potter Cultural Foundation, The Copyright Agency Career Fund and The City of Moreland.
On Tuesday and Wednesday Craig and I had the pleasure of exploring sunny Stratford-upon-Avon with Simon Ford. Our mission, to plot and scheme for a forthcoming edition of The Steps Series. This twentieth edition of the series is scheduled to open in January 2016 and despite saying we’d never do another outdoor edition using paint this one will be outdoors and us paint. To be honest the chance of telling the Charles Dickens’ life story through the streets of this beautiful town was too much to resist.
I’m not sure if anyone picked up the error in that paragraph. Of course we’ve not been mugging up on our Dickens, it’s been eyes down for Shakespeare over the last few weeks. We’ve been meeting up with people know things. Dr. Bob Bearman is an entertaining an energetic chap knows a lot of things about Stratford and its comings and goings during Shakespeare’s time. He has transcribed and edited most of the town’s public records for that period and published them in a weirdly entertaining volume that Craig has been devouring. Dr. Erin Sullivan, has already proved to our complete satisfaction that she knows more than any human should about Robert Burton’s book The Anatomy of Melancholy, now she’s just showing off by spraying Shakespeare knowledge at us, pointing us a useful quotes and facts (the first written instance of the term ‘leapfrog’ anyone? Henry V Act 5 Scene 2). Craig has interrogated Bennet Carr the Headteacher of King Edward VI School Stratford. Being Head at Shakespeare’s old school must be fairly mind warping. I’ve been zipping through Gregory Doran’s Shakespeare Almanac looking for ‘good stuff’. It’s full of general ‘good stuff’ but I’m looking for stuff that’s good for Steps which is more tricky (Shakespeare 49 years old when the King James Bible was being compiled, 49th Psalm 49th word? Shake count back 49 words… anyone? Spear (this doesn’t exactly work in my edition but it’s very close)). The main thing I’ve come up with from there so far is we need to get much more nature into the show, more animals, more plants Etc. Shakespearian football related insult… anyone? King Lear Act 1 Scene 4, look it up if you don’t know it.
Our making process has been following the usual progression: agreeing locations and general themes for scenes then working to get action more detailed, identifying interesting objects and gist of speech. Next we have to nail down exactly what is going to go where before Simon designs the stencils for us to cut out in vinyl and use to apply the paint. Of course with all the partners supporting this project – the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, King Edward VI, plus plus plus – permissions need to be sought at numerous stages, hence doing all this work in September 2015 ready for January 2016. I hope the weather holds.
2 – 4 Oct 2015
The ICA, in association with Selfridges, presents ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham. The off-site project coincides with Selfridges’ Live + Loud and is the ICA’s first project in the city. ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham aims to reference recent trends in contemporary urban sub-cultures and features a temporary exhibition and music programme that draws on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city as a centre for creativity and a source of inspiration.
To accompany the exhibition and events programme, Voodoo Rays provides New York-style pizzas and drinks inspired by local Birmingham flavours.
Fri 2 Oct, 8pm-12am
Sat 3 Oct, 8pm-12am
119 Floodgate Street,
Birmingham B5 5TL
Whether you’re a Birmingham local, or visiting from further afield, it’s easy to get to the event location.
The project is organised in partnership with Selfridges & Co and supported by the Arts Council
The Drum is currently recruiting for a highly talented Marketing & Promotions Officer to join our team.
The Drum Arts Centre is dedicated to the development, presentation and celebration of intercultural arts and cultural activities. Our arts programme engages diverse audiences – locally, regionally and nationally.
Marketing & Promotions Officer
Circa £16,000 per annum
We’re looking for a talented individual to support the marketing and promotions of our varied programme of activities. Ideally, you will need to have experience of audience development, strong social media marketing skills, be committed to achieving sales targets and have a genuine passion for the arts.
In addition, you should have two years’ experience of working in a commercial or arts marketing environment.
If you would like be a part of The Drum’s team please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack. Completed applications should be returned by 5pm on Monday 19 October. Please note, CVs will not be accepted.