Monthly Archives: July 2006

Kindle Theatre: Festival of Xtreme building

In Summer 2007 Kindle were commissioned to curate the opening ceremony of the festival of xtreme building seen by over 350 invited celebrants.

The months leading up to the ceremony saw the arrival of X Nation to Birmingham, infiltrating trains, buses, trams, centenary square, snow hill station and the bull ring. The culminating out door parade was made up of over 80 of the X Nation participants including wrestlers, singers, a samba band, Bollywood dancers, dohl drummers, performers, cheerleaders and a magician.

Kindle would like to thank all the participants involved and Orit Azaz for her mentoring.

Kindle Theatre: The Glasshouse – June 2006

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In 2006, Kindle collaborated with eight Midlands-based artists on a combined-art project that celebrated the history of Chance Bro’s Glassworks, Smethwick, Birmingham. The installation/performance was built on the sixth floor of the disused glass factory and was our adaptation of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The Great Exhibition had been held in the original Crystal Palace which Chance Bro’s had glazed, and in it were housed Britain’s proudest inventions in a showcase of the Industrial Revolution. In our version, the characters themselves were the exhibits, alongside the artists’ commissioned works, in a bittersweet salute to the industrial powerhouse that was Birmingham, from the graveyard of one of its forgotten buildings.

“The glasshouse is not conventional theatre” Ciaran Ryan, BBC

Collaborating artists:

Iris Bertz – Willow Sculpture

Geoff Broadway – Light Installation

Steve Davies – Film

Keir Williams – TV/Film/Sound

Annie Mahtani – Electro-acoustic composition

Lynette Clee – Photography

Kimberly Trusty – Poetry

Jerome Harrington – Glass Book Display