Monthly Archives: July 2011

Off Stage & On-line: Off Stage & On-line 2011-07-30 10:57:48


A sad goodbye to so many friends. The eleven actors who were part of our rep season, working with us for six months during which we got to know each other well through good times and through vicissitudes, played their last performance tonight. It was also the final New Vic performance for two other members of staff who are about to leave us – one for leafy Windsor; the other to report from conflict zones around the world. And our Managing Director Nick Jones, who’s steered the New Vic through ten successful years, retired after forty years in the business. He’s been a joy to work with: taking the work very seriously but approaching it with tremendous good humour and a sense of fun; never compromising on the art or the on the audience’s experience of the art; fair and equitable in his dealings with every member of staff, participant or audience member.

When asked what he might do with all the free time, his partner answered ‘oh, sleeping, mostly, I expect. He’s always very good at doing nothing….’ Little does she know what a dynamo she’s going to have at home!

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: Six Summer Saturdays videos

Videos for the first half of Birmingham’s street theatre season, Six Summer Saturdays, are up online on the Hippodrome’s Vimeo account. Here’s week three:

And you can follow these links for week two and week one.

Listings for all the craziness happening around the city centre are on sixsummersaturday.com.

UPDATE: I’m planning to be down in the Arcadian/outside the Hippodrome at 5pm this afternoon for music, queueing and speed portraiture. Say hi if you’re down there – I’ll be the tall guy who looks like me.

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mid * point: Job Opportunities: RSC

Events Producer
Based Stratford-upon-Avon
One-year fixed term contract

The RSC has built a global reputation for producing bold, ambitious and pioneering work. But we want that reputation to extend beyond what happens on stage. We want to deliver innovative events and exhibitions that engage, inspire and enthuse audiences from all backgrounds. Now’s your opportunity to make that happen.

Having recently reopened our doors after a £112 million transformation, it’s definitely an exciting time to be here. Particularly if you’re a creative leader who can challenge the events programme, working with our team to shape it from concept through to delivery. It’s a high-profile role that will see you develop distinctive and groundbreaking projects – from managing budgets and contracts, scheduling activities and co-ordinating teams to working closely with artists.

Your goal will be to marry the artistic aims of the programme with the strategic, financial and logistical resources of the department.

Solid experience of event production is a must, along with the proven ability to build and manage strong relationships with creative artists. In addition, you’ll need to be highly self-motivated with a real awareness of the best artistic work being produced right now – both on a national and international basis. Good budgetary and financial management skills are important too.

Although based here in Stratford-upon-Avon, you should have the flexibility to travel throughout the UK. As your role may involve working with children and vulnerable adults, you will be required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

To apply please visit www.rsc.org.uk/jobs If you have any queries, please email jobs@rsc.org.uk or phone 01789 412625

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5 August 2011

We are committed to equality of opportunity and encourage applications from minority ethnic and disabled people, as they are under-represented amongst our staff.
Events and Exhibitions Assistant
Based Stratford-upon-Avon
One-year fixed term contract

The RSC has built a global reputation for producing bold, ambitious and pioneering work. But we want that reputation to extend beyond what happens on stage. We want to deliver innovative events and exhibitions that engage, inspire and enthuse audiences from all backgrounds. If you can help us make that happen, this is an outstanding opportunity to develop your skills and experience.

Having reopened our doors after a £112 million transformation, we can also offer a truly unique and stimulating environment. So join us and provide key support to our team as together we create a groundbreaking and successful programme. It’s a wide-ranging role that includes liaising with companies and artists, updating online content and working front-of-house, as well as carrying out a range of admin tasks to keep the department running smoothly.

While experience of working with events would be welcomed, it’s not essential if you’re a strong communicator with excellent organisational, administrative and planning skills. A keen eye for detail is also important, together with a self-motivated approach.

Although based here in Stratford-upon-Avon, you should have the flexibility to travel throughout the UK. As your role may involve working with children and vulnerable adults, you will be required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

To apply please visit www.rsc.org.uk/jobs If you have any queries, please email jobs@rsc.org.uk or phone 01789 412625

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5 August 2011

We are committed to equality of opportunity and encourage applications from minority ethnic and disabled people, as they are under-represented amongst our staff.
Digital Producer
Based Stratford-upon-Avon
One-year fixed term contract

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the RSC team. Not only have we recently reopened our doors after a £112 million transformation, we’re producing The World Shakespeare Festival in 2012. This innovative and pioneering event will celebrate how people perform, teach and engage with the Bard.

Now we need you to produce our ambitious Shakespeare in the World project, a key element of the festival. Your challenge is to create engaging and inspiring online content that will encourage mass participation from a diverse range of audiences. So we will definitely be looking for a creative approach, plus the ability to work closely with our team to shape the entire project. On top of that, your role will include overseeing artistic talent, taking an editorial overview of content and managing budgets and contracts.

With sound experience of digital production, you already have the proven ability to deliver cross-departmental projects on time and on budget. A good knowledge of CMS managed websites, SEO principles and UGC development techniques is also important, combined with solid creative judgement, a self-motivated approach and excellent leadership and relationship-building skills.

Although based here in Stratford-upon-Avon, you should have the flexibility to travel regularly to London and possibly elsewhere in the UK. As your role may involve working with children and vulnerable adults, you will be required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

To apply please visit www.rsc.org.uk/jobs If you have any queries, please email jobs@rsc.org.uk or phone 01789 412625

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5 August 2011

We are committed to equality of opportunity and encourage applications from minority ethnic and disabled people, as they are under-represented amongst our staff.


mid * point: We are the Minotaur at mac Saturday 6 August 19:30

We are the Minotaur

This performance, inspired by the visual intensity of graphic novels and computer games, will be a bold and bloody reinvention of the myth of the Minotaur, exploring carnival, labyrinths, sacrifice and celebration.

It promises to be a truly spectacular total theatre experience in our equally spectacular Arena theatre.

Created in response to the We Are the Minotaur Summer School.


Created in Birmingham » Theatre: Birmingham Rep in rep at The Old Rep

No, it’s not a very original title. Sorry. Still, Birmingham Rep are continuing their wanderings around the city while building work continues in Centenary Square. Their next show is The Owl and The Pussycat at Birmingham Library Theatre.

After that is something extra interesting. They’ll be setting themselves up at their old home, The Old Rep Theatre, and the same cast will perform two plays whose runs overlap. The first (and longer running) show is Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest (9 Sept – 22 Oct) which is joined by a new production of Tom Stoppard’s Wilde-referencing play Travesties (17 Sept – 22 Oct).

Travesties and Earnest

There’s a bunch of other stuff happening around these two plays too:

As well as our usual post show discussions with the cast, there will also be readings of plays by Mark Ravenhill, W.S. Gilbert, Neil Bartlett and Carl Miller; pre-show talks from experts on the Dada movement, the life of Oscar Wilde and Lenin in theatre and literature; two curtain raiser events inspired by the shows and a youth theatre performance of an Anthony Horowitz play by The Young REP.

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Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Pilot after Holidays

We’re variously trying to claim holiday / claw back time owed in the next couple of weeks but Action Stations will be resumed for 11th August when we curate and host Pilot @ A. E. Harris. We have invited…

…a host of theatre companies from the West Midlands region and beyond to share with you their latest artistic doings in an early form. There is a mix of experienced and novice companies, addressing a broad spectrum of ideas, using a wide range of approaches and in the vast expanses of @ A E Harris, there is the chance for a couple of pieces to stretch themselves out.

Do come and see:

Hamfisted! (long established in Birmigham)
present an installation called Kaizen (Japanese for ‘Continuous Improvement’). Journey through its three small rooms, do not worry if you feel lost, take your time, instructions will be given.

Alex Brockie (down from The Potteries)
will show you scenes from his unfinished play The Inferno Kid, a dark comedy based on a true story about a disabled ex-wrestler from Wigan.

Heart of the Anchor (fresh out of Coventry)
explore a radical new science born of a disturbed brother and sister. Their stories grow stranger and perhaps start to reveal secrets of their close relationship *Citation needed.

Lou DeemY Productions (shiny new from Birmingham)
bring you material from their rich visual/physical show The Order of Disorder, a sensitive and moving account of a woman’s problems with anorexia.

Little Earthquake (a Birmingham company back from adventure)
use their performance The Year is Twenty-One to introduce you to Andrew. When he was born in 1968, everyone believed he was the child of Satan, but now, as all he wants to do is dance to Smash Hits Party 89, some people are having their doubts.

Rebekka Platt (an artist emerging out of Salford/Oldham)
will dance and tell you a story: ‘numiqtuqunipkaaq, unipkaaqtuq. Uqaqtuq Inuktitut unipkaaqtuq’. This is no typographical error, it’s Unipkaaqtuq

ALSO listen to / dance to the house band. Drink at the bar on the sofas. Discuss the art with the artists if you wish. Relax, it’s the summer, have fun.

Doors open @ A. E. Harris, 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ from 19:00 for Hamfisted! and the first stage action at 19:30. Tickets on the door £5 & (£4) cash only.

The Other Way Works: Avon Calling in Edinburgh this August

If you’ll be up in Edinburgh for the festival this August, you’ll have another chance to catch our current show Avon Calling.

We’ll be performing just 3 times on 23rd, 24th & 25th August at 7pm. With just 10 places for each show do book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to view the e-flyer with info about booking

Click here to view the video trailer

mid * point: See the RSC filming Macbeth

RSC Website | Macbeth | Watch Videos

Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes when we film an RSC production?

Then come and find out.

On 19, 24 and 26 August 2011, the BBC will be filming excerpts from our production of Macbeth, along with the RSC’s film unit.

We’re looking for people to come and be filmed as part of the audience, for free!

By attending this free event, you will get to enjoy a scene from Macbeth, whilst at the same time getting a glimpse into what it’s like to film an RSC production.Have you seen all of the RSC’s trailers and videos? Why not visit our You Tube channel to give you a taster of what you will be experiencing.

To book your space at the free event, call the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110.

You must be over 18. You may be filmed as part of the audience and we need you to consent in writing before taking part. We will be filming one scene per date, please note you will be watching one scene from the production, not the full show. Please arrive by 1.30pm. Filming will have finished by 5.15pm.