Monthly Archives: May 2012

mid * point: Vamos Theatre – Offal Tales: Stories of the Worcester Cattle Market

To celebrate the opening of The Hive, Worcester’s brand new library and history centre, Vamos Theatre presents a special promenade performance. Staged throughout the new building, this full mask show will be an evocative mix of history and hilarity, telling stories of the people and places ofWorcester’s cattle market, where The Hive now stands. Expect mask and puppets, evocative music, singing pigs and dancing cows! The show is suitable for family audiences, and there is wheelchair access.


All tickets are free and the only way to get a ticket is to email Worcestershire County Council


Venue: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
Dates: 6th and 7th July 2012
Times: 5pm & 7:30pm on both days


Funded by Worcestershire County Council.


Rachael Savage
Artistic Director

Vamos Theatre
Waldermere House
71 Malvern Road

01905 748249

mid * point: Fuel – Call for participants for new show RING

We are working on a new show by David Rosenberg and Glen Neath and need your help.


Ring is a sound journey in complete darkness in which the audience, wearing headphones, imagine
themselves to be the protagonist in the unfolding narrative. The show will use the binaural sound
techniques used in Contains Violence and Electric Hotel, directed by David Rosenberg, to locate the
audience in a particular sound environment. This allows someone listening to an audio recording
through headphones to locate the source of the sound. For example a fly buzzing around your head,
a person walking towards you, or even the sensation and sounds of drinking a glass of water.
The scenario is a meeting. Its nature is ambiguous – it has elements of a therapy session or a Quaker
meeting, but it is apparent that it is a regular event, and that some people in the room know each
other well. The audience member as protagonist is welcomed into this meeting, and it becomes
clear that they have various relationships with people in the room. There is an argument which may
be violent, and the audience member is somehow implicated.
We are looking for 50 people to help us record crowd scenes that will be used in the show. You will need to be able to attend the recording sessions at Warwick Arts Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 3 June. We’re giving all particpants £10 as a thank you for their time. For more information see and to register interest email

mid * point: Live Comedy @ The Studio, Saturday 23rd June, 7.30pm

Live Comedy @ The Studio!
Saturday June 23rd, 7.30pm

The Studio is a new initiative launched by the Blue Orange Theatre to utilise our second space for comedy and other live entertainment including but not limited to acoustic music and poetry amongst other performing arts.

We have a line up of 4 great comedians:
Paul Savage
Maxine Jones
Johnny Sorrow
Freddie Farrell

Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door.
Call the Box Office on 0121 212 2643.
The Studio
The Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton Street
B18 6AD
0121 212 2643

mid * point: The Just Price Of Flowers

Presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham based theatre company Stan’s Cafe, The Just Price of Flowers follows a young Dutch couple, the Van Leasings as they attempt to make their fortunes speculating on the rising price of tulips. They are encouraged to borrow by their friendly banker Van Hire who in turn is over extending himself. Van Driver, their faithful servant is approaching retirement and looking forward to drawing his pension when things start to go awry.

With an eye to the paintings of the Dutch masters and using origami props, The Just Price of Flowers explains the complexities of high finance with great humour, in a remarkably straightforward way, whilst steadily setting you up for the inevitable heartbreaking finale.

There are also two songs and an origami peacock.

During the run of the production, there will be a free exhibition of photographs from one of the country’s most distinguished photographers, John Blakemore.

Blakemore has spent more than a decade photographing tulips and this exhibition of photographs from Birmingham Central Library’s John Blakemore Archive shows a selection of his work from across this period and resonates with many of the themes picked out in the play.

Tickets for The Just Price of Flowers start at just £8, with concessions available. Book online at or call our Box Office, The BOX, on 0121 236 4455.

mid * point: Theatre Absolute – ARCADE

Theatre Absolute  premiere a new work by award-winning writer Chris O’Connell.

ARCADE is a short play and will be performed in June at the UK’s only professional Shop Front Theatre in City Arcade, in the heart of Coventry City centre as part of Coventry Mysteries Week Festival.

Performed by Midlands actors Katy Stephens and John Flitcroft, ARCADE is a mixture of guilt, memory and desire – a passion play for two characters.

Jenks and Kath meet again after a lifetime apart, they struggle to reconcile themselves to events from a past life that governs who they are, and what they will do now.

Played against the backdrop of Theatre Absolute’s shop front theatre windows and its panoramic street view of Coventry city centre at dusk, ARCADE explores the shock of the everyday, and reconciling oneself to sudden life changing events.

ARCADE will be at the Shop Front Theatre from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th June.
Evening performances start at 8pm. In addition there are also 2 matinees on 14th & 16th
June at 2pm. The play lasts approximately 50 minutes and contains strong language.
Suitable for ages 14 and above. Tickets are £6 available from the box office 0845 680
1926 or Advanced booking advised.


mid * point: Vamos Theatre @ the Swan, Worcester

On your starting blocks!

 Vamos Theatre, in association with The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, presents its latest mask theatre production Much Ado About Wenlock


Swan Theatre, Worcester

Thursday 28th June 7:30pm, Friday 29th June 1:30pm & 7:30pm, Saturday 30th June 7:30pm11th

Box Office: 01905 611427

very, very funny…you won’t fail to be delighted The Stage

“Much Ado About Wenlock is one of the most charming, delightful and perfectly inventive pieces of theatre seen in years”

Chris Eldon Lee, BBC Radio 4 Producer



West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network presents





At this special two-day event, a range of practitioners will demonstrate the continuing influence of Dorothy Heathcote’s work in their current practice and thinking.


Key speakers



Eileen and Luke will also lead workshop sessions.

Other workshops, talks and poster presentations will be led by Iona Towler-Evans, David Allen, Denise Jones, Kate Katafiasz and others


NEWMAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3NT


Saturday / Sunday June 16 – 17th, 2012

9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.


Early-bird booking fee (book by June 1st):

Non-members: £95 / Members £70 / Students £40

(After June 1st:  Non-members: £105 / Members £80 / Students £50)


Places are limited. To register, email

For further information, contact David on 0121 608 7144 or Iona on 07866 752169

mid * point: TIN – by Gary Morris at mac

As part of a retirement ‘grand tour’, best friends Jacqueline and Pauline travel to an old tin mining town in Cornwall to honour a promise: to sactter the ashes of Pauline’s great grandad Thomas. Pauline is finding it hard to say goodbye, whilst Jacqueline contemplates the reality of saying goodbye for another reason.


Venue MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park B12 0121 446 3232
7.30pm Monday 11 June
Tickets £8.00

mid * point: Factory Nights – Call For Artists, Scientists & Creatives

Call for Artists, Scientists and Creatives: 
Factory Night @ Staffordshire Hoard - the most significant Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found
Including an out of hours visit to the Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery by Candle light and then a Pilgrimage with picnic at Trentham Gardens Saxon site.
On Friday 8th June, 5pm-9pm

Calling artists, scientists and creative people with an interest in ancient history, storytelling, conservation, symbology and the changing landscape. This Factory Night will start with an intimate visit to the Staffordshire hoard collection at the Potteries Museum and Art gallery. Artists will enjoy the glitter of ancient gold by atmospheric candle light led by Interpretation Officer Cathy Shingler who will give an insight into the latest findings and the secrets of the historic artefacts.  The Factory Night then turns into a Pilgrimage to Trentham Gardens led by artist and Saxon enthusiast Andrew Edwards currently exhibiting his Staffordshire Saxon at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Andy will set the scene of how this landscape has changed since it was the heartland of Mercia, exploring plant life, settlements and putting the hoard into living context through motifs, symbols, stories and legends.  We aim for this Factory Night to provide an insight into the rich history of the internationally important hoard and for artists and creative people to be involved in future research and interpretation through creative activity.

The Saxon hoard is now World Famous as the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold treasure, it was unearthed from a Staffordshire Field by a metal detectorist Terry Herbert on private farm land and comprises in excess of 1,500 individual items many decorated with precious stone. Most of the treasure appears to date from the seventh century and the supreme quality of the craftsmanship on many items indicates royal ownership. It is a legacy of craftsmen whose artistry fashioned precious metals and gemstones into incredibly detailed sword hilt fittings, helmet parts and other items. It is also the story of kings, religious men and their warriors, who carried these pieces into battle, who fell, and were later stripped of their finery.

How to Apply
Please email, with the following information: (as a word document or PDF)

  • 150 words on your current practice, medium or interests.
  • A paragraph on why you would like to attend
  • Attach 2-3 pieces/images of recent relevant works at low resolution and / or weblinks

Rednile require this information in order to select a balanced mix of creative people from a range of experiences and disciplines

The deadline for applications is Monday 4th June 5pm

Places are limited to 15 and only those that attend a Factory Night can apply for the subsequent Factory Night Unique Opportunity.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome on Tuesday 5th June.
Travel bursaries are available to those wishing to attend from outside of the region, please state if you wish to be considered for one and where you will be travelling from.

NOTE: Please be aware that this Factory Night does involve a significant amount of walking on uneven ground  please take this into careful consideration when applying to ensure you are able to participate.

Factory Nights background &Unique Opportunities: Staffordshire Hoard and Saxon heritage

For this Factory Night we are looking for artists, scientists and creatives to develop ideas, research projects and artworks inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard and the Saxon stories and heritage.  We encourage attendees to make new work and initiate ideas inspired by the site and the other attendees. Factory Nights is an innovative approach to commissioning art work and inspiring collaboration and attendees of Factory Nights can apply forUnique Opportunity bursaries between £1k-£3k to conduct research residencies, collaborations or produce a piece of work inspired by the Factory Night. Details of application process will be given at the event.

Further Information
Factory Nights 2011-2012 is funded by: Arts Council England, The British Council, Staffordshire University, Multistory, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council and Stoke on Trent Council. This Factory Night is made possible through the kind support of Andy Edwards, Paul Bailey, St Modwens and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery team.