Monthly Archives: June 2012

Capital Theatre Festival: What’s on in July

Pushed for time, so just a brief mention of what’s happening this month in Brum:

BE Festival starts on Monday!

I’m hoping that the Birmingham Rep’s Speakeasy networking event at 6.30pm is cleverly designed to lead into BE Festival’s launch on Tuesday 3rd July.

In the midst of all the thunder and lightning and apocalyptic weather, Steph Dale’s The Witches’ Promise arrives at Weoley Castle for the next couple of weekends.

And I think there’s another Theatre Cuppa coming up too on 11th July.

mid * point: BE Festival launches next week

‘There is plenty to savour at the boundary-smashing BE FESTIVAL’ - The Guardian

Next week, Birmingham will be awash with talented performers from all over Europe, as the 3rd annual BE FESTIVAL presents 20 of the most exciting new shows currently touring the continent, plus visual arts, workshops, discussions, concerts, dinners and parties.

The festival kicks off on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July at MAC Birmingham with a mesmerising show that won 1st Prize at last year’s BE, and has since toured Europe collecting many awards along the way. This is your only chance to catch Sleepwalk Collective’s ‘As the flames rose…’ before it transfers to London’s Barbican Theatre this Autumn. The performance is followed by brilliant live music and entertainment.

The Main Programme at AE Harris runs from the 4th-7th July, and features four half-hour shows a night, plus daytime discussions, workshops and visual art exhibitions. See the eflyer below for details of shows and events.

To find out more about BE, watch our 2 minute trailer here: https://vimeo.com/43680538
And you can discover more about the programme on our website: www.befestival.org

BE FESTIVAL – the soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham. BE moved, BE inspired, BE provoked, BE there….


mid * point: West Midlands Outdoor Research Project: Invitation to Tender

Arts Council England have just published an Invitation to Tender for a research project that seeks to consult the outdoor arts sector in order to compile a set of recommendations to support the growth of the Outdoor Sector in the West Midlands over the next five to ten years.

All details are available via the link below. The deadline is 13th July.

Activating Outdoor Arts in the West Midlands.

Visit Contracts Finder to view the notice: https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk:443/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&lang=en&NoticeId=566680


mid * point: Doctors: General meetings for Birmingham-based actors

UPDATE: Apologies, there are no direct contact details for actors to express their interest. Please apply via Spotlight.

A word from the BBC:

We are interested in hearing about actors who we can meet in Birmingham on the 12th and 13th July.

PLEASE ONLY SUGGEST ACTORS WHO LIVE PERMANENTLY IN BIRMINGHAM OR THE MIDLANDS AREA.

This is a local initiative and its purpose is to give us an opportunity to meet with local actors who we are unfamiliar with.

Please DO NOT suggest any actors who live outside of this area who “have a base” in Birmingham. We may have more general meetings in London at some point in the future and we are NOT INTERESTED in hearing from or about actors based outside the Midlands at this stage.

Thank you,

Stephen and Rowland

Sent by Clare Ewing

Closing Date: 08/07/2012 : 23:59

Pay category: Paid (Equity minimum)

Production dates: N/A

Company: BBC

Casting director: Stephen Moore and Rowland Beckley

Location: Birmingham

Casting details: 12 + 13th July 2012 in Birmingham

Summary

We are going to be holding two days of meetings in Birmingham for actors who are based in the Midlands. WE ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN ACTORS WHO ARE PERMANENTLY BASED FULL-TIME IN THE MIDLANDS.

Men (Male, Age not specified)

Any age 18+

MUST live full-Time in the Birmingham area and not have been met for Doctors previously.

Doctors is set in a fictional town in the Midlands so we wish to meet actors who are residents of the region.

We will be carrying out general meetings and will give everyone some scenes to prepare.

NB: Meetings will be by appointment only.

Height: Any

Ethnicity: Any

Agreements:

Women (Female, Age not specified)

Any age 18+

MUST live full-Time in the Birmingham area and not have been met for Doctors previously.

Doctors is set in a fictional town in the Midlands so we wish to meet actors who are residents of the region.

We will be carrying out general meetings and will give everyone some scenes to prepare.

NB: Meetings will be by appointment only.

Height: Any

Ethnicity: Any

Agreements:


mid * point: Birmingham Theatre School presents ‘Dracula’

Birmingham Theatre School as part of the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death are staging an immersive and horrifying production of ‘Dracula’.
Come along and see our terrifying spectacle and see Bram Stoker’s most famous tale come to life!
We will be performing a one off showing running over midnight on Friday 13th… for the brave.
The Old Fire Station, 285 -287 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 0DX
Wednesday 11th July 7.30pm
Thursday 12th July 7.30pm
Friday 13th July 2.00pm and 11pm (Open day)
Saturday 14th July 2pm and 7.30 (Graduation show)
Ticket Price £12 – £10
Box Office: 0121 440 1665

mid * point: Speakeasy Theatre-Makers’ Network

Birmingham Repertory Theatre will be hosting a Speakeasy Theatre – Makers Network meeting on Tuesday 3rd July at 6.30pm at The Drop Forge, Hockley Street, Birmingham B18 6BL.

Speakeasy is a networking forum for West Midlands based theatre artists and other practitioners who are interested in knowing more about each other and the local scene. Speakeasy events are hosted by The REP and provide a lively debate on current issues, a scratch n’ pitch opportunity to test out new writing or ideas and practical advice from people in the know on how to get on in the industry. Speakers have included theatre producers, independent artists and representatives from funding bodies.

The meeting on July 3rd will offer a chance to find out who’s who and who’s new in The REP’s Arts Team, and discover more about The REP’s Theatre Makers programme and Creative Hub.  To find out more contact toyin.kinch@birmingham-rep.co.uk


mid * point: Theatre Cuppa

INFORMAL GATHERINGS FOR THEATRE/TV/RADIO PROFESSIONALS IN THE MIDLANDS

The next Theatre Cuppa will be on Wednesday 11th July. We thought it would be good to try out a new venue this time, see what that’s like. So we’ll be at The Blue Orange Theatre from 6pm onwards. For those who find daytime gatherings easier to get to, we’ll have one of those again soon.

If you are working in theatre, radio, tv & community arts in the West Midlands then we’d love to see you. Theatre Cuppa is an informal opportunity to catch up with other people working in the area, to connect personally and professionally with people you may or may not know – in a relaxed and friendly environment. Children are welcome too, so do bring them along if you’d like.  If you’re coming alone or haven’t been before, grab either of us – Rochi or Ali -  we’ll be the ones wearing the red carnations.

And if you haven’t managed to get to the Blue Orange Theatre yet, come along and see the space. The theatre is at 118 Great Hampton Street, B18 6AD,  with free parking in the surrounding roads after 6pm.  For other travel details check out the website -

http://www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk/  -

So if you’re free on the 11th, do pop by and say hello, have a drink and a chat, and let others know what you’re up to.

Looking forward to seeing you – and having a cuppa!

Ali Belbin and Rochi Rampal


mid * point: BE Festival Host Scheme

BE FESTIVAL needs you! – Festival Host Scheme

Would you like to offer a visiting performer a warm Birmingham welcome and play a fun and important role in BE FESTIVAL’s success?

From 2-8 July, Birmingham will be awash with talented performers from all over Europe, as the 3rd annual BE FESTIVAL presents 20 of the most exciting new shows currently touring the continent – plus visual arts, workshops, discussions, concerts, dinners and parties.

You can watch our 2 minute trailer for BE 2012 here: https://vimeo.com/43680538
And you can find out more about the programme on our website: www.befestival.org

We need generous Birmingham-based people with a spare room to become a festival host in return for a festival ticket and the chance to make a great new friend from abroad. Performers receive three meals a day at the festival, and their transport is organised by us, so all they’ll need is a bed and a shower.

Over the last two years, hosts have hugely enjoyed getting involved in BE. If you’d like to join the festival family and be part of the adventure, or if you’d simply like some more information about hosting, please contact Helena Scott-Hardy on helena@befestival.org, or 07809 885 235

BE FESTIVAL – the soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham. BE moved, BE inspired, BE provoked, BE there….


mid * point: China Plate presents Inspector Sands’ Mass Observation

China Plate presents Inspector Sands’…


Mass Observation

The Almeida Festival, Almeida Theatre, London: 5-8th and 13-14th July

“Inspector Sands keep you on your toes from the very first moment to the last. They are brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank. They are kaleidoscopic creators. Don’t miss them!”
New York Theatre Guide

“We are all cogs in a vast and complicated machine. It may turn out to be an infernal machine which could blow us all to smithereens.”
Tom Harrisson and Charles Madge, Mass Observation: Britain (1938)

Coronation Day, 1937: A young woman stumbles into a revolutionary rally aimed at shaking up British society and falls instantly in love.

Jubilee Weekend, 2012: A young man with a terrible hangover is stranded in an old people’s home and loses reception.

Two cogs in the machine, a generation apart, come loose.

The new show from award-winning Inspector Sands examines 95 years gone by in a flash and an afternoon that lasts an eternity.

“Mass Observation is a piece that we have been researching and flirting with for some time and we’re delighted to be working with the Almeida, to have this opportunity to develop and present it as part of their experimental summer festival. Its a leap forward for us – to be making a piece for this scale of space and the broader audience that the Almeida has. It’s a significant moment in the evolution of Inspector Sands and we’re really keen to see what you think of the show so far!”
Lucinka Eisler, Giulia Innocenti and Ben Lewis, Inspector Sands
Created by Inspector Sands and Lu Kemp. Text by Ben Lewis. Directed by Lu Kemp, Designed by Jamie Vartan, Lighting Design by Hansjorg Schmidt, Sound Design byElena Pena and Video Design by Andrzej Goulding; performed by Lucinka EislerStephen HarperGiulia Innocenti, Amanda Lawrence and Ben Lewis. Produced by China Plate.

There are only 7 opportunities to see it so book soon!

Almeida Theatre
Almeida Street
Islington, London, N1 1TA
5-8th July & 13-14th July, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 3pm, 14th July)
To book visit: www.almeida.co.uk or call 020 7359 4404

Winner’s of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize 2009 and the Guardian’s Pick of the Festival ’for turning anxiety into an art-form’, Inspector Sands’ hit shows Hysteria and If That’s All There Is have toured extensively in the UK and internationally.  For more information about Inspector Sands please visit: www.inspectorsands.com / @Inspector_Sands / #MassObs

Mass Observation is commissioned by the Almeida Theatre and the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich. Supported by The Corn Exchange Newbury. Developed with support from The Darkroom, Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, National Theatre Studio, Ovalhouse and Battersea Arts Centre. With thanks to Shoreditch Town Hall, The Michael Croft Theatre and the Mass Observation Archive. Supported by the Arts Council England.


Black Country Touring: Stories from the Playground

Stories from the Playground will be a celebration of Allan and Janet’s work incorporating the new work created by local children today. Local artists who have been working to develop the exhibition and the children’s creations are Emma Purshouse, Johnny O’Hanlon, Claude Chambers, Sakab Bashir, John Flitcroft, Heather Wastie and Jonathan Lee. This project is the result of an exciting ...