Monthly Archives: July 2012

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Last Chance to See

After an extraordinarily long and successful run at the R.S.C. in Stratford-Upon-Avon Of All The People In All The World is packed up tomorrow evening.

The low-light was the piece being vandalised early on during a private function. The highlight was all the brilliant audience feedback. The most curious moment was Prince Charles visiting the piece with none of us being allowed in whilst he was there – a view so private the performers aren’t even allowed to be there – fortunately the same was not true of Julius Caesar.

Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Behind the Scenes: Work Experience at Birmingham Hippodrome…

Chris Green is one of Birmingham Hippodrome’s ‘First Night Bloggers’, reporting back on shows and events as part of our £5 ticket scheme for 16-21 year olds. Chris attends the Stourport Sixth Form Centre in Worcestershire where he studies Performing Arts, Music and Film Studies. This week, Chris joins us for a five day work experience placement and [...]

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Tour Booker

We are looking for someone to work with us selling our shows to venues in the UK. Tour bookers, both individuals and companies are invited to submit expressions of interest to us by September 17th. A PDF containing further details can be downloaded by clicking here. Please pass this information on to anyone you believe may be interested.

Thank you

mid * point: New Writing at the Birmingham Rep

Writers’ Guild West Midlands Branch Event

Date: Monday 17th September 2012

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: St George’s Court, 1 Albion Street Birmingham B1 3AH

Please note this is a Writers’ Guild members only event.

Meet Roxana Silbert, new Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep, Tessa Walker, Associate Director and Caroline Jester, Dramaturg to discuss their strategy for developing new writing at Birmingham Rep.

Roxana has a strong track record of working with writers in her previous roles as Associate Director of the RSC, Artistic Director of Paines Plough, Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre and Associate Director, Royal Court. Tessa and Caroline also have great experience in working with writers. This is an exciting opportunity to talk about the future of new writing at the Rep as it prepares to move back into its newly-developed building in 2013.

This is a members-only event but this includes student members, candidate members and affiliate members as well as full members. If you’re not a member, you can join at

There will also be an opportunity after the event for members to discuss West Midlands Branch activity and committee membership.

Please reserve a place by emailing Jenny Stephens at:

Please also let Jenny know if you have a branch matter you want to raise or wish to be considered for the regional committee.

mid * point: Film & TV Scripts

A note from Jenny Stephens:

I’ve just started as the Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and we’re looking for various scripts for our TV and Film training. I’m sorry that it’s unpaid but you’ll obviously get copies of any films or scenes that are made. We’re looking for:

Film 1: 20-30 min. with a cast of 2 men and 3 women.

Film 2: 20-30min. with a cast of 5 men and 2 women.

For both films the parts need to be fairly equitable as each actor needs to have a roughly similar amount of screen time.

The films need to be able to be made in Bristol (they don’t have to be specifically set in Bristol but we need to be able to find locations fairly easily here). Also, because of design logistics, we can’t do period drama.

We would need you to come along for a day or two during production and there would be travel and an attendance allowance for this.

Film 1 preps in the week of 8th October and shoots the week of 15th October.

Film 2 preps the week of 21st Jan 2013 and shoots the week of 28th Jan.

We’re also looking for various two or three hander scenes of about 3 mins duration that would be easy to shoot in living rooms or offices etc. Mainly for 2 characters but scenes for 3 characters would also work. The actors are in their early 20s to early 30s. Old scenes from ‘Doctors’ or other TV dramas would be good, or any things that you’d like to see made….

The films and scenes are used for training and showcasing the students.

If you have any suitable scripts (or want to have a go at writing one) then let me know. (You can always run an idea past me to see if it’s suitable).

We need to have scripts for consideration for Film 1 and scenes by 10th September and for Film 2 by 30thNovember. We’d then make a decision on which scripts we’re going with within about two weeks.

Email submissions (or any questions) to me at

mid * point: The Caravan Show by Bone Ensemble

The Caravan Show by Bone Ensemble

Come and enjoy a new work in progress performance.


Join Jill in her real-life caravan for an enchanting experience just for you, where the loos are chemical and make everything turn blue! You become part of the show too, as we go on a caravan adventure together, finding secrets in cupboards, try out the fold down beds, and discover what lies behind the fridge door…

Help us to pilot this new work in collaboration with mac birmingham.

In a change to the brochure this event is a sharing.

Children 5-11 – and their adults!

Running time: approx 20 minutes.


Maximum four audience members at a time.

£3 for 1 child and 1 adult

£6 for 2 adults and 2 children

mid * point: Development Officer: Geese Theatre Company

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Development Officer, a key role to develop our fundraising strategy, which supports our work with offenders. The role will support the delivery of our Arts Council Catalyst Award by developing and increasing income from Trusts and Foundations, individuals and businesses.

For more information and an application pack, please email, clearly marking ‘Recruitment’ in the subject line.