Monthly Archives: September 2012

Kindle Theatre: Come Heavy Sleep

We’re working with The REP to develop a little more of this show. A work-in-progress performance will be at The REP’s new studio space in December. Book tickets?

Images of COME HEAVY SLEEP taken in rehearsal and performance at RSC Pilot Night, July 2012. This 15 minute test was made in collaboration with TAPP, a graduate ensemble of performers from Coventry University and 101 New Music Theatre.

Taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s bloodiest tales we told an invented murder story in reverse with no spoken text, but with a strong physical language and a musical score played live throughout. The music moved from 16th Century Lute composition by Robert Johnson to Noise pop into  Industrial Grindcore and a 1950′s style romantic ballad to finish.

COME HEAVY SLEEP credit Stewart Henley shows relationship of band to front woman to ensemble and role the sub titled boards plays. Fight and murder scene Kindle 5 Kindle 9

co-commissioned by RSC PILOT Night, mac birmingham and Coventry University

photos:Stewart Henley

 

Fierce Festival: Reckless Sleepers performing @A.E Harris, Birmingham 30 Oct – 2 Nov

Highly regarded company Reckless Sleepers go back and forward in time, recreating one of its most celebrated performances Schrödinger.

‘On stage is a box with hatches and doors. It can be the box where the cat is locked up or an experimental chamber. The chamber is populated by a group of experimenters / artists, trying to conduct research into immeasurable theories. Schrödinger is about thought experiments, cats, René Magritte, love, time, mathematics, observations, truth lies and alcohol.’ Tickets here.

Link of the day! . . . wondrous Wikipedia explanation of the thought experiment Schrödinger’s Cat

mid * point: Last Chance: Holding Space Applications

Holding Space applications

Holding Space is a new consortium of five arts organisations in the West Midlands who have come together to work collaboratively to help theatre flourish within the region. The group’s aim is to open opportunities for theatre makers and producers to develop their skills, to increase their profile and meet greater audiences. Members are: Birmingham Repertory TheatreBlack Country Touringmac birminghamStan’s Cafe and Warwick Arts Centre. Holding Space is supported by Arts Council England.

Holding Space offers the West Midlands theatre community micro-commissions, a full commission, a digital commission, producer bursaries and a marketing opportunity. For details and the application form follow this link.DEADLINE 30 September 2012.

In order to deliver on its objectives the Holding Space presents as series of opportunities for professional theatre makers living and working in the West Midlands.

• Producer Bursaries.

• Micro-Commissions.

• Full Commission.

• Digital Commissions.

• Theatre Fever

Details of each offer are set out here. Submissions for each scheme will be accepted exclusively online. They each require the completion of a brief application form. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview before a final decision is made. The deadline for all applications is 30th September. The deadline for the delivery of all projects is 24th March, 2013. Questions should be directed to info@holdingspace.co.uk


mid * point: Not Known at this Address (Wed 3rd October)

Tin Box’s Not Known at this Address has nearly sold out of tickets! To grab the last ones contact the box office at mac on 0121 446 3232, or visit  http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/tin-box-theatre-not-known-at-this-address.

Obsessed by the secret world of letters, Martin Simons, a post office worker, has collected 1,463 of them. Not Known at This Address invites the audience into Martin’s personal sorting office of stories, people and places. Through physical, visual theatre, puppetry and live music, the audience are drawn into the world of Martin’s letters as they come to life around him. The piece explores the emotive quality of letters in an age where communication is vast, instant and readily available. It is a story of unrequited love and a man who is lost. As Martin clutches onto his secret, the contents of his letters take him further from his inescapable reality.

Not Known at This Address is a piece inspired by letters. It was performed as part of China Plate’s First Bite festival at mac Birmingham in September 2011, and developed at Battersea Arts Centre in January 2012.

 


mid * point: RoguePlay Vacancies

RoguePlay Theatre are currently recruiting for two positions:

PHYSICAL THEATRE PERFORMER, ROGUEPLAY THEATRE

Part Time, £100 a week

BIRMINGHAM BASED CANDIDATES ONLY

RoguePlay Theatre are currently recruiting for an experienced physical theatre performer/actor preferably with some knowledge of circus/aerial work. One of Birmingham’s most innovative Theatre Companies, RoguePlay produces and performs Circus Theatre. Dedicated to the combination of text based narrative and the use of aerial circus and physical theatre, Rogueplay has produced a number of great shows in unusual spaces. Anything from a promenade version of Shakespeare’s ‘Measure For Measure’, leading its audience through the dreary depths of Digbeth railway tunnels, to ‘Climbing The Walls’, merging the art of rock climbing with that of Physical Theatre, where its actors are literally suspended from the ceiling. Committed to the development of innovative new work and new writing that formulates creative discussion, RoguePlay also offers a great educational programme.

We specialise in devised physical theatre, improvisation, trapeze, silk, acrobatics and also elements of Capoeira. We are also experimenting with Slack Lining. The ideal candidate would have experience in some of these, with a willingness to challenge themselves, as well as bringing a new skill to the table. We are particularly interested in auditioning contemporary dancers who have some experience of aerial work.

The company is continuously training as part of our research and development for various circus theatre performances and education/community projects. The successful candidate will join us for a probationary period of one month (paid at £50 a week) before becoming a fully fledged member of the artistic team. The successful candidate would be expected to come to rehearsals with ideas and be willing to share their skills.

Rehearsals are a minimum of two days a week, with extra dates added for performances and projects, all of which the candidate is expected to dedicate their time to.

Essential-Experience in physical theatre, acting, contemporary performance

Commitment to learning new skills and taking on challenging physical work

Willingness to share and teach specialist skills to other company members

Self employed and either reside in or be willing to move to Birmingham

Desirable-Experience in circus/aerial work/choreography

Knowledge of the local arts scene

Musician

Experience of working in educational settings

CRB checked

Please send a C.V/Covering letter, plus links of any online footage of your performance skills, to-

RoguePlay Theatre LTD

220 Yardley Wood Road,

Moseley,

Birmingham,

B13 9JQ

Or email-

kim@rogueplay.co.uk

Deadline for applications-Monday 15th October

Interview/Workshop Date-Tuesday 23rd October

Start Date-Week beginning Monday 29th

RoguePlay are based at Sticky Toffee Dance Studio in Digbeth. For further information on the company please go to www.rogueplay.co.uk

 

MARKETING MANAGER, ROGUEPLAY THEATRE

Part Time, £7 pr hr.

BIRMINGHAM BASED CANDIDATES ONLY.

RoguePlay Theatre requires an experienced creative arts marketing manager. The candidate must have specialist knowledge of promoting physical theatre, the local arts scene and preferably some experience of circus. Contracted hours are currently two days a week with a view to more hours, funding dependant, after January 2013.

RoguePlay is one of Birmingham’s most innovative Theatre Companies, producing and performing Circus Theatre. Dedicated to the combination of text based narrative and the use of aerial circus and physical theatre, Rogueplay has produced a number of great shows in unusual spaces. Anything from a promenade version of Shakespeare’s ‘Measure For Measure’, leading its audience through the dreary depths of Digbeth railway tunnels, to ‘Climbing The Walls’, merging the art of rock climbing with that of Physical Theatre, where its actors are literally suspended from the ceiling. Committed to the development of innovative new work and new writing that formulates creative discussion, RoguePlay also offers a great educational programme.

The company’s profile is increasing to the extent that we require a Marketing Manager that can communicate its ethos and seek out and follow up new relationships on their own initiative.

Role

The position will require the successful candidate to-

*Formulate strategic marketing plans to target specific audiences

*Utilise social media

*Make and develop media connections

*Write press releases

*Liaise with venues

*Set up meetings and establish relationships with those venues

*Attend board meetings

*Distribute publicity material

*Increase and develop our mailing list

*Perform some administrative tasks

Essential

*Experience in Arts Marketing

*An active interest in the creative arts

*Computer literate in Word, Excel, Publisher and Photoshop and social media savvy

*Excellent communication skills

*Ability to self plan and often work alone within a small team

*Be self employed and either reside in, or be planning to relocate to, Birmingham

Desirable

*Specific interest in Circus Theatre

*Interest in developing your role within the company on a long term basis

*Knowledge of the local arts scene

*Own transport

Please send a C.V/Covering letter to-

RoguePlay Theatre LTD

220 Yardley Wood Road,

Moseley,

Birmingham,

B13 9JQ

Or email-

kim@rogueplay.co.uk

Deadline for applications-Monday 15th October

Interview Date-Tuesday 23rd October

Start Date-Week beginning Monday 29th

RoguePlay are based at Sticky Toffee Dance Studio in Digbeth. For further information on the company please go to www.rogueplay.co.uk


mid * point: “Health Wealth” Corporate Theatre Launch

Community Vibe are proud to be working in partnership with The Old Joint Stock Theatre in providing “Health Wealth” Corporate Theatre to a range of statutory/private sector and social enterprises based in Birmingham.So how does this work?Maybe you would like to create a memorable AGM or staff training event that looks at the relevant issues in your workplace.
 
Community Vibe will work with your requirements and budget restraints in creating a high quality performance with a professional team of actors.Followed with interactive forum Theatre,this can enable your organisation to think of  strategies to deal with  issues and visioning to improve future HR practice.
 
If you are interested in finding out more then please pop along to one of the launch events.

mid * point: MAT/SISTER TREE – WORKSHOP FOR ACTOR-DANCERS, 6 October

We are working with the Cindy Claes, to develop a short experimental piece, based on ‘School for Wives’ by Moliere – using ‘Dancehall’ movement and music!

Cindy Claes is a writer/director/choreographer, who tells stories through dance. She has led dance-theatre projects with artists in Jamaica, and is also a Dancehall lover.

We are holding a one-day workshop on Saturday 6 October at Blue Orange Theatre (10am – 5pm) , to try out some ideas for the project. Come along and find out more!

(Ability to speak patois may be an advantage, but not essential!)

The event is free. Contact us for more details, and to book your place.

You may or may not be required for the whole day. Following the morning session, we will choose some people to work with us more intensively in the afternoon.

We are planning some more workshops with Cindy, later in the month, to develop the project even further  – with a possible ‘Open Evening’ on 15 November at the Drum, to share ‘work in progress.’

Contact David on 0121 608 7144, or email: news@midlandactorstheatre.co.uk


mid * point: RoguePlay Playwriting Course

FROM IDEA TO PERFORMANCE…….DO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?

Our scriptwriting course is an 8-week course that culminates in a rehearsed public reading by professional actors.
It will run every Tuesday from 6-8.30pm upstairs at The Patrick Kavanagh Pub, Woodbridge Road, Moseley.

The next course starts on TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2012 and runs for 8 weeks. At the close of the course there will be a break for you to develop your work for a public rehearsed reading later in the year by RoguePlay’s professional actors. This reading gives you the valuable time needed to see your work performed and gain feedback from an experienced audience.

Session fee: £90 for the full course including the rehearsed reading. To book your place pay £25 deposit online. (The remaining £65 to be paid at the start of the course) Book online now by clicking ‘buy tickets’. Limited places available.

Book online today or give us a call on 07746 327284.

Kim Charnock has been writing for RoguePlay, amongst other Theatre Companies, for a number of years and her work has been performed and toured across the country. Writers will work with Kim through a series of writing seminars and workshops focusing in detail on form, structure, narrative, characterisation, stimuli and dramatic action. Whether you are at the beginning of exploring your writing of whether you have produced some writing in the past, this course will help find your style and give you the tools you need to broaden your ideas as well as provide a comprehensive guide to England’s Literary Managers and how you get your work to them.

mid * point: Casting Call: Old Joint Stock Theatre

CASTING CALL

Friday 5th October at The Old Joint Stock Theatre

Here at the OJST we are currently casting for our one woman Christmas play, The 12 Dates of Christmas, which will run from 5th-9th, 11th-15th December, directed by Richard Poynton.

About the Play

What happens when Mary sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? She dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. She then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life “alone” as a New York actor in her thirties—Sex and the City for real people, with no Mr. Big in sight. A delicious one-woman show about how much the holidays suck after your heart’s been crushed.

(For more info: www.the12datesofchristmas.com/about)

We are casting the role of Mary; the actress must have a playing age of between 28-35, be very versatile and perform with convincing accents such as New York and Southern American. Rehearsals will be weekends and evenings to be arranged. The actor will be paid a percentage from the box office takings.

If interested, please send a recent head shot and a short CV to twelvedatesofchristmas@gmail.com.