Monthly Archives: November 2012

mid * point: China Plate & Pulse Festival

China Plate are extremely excited to announce that we are the new Guest Directors of Pulse Fringe 2013!  The 10-day festival is a unique opportunity to see a wide range of top quality, engaging, emotionally charged, relevant, entertaining work and innovative thinking. PULSE offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre and performance: finished shows, work in progress and new ideas.  Applications to perform are now open!  This year, you can also apply for the Suitcase Prize – aimed at encouraging theatre-makers to think in an environmentally and economically sustainable way, the only stipulations are that the work must be new and it must be able to travel on public transport in luggage carried by people taking part in the piece. Click here for application information.

mid * point: WANTED: Actors for event – 8th December

OxfamMidlands are looking for actors for an event in Birmingham on Saturday 8th December 2012. We are staging  a mock land auction in the city centre to sell off  iconic landmarks across Birmingham. The event is designed to raise awareness about Land Grabs in developing countries-  big land deals forcing communities from their homes, jobs and food.

This is a paid opportunity and we will negotiate a reasonable fee with interested individuals.

The auction will last approximately 1 hour. The roles involve improvisation and role play, and there is only minimal preparation/rehearsal required. It is estimated that 500 + people will pass through during the event, and it will be covered by local media and by the OxfamMidlands Media team. It is a great opportunity to get some exposure, work with a high profile organisation, and also help make a difference to the lives of thousands of people across the world.

The following characters are required:

  • Auctioneer - this individual will be responsible for leading the auction and selecting the highest bidder. This is a very loud, no-nonsense type character who simply wants to get the job done and does not like being interrupted.
  • Auctioneer’s assistant - the official assisting the auctioneer. They will be responsible for holding up the pictures of the properties and and taking down details of ‘buyers’. They will also hand out auction catalogues to the audience and explain what is happening.
  • 2 x Corporate buyers - very smart business officials leading the bidding, buying most of the assets and quashing any opposition/dissent
  • 2 x Dissenters - 2 individuals dressed in ‘normal’ plain clothes, complaining about what is happening and striking up an argument with the buyers

If you are interested in filling one of the roles, or for any queries, please contact Matt Rickard or Kam Rana on 0121 6343611 or email by Monday 3rd December 2012.

mid * point: Sampad seeks Board Members

Entering its third decade, sampad continues to re-examine and evaluate its relevance, effectiveness and significance in the context of the West Midlands region and its communities.

Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world and a tough economic climate, sampad is continuing to play an important role in contributing to the development of Birmingham and the region as an international, vibrantly diverse and ambitious place.

We are looking to recruit new members with skills in one or more of the following areas:

marketing and PR - digital technology - innovation and business development.

Ideally we’re seeking to attract people with specific experience in one or more of these areas and we’re keen to hear from anyone who feels they can offer these skills.

More information and application pack download can be found at this link

Deadline is 12noon Mon 7th Jan 2013

sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian arts based in Birmingham. It plays a significant role regionally, nationally and beyond, in promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse art forms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Through its work sampad serves, supports and initiates South Asian arts in all its forms working with youth, community, education and professional artists.

mid * point: Paid Internship, The Playhouse

The Play House has an exciting internship opportunity for someone at an early stage in their career wishing to develop their skills in education settings.

The intern will be involved in the development and delivery of our new production All Aboard!, touring to schools in Birmingham, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with a small number of public performances. Devising and rehearsals will begin on 21 January 2013 and the schools tour will begin on 25 February through to June.

A highly creative individual, the intern must have good organisational skills, the ability to understand a complex range of projects and relationships and an understanding of the learning sector. The intern must be extremely motivated and with a keen interest in developing their skills as a drama practitioner. In return, The Play House will provide mentoring and support during the internship and will equip the intern with skills and knowledge which will assist them in their pursuit of a career in theatre education.

This is a paid internship based on a four day week, £173.32 per week.

You can download information about the role here. Please send your CV and a personal statement of no more than one side of A4 to Sarah-Jane Watkinson, General Manager by 12 noon on Friday 7 December 2012.

mid * point: Project Co-ordinator, Women & Theatre

6 month contract (renewable subject to funding)

Salary: £18-20,000

Award winning company Women & Theatre seeks a creative and effective individual to administrate and co-ordinate the Company’s Artistic Programme.

Women & Theatre has 29 years experience of producing well-researched pieces of original, exciting theatre about things that matter which has the power to affect change. The company is increasingly working on participatory projects with diverse communities.  By dramatising subjects at the cutting edge of people’s consciousness we create challenging and uplifting theatre that people want to see.

W&T are now seeking a part time Project Co-ordinator (28 hours per week).  The successful candidate will have experience of project co-ordination (including managing budgets), administration, multi tasking, working autonomously and as part of a team.

If you have relevant experience and are interested in working in a friendly, supportive environment, please contact us for an application pack on 0121 449 7117 or

Closing date:  12noon Friday 7th December 2012

Interviews:  Interviews Wednesday 12th December 2012

Women & Theatre welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Kindle Theatre: ‘Pasta Vagina Masterclass’ team building, relationship bonding

Watch the recorded live stream by clicking here

Kindle’s Pasta Vagina dough recipe.

Important: You will need to make both the pasta and the vagina parts before the live stream at 21hr30 on Friday 30th November via Festival Verão Azul 

There is no exact way of making this dough you will need to use your instinct and adjust measurements as you go… don’t worry.

1 x handful of “00” flour – such as ‘Farchioni’.This flour is good because it is very fine and strong if you can’t get this use a strong bread flour.
1 x medium egg – free range
1 x table spoon of mashed up beetroot (use a liquidiser) / beetroot juice
1 x table spoon of soft goats cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
A pan of salted boiling water for when you want to cook it.

Pasta Dough:

Take the flour and if not yet measured out then pour a mound into your hand. Put this onto a clean work surface. This amount of flour will give you enough dough for a lot of pasta vagina – maybe up to 15 – but that depends on the size you want your vagina to be.

Create a hole in the centre of the mound and crack the whole egg into the middle. It may spill over the sides but don’t worry about this just mix the egg and the flour together. This is very messy and sticky at first. As the egg and flour start to mix it will look a bit like bread crumbs or goo. If you have smaller hands there may be less flour to egg so it may be stickier, don’t worry. Add more flour if it’s sticky.

When the dough starts to come together into a ball add the table spoon of mashed up beetroot / beetroot juice to give it the pink colour. If the dough has been dry this will help to moisten it up and if your dough is too wet keep adding a bit of flour. It will look very pink  – once cooked it will become a lighter pink.

Now keep kneading and massaging the dough until it holds together. The more you knead the dough the better as you want to develop the gluten which will help your pasta to be springy not flabby once cooked. Knead it until it is smooth and silky rather than rough so keep kneading.

Initial mixing will take you around 10 minutes and then knead for a further 10 minutes at least. When its springy and smooth wrap tightly in clingfilm and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or over night before you start to roll out the pasta.

Vagina parts:
Take the dough out of the fridge and break off a piece of the dough about the size of walnut. If you have a pasta machine then pass the pasta through the largest setting over and over again, folding the dough and gradually getting thinner and down to the lowest setting. Use flour so it doesn’t stick If you don’t have a pasta machine you can use a rolling pin or a wine bottle – be careful not to break the wine bottle if you choose this method as you will cut yourself. When rolling it by hand keep rolling out the dough and folding it back on itself. Repeat until it’s very thin but firm and holds its shape. You will know its thin enough when you can see light through it but so it’s not broken or torn. It will be at most 1 mm.

Now tear or cut the pasta into pieces. We prefer to tear our pasta because it gives less formal, surgical edges. Your approach to cutting it up to you. Cover the pasta in a damp cloth until you are ready to use it. This will prevent it from drying out and becoming brittle. If this happens it will be difficult to shape it.

Per vagina you will need:

1 x rectangular piece approx 50mm x 70mm

1 x rectangular piece approx 30mm x 10mm

A dollop of goat’s cheese

Your  wet tongue

See you at 21.30 on Friday the 30th November.

Graeme Rose's Blog: faster than sound

Dazz performs emergency surgery on our stuttering FancyCam, between rehearsal and show at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, 17th Nov 2012. Brian and the Modified Toy Orchestra were performing a selection of pieces under the title of GAME, including new compositions scored in collaboration with composer Richard Baker. GAME was the culmination of a week’s residency at Snape for the ‘Faster Than Sound’ /AldeburghMusic programme. For Jana Chiellino’s photographic record of the final day, click on her atherton-chiellino Flickr site 

Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Birmingham Hippodrome says a big thank you! – £1m raised

Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we want to say a great big thank you to everyone who has helped us by donating and fundraising towards the successful completion of our Stage Appeal having raised the target of £1m towards the extensive refurbishments costing over £2m. Many people forget that we are an independent, not-for-profit registered charity [...]

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Melancholic Conference


What luxury: Warwick Arts Centre, clever people talking clearly and eloquently on specialist topics all of which you are interested in. After two weeks of self-taught Burton studies, today we contrived to be locked in a room with learned people sharing their thoughts and answering questions.

We showed a scratchy bit of stuff (Partition 1 – Section 1) and to conclude ended up jointly sketching some contemporary melancholies. Joining us we some students of history, theatre and literature plus some loyal audience members.

For those keen but absent Mr. Ward was also present with his kit. Echoes of today will bounce back to be heard here before too long.