Monthly Archives: May 2013

mid * point: The Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

The Jerwood Choreographic Research Project
A National Dance Network initiative, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and delivered by DanceXchange.

The Jerwood Choreographic Research Project (JCRP) is an innovative new investment model for open-ended research in choreographic practice across all artforms. Bringing together a range of investors from across the cultural sector along with funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation to create an investment pot of over £120,000, the project is now inviting research proposals from artists and creatives from any artform, who consider their work to be choreographic.

Deadline for applications is 29 July 2013. For more information visit


mid * point: £15 tickets for the hilarious A Mad World My Masters


The Flamingo Club opens and you’re invited

The glamour, style and music of the famous Flamingo Jazz Club comes to Stratford-upon-Avon from 6 June with A Mad World My Masters.

Transport yourself to 1950s Soho as Thomas Middleton’s hilarious comedy opens in the Swan Theatre.

Watch Sean Foley interview

Directed by Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, West End) this outrageously wicked comedy sees troubled bachelor Dick Follywit turn into a conman to fool his rich uncle and make a quick buck.

£15 tickets available for A Mad World My Masters

A limited number of £15 tickets are available to book online for A Mad World My Masters on 6,10,11 & 12 June in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Characters such as Mrs. Littledick, Penitent Brothel and Truly Kidman ensure this is one evening at the theatre that will have you laughing your socks off.

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mid * point: New classes from RoguePlay Theatre- starting 5th June

We have lots of new weekly classes for you to choose from which start on the 5th June. These include a new shorter combined Aerial Silks and Static Trapeze class, a Capoeira class and a Contemporary Dance class. We are also starting up Open Space sessions, these are for people who have been to some classes or workshops and want to practice what they have learnt in our studio. The open space sessions are monitored by a facilitator to ensure safety but are not delivered as an instructional workshop.

Dates times and prices:

Tuesdays 5.30pm-7pm : Aerial: Beginners & Intermediate for Static Trapeze and Aerial Silks. Class led by Kim Charnock £10

Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm: Contemporary Dance: Beginners & Intermediate. Class led by Anna Simpson £6

Wednesdays 7.30pm-9pm: Capoeira: Beginners and Advanced. Brazilian Martial Art. Class led by Israel Costa £6

Saturdays 3.30pm-5.30pm: Open Space.

To book your place on any of the courses just send an email to or call 07746 327284​ confirming your attendance and you can pay on the day of the class! All classes are held at Unit 8, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RT

mid * point: Birmingham Playwrights to perform first public show in 23 years

For the 23rd consecutive year, students from the Masters Playwriting Studies course at the University of Birmingham are presenting extracts from their final project plays in the annual Playwrights’ Workshop, and for the first time ever they will be taking them outside the University to perform in a working theatre!

Following the success of their show 10×10:the Journey Home at The Old Joint Stock Theatre back in March, the ten playwrights of 2013 are now serving up more bite-sized theatre – this time in the form of twenty-minute extracts from plays they have worked on throughout the year-long course.

The MRes Playwriting Studies course is Britain’s leading programme dedicated to the craft of the dramatist. It was founded by internationally renowned playwright Professor David Edgar and is now convened by professional playwright Fraser Grace. Alumni from the programme have embarked on successful careers in theatre, television and radio, and include word-renowned playwright Sarah Kane. Course convenor Grace is delighted with this year’s program, “Our directors this year are all top people; Gwenda Hughes, Adam Ledger and Di Sherlock have pulled together a crack team of professional actors from near and far to perform rehearsed readings of some really exciting plays.”

See the Workshop on Saturday 1st June at Old Joint Stock Theatre, Temple Row West, Birmingham. Tickets are just £5 and allow audience members to see as many of the plays as they want throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased online at or via the Box Office on 0121 200 0946.

Playwrights’ Workshop 2013 is supported by University of Birmingham; the Department of Drama & Theatre Arts; Circles of Influence and the Old Joint Stock Theatre.

mid * point: Theatre Exchange: Call for actors, writers and directors

Want to take part in June?

We’re looking for writersactors and directors for the rehearsed readings.
Please click on the relevant link or go to our website.

Application/submission deadline:  
Writers: Sunday 9th June 6pm.
Actors and Directors: Monday 10th June 12pm.

What’s it all about?  watch our promo to find out.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Aimee, Tim and the Theatre Exchange team.

P.S.  there’s still a few places remaining on the voice workshop with Simon Ratcliffe (BSA, RSC). Monday 3rd June 6.30pm-8.30pm, £12.  Book a place

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Kids can’t stop the beat!

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… Today we have welcomed fifty young people aged between 7-16 years old for a special day of half-term workshops based around the sunniest and funniest show in town – Hairspray. The day has featured highlights such as a backstage tour taking a look at the set and costumes featured in the […]

Graeme Rose's Blog: fall with me

This is the latest video from mid-western ‘death-rock’ merchants LIAR IN WAIT. “Fall With Me” is taken from the band’s  recently released “Translations of the Lost” EP. The video was filmed by John Bradburn and crew during a damp and moody twilight up at The Lickeys.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Big thanks to PwC – supporters of discounted tickets for 16-25 year olds at Birmingham Hippodrome……

We want to say a big thank you to PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), one of the world’s largest professional services organisations, who have recently confirmed support for Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular FIRST NIGHT SCHEME. Free to join, FIRST NIGHT is our ticket discount scheme for young people aged 16-23 years offering members the chance to see some of […]

Black Country Touring: The Well Food Bank

Once again as part of our production Eat! we are collecting food to donate to The Well - Food Bank based in Wolverhampton.   The work of the food banks is becoming more and more crucial to families and individuals who cannot … Continued