Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Other Way Works: Bandstand App Launch Events

We are celebrating the launch of the Bandstand App with events at the two Black Country Bandstands that feature in the App:

10th July 2013, 3-7pm – West Park Bandstand, Wolverhampton
(come and find us in the cafe by the bandstand)

11th July 2013, 3-7pm – Lightwoods Park Bandstand, Bearwood, Sandwell
(we will be on the grass next to the bandstand)

We are delighted to announce that the Bandstand App is now live!
Download it now (its FREE) from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Watch our promo video to find out how the Bandstand App works…

Drop in and join us in the afternoon or after work, enjoy some light refreshments, try out the audio experiences on the Bandstand App for yourself, and meet the artists behind the App.
If the summer is kind to us and the weather is nice, why not bring a rug and a picnic along and enjoy the park for a little longer.

Please RSVP to to let us know that you are joining us. You are welcome to join us at West Park, Lightwoods Park, or both!

Please bring your iPhone or Android phone along if you have one (or can borrow one), and a pair of headphones. If you get a chance, download the Bandstand App in advance. We will have some MP3 players and headphones available to allow people without smartphones to listen to the audio experiences on the day. The events will be mostly outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Participate in Audience Research

An invitation from Pamela McQueen:
Are you attending the launch performances of Bandstand and willing to be involved in an audience research project? Do you have a bit of time to commit to brief pre-show and post-show questionnaires and a phone interview with a researcher?

I am conducting a PhD research project comparing and contrasting audience experiences of several city promenade performances. The study aims to explore your experience of attending this site specific event in Lightwoods and/or West Park. I am interested in how participation affects your understanding of the place and the play.

If you are willing to participate in the audience research of Bandstand, please indicate your interest in your RSVP to The Other Way Works. Alternatively you can email me directly at


Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: BE Ready

No effort is being spared in preparations for this year’s BE Festival here @ A E Harris. Volunteers are swarming all over the place cleaning and decorating, technicians are also swarming building a seating bank, rigging lights and running cables. We’re doing our bit, Craig’s just shimmied up a ladder being dived bombed by seagulls to clear guano out of guttering and block holes. “Given all these efforts what can I contribut?” we hear you ask. The answer: just turn come along. In fact come along on TUESDAY for the opening, drink FREE SPANISH WINE and watch three award winning shows!

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Mr. Wonka and WNO…

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… As your train glides into Cardiff Central Station you may be forgiven for not noticing the unremarkable grey sheds on the side of the railway line. However, these sheds are the home to a team of artists – from painters and welders to carpenters and prop makers who can make the […]

Capital Theatre Festival: Invitation to Open Space – 17 July

Matt Burman, Louisa Davies, Steve Johnston, Frances Land, Roxana Silbert and James Yarker invite you to an
Open Space Event
to address the question:
We all share a passion for Theatre and for its growth in the region. Individually we are all committed and working to this cause but experience tells us that our greatest strength comes when we work together. It has been two years since the theatre tribes of the West Midlands have come together in Open Space to chart paths and forge alliances. This time has come again.
Our gathering on 17th will allow everyone with an interest in the future of theatre in the West Midlands the opportunity to address the issues that most concern them. No one will leave without having had their chance to have their say. This is a rare chance for us all to meet and re-empower each other.
Similar conferences in November 2009 and June 2011 proved an invaluable forum for plotting action that led to tangible, sustained change in the local theatre scene. Please come and help shape our shared future in theatre.
Open Space is called on 17th July, 2013
@ A E Harris: 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ
and will run 10:00 – 18:00

It will help us run the event if we have a sense of how many people are coming, so please register your intention to attend. Here:

Donations will be requested on the day to help cover costs (£3 or more would be good).

A vegetarian buffet will available for £5 to give you an option that isn’t just bringing sandwiches, crisps and chocolate. Again it would be useful to get an indication of what the scale of demand may be.

Capital Theatre Festival: What’s on in July

It’s Festival season, with a whole host of theatre, new writing and performance to get your teeth stuck into.

First up is BE Festival (2-6 July), the annual celebration of European theatre which is now in its fourth year. Over five nights you can see 23 performances amidst a range of exhibitions, workshops, discussions and live music. And they feed you, too.

Following swiftly on its heels is the newly established Birmingham Fest (12-28 July), which has shows in four venues across the city. Includes short plays from Big Script and the last chance to catch Alex Brockie’s The Inferno Kid in Birmingham.

I’ll also be heading up to Manchester to catch the excellent 24/7 Festival (19-26 July), which launched its programme a couple of weeks ago. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year, the Festival will host 11 world premieres, rehearsed readings, scripts in development and a host of extra events featuring emerging artists from the region.

The Young Rep Festival takes to the stage from 1-13 July, presented ten different plays at The Old Rep Theatre. Pick of the bunch looks to be Girls Like That (12-13 July), a partnership between the Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Festivals aside, there’s still time to catch Invisible by Liz John & Julia Wright – heading to the Artrix next. Also Jestaminute’s An Angel Abroad is still touring the region until 6th July.

Further afield, Disgraced at The Bush comes highly recommended, but it closes tomorrow, so get your skates on for that one if you’re London-based. Our Share of Tomorrow is on at Theatre 503 until Saturday 6th July.

Happy hunting.

Capital Theatre Festival: Theatre Exchange: July

The next round of Theatre Exchange is up and running and open for entries. If you have an idea, an extract or a scene that you feel would benefit from a public airing, then have a look at their website for details on how to submit.

The deadline is Sunday 7th July at 6pm, with the readings taking place the following week on Monday 15th July at 7.30pm at the Old Joint Stock.

As mentioned previously, Capital has a tentative arrangement with Theatre Exchange to select one of the plays that have been submitted for the monthly meetings and offer a full rehearsed reading at the mac during the Festival on 20-24 November. This offer is subject to successful funding, so we will keep you posted on the outcome.

mid * point: DOCTOR FAUSTUS at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham



The Blue Orange Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe’s tale of power and greed with an all male cast.

Doctor John Faustus an eminent academic, tired of his Greek and Latin studies turns his attention to the occult and in a pact with the Devil gains power and wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But at what cost?











mid * point: Big Brum are looking for a new Actor Teacher [Female]

Actor Teacher (Female)

Salary as per Big Brum Company Member grade (Currently £21,160.31 pa)

As an Actor Teacher you will perform a key role in Big Brum’s new theatre in education programme, performing in a play and delivering an accompanying workshop for 13-18 year olds, as well as undertaking project work, individually or with a small team, as part of on-going school partnerships. You will tour to educational settings within the West Midlands and beyond, performing as an actor and facilitating young people, alongside an existing team of highly skilled and experienced practitioners.

This is a full time post for six months between August 2013 and February 2014. 35 hours a week, standard office hours 9.30am to 5pm though hours are variable whilst touring, primarily touring through the West Midlands though possibly nationally and internationally. Our main base is at Pegasus Primary School on the Castle Vale Estate, Birmingham.

Click here to download full details of this post including a Job Description (Opens as a Microsoft Word Document in a new window)

Application Process

Please send:

  • Your up to date CV
  • A two page covering letter explaining your interest in drama, theatre in education, and why you wish to work with Big Brum
  • Contact details including mobile phone number

Either via email to:

Or via post to: Big Brum, Pegasus Primary School, Turnhouse Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham B35 6PR

Closing Date: 12 noon, 5th July 2013

Interviews: All day, 23rd July 2013, in Birmingham (Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview between the 9th and 12th July 2013)

mid * point: Birmingham Fest full line up announced!

Birmingham Fest full line up announced


Birmingham Fest is a brand new performing arts festival celebrating the second city’s venues and arts scene.

Artists and companies from the UK and beyond will showcase their work in an exciting two and a half week programme of events from 12th-28th July.

There are four venues taking part in the first ever Birmingham Fest, and we’re excited to be one of them!


Tickets are now on sale, please visit for more information.



Old Joint Stock Theatre Line Up:

Taking Care of Business

Friday 12th July


A selection of short plays by Birmingham’s premier new writing collective, Big Script. From the group that brought you ‘Awakening’ and ‘Love! Sex! Confusion!’ comes a collection of pieces to stir the imagination, touch the soul and tickle the funny bone.


Friday 12th

Thursday 18th

Saturday 20th




Incisive, devised, engrossing, verbatim Theatre, in touch with the pulse of our everyday lives; part of the inamoment on going Brum Beats project, created by and for people who live, work or play in Birmingham.

Off The Straight & Narrow

Thursday 18th

Saturday 20th

Wednesday 24th




DDA present a collection of short plays for all, no matter however twisting and broad-ranging your taste. Rod Dungate and Martin Drury combine to present a lively mixture of the pithy, the satirical and the absolutely sexy in a range of styles.

Nul Points & Appointment

Friday 19th

Saturday 20th



Nul Points an acerbic comedy by Mary E Davis and Appointment is a dark Kafka-esque play by Ian Kendall. Both pieces explore the pain and frustration of dealing with the bureaucratic world.

Women At The Edge

Friday 19th


Reshape While Damp Productions presents Women at the Edge. Comedy theatre with Naomi Paul and Jenny Stokes (as Dolly Grip).

Two funny women. Two monologues. More than two songs. Enjoy the juxtaposition of Naomi’s deadpan delivery with Dolly’s quirky observations of life.

Around the World in 80 Days

Sunday 21st


In a full length show from the Nottingham Dance Collective, you’ll see dance from all over the globe, threaded together by the famous story of Mr Fogg’s fantastic journey. Egypt, China, Brazil, Persia…these are just some of the places he, and you, will discover.

Foghorn Improv: Singing in the Fog

Thursday 25th


This July, the hills are alive with the sound of music as Foghorn will be ‘Singing in the Fog’. Join us as we create a musical spectacle from nothing but your suggestions. All singing, all dancing (well, perhaps not the dancing bit), musical feast for the eyes and ears.

Tea At Five

Friday 26th

Saturday 27th


3pm & 7pm

The story of the rise and fall of the four-time Academy Award-winning Hollywood star, told by the tart-tongued, tomboyish Bryn Mawr legend herself- Katharine Hepburn. Best Solo Production, Best Female Actor (Stratford-Upon-Avon Fringe 2012)

This Way Madness Lies

Friday 26th



(Function Room)
A raw and humorous tale of going mad and coming back again. Suffering from a broken heart and disastrously behind in his work, Augustus runs away to the seaside where he escapes his troubles by throwing off the trappings of normality and embracing life at its most raw.

Glorious Revolution

Friday 26th



(Function Room)

A humorous and light hearted take on the European issue currently dominating the news. Set as a faux lecture, two, ‘Academics’ lay out the pros and cons of the European Project, while tapping into the stereotypes that are consistently the face of this pressing and timely issue.

A Night of Burlesque

Friday 26th

Saturday 27th



An Night Of Burlesque is an evening of comedy, cabaret and striptease, all performed in the best possible taste! Featuring international artiste Felicia Noir, Geeta Von Tease and Pixie Amore.


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