Monthly Archives: August 2013

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Wonderful Day


What a heartwarming day Friday was. Friends of Stan Catherine & Peter celebrated the birth of their second child. Over @ A E Harris family and friends of another happy couple came together collaborating on the set up of spectacular wedding reception. At the Library of Birmingham, despite having a huge list of ‘things to do’, Phil Degg and a growing phalanx of technicians helped Jon grappling with the problem of streaming audio out of the library’s secure networking arrangements for The Commentators to go global on Monday night. Back @ A E Harris Poppy, Amelia and Eve were eagerly re-stocking the bar and preparing wood for next Friday’s engagement at Washwood Heath Academy. To round of a great day of communal endeavor we called in at the fantastic Moseley Folk festival just in time to catch Ocean Colour Scene rip into a rapturously received homecoming gig.

mid * point: Acting for Screen

Acting for Screen is a new acting workshop in Birmingham. Until now there has been no other workshop specifically for screen acting in the West Midlands.

Acting for Screen is running classes at the Midlands Arts Centre (mac). The course operates in terms of twelve weekly classes where group members will participate in a range of pertinent activities from improvisation to script work, all filmed on camera and critiqued in class.

If you want to perfect you technique for camera then this is the class for you!

For more info please visit

The cost of the course is £350.00 for 12 weeks

mid * point: Sherlock comes to Leicestershire

Theatre-lovers in Loughborough have the chance to enjoy an audience with Sherlock Holmes this September.
The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career.

It also includes autobiographical snippets and an opportunity for the audience to ask the sleuth questions concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved.

The show is an affectionate one-man homage to the world’s greatest detective that includes quick costume changes and wry humour.

It’s to be performed at Fearon Hall on Friday 13th September. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 01509 230 629 .

mid * point: REP PILOT nights submission reminder

There’s still some time to apply for the next PILOT night taking place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 18th October 2013. Submissions close Monday 9th September, 5pm. This is an opportunity for West Midlands based artists to test out a new idea in front of a live audience at The Rep in its brand new building, receive producer support, rehearsal space, photo and video documentation of your work, networking opportunities and £500 towards your idea! 

Download the brief, guidelines and application form here.
Applications should be submitted by email to
If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting an application, please contact Nisha Modhwadia, Associate Producer at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 0121 245 2000, email

mid * point: Tin Box News: workshops and opportunities!

Hello all,
We are sending this fresh from Pint Dreams at the Edinburgh Fringe, where more stories were shared and new faces met and we even had our first canine audience member! You can read all about our fringe experiences here.

But first we have some non- Edinburgh Fringe related news, so get those diaries out as we have some dates for you!

Devising Site-specific theatre workshop at mac Birmingham
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September
10am-5pm each day
£62 (£52)

Using the site of the mac, cannon hill park, and also a collection of sites around the city as a starting point for devising, we will work with participants to explore ways to create promenade and immersive performances in non-auditorium style spaces.
(16+) All levels of experience welcome!


Devising Visual theatre workshop at mac Birmingham
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November
10am-5pm each day
£62 (£52)

We will work with participants to playfully explore puppetry, object manipulation and ensemble work. Using a variety of stimuli and found objects as a starting point for devising, this course will explore how these contemporary theatre techniques can be used to tell stories.
(16+) All levels of experience welcome!


Open Auditons!
We are looking to widen our pool of collaborators here at Tin Box and so we are holding open auditions on 24th October from 3pm-5pm at Birmingham Repertory theatre, RR2. This will be a workshop audition so you would be needed for the full 2 hours. It is open to ages 18+ in order for us to meet potential new collaborators with a view to coming on board with our next show, The Salvagers.
We are looking for people who have some experience of performance whether that be degree level or professional, those who enjoy devising theatre collaboratively and have an interest in the work that we make. Mainly we are looking for hard working people who are bursting with energy and ideas!
If you would like to attend please email Jo and Jo at and we will send you more information about the audition.


PILOT nights at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
18th October 2013

Calling all Theatre Makers! There’s still some time to apply for the next PILOT night taking place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
The deadline is Monday 9th September at 5pm
This is a chance to test out a new idea in front of a live audience at The Rep in its brand new building, receive producer support, rehearsal space and £500 towards your idea!
Download the brief, guidelines and application form here.





SATURDAY OCTOBER 19th 2013 10.30am – 4.30pm

at Pentabus, Bromfield, Ludlow, SY8 2JU

Like to work on developing your play? Analyse structure in more depth? Look into different kinds of conflict and how it affects your characters?

Then come along to this workshop led by Elizabeth Freestone for a day of exercises, writing and advice – plus a chance to read and discuss your work.

Places £50. Book now by e mailing or call 01584 856564.


mid * point: Vamos Theatre is Recruiting New Youth Members for Sept 2013

Worcester-based Vamos Theatre, one of the leading full mask theatre companies in the UK, is recruiting new members to its youth section.
Vamos Young People’s Theatre is one of the most exciting groups of its kind. It offers motivated 16-25 year olds the opportunity to experience high levels of excellence in drama training, with a particular emphasis on the innovative and engaging full mask theatre for which Vamos is renowned. Members take part in regular skills sessions, in research and development, in technical work and management, and in performance, and are encouraged to engage in every aspect of the running of the group. The group perform regularly, as well as undertaking short tours. This year saw VYPT tour across Herefordshire and Worcestershire presenting Sharing Joy with VYPT, an interactive mask performance-workshop for Elders – so successful it is due to tour the UK professionally in 2014 as Sharing Joy. Last year the group took part in Godiva Awakes, a large scale project in the Cultural Olympiad, and they regularly devise and perform pieces such as the anarchic Ubu by Alfred Jarry, complete with live band,
and Flush, a funny and moving full-mask show set both in World War Two and a 1980s nightclub toilet.
Vamos Young People’s Theatre runs every Monday evening during term time 6:30pm-8:30pm at Worcester Arts Workshop.
Auditions will be held at the end of September. To express your interest in auditioning or if you would like more information on VYPT please visit and click on Education and Training, or email

mid * point: Box of Frogs brings back “Air Play”

By popular demand, those fab, funny, fearless folk at Box of Frogs return with their sell-out improvised Radio Show.

An evening of spontaneous soap-operas, phone-ins, agony aunts and news bulletins, all made up in the spot.

A luxurious confection of voice, music, and sound-effects, created right before your very ears.

Saturday September 21st, Blue Orange Theatre, 8pm. (doors open 7pm)

Tickets just £5.  Book direct from the Blue Orange

An event not to be missed!

mid * point: Theatre Exchange Returns

Join us in September.

Hope you’re all having a great summer. We’re still on our August break but wanted to let you know about our next event at 7.30pm on Monday 16th September at The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre.

There will be new writing extracts, the opportunity to promote your own work or find new collaborators and socialise (if you fancy it . . )

If you would like to submit a script, act or direct on the night please visit our website and click on Actors and Directors or Writers for how to get involved.

Right back to the sun . . . wait a second . . .

Actor’s Voice Workshop in September

Tutor: Simon Ratcliffe
Date: Monday 23rd September 6.30pm-8.30pm
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Venue: The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Function Room.
Full: £12
Equity members: £11.50
The 2 hour session aimed at professional actors aims to introduce you to a warm up structure that moves through body, breath, voice and speech in a way that refreshes and awakens the actor’s energy, so that you are ready and available for creative work. Based on Simon’s own techniques as a designated Linklater teacher.
Simon welcomes new participants as well as those who have taken part in previous workshops.
Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. To book click the button below, we’ll be confirming attendance via email from the beginning of September.

mid * point: Last chance to Tell Us About Your Ex!

Tell Me About Your Ex is now just two weeks away, but you still have two more days to submit a story for inclusion in the show!

Tell Me About Your Ex is a brand new theatrical experience where the audience is the author! Funny, scary, sad and uplifting, this is a play for everyone who has been in love – or still is.

For the past six months the Birmingham public and drinkers in the Old Joint Stock have been sending us tales from their relationships, and in September we will be presenting a show like no other. The best submissions have come together to form our verbatim play, and all the stories we’ve received will be mounted in an exhibition in the theatre foyer of the Old Joint Stock during the production.

Want to submit a story? There’s still time! It could be funny, sad, bitter; feel free to share an huge six page story or a one line anecdote. It’s all completely anonymous – no subject is off limits and any experience is worth sharing. Just email your story to or tweet @TellMeAboutUrEx using #tellmeaboutyourex by Friday 23rd August. What’s more, each night’s audience will be invited to fill in their own cards. These new stories will feed into the show during the production week, so it will be a different show every night!

Tell Me About Your Ex

The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Tues 3rd- Sat 7th September 7.30pm

7th September 2.30pm

£10 (£8 concessions)

An Old Joint Stock Theatre Production, developed by Tim Jefferies and directed by Lauren McCarron.

Note that stories which have the potential to identify individuals will not be used.

Book Online / Phone 0121 200 0946 / Email