Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Welcome to a Brand-New Season!

As we wave a fond farewell to three months of Disney’s The Lion King it’s now time to raise the curtain on a new season of stellar performances here at Birmingham Hippodrome… We have now announced the full range of shows leading up to Spring 2014 including some fantastic new additions. Newly announced productions include […]

Fierce Festival: Nearly there…

There are only four days until Fierce 2013 kicks off!

All manner of weird objects are filling the office for Worktable, tomorrow Denis Tricot will start to install A Sculpture for Birmingham on the exterior of Birmingham Town Hall,  and the brochure can now be viewed online.

The menu for the Blood Moon Feast, the festival launch this Friday is also now available and has got all our mouths watering:

Wood-roasted flatbread
Slow-cooked eggs, chopped greens, herbs and butter
Potatoes cooked in whey
Barbecued pumpkins, hogweed, sumac
Burnt Jalapeño and Anaheim chilli sauce
Onions baked in embers, buttermilk, honey and marjoram
Corncob-smoked aubergine
Garlic melted courgettes
Fresh curd cheese
Tomato salad, rapeseed oil, fig tincture, bergamot leaves, nasturtiums

…All this and a complimentary drink and performances from International collective Wolf In The Winter for a bargain £15/£12.

Tickets are still available for Blood Moon Feast and all other events but do book to avoid disappointment!

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Guide Dogs UK pop in for a visit…

Press and PR Assitant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… This morning I welcomed the fantastic team from Guide Dogs UK who are touring the country as part of the ‘Four Legs Tour’ – a nation wide discovery of venues and events across the country catering for people with guide dogs as part of Guide Dogs Week […]

mid * point: Ed Rapley: 10 Ways to Die on Stage (The Self Trilogy)

Ed Rapley: 10 Ways to Die on Stage (The Self Trilogy)

Tickets £8 (£6) per show | £15 (£10) trilogy price

The Self Trilogy: 10 Ways to Die on Stage

Click on the title of each show below to find out more:

10 Ways to Die on Stage
The Middle Bit
Who Knows Where
A rare opportunity to see Ed perform all three parts of his trilogy in one spectacularly funny evening. Welcome to the world of Edward Rapley, a landscape of balloons and paddling pools, childhood memories and adult loss. Fusing stand up and storytelling with captivating images and clowning, 10 Ways to Die on StageThe Middle Bit and Who Knows Where bring one man’s life, full of hopes and failures, into bewildering focus.

Read an interview Ed did when he performed at Bristol Old Vic here.

To take advantage of the price for all three shows, just pop them in the basket and they will be automatically discounted when you check out
Directed by Holly Stoppit (10 Ways, TMB, WKW) & Steve Ryan (10 Ways)
Lighting Design by Robert Coxall (10 Ways)

The Self Trilogy has been supported by Jumble It Up, What If?, Pilot Nights, Ausform, Residence, Tobacco Factory, The Basement, Arnolfini, Mayfest, Bristol Old Vic & Ferment.–the-self-trilogy

mid * point: mac birmingham celebrates its 50th year with a night time spectacular event along the River Rea, with sound and light artist, Jony Easterby

mac birmingham’s 50th year celebrations close with the premiere of a magical journey of sound, light and performance along the riverbanks of the River Rea into Cannon Hill Park. Five years in the making and led by leading environmental, sound and light artist Jony Easterby, Sounding the River, which takes place from 3 – 6 October, will celebrate the hidden beauty of Birmingham’s urban river and surrounding open spaces. Audiences will experience exciting and unexpected art installations, complimented by the hidden landscapes found along the riverbank.

Produced by mac birmingham, Sounding the River is a collaborative piece, bringing together six internationally acclaimed artists, who will transform Birmingham’s well known Cannon Hill Park into an enthralling environment that will engage adults, young people and children alike. Among the many installations, audiences will experience electronic song, fire-lit performances, mechanised birds in trees and mesmerising water sounds, brought together by a mixture of old and new technologies, created with the local environment in mind. Several of the artists created Power Plant, a feature of Durham’s enigmatic LUMIERE and Liverpool’s Capital of Culture, which continues to tour the globe.

Guided by mac birmingham staff and trained volunteers, each night up to 600 audience members will be guided at intervals along the riverbank and across the urban wilderness of Cannon Hill Park. Live music, water reflections, mechanised birds and installations that reflect nature, will all come together to create an event like no other.


Lead Artist Jony Easterby said: ‘It has been an epic journey of conception, ideas, fundraising and exploration to get to this point, where I can finally see this celebration of the River Rea coming to life. From my early explorations walking and canoeing along its length, up to the most recent experiments along the river, my vision and determination to see this project happen has never wavered.’

Jony continued: ‘My aim is to create an event which touches on all the things that are important to me in my life and work, combining landscape re-invention through lightness and dark, fire and water ritual, South Asian Dance, sound in space, ecology and even folk music! All have been created by a group of my favourite practitioners working in contemporary art today. I am most excited by the prospect of seeing all the new work that is being created for this unique event, which guarantees I, along with the audience will not have experienced anything like this before.

Working alongside mac birmingham has also been a brilliant experience, their dedication to making this project happen through thick and thin has buoyed me up throughout its long vision from vision to reality’.

Dorothy Wilson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at mac birmingham said: ‘Sounding the River represents mac birmingham’s commitment to producing exciting, ambitious work and is a fitting end to our 50th anniversary celebrations. Our support of and partnership with Jony Easterby, has created a unique experience. It is also testament to the value of research and development in creating an event in such an unusual community setting. While Sounding the River completes our celebrations, it also represents an era of creative work which will continue for years to come at mac birmingham.

Press Night – Thursday 3 October

The press night for Sounding the River will be on Thursday 3 October from 7pm. Please notify Marcia Springer via email at to attend.

Sounding the River map – Please bear in mind that the activities outlined on the map, may be subject to change nearer the performance date.

Performances start from 7pm and every 15 minutes until 8.45pm.

Visitors will depart mac birmingham and be taken onto the river in small groups, so that everyone can enjoy the journey at a relaxing pace. The journey will take approximately one hour to walk.

Performance Times:

Tickets purchased after Friday 16 Aug

Thu 3 & Fri 4 Oct                    Sat 5 & Sun 6 Oct

Adult                 £10                   £12

Family Ticket      £25                   £30

Concessions      £8                     £10


Artist Biographies

Mark Anderson – Mark Anderson uses light, sound, electronics, kinetics, fire and pyrotechnics to make compelling site specific temporary installations and performances. Mark’s work is often spectacular, at other times subtle and intimate, and on occasion, all these things at the same time.

Jony Easterby – Working from his base in West Wales, Jony’s work engages his relationship with both landscape and technology. It is characterised by the diversity of artistic practice and the range of practices employed. Easterby investigates the boundaries between raw elemental materials, sound, performance, composition, ecology, landscape and architecture.

Kathy Hinde – Kathy creates video and sound for theatre and live art performances alongside making installations and site specific work. Her approach combines different art forms frequently through collaborations with other practitioners and scientists. She is keen to share her creative process, and regularly makes artworks that rely on input from the audience.

Anna Lucas – Anna Lucas is a London based artist. Predominantly known for film and video work, her practice develops from observations of social networks and individuals in response to specific geographic and architectural locations. Underlying these themes the work also refers to the processes of film-making and the materiality of film itself.

Ulf Mark Pedersen  - Often architectural in scale, Ulfs work transforms the act of looking into a physical experience. Ulf uses light and colour as his essential tools, often combining these natural or artificial elements with the new architectural forms he has designed. His practice exploits both hi and lo-fi technologies and aims to highlight the poetic potential of place.

Red Earth – Red Earth is an environmental arts group producing site specific work in, and in response to the landscape. Their events amplify and resonate with the natural environment, immersing the audience in its hidden terrain. Temporary sculpture installations are sensitive to the site and built on location from locally sources materials. Projects have explored the effects of climate change and the complex relationship with geological, archaeological, ecological and cultural landscapes.

About mac birmingham

Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the Midlands. With four performance auditoria, rehearsal and media studios, a cinema, and a visual art gallery, mac birmingham presents a broad range of contemporary work from both emerging and established artists across genres. mac birmingham is the most visited arts centre in the Midlands and is renowned for its family friendly and inclusive approach. Originally intended for children, the centre now caters for audiences young and old, from the local community and beyond.

Re-opened in May 2010 after extensive refurbishment, the arts centre boasts stunning architecture and a high level of accessibility. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park and home to the Bridges Bar Café for meals and snacks, and the stylish Arena Bar for evening drinks, the centre is well worth a visit. 2012 sees mac birmingham moving into its 50th year.

About Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

mid * point: Classic Ghosts Brought to Stage in Staffordshire

Theatre-lovers in Staffordshire are in for a spooky treat this September when a new stage adaptation of M. R. James’s ghost stories comes to town.
Warnings to the Curious: The Ghost Stories of M. R. James is an original stage show based of some of the Edwardian era’s greatest ghost stories. Atmospheric and flashes of macabre humour, this play is guaranteed to raise the gooseflesh and to make audiences fear that, after all… perhaps there ARE such things as ghosts…
It’s to be performed at historic Middleton Hall on 27th September. Show starts at 8pm.
The show is the latest from Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company – the British Empire’s finest exponents at staging Victorian theatre with bite!
For further details, please call 01827 283095

mid * point: Escalator Performing Arts 2013-14

Cambridge Junction is located in Arts Council England’s South East Area though this programme retains its focus towards Eastern Region artists and producers. However, this does not preclude companies based in the wider South East Area from applying, particularly those who are keen to explore connections and develop practice within the region/with organisations based in the East. For purposes of this year’s programme, the East consists of Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and the wider South East also includes Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire.

Application information is now online here:

It’s open to artists, companies, producers and facilitators and any undefined role of the future!

Deadline: Monday 14 October 2013 (5pm)

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: 190,000 people enjoy Disney’s The Lion King…

“It is time”…after 109 performances and playing to over 190,000 people,  Disney’s THE LION KING will complete its sell-out run here at Birmingham Hippodrome this Saturday. The legendary musical, the largest touring theatre production in UK history, attracted visitors from every corner of the Globe. Audience members travelled from as far afield as New Zealand, […]

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: The Cast Pt. 1

We’re pleased to announce the first half of the cast for Twilightofthefreakingods.

Chris Dugrenier, who presented her own show Wealth’s Last Caprice @ A E Harris as well as appearing in the original cast of Stan’s Cafe’s The Just Price of FLowers.

Jack Trow, who appeared at the venue in Untied Artist‘s For Their Own Good as well as Stan’s Cafe’s The Cleanings of Constance Brown.

Olivia Winteringham, who appeared at the venue in Kindle Theatre‘s Eat Your Heart out and The Furies.

Michael Radford, who appeared at the venue in FRED Theatre Company‘s production of The Merchant of Venice and helped stage Attomicus’ production of Sweeney Todd.

Craig Stephens, who has appeared at the venue in Stan’s Cafe’s productions, Home of the Wriggler, The Just Price of Flowers, The Cleansing of Constance Brown, 24 Hour Scalextric, The Cardinals and Tuning Out With Radio Z.

Katherine Lunney, who appeared at the venue in 3 Bugs Theatre Company‘s production of In The Penal Colony.

The second and final group of brave performers will be announced in a couple of days time.