Monthly Archives: November 2013


REP Foundry 2014

What is REP Foundry?

Do you have a theatre vocation, but need support to establish yourself? The REP Foundry programme – Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s artist development scheme – is now open for applications for 2014.

The REP is supporting emerging Theatre Makers, Writers and Directors, who have a commitment to producing theatre. This is your chance to work with The REP during a new chapter in our history. We are committed to developing artists with new and unique stories to share regardless of their backgrounds.

Now in its second year, the 12 month programme beginning in February 2014 will give 18 participants professional development through a series of workshops, mentoring and masterclasses – alongside monthly scratch nights. You will receive free tickets to all REP shows and have access to the expertise and resources within the REP and support from external theatre practitioners and companies.

REP Foundry is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.

Foundry Surgeries at the REP100 Open Day

There will be an opportunity for potential applicants to meet The REP team in person to talk about what support is available and to meet artists currently on the programme at the theatre’s open day on Sunday 13 October.

Feedback from participants in REP Foundry 2013

“The REP Foundry programme brings emerging artists together and opens up doors to a wide range of opportunities: an artist with initiative can walk in, look around and think ‘Yes, I can use that’ and the REP will support them as far as possible in making ‘that’ happen.”
Polly Tisdall, Director, Foundry 2013

“The REP Foundry presents an exciting creative environment for its artists, encouraging future work and collaboration, and I have utilised the contacts and opportunities available.”
Joe White, Writer, Foundry 2013

“The programme also offers mentoring which has proved invaluable in terms of shaping both the creative and professional processes.”
Stephanie Ridings, Writer, Foundry 2013


This programme is open to you if:

  • You are an emerging director, playwright or theatre maker
  • You are starting out, but need support to establish yourself as an artist
  • You are based in the West Midlands
  • You are not in full-time education
  • You will be aged 18+ when the course begins in February 2014

How to apply

The deadline for submissions is 6pm Friday 29 November 2013

To apply, please download and complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form from the Downloads panel on this page, then email or write to REP FOUNDRY, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP with the following materials…


  • A completed cover sheet
  • A CV
  • 500 words about yourself
  • 500 words on why you would like to take part in The Birmingham REP Foundry
  • An original full length script, minimum of 10 pages (no adaptations)
  • A completed equal opportunities form


  • A completed cover sheet
  • A CV
  • 500 words about yourself
  • 500 words on why you would like to take part in Birmingham REP Foundry
  • 1,500 words on a play you’d like to direct including: (i) a short synopsis of it (ii) why and how you want to direct it (iii) how you would approach the rehearsal process
  • A completed equal opportunities form

Theatre Makers and Companies:

  • A completed cover sheet
  • A CV
  • 500 words about yourself
  • 500 words on why you would like to take part in Birmingham REP Foundry
  • 1,500 words about a piece of theatre you’d most like to make, why and how you would approach the rehearsal process
  • A completed equal opportunities form

For more information

If you have questions about the programme or the application process, please email

mid * point: Swan & Birds Get the Vote!

Swan & Birds Get the Vote
Thanks to a heartening wave of support from across the region and beyond, Anthony & Cleopatra – The Musical! won the public vote in the People’s Millions, which means that Orchestra of the Swan & Talking Birds’ project with Welcombe Hills and Brays Special Schools will be going ahead in 2014. To follow the progress of the project please follow us on twitter: @birdmail and @Orchestra_Swan
And just to make doubly sure you don’t miss anything, join our mailing list here:
We’re also pleased to announce that Troy Story, the last project from the same team, has been shortlisted for the Music Teacher Award for Best Musical Initiative. You can hear excerpts from the forthcoming CD of the performance here:

mid * point: Kindle Theatre Presents COME HEAVY SLEEP

Kindle Theatre presents


Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December, 7.45pm
The STUDIO, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Kindle Theatre, one of the most pioneering theatre companies in the UK, present their new show Come Heavy Sleep at Birmingham Repertory Theatre for two work-in-progress performances on 13th and 14th December 2013 at 7.45pm.

Come Heavy Sleep is a passion-fuelled murder story told through song that takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s Othello. Following on from Kindle’s international success, The Furies, Come Heavy Sleep will be a large-scale ensemble spectacle, fronted by the band The Come Heavies, with bold choreography, chopped-up narrative and stunning visuals. The music moves from 16th Century Lute to Noise Pop into Industrial Grindcore and 1950′s-style romantic ballad.

Kindle are working with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and a brilliant ensemble of musicians, dancers, performers and a digital artist to develop this show, which will go on tour in Autumn 2014. But before that, these two work-in-progress performances take place at The REP’s new STUDIO theatre offering audiences a first glimpse of Kindle’s latest show.

Come Heavy Sleep is devised by Kindle Theatre and performed by Emily Ayres, Sam Fox, Olivia Winteringham, Graeme Rose, Becca Thomas, Suzanne Grubham, Luke-Matthew Iveson and Sam Wooster, with percussion design by Joelle Barker.

Kindle Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Emily Ayres, Samantha Fox and Olivia Winteringham, supported by Producer Jo Salkilld, and is based in Birmingham. The company creates performances that seek to playfully reinvent the theatrical experience; exploring intimate and communal exchanges within the live event.  The company is best known for its internationally acclaimed production The Furies and projects range from large scale theatrical banquet to sweaty rock gig and often include audience engagement and live music. Playful and inventive, Kindle shows are always totally unique and completely engaging.  Kindle is an Associate Company of The REP.

Wildly imaginative … one of the best emerging companies in the country” The Guardian   Twitter: @KindleTheatre

Listings Information

Come Heavy Sleep by Kindle Theatre
The STUDIO, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Dates: Friday 13 December and Saturday 14 December
Performance Times: 7.45pm
Tickets: £5, concessions £3
Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Online Booking:

mid * point: Improv Beginners Class – January 2014

Back by Popular Demand - Improv Beginners
- Another chance to discover the fun and delight of comedy improvisation.

I am delighted to tell you that by popular demand, there will be another 8-week Improv Beginners’ course starting in January 2014 to learn the core skills of improvised comedy.  Discover the joy, freedom and challenge of Improv.  Learn to be more creative and more playful.  Low-pressure, high-enjoyment classes in a fun, friendly,  supportive and stress-free environment.

Complete beginners are welcome. You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or improv experience whatsoever.  You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny either!   Also good for writers, actors and comedians looking to widen their  skills and boost their confidence.

Improv is not the same as stand-up; you’re not alone on stage and it’s not about telling jokes or being really quick and witty.  It’s about  working together as a team with other improvisers to spontaneously create group stories, scenes & sketches.

Over a course of 8 weekly workshops you’ll progress as a team while learning core improvisation skills like Spontaneity, Listening, YesAnd, Character, Scenes, Story and having fun with improvisation.

Led by Jon Trevor, founder and leader of Box of Frogs

Dates – Thursday nights from January 23rd  to March 13th
Times – 7.30pm - 9.30 pm
Cost – £75  – Or book now and take advantage of the Early Bird price of just £60!

Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton Street
B18 6AD

Book your place now on the Blue Orange Website at  Places allocated on first come/first served basis.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

Jon Trevor
Chief Frog
0121 684 1053

mid * point: Cucumber Writers

Cucumber Writers present ‘The Royal Hagley Guesthouse Hotel’

Saturday, November 30 @ 7pm, Hexagon Theatre, mac Birmingham

In a seedy bed and breakfast near the centre of Birmingham that’s seen better days, there’s a story in every room, with antics after dark and awkward conversations over the breakfast table.

A rehearsed reading of new short plays by Cucumber Writers, a group of emerging Midlands playwrights.

Tickets £3, available from mac box office on 0121 4463232
Find Cucumber Writers on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CucumberTweets

The Other Way Works: Bandstand featured as one of “10 digital arts projects we love” by Sync

We were very excited to find out that our Bandstand project has been selected by Sync as one of their recent “10 digital arts projects we love”.

They said:

“it’s a beautiful way of finding new ways to read these historic spaces through digital technology.”

You can read the full article here.

We are in rather excellent company, with other highlighted projects including Hello Lamp Post and the V&A’s recent Memory Palace Exhibition.

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Opportunities

Thanks to Richard Battye at River Studio for allowing me to maul his photo.

Last week Eve and I were pleased to attend the official opening of Rogue Play‘s soft and warm new home. They gave us entertaining samples of all the hanging, swinging, jumping that their space encouraged and showed no sign of requiring the en suit physiotherapy/treatment room. Eventually I had to drag Eve away as it was approaching my bedtime. Their space is on Fazeley Street, they run all kinds of classes and rent their space out for rehearsals, so they are creating great OPPORTUNITIES for folk more flexible than I and seem to have a good thing going on, good luck to them.

Good luck also to B-Arts who have succeeded in getting funding for a project that encourages young people to continue using libraries once they become too old for their parents to take them. Their plan is to work with installation / digital / theatre-type artists to create an immersive pod to travel round libraries and stimulate creative throught Etc. The only flaw in the their plan is they haven’t got those artists lined up. So there are OPPORTUNTIES there. Despite chatting to them about this project in its development/application phase I have probably wildly misrepresented it, here are details of the JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Finally three OPPORTUNITIES open up simultaneously for this Sunday at Library of Birmingham as lucky folk with £15 in their pocket have the chance to point at Portishead’s Adrian Utley, listen to Terry Riley‘s seminal In C and luxuriate in the audio visual universe of our friends at Pram. Tickets Etc.

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Moving Image

Re-imagining this world as another world is one of my favourite pastimes so obviously Streets of Myth is spot for me, it is to be a martial arts series set in an alternative Birmingham. They are looking to raise money for the project and this teaser is very seductive.

The timing of Streets of Myth coming to my inbox was spot on as I’d just been fired up by Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill which I loved, a great start to my resolution to watch a load of Japanese Film Noir.