Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Roll up, Roll up for Opening Night…

Administration Assistant, Grace Morgan blogs about her first experience of a Press Night at the opening of Barnum… Having started as an apprentice in the Box office aged 16, I now find myself on the sixth floor of Birmingham Hippodrome as Administration Assistant. Looking back to when I first started, I now feel so lucky […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Rula Lenska to star in The Frozen Scream – a chilling tale for Winter!

TV actress and stage star Rula Lenska will join the cast for the chilling winter tale The Frozen Scream which will be performed in our Patrick Centre studio next January (2015). The  play is based on a largely forgotten murder-mystery novel and brings the chilling tale back to life for the stage, offering a unique show for […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: The Nominees are…us!

We are thrilled to learn that two of the major projects we have been involved in over the past twelve months have been nominated in the UK Theatre Awards 2014. The UK tour of Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, is up for Best Touring Production. The show was a major undertaking in bringing […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: The Nominees are…us!

We are thrilled to learn that two of the major projects we have been involved in over the past twelve months have been nominated in the UK Theatre Awards 2014. The UK tour of Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, is up for Best Touring Production. The show was a major undertaking in bringing […]

mid * point: Theatre Surgery reminder

A reminder that Theatre Surgery happens every first Saturday of the month at theWorkshop, next one is on Saturday 4th October. New plays, old pieces, fresh readings, insightful feedback . . . and of course a bit of fun.
If you’re an actor who wants to engage with new writing, meet up with old or new friends, try out audition pieces, or just keep flexing those acting muscles, then by all means pop along; for some it’s a drop-in, for others it’s a whole day-out experience – entirely your choice.
For writers and Directors it’s a great chance to get new work up on its feet and to work with like-minded people passionate about theatre. Contribution of £3 to cover the costs, it helps if you could let me know beforehand if you might be coming.
More details by email ( or visit the website (
n.b. theWorkshop is located in the Jewellery Quarter and offers extremely budget-friendly rehearsal space for groups who want to put on small scale productions. If you’re interested get in touch.
Frank Bramwell   ¦¦   @theworkshopb1   ¦¦

mid * point: PILOT Nights @ Warwick Arts Centre- Line up!

We are delighted to announce the line-up for PILOT Nights at Warwick Arts Centre on 14th October, Co-PILOTed by Stephanie Ridings and Nick Walker

Hannah Silva- Schlock!
Ira Brand- Be Gentle With Me (Working Title)
Jack Trow- Point Nemo
Paul O’Donnell- One Thing On His Mime
The Plasticine Men- There Shall Be Fireworks (Working Title)
2Magpies Theatre- Ventoux

See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards for live music and drinks and to meet the artists and let them know what you thought.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter for more information about the artists and the pieces they will be presenting in October!

DATE: Tuesday 14th October at 7.45pm
TICKETS: £5.50 Book tickets here or call 0121 446 3232
VENUE: Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

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mid * point: Moving On, Staying on….

Moving On, Staying on….
If you’re studying or have just graduated and are thinking about pursuing a career in the arts industry, this free event organised by Worcestershire Arts Partnership will give you an invaluable insight into a wide variety of opportunities, as well as possible pitfalls and exciting challenges. 
Brought to you by experienced artists and creative industry professionals, the event will include key note speeches, presentations, networking and informal arts-chats; looking at shared values before focusing in on either the performing or visual arts.
Light refreshment will be available.
For more information, a list of contributors and to register your attendance, please contact
Please feel free to share this on social media.
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Drama Studio (EEG101),
University of Worcester, St John’s Campus

mid * point: Poetry, Performance (and Everything Else!) Festival

Poetry, Performance (and Everything Else!) Festival

Diary of Events



Wednesday 1st October


Bring your framed artwork to The Bond between noon and 4.00pm. Please attach a label to the back of your work stating your name, the title of the work and the medium used. It is our intention to exhibit at least one piece from each exhibitor! Please ensure that you are able to collect your work on our last day (10th of October) between 2.00pm and 6.00pm.


Thursday 2nd October

DIGBETH POETRY TRAIL 12 noon. Please meet Cathy Crossley at the front entrance of The Bond.

1.15pm – 2.00pm THE GRAND OPENING Meets, Greets and Eats with Poetry Beats 2.00pm – 4.00pm THINK OF A POEM National Poetry Day workshop on the theme of Remembrance, with Jan Watts and Cathy Crossley.

2.00pm – 4.00pm MAD HATTER’S CLAY AND STAY with Graham Taylor. Experiment with

ceramics and create a gigantic exhibit!

4.00pm – 6.00pm SOULFUL POETRY with Roy McFarlane and friends. Ease away the day with inspiring and meaningful verse.


Friday 3rd October

11.00am – 1.00pm PAINT YOUR FEELINGS Take a few deep breaths and relax. Then pick a colour. Any colour and away you go with Philip Jones.

2.00pm – 4.00pm THE TREE OF LIFE Create a large and meaningful exhibit using French knitting techniques with Cait Roberts.

2.00pm – 4.00pm DANCE FOR HEALTH. BCAT facilitator Natalia Budzan will guide you to discover the therapeutic benefits of Dance.


*EVENING POP UP EVENT 6.00pm till late! Digbeth First Friday Event at The Bond. Mad Hatter Frantic Fun Workshops Featuring: Fog Horn Improv, The Wellbeing Community Choir, with music from The Strangest Feeling and Musical Connexions plus guests*(Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music and more).


Saturday 4th October

11.00am – 1.00pm FANTASTICAL AND MAGICAL POETRY with Sammy Joe. Create a narrative piece of poetry!

1.00pm – 2.00pm POETRY LITES Come and share your work with our eclectic crew.

2.00pm – 4.00pm MAD HATTER’S BIG PICTURE with Graham Taylor. Create a gigantic piece of visual art using shells and canvas

2.00pm – 4.00pm. MEHNDI with Shabana Bhatti. Sit back, relax and choose your own design.

4.00pm – 5.00pm THE MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY

Please don’t be late for a very important date!


Sunday 5th October

2.00pm – 4.00pm SUNDAY SONGBIRDS Come down and chill with our laid-back sing along with Marcus Zodiac 69!

2.00pm – 4.00pm THE MAD HATTER’S TEA AND CLAY PARTY Clay and Tea with the important ingredient of fun!

2.00pm – 4.00pm SPEECH BUBBLES with Laura Billing. Write and decorate your own thoughts with willow withies and tissue paper.







Monday 6th October

11.00am – 1.00pm SCI-FI FILM AND ARTS with 2arttoyguys, Steven and Trevor. “Movie Pre-Production” Prop making and set design

2.00pm – 4.00pm SHARING WORDS with Jacqui Rowe. Jacqui works as a writer for older adults. Poetry will be created from using stimuli and shared ideas from the group

2.00pm – 4.00pm MAD HATTER HATS ‘N’ CRAFTS with Graham Taylor, Make a head from clay and create your own hat to be exhibited at the Festival.


Tuesday 7th October

11.00am – 1.00pm FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA with The Craft Collectives. Decoupage a mixture of vintage china & paper bowls, plates & cups using fabrics, delicate papers, leaves & petals

2.00pm – 4.00pm IN MY HEAD Explore simple drawing ideas and work together to create the big picture with Jason Clark.

2.00pm – 4.00pm VERY MESSY CARDS Create your own unique collection of greeting cards using shaving foam, food colouring and a few other surprises with Cait Roberts.


Wednesday 8th October

11.00am – 1.00pm MEMORY FLOWERS By working together we will create a large pressed flower collage exhibit with Tony Sale.

2.00pm – 4.00pm INSPIRE 2 SPEAK with Jane Campion Hoye. Find your own voice, build confidence and have fun through drama, games and an introduction to storytelling.


Thursday 9th October

11.00am – 1.00pm SCI-FI FILM AND ARTS with 2arttoyguys, Steven and Trevor. “Movie Pre-Production” Prop making and Set design

2.00pm – 4.00pm POETRY AS THERAPY with Andrea Shorrick.This workshop aims to encourage people from all walks of life with a range of mental health issues to channel their creativity into Poetry

2.00pm – 4.00pm INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE with Shabana

Bhatti. Sit back, relax and enjoy

2.00pm – 4.00pm TATTOO CANVAS with Laura Billing. A large-scale group activity using traditional tattoo emblems

2.00pm POTS OF FUN Learn creative ceramic techniques with Sue Dyer.



11.00am – 2.00pm Stall holders and sign-posting with showcases of Film, Poetry, Music, Drama, Dance, Arts and Comedy. A tasty buffet will be provided for all! Please do come and collect your art work between 2.00pm and 6.00pm



MAD HATTER’S COSMIC CHILL OUT with “Kate Bush” compere plus poets, performers and friends! The Old Crown, 188 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD.



TALKING CAFE & OPEN MIC with Dave Goley and Friends.

This will be run every day starting 3rd of October 1.00pm – 2.00pm



mid * point: Check out our fantastic offer for young people interested in Independent cinema

Do you like film?


Are you already on track to star, direct or write the next Oscar-winning movie? Or maybe you just like escaping for two hours into the big screen? mac birmingham wants your thoughts on the films we programme. We are offering young people under 21 a chance to get 2 free tickets to the first screening of each title* in exchange for a tweet about the film and your cinematic experience at mac.


Too good to be true? No, really… we just want more young people to see independent film and be encouraged to try new things. Plus, we get to hear what you think of your experience and hopefully you will tell your friends about mac’s cinema.


Easy 3 step guide to free cinema tickets:


1 – Turn up one hour before a two4none screening.


2 – Be the first eligible person to ask for the tickets (at Sales & information).


3 – Tweet about it including our twitter address @mac_birmingham (so we can see what you thought of the whole experience).



September two4none screenings:


Fri 26 Sep


Pride (6pm)


Lucy (8.30pm)


Mon 29 Sep


Night Moves (7pm)


October two4none screenings are:


Fri 3 Oct


Before I Go To Sleep (6pm)


A Most Wanted Man (8pm)


Sun 5 Oct


Hide Your Smiling Faces (5pm)


Thu 9 Oct


Mystery Road (6pm)


Fri 10 Oct


The Riot Club (6pm)


Ida (8.15pm)


Fri 17 Oct


Magic in the Moonlight (6pm)


Northern Soul (8.15pm)


Mon 20 Oct


Tony Benn: Will and Testament (2pm)


Human Capital (7pm)


Fri 24 Oct


Night Train to Lisbon (2pm)


Effie Gray (6pm)


Fri 31 Oct


What We Did on Our Holiday (6pm)


’71 (8.10pm)


Here’s the bit about how it works:


2 tickets per first screening will be available to young people under 21.

Only one pair of tickets is available per first screening on a first come first served basis.

Tickets are available from Sales & Information 1 hour prior to screening start time.

No reservations.

Tickets have no exchange value.

One of the two people attending must register their details with us (this does not automatically include you in any promotional literature or emails).

Both tickets must be used for people 21 or under. Have your ID ready as it may be required for this offer and film certification.

Please note that if we cannot verify that you posted a comment about your experience at mac’s cinema within 48 hours of the screening we may refuse to issue further free tickets to you so remember to include us in your tweet/post.

Please note: Only one pair of tickets can be redeemed per month per person but you and a friend could take turns collecting the tickets.

mac birmingham reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

*Free tickets are only available on films where we have more than one screening programmed in that month.

Exclusions apply.


Exclusions include but are not limited to:

All alternative content screenings (NT Live, RSC, ENO, Glyndebourne etc)Sundown Cinema outdoor screenings. Screenings from external organisations that are not part of our core programme

Check out our fantastic offer for young people interested in Independent cinema