Monthly Archives: November 2014

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: (h)experiment Commissions

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I love using formal constraints as a means of unlocking unexpected theatrical delights. An example is our attempt in Be Proud of Me to restrict the text to only sentences found in tourist phrase books. Simple Maths and The Cleansing of Constance Brown were physically constrained and The Just Price of Flowers had structural rules for which characters could appear on stage together in any given scene.

Yesterday I spoke with the excellent Iain Smith about running a writing project at Washwood Heath Academy inspired by George Perec’s La Disparition a novel written without use of the letter ‘e’.

Now, in collaboration with mac birmingham we are looking to spread the formal fun. We are delighted to announce eight new commissions for mini-plays. These plays can be about anything, feature and number of actors and follow any theatrical tradition so long as they comply with a set of simple rules:

Each show must be 20 minutes long.

Each show must fit on a stage 2.4m wide x 1.8m deep (8’ x 6’).

Each show may only use the following props:
Window Frame, Chair, Table, Mug, Telephone, Banana, Hand Gun, Newspaper, Bunch of Flowers, Clock, Rope, Letter in Envelope.

Each show must use a minimum of five props.

Each show must be made for £500.

Each show must be a finished show and not a ‘work in progress’ or extract.

Each show must be available to be performed on 9 and 16 May 2015 (it will only be performed on one of these dates)

There will be a basic lighting rig you may specify your lighting preferences in advance shows should not be highly dependent on very complicated or accurate lighting.

Sound playback will be available.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 5th January. Full details of the commissions and how to submit your ideas are carried on mac’s website.

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: (h)experiment Commissions

slottogetherpromo

I love using formal constraints as a means of unlocking unexpected theatrical delights. An example is our attempt in Be Proud of Me to restrict the text to only sentences found in tourist phrase books. Simple Maths and The Cleansing of Constance Brown were physically constrained and The Just Price of Flowers had structural rules for which characters could appear on stage together in any given scene.

Yesterday I spoke with the excellent Iain Smith about running a writing project at Washwood Heath Academy inspired by George Perec’s La Disparition a novel written without use of the letter ‘e’.

Now, in collaboration with mac birmingham we are looking to spread the formal fun. We are delighted to announce eight new commissions for mini-plays. These plays can be about anything, feature and number of actors and follow any theatrical tradition so long as they comply with a set of simple rules:

Each show must be 20 minutes long.

Each show must fit on a stage 2.4m wide x 1.8m deep (8’ x 6’).

Each show may only use the following props:
Window Frame, Chair, Table, Mug, Telephone, Banana, Hand Gun, Newspaper, Bunch of Flowers, Clock, Rope, Letter in Envelope.

Each show must use a minimum of five props.

Each show must be made for £500.

Each show must be a finished show and not a ‘work in progress’ or extract.

Each show must be available to be performed on 9 and 16 May 2015 (it will only be performed on one of these dates)

There will be a basic lighting rig you may specify your lighting preferences in advance shows should not be highly dependent on very complicated or accurate lighting.

Sound playback will be available.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 5th January. Full details of the commissions and how to submit your ideas are carried on mac’s website.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Birmingham Hippodrome Access Forum member and mother of two children on the autism spectrum blogs about our Relaxed Performance

Our guest blogger this week is Alaine Powell, mother of two children on the autism spectrum and a member of our Access Forum.  Alaine writes about her experience at our first ever pantomime Relaxed Performance earlier this year. I first heard that the Hippodrome was staging a Relaxed Performance at an Autism Spectrum Disorder support […]

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Visa Time Again

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Yesterday was another triumph for Charlotte in our office. Craig, Rochi and I were at the US Embassy yesterday getting our work visas for The Cardinals tour. Inevitably the process is bureaucratic and each time we go through the process it more requires information to be submitted. When all the information is gathered and the case has been made that there is no one in the US who can do the job we are going there to do then precisely the correct photographs have to be taken and presented in digital and physical form. You need to make an appointment with the embassy and present yourself at the designated time Entertainers, for that is what we claim we are, have an early slot, 8am.

As you would imagine security is high, like an airport but you can’t take your laptop in. Entrepreneurial pharmacies in the neighborhood do a brisk business in VISA related support – photos, internet access and storing laptops (£3 per stay).

Once inside procedures for us are swift and painless. Wait for your number to come up, hand over your passport and documentation, have your finger prints scanned. Wait a bit more, have a interview which has never been more than a couple of basic questions about our planned activities, then you can return home, your passport follows by couriers a few days later.

We got through: Graeme, Gerard and Harry will follow on soon.

This is the procedure for UK artists visiting the US, it’s fiddly and costs a bit but it’s not actively controversial. I imagine if you are running London International Festival of Theatre and you are trying to get a whole bunch of artists from the Middle East or North Africa into the UK it must be considerably more taxing.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Chef’s Choice: Christmas Cake!

In today’s new Chef’s Choice recipe, Head Chef Chris Bratt-Rose shares the secret on the perfect Christmas cake this festive season… INGREDIENTS: 225G BUTTER 225G SOFT BROWN SUGAR 250G PLAIN FLOUR 2 TEASPOON MIXED SPICE 1 TEASPOON CINNAMON PINCH OF SALT 4 LARGE EGGS 50G GROUND ALMONDS 50G CHOPPED ALMONDS JUICE AND ZEST ONE LEMON […]

mid * point: Talawa Script Submissions

Submit your script to Talawa Theatre Company
Talawa Theatre Company has always been a home for emerging Black British writers. Our new literary department is now up and running and we are expanding opportunities for writers with a variey of initiatives, including:

-         Talawa Writers’ Programme, our flagship scheme for developing new writing talent

-         Talawa Firsts, a season of new play readings

-         Studio Firsts, development opportunities for emerging artists
Talawa is calling for scripts by new and emerging Black British writers, the next script submission window will be between 1st November and 30th November.
Please send your script along with a short covering letter telling us about you and your work to: Jane Fallowfield, Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London N1 6AH.
Each script is read by one of our readers and will receive feedback. We aim to respond to you within 3 months.
For more information, visit the literary pages of the website: http://www.talawa.com/literary.php


mid * point: Come to the Cabaret as ‘La Belle Nuit’ opens its doors at EGO Arts Venue on New Years Eve!

Come to the Cabaret as ‘La Belle Nuit’ opens its doors
at EGO Arts Venue on New Years Eve!

  • A new, once a month, Cabaret Evening launches on New Years Eve at EGO Arts Venue in Cook Street, Coventry and will run till March 2015.
  • Jacques Tache – Master of ceremonies invites you to Celebrate Midnight in Paris as Ego Arts venue is transformed for the night into ‘La Belle Nuit’ inspired by the 1920’s/ 30’s Cabaret clubs of Paris.
  • Susan Black sings Piaf, Apache Dancers, Cirque Performers – Cargo du Nuit, Musician Mitzi Subishi, The Belle Boys, Dancers Femmes Sauvage, Les Mamans Chaudes and of course the Can Can will transport you to an evening of opulence, glamour and a touch of the Moulin Rouge.

Produced by Kathi Leahy in partnership with EGO ‘La Belle Nuit’ (The Beautiful Night) is a new venture. Inspired by the atmosphere, decadence and the risqué performances of 1920’s / 1930’s nightlife in Paris, Berlin, New York and London ‘La Belle Nuit’ is a pop up Cabaret Club in Coventry – situated in Ego Arts Venue, Cook Street. London acts alongside home grown talent will dazzle, surprise and entertain as they say Bienvenue ‘Welcome’ to La Belle Nuit!

This monthly spectacle will bring together professional and emerging artists from the world of Cabaret, Cirque, Dance, Comedy and Live Music. Sumptuous surroundings, private tables and waiter service with a difference will spirit guests away to a lost era – outrageous, divine, decadent and not for the feint hearted!

La Belle Nuit launches on New Year’s Eve with the following line up:

  • Satirical humour from the Master of Ceremonies – Jacque Tashe and his extraordinary facial hair!
  • Headline act – Susan Black as French Chanteuse singer ‘Edith Piaf’. Described by The Stage as “An international diva star with a voice that can fill the Albert Hall without a microphone…She is a true showstopper…. a sparkling jewel and a genuinely original talent who has a magical power of delighting her audiences beyond all expectation.”
  • Cirque duo – Le Cargo de Nuit – zest, vitality and edge to this perfectly formed duo.
  • Les mamans chaudes – Don’t mess with these mamas! Dance sensation with a cheeky twist.
  • House dancers; The Belle Boys & Femme Sauvage with bring a crazy mix of old and new as they dance on chairs, tables, off walls and Can Can guests into the 2015 on the stroke of midnight.

Kathi Leahy (Producer) said: “Ravishing, decadent, devine – live music, dancers, cirque acts and dressing up! What’s not to like! Coventry has a wealth of talent out there – time to show it off.”

Georgina Egan & Corinne Emerson (Artistic Directors of EGO) say: This night is something completely different for Coventry, a much needed event that we are very excited to be hosting!

 

For further information contact Kathi Leahy Producer on 07969355488 or email kathi@imagineerproductions.co.uk

For Marketing / Press / Interviews contact Kiri Lewis PR for EGO on 07801981532 or email:

hq@egoperformance.co.uk

Media Listing:

‘La Belle Nuit’
31 December 2014
8pm – 2am
EGO Arts Venue, Silver St / Cook St, Coventry.

Tickets £25 in advance only.
To book contact 02476 226060 or book online
www.wegottickets.com/coventryegoartsvenue

Tickets can also be purchased on Facebook www.facebook.com/egoperformancecompany

(Please note there is a small booking fee online)

Kathi Leahy and EGO Enterprise Ltd are creating a new venture – ‘La Belle Nuit’ – a dazzling ravishing evening of cabaret which launches on New Years Eve 2014 and continues once a month as we take you to Paris, Berlin and New York! London acts alongside the very best home grown talent from Coventry.

The line-up includes: Susan Black Sings Piaf, The Belle Boys, Femmes Savauge, Les mamans chaudes, Mitzy Subishi, Le cargo Du Nuit and resident Master of Ceremonies Jacque Tache.


mid * point: Job Ad – Creative Black Country Artistic Director

Job Title: Artistic Director
Contract & Hours of Work: Fixed Term until 31st August 2017, 3 days a week – based on a 6 month probation
Salary: £35,784 – £37,578 pro rata based on experience
Location: Black Country

Further to the successful appointment of a Programme Director Creative Black Country (CBC) is seeking a part time Artistic Director to lead on the delivery of the CBC artistic programme.

CBC is a 3-year Arts Council funded programme to enable more people to experience and be inspired by the arts. CBC will invest in the talent, appetite and potential of the people of the Black Country to engage in the arts through innovative and highly creative arts and community engagement that will combine public events, commissioning, local arts seed funding and community development. The programme will take place across the three local authority areas of Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

 

Reporting to the core steering group, the Artistic Director will be responsible for the development of the programme, effective delivery, monitoring and budget management for the artistic programme.

This is a high profile and cutting-edge initiative with the potential to affect real long lasting change in the area.  We are looking for someone with creative vision, knowledge of the professional arts and community sector and a wide breadth of experience and expertise in managing large programmes of work.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION PACK: http://creativeblackcountry.wordpress.com/jobs-2/

Hard copies of the application form may be obtained by calling Debra Hill at SCVO on 0121 525 1127

DEADLINE:  Please submit Application Form and Equal Opportunities form by Monday 1st December at 10am

For more information contact: Mark Davis at SCVO on 0121 525 1127

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Monday 8th December 2014.

 


mid * point: Birmingham Literary Event

Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 4 Launch: Poetry, Fiction, Theatre & Open Mic

Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 4Date: Thursday December 11th 2015
Venue: 6/8 Kafé, 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5HG
Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm (we will be starting promptly so arrive early and get a drink)
Tickets: £3 (entitles you to £3 off any issue of the magazine at this event)

Our first Birmingham Event. Come and hear brand new poetry and short fiction from contributors to Issue 4 of Bare Fiction Magazine. We’ll also have a rehearsed reading of Sarah Hehir’s play “Echoes Through the Dust”, performed by Nadi Kemp-Sayfi & Aimee Berwick. The event will be hosted by the editor of Bare Fiction, Robert Harper.

Four open-mic slots for poetry or short fiction can be requested on the night. Arrive early and put your name down. (max 2 mins per slot)

Confirmed readers:

  • Jo Bell, Roy Marshall, Jacqui Rowe, Lucy Jeynes, Jean Atkin, Ted Eames, David Calcutt, Penny Rogers
Whilst you can pay on the door, we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance so as not to be disappointed as there is limited seating. More details and booking form on our website at: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/2014/11/event-issue-4-launch-poetry-fiction-theatre-open-mic/