Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Other Way Works: Our Kickstarter campaign to support our 2015 tour of Black Tonic is LIVE!

Our hotel-based interactive thriller Black Tonic is coming back for 2015. And our Kickstarter campaign to support the tour is now LIVE!


Black Tonic is a theatre adventure in the bedrooms and corridors of a hotel for 4 people at a time, Black Tonic explores the chaos caused by a disrupted body clock.

We have already raised 95% of the money we need to tour Black Tonic in 2015. We are launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise the final £3,000.

We’ve created some beautiful hotel-themed rewards, to thank you for backing this project. The Tea Towel, Limited Edition Framed Print, Card 3D Model Hotel Kit, and Do Not Disturb Door Hanger, all feature original hand-drawn illustrations created just for this Kickstarter.

Other rewards include: priority booking, a signed copy of the script, a pair of tickets to see Black Tonic, having a name of your choice featured in the show, a hotel mini-break, and privileged access to the creative process.

We’re really excited about bringing Black Tonic back for more people to enjoy. We want you to be a part of making that happen.

Make your pledge today!


mid * point: Wolverhampton reduced to tears of laughter

Newbury Productions (UK) Limited






Written and Directed by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor


Spring/Summer UK Tour 2015




Following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 the Reduced Shakespeare Company will set out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter in Spring 2015. Yes that’s right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin.


What’s On Stage (2014)

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll still come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the Company leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.


British Theatre Guide (2014)

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.

Since 1981, ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.

The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. Some of them were funnier too…

The company were last seen on a four month t+our of the UK and Ireland with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at the start of 2014. Before that a whirlwind eight month tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) played to packed houses throughout the UK and London’s West End throughout 2013. Prior to this the “other RSC” were wowing the UK with their highly successful Complete World of Sports (abridged), which toured the country before completing a season in London’s West End during the 2012 Olympics.


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Venue:              The Grand Theatre WOLVERHAMPTON          

Dates               Thursday 28th May

Box Office:        01902 429 212


mid * point: Award-winning play Five Kinds of Silence is coming to Birmingham. Albeit briefly!

The excellent Shelagh Stephenson’s gritty drama will be at The Old Joint Stock Theatre on Friday andSaturday, May 1 and 2.

A talented cast is being put through their paces by a rising star in the directorial world, Nathalie Bazan. Those in the know recognise this young firebrand director is going places, and fast. In this production she is working in conjunction with newly formed West Midlands-based SMARTarts.

Co-founder of SMARTarts Richard Green said: “We are delighted to have a vibrant visionary director at the helm for our inaugural production, and doubly delighted to be presenting a piece from the much admired Shelagh Stephenson.”

He added the team were grateful for the guidance and support of Samuel French in pulling the production together.

Five Kinds of Silence is a stark thought-provoking play that focuses on the cycle of family violence and abuse, both physical and psychological, strips bare the concept of brutality begetting brutality and proffers revealing and painful insight.

Three women bonded by ordeal exist in the nightmare world of a husband and father himself damaged beyond repair. As harsh reality threatens to finally extinguish the last vestiges of hope and love in their lives, fate offers a chance of escape…but are they strong enough to take it and what will it cost them?

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) available on line at or 0121 200 0946.

mid * point: Job opportunity

Experienced drama practitioners required to run workshops in primary schools in Birmingham
and the West Midlands.

Freshwater Theatre Company is seeking experienced and passionate freelance drama workshop leaders based in Birmingham or the surrounding areas. The company has been offering primary and nursery schools high quality, affordable and engaging drama opportunities to support the curriculum since 1996.

See for more about the company.

We are looking to recruit versatile performers with considerable experience of single-handedly organising and leading large groups of school children, aged from 4 to 11, to facilitate workshop sessions involving role-play, storytelling, drama games and music based on the curriculum.
We are also particularly interested in applications from facilitators who are fluent in French, Spanish and/or German and who would be able to lead a Storytelling session entirely in that language for up to 120 children.

All applicants should have an Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check or be prepared to undergo and pay for a DBS check before they can commence work. Applicants will also need to be able to travel independently from their own home to bookings within Birmingham and the West Midlands area, so will need to have their own transport.

The next audition will be at the Mac, Birmingham, on Monday 23rd March in the afternoon.

Please only apply if you are available on that date and if you are very confident of being available for freelance work in Birmingham and the West Midlands in the summer term and beyond.

To apply, please visit, read the Job Description and fill out and send the application form along with your CV to:

Please mark emails in the subject line: Freshwater recruitment (followed by your name)

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 8th March. Applications after this date will
not be considered.

mid * point: Training day in the art of puppetry

Training day in the art of puppetry
with The Fetch Theatre

The Fetch Theatre is offering a training day in the art of puppetry on Saturday 7thMarch 2015. The workshop will be led by internationally renowned puppet master Andrew Purvin. Participants will learn how to operate and bring a puppets bursting into life.
This day long workshop will include;

  • How to manipulate Bunraku style puppets.
  • How to instil life into ordinary inanimate objects in order to tell intriguing stories.
  • How to create a striking visual narrative using shadow puppets.
  • Instruct on how to build and make puppets and discuss with individual participants how to develop and use the art form within their own work.

This workshop will be highly beneficial to creative professionals from all artistic and educational sectors. It will also be accessible and enlightening to anyone who wishes to get creative and learn new skills.
The Training day will take place in Leominster Herefordshire and will cost £50 per person.
To book a place on the course or for any queries please contact;
Or ring Andrew on 07527 883 070.

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ LEADING LADIES STYLE

Birmingham Hippodrome’s Corporate Development Manager Judith Greenburgh blogs about the successful Leading Ladies events which she started 3 years ago. We’re talking Hollywood in the Development team –  proper vintage Hollywood glamour: pearls, boas, furs, top hats and tap dancing. No, we’re not day-dreaming, just preparing for the next Leading Ladies event at Top Hat on Tue […]

mid * point: Cheap artist studio/workspaces in Erdington

For any artists/creatives interested in cheap workshop/studio space in the north of the city, there will be an open viewing of the spaces available in the Old Post Office, Central Square, Erdington on Tuesday 3 March at 4pm – 6pm. Available are 2 small individual spaces, and a larger one that could be shared by two people. All unfurnished. All on the First Floor (there is no lift). There is also a shared kitchen and loo. 24 hour access.


Rents are between £25 – £50 per month.


Interested parties should email their contact details to Ceri Townsend at Please indicate the time you plan to arrive.

mid * point: Opportunity to meet Rachael Young – mac birmingham BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2015 – Tue 24 Feb

Hello Fellow

An opportunity to meet Rachael Young, mac birmingham

BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2015


mac birmingham

Tuesday 24 February 2015

English Studio



mac birmingham is happy to announce that they will be hosting BBC Performing Arts Fellowship recipient Rachael Young throughout 2015.  Through the fellowship mac will support Rachael – a Theatre Maker – to shadow and meet with established theatre practitioners to develop her skills, offer one to one mentoring from mac’s team, while at the same time offering rehearsal space to develop her own work.  In addition, Rachael will also establish a regular forum for young artists at mac to meet, share skills and opportunities – more information here.

On Tuesday 24th February,1-4pm Rachael will be in the English studio at mac and would like to invite local artists, producers, academics, venues and potential audiences to pop in throughout the afternoon to say ‘hello’. This will be an informal opportunity to meet Rachael, find out about her work and what she will be doing whilst based at mac. This will also be a fantastic opportunity to develop some potential collaborations whilst she’s in residence atmac.

We promise a good natter, tea and biscuits and a sneaky chance to also find out about Rachael’s new project ‘I, Myself & Me’.

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to by 10am Monday 23 February. You are welcome to come along at any time during the afternoon and can stay for as long as you like (unless we run out of tea of course!)

The BBC Performing Arts Fellowship: The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 within the BBC. The fund receives revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes that seek to find new performing talent (including The Voice, Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over The Rainbow).

To date the fund has allocated more than £5 million to talented performing arts individuals and community groups, as well as offering mentoring and advice to help them achieve their goals.

The Fund is a BBC Charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. The charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes. Over £5 million in grants has already been awarded via the Fund in the past 12 years.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a registered charity, number 1101276.

mid * point: A journey, a ship, a Siren’s songs…

As part of Birmingham Cabaret Festival

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents


Lili la Scala: Siren


A journey,

A ship,

The shifting of time and sands.

Siren songs through the mist.


Found songs, from the poetry of Masefield to the music of Tom Waits. Bewitching, haunting and mesmeric songs and stories. Stories about journeys. Stories about the sea. Timeless, beautiful songs. A Siren’s songs.


Lili la  Scala’s stunning new show Siren debuted to thunderous applause and excellent reviews at Adelaide Fringe 2014. The show blends Lili’s classical roots with dark eclectic songs in a bewitching theatrical voyage. Through salt-sprayed music in the key of sea Lili presents found songs – from the poetry of Masefield, to the music of Tom Waits – intertwined with haunting and mesmeric stories as she presents her collection of timeless, beautiful siren songs.


Lili la Scala is a firmly established cabaret gem. Opera, vintage songs and variety are only part of her wide and varied repertoire. She enthrals and enchants with every performance she gives. As well as performing critically acclaimed solo shows at festivals around the world, Lili la Scala is one of the UK’s top female cabaret comperes and is in huge demand for her delicious style and mischievous sense of  humour.


Winner: Best Music Show – Buxton Fringe 2012



Impeccable, mesmerising, perfect.” Metro *****

An experience not to be missed” Heckler

No need to resist the call of this Siren”  Adelaide Theatre Guide

Everybody should see this show” Broadway World


Thursday 21st May 2015 8pm
Tickets: £10
Box Office: 0121 200 0946
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