Monthly Archives: May 2015

mid * point: Bees in a Tin: Performances, workshops and more.. hear from theatre makers exploring new technologies

Join us for Bees in a Tin 2015

A gathering of creatives, makers, scientists and researchers in Birmingham on Friday 12th June

Katie Day from The Other Way Works has been collaborating with Nikki Pugh under the banner of Many & Varied to put together this energetic day of talks, games, demos and workshops encompassing: microbiology, guided tours, research through design, impersonation of plain clothes police officers, sculptural musical controllers …and custard. All rounded up with a keynote from the splendid Owl Project.

See all our presenters here –
Early bird tickets have already sold out, but there are still standard tickets available at the bargain price of £10 (which includes a simple lunch).
Don’t miss out, buy your ticket now –

mid * point: Week three at Birmingham Cabaret Festival

Our third (and final!) week of the first ever Birmingham Cabaret Festival is here, and we’re going out with a bang!

Tina T’urner Tea Lady
Tuesday 26th May 8pm

Best Newcomer winner of the London Cabaret Awards 2014 brings her high octane and utterly hilarious show to Birmingham following a sell out debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival run and performances at Latitude and Bestival Festival. Join Tina for hit songs, steamy glory day stories and simply the best tea in town!

Winner Best Newcomer London Cabaret Awards
New Act Of The Year And Musical Comedy Awards Finalist

A surreal and wonderful experience’
★★★★★To Do List



The Weatherman by Kiki Lovechild

Wednesday 27th May 8pm


How would you pass time in the afterlife?

After reaching the pearly gates, one man discovers he has been tasked with controlling the world’s weather until the end of time. This feel-good hour charts the ways in which this lonely man tries to amuse himself throughout eternity by creating new worlds from his imagination. What does a man do for fun, when he can make it rain from his fingertips?

Critically acclaimed clown Kiki Lovechild uses physical comedy, puppetry, mime and illusion in a show that brings together modern clowning with a collection of forgotten vaudeville art forms, including the routines that have made Kiki a firm favourite on the UK cabaret scene.

‘Nothing verbal can describe the magic of this production…an unforgettable hour that cannot fail to make you laugh and love being alive.
★★★★★The Latest




Foghorn Improv: Foghorn Follies
Thursday 28th May 8pm

Foghorn Improv’s brand new show!

Foghorn Follies is an intimate comedic cabaret experience for a discerning comedic clilentele – join us as we transform the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham into Le antique Jointe Stocke, Gay Paris!

Welcome to the opulence of Paris, enjoy the absurdity of the artistes: how would Marlene Dietrich bring fresh life into the chicken song? Imagine no more!

A bus-trip of mysterious glamour all within the space of one thrilling evening. A naughty, decadent, sexy and thrilling show packed with varying degrees of talent. A night you won’t be able to forget…try as you might!

‘The whole evening had the audience roaring with laughter… the talent on display is simply superb.’
★★★★★The Public Reviews




And headlining the festival….


EastEnd Cabaret
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th May 8pm



As seen on BBC3 and ABC2, and arriving direct from a smash-hit tour of Australia and New Zealand, the award-winning cult comedy duo EastEnd Cabaret are bringing their raucous and risqué musical comedy show to headline the first ever Birmingham Cabaret Festival!


With an arsenal of cleverly naughty songs and the sharpest wit around, Bernadette Byrne (deviant diva) and Victor Victoria (half-moustachioed musician) will seduce you with their unique brand of “jaw-achingly funny character comedy” (Backstage Pass).


They can work an audience like nobody’s business…cabaret superstars.”
★★★★★Time Out London




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Old Joint Stock Theatre


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mid * point: Announcing Our PILOT Sites Line Up!

We are delighted to announce our line-up for the next PILOT Sites event with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Alice Cooper & Claire WilloughbyShake(speare) it off
Bright Particular Spiced Indian Air 
The FabulariumThe Town Band of Bremen, performed by The Midsummer Mechanicals
Fiona McDonnell–  The Other Stratford
Hannah SilvaShakespeare’s Lucky Dip
Miranda La Mutanta- Where The Bee Sucks

Come and see these sited and outdoor works-in-progress from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers and let them know what you thought!

Event Details:

When? Sunday, June 21 2015, 11am-4pm,
Where? The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Bancroft Terrace and Swan Gardens

Each of the pieces, which last 10 to 20 minutes, will be repeated throughout the afternoon around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the surrounding Swan Gardens and Bancroft Terrace. All pieces are works in progress and are inspired by the architecture of the Stratford-upon-Avon-based theatre as well as Shakespeare’s words and stories. A Midsummer feast of music, craft and family activities will also take place and all events are free and booking is not needed

You can read more about the event on the RSC’s website here.

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mid * point: PACK: Performance at George Cadbury Hal

PACK by Jonathan Lloyd. 2nd June.

The University of Birmingham Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and FRED Theatre present Jonathan Lloyd’s play, PACK, which returns in a new version three years on from its first performance at A.E.Harris.

Running at approximately an hour in length, PACK tells the story of a writer’s turbulent relationship with his family and his work. The play explores memory, identity, and the role of the audience in contemporary theatre.

PACK will be shown

At: George Cadbury Hall, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, B29 6QW

On: Tuesday 2nd June at 7pm

This is a FREE EVENT but booking is essential, and can be done by clicking here:

For more information, please contact FRED at

mid * point: Open Door at the Birmingham Rep

Cucumber Writers are returning to the Rep with ‘Sentences’ an evening of new writing, set in and around courtrooms.

From courtroom tourists, to barristers, jurors, victims, witnesses and the odd person who finds themselves surprisingly standing trial, seven new pieces of writing find the drama in the dock.

‘Sentences’ is being performed in a rehearsed reading in the Door at Birmingham Rep on Monday, June 1 @ 8pm as part of the Rep’s Open Door programme.

Entrance is free, although a donation of £3 would be appreciated.

To book tickets, visit or call the box office on 0121 236 4455 and ask for ‘Open Door’.

Cucumber Writers are a group of 11 West Midlands playwrights who write and stage new work around colective themes.

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Black Country Touring: Alchemy: Week 2

Coming up in the second week of Alchemy Black Country we have two opportunities to see some top quality dance. Firstly, Michael Jackson moves fused with Bollywood from the Britain’s Got Talent finalists Signature, who will be performing as part of ‘Variety is the Spice’, Wednesday … Continued

mid * point: Casting Call – King Lear

We are looking to cast a suitable Actor to play King Lear in an exciting new one-man play based on the Shakespeare

King Lear – male, playing range 50+ This is a one man play lasting 1 hour, using a mixture of words from the

Shakespeare’s original play and new words written by Frank Bramwell. The play explores how the King Lear that ends

the original play comes to terms with his situation, going from madness to sanity, and so requires an Actor who can

take the character and the audience on that journey.

King Lear (alone)

Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning

“Is this the Promised End?”

playwright Frank Bramwell

Lear is on the heath, left alone to once more think about

that fateful day and everything that happened since then,

Now he has just one hour, one hour to decide what his future holds . . .

retold through the words of Shakespeare.

This will be playwright Frank Bramwell’s fifth sequel to Shakespeare’s plays. The previous four (based on Romeo &

Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Hamlet) have all delighted audiences with the boldness of their approach and the

dexterity of touch. Romeo & Juliet for All Time won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a play “that stood

head and shoulders above other plays reviewed”.

Rehearsals Rehearsals will take place at theWorkshop in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, to start beginning of July

(where possible dates will be tailored around Actor commitments). Generally the rehearsals will be a mixture of

evenings, weekdays and weekends, with daytime rehearsals in the weeks of the performances. Auditions will be held

in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, on Saturday 30th May.

Buxton Fringe – The Old Clubhouse, Buxton. July 23rd & 24th 9.45pm, 25th 7.30pm

Birmingham Fest – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham. July 29th & 31st 7.00pm

Birmingham Fest – St.Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. July 28th & 30th 7.00pm

The fee is an all-inclusive £400, to include attendance at rehearsals and performances, as well as all expenses.

Expenses will be paid for travelling from Birmingham to Buxton.

Please send a CV and a note as to why this particular role interests you.

Closing date is 23rd May 2015.

mid * point: Alchemy Black Country

Traditional meets contemporary

The brand new show from Black Country Touring and Sonia Sabri Company  ‘Occasionally We Skype’ is due to premiered at the Southbank Centre (in London) Saturday (16th May) as part of Alchemy.

The production fuses together the traditional and contemporary, with Kathak dance, beat boxing, live music, theatre and digital technology.

Inspired by real people and true stories. The show questions identity, how the place of our birth and upbringing can define our life, choices and perspective, and how people across different continents can be reconnected through technology. Bringing with it a new awareness of separation and ultimately leading to the question ‘What if…’

“What if?!!.. You know, if things or my environment were different…”

“Everything changes when it’s what if.. You see, I’m not the same man when it’s what if.” 

The production is one of four shows that have been commissioned for Alchemy is on Tour – a touring partnership between Black Country Touring, Southbank Centre, Cast & Oldham Coliseum.

This is just one of two Black Country Touring co-productions being shown at Southbank over the festival period. ‘My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding’ created in partnership with Kali Theatre will also be performed at Royal Festival Hall on the 23rd and 24thMay.

Both shows will return to the Midlands with local performances as part of Alchemy Black Country. ‘Occasionally We Skype’ at the Arena Theatre on the 29th & 30th May and ‘My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding’ is now sold out at Thimblemill Library on the 28th May but limited tickets are still available for Tuesday 26th May at Newhampton Arts Centre.

So get your tickets whilst you can.

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mid * point: EastEnd Cabaret – lewd, crude and rude!

Best Musical Variety Act (London Cabaret Awards 2014) will be headlining the first Birmingham Cabaret Festival next weekend!

A lascivious, lip-smacking, faintly terrifying treat.” – Daily Telegraph
Irresistible… worth getting your face licked for!” – Guardian
A high-powered ‘Flight of the Conchords’ dipped in acid and drenched in smut.” – Crikey, Australia


As seen on BBC3 and ABC2, and arriving direct from a smash-hit tour of Australia and New Zealand, the award-winning cult comedy duo EastEnd Cabaret are bringing their raucous and risqué musical comedy show to headline the first ever Birmingham Cabaret Festival!

With an arsenal of cleverly naughty songs and the sharpest wit around, Bernadette Byrne (deviant diva) and Victor Victoria (half-moustachioed musician) will seduce you with their unique brand of “jaw-achingly funny character comedy” (Backstage Pass). Two shows only, do not miss out! Book now!

★★★★★ “They can work an audience like nobody’s business… cabaret superstars.” – Time Out London

★★★★★ “A glorious mix of humour, sauciness, musical prowess and the glitter balls to push an audience far beyond their wildest wet dreams… hysterical.” – Sunday Mail, Australia

★★★★★ “The funniest, cleverest and most darkly mischievous musical comedy you are likely to see.” – Edinburgh Spotlight

★★★★ “Musically adept, marvellously funny, genuinely naughty and utterly in control, they leave the audience screaming for more.” – The Scotsman



Friday 29th & Saturday 30th May

8pm (1hr) Tickets: £12

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