Monthly Archives: July 2015

Acting Out Blog: Preparation for Shout Festival and Christmas show

While the R&J rehearsals continue, other members of the group have been busy devising pieces for our participation in Shout Festival, as well as generating ideas for our Christmas show. The pieces have been great so far, bringing lots of laughs. More details about these shows will follow soon!

Don’t forget, R&J is taking place 26 September. We hope to see you there.



Acting Out Blog: Preparation for Shout Festival and Christmas show

While the R&J rehearsals continue, other members of the group have been busy devising pieces for our participation in Shout Festival, as well as generating ideas for our Christmas show. The pieces have been great so far, bringing lots of laughs. More details about these shows will follow soon!

Don’t forget, R&J is taking place 24, 25 and 26 September. We hope to see you there.



mid * point: Work with Creative Black Country

Work With Creative Black Country: We are recruiting two Apprentices

Further details on the website:
One vacancy went live yesterday and closes next week!

We are recruiting two Apprentices:

Apprentice Arts Reporter:
The Express and Star, Wolverhampton City College and Creative Black Country are offering a rare opportunity to train as a Multi Platform Journalist specialising in Arts and Culture. As part of the Apprenticeship, you will complete an NVQ Level 3 certified by National Council for Training of Journalists.  The apprentice will be required to attend college once a week to complete functional skills classes and tests.

Background to the role : Apprentice Arts Reporter Background Document

Further details on the National Apprenticeship Website
Applications Open Tuesday 28th July, 2015
Application Deadline: Wednesday 5th August 2015, 5pm

Enquiry Contact : Parminder Dosanjh –

Community Arts Apprentice:
Creative Black Country is looking for an enthusiastic Community Arts Apprentice who has an interest in Community Arts Management including maintaining links with the local community. The role involves supporting the team in planning, coordinating, marketing, evaluating and documenting the work of Creative Black Country. As part of the Apprenticeship, you will complete an NVQ and gain a wide range of marketing and project management skills.

Further details on the Creative Alliance Website
Applications Open Tuesday 28th July, 2015
Application Deadline: Tuesday 01 September 2015, 5pm
Enquiry Contact: Esther Lisk-Carew –

mid * point: The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence


A new play by award-winning theatre artist Julie McNamara directed by Paulette Randall MBE explores the remarkable stories of the silenced First World War correspondent Dorothy Lawrence

UK tour September – October 2015
London, Wolverhampton, Ipswich, Salisbury, Newcastle

It’s 1915. England is at war. Journalist Dorothy Lawrence aims to become War Correspondent, cycles to the frontline in France never to be seen in public again. ​

Vital Xposure interrogates the ways society deals with women who step out of line, back in 1915 or 100 years on when a Punk Prayer is screamed out in an orthodox cathedral.

A cast of four with integrated British sign language interpretation and audio-visual elements leads the audience back in time to explore themes of inequality and power that still resonate today.

VITAL XPOSURE is a bold, dynamic, disability-led production company operating under the creative leadership of Julie McNamara, who has just completed a 19-month tour of her latest show Let Me Stay. Vital Xposure promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell. The company creates exciting, innovative theatrical experiences for audiences, artists and communities alike. All our work is inclusive and BSL integrated.

Vital Xposure is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

Directed by Paulette Randall MBE   Written by Julie McNamara
Cast Penelope Freeman, Suni La, Gareth Turkington, Simon Balcon
with filmed sequences featuring Matthew Gurney and Becky Allen
Design by Libby Watson
Lighting Design by Crin Claxton
Visuals by Caglar Kimyoncu
Produced by Vital Xposure with David Duchin


Julie McNamara, writer
Julie McNamara is Artistic Director at Vital Xposure – has just toured Let Me Stay – an extraordinary theatrical tribute to her mother Shirley, who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. Writer, theatre maker and Multi Media Producer, Julie is passionate about social justice. She works with extraordinary stories from voices too often discarded to the political periphery. Previous productions include: Pig Tales (toured internationally 2002-2007), Pig’s Sister (2005-7), Steak and Chelsea Out to Lunch (commission for Feast Festival 2008 with Rachel High of No Strings Attached theatre), Derby n Joan (with Philip Patston, Diversityworks, New Zealand), Crossings (DaDa festival commission for Liverpool 2008 – 2010), and The Knitting Circle 2010 -13). Her awards include Theatre People Award 2003, Arts Council England, Emerging Artist Award 2004-2006, Arts Council England, Lifetime Achievement Award 2006, Liverpool DaDa Festival, DaDa Festival Writer Award 2009 and The Southbank Show Diversity Award 2010.

Paulette Randall MBE, director
Paulette Randall was just awarded the MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to drama. She is the first black woman to direct a play in London’s West End (Fences, 2013). She was the Associate Director for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Chair of the board of Clean Break Theatre Company in 2006-07, and former Artistic Director of the Talawa Theatre Company. Her recent work includes Play Mas (Orange Tree Theatre), Frankie and Johnny (Chichester), and Rudy’s Rare Records (Birmingham Rep/Hackney Empire). She is a prolific director of the work of August Wilson including Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean and King Hedley II (Tricycle). She is also producer of TV series Desmonds and The Crouches. Paulette’s collaborations with Julie McNamara include directing the Knitting Circle (2012) and Let Me Stay (2014).

Libby Watson, designer
Recent productions include: Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Ipswich); Rudy’s Rare Records (Birmingham Rep/Hackney Empire); History Boys (Sell a Door Tour); Play Mas (Orange Tree); Frankie and Johnny (Chichester); Propaganda Swing (Nottingham/Coventry), As You Like It (Stafford/Ludlow), The Dead Dogs (Print Room), Fences, Hello and Goodbye, Mountaintop (West End).

11 & 12 September Arena Theatre, WOLVERHAMPTON
University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE  Box Office 01902 321 321 Tickets £10/£8

16 September Customs House, NEWCASTLE
Mill Dam, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1ES  Box Office 0191 454 1234 Tickets £12/£10

22 – 26 September Pleasance Theatre, LONDON
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF  Box Office 020 7609 1800 Tickets £12/£10

29 & 30 September Dugdale Centre, LONDON
39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS Box Office 020 8807 6680 Tickets £16 (concessions £14) or £14 (£13) online

2 October New Wolsey Theatre, IPSWICH
Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS  Box Office 01473 295900 Tickets from £10
(concessions for under 26s & disabled companion £10, British Sign Language User £10-15)

Pre-show talk: Suffragette ‘Hotbloods’: The Pre-War Militants 2 Oct 6pm Tickets £5

7 & 8 October Salisbury Arts Centre
Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT  Box Office 01722 321744 Tickets £10

Black Country Touring: Get Involved: Apprenticeships & Volunteering with CBC

Creative Black Country are on the lookout for two apprentices; an Arts Reporter Apprentice and Community Arts Apprentice. They also have a range of volunteering opportunities available alongside their ongoing programme of events and activities. Apprentice Arts Reporter:  The Express … Continued

Black Country Touring: Pilot Nights – Call out to theatre-makers

Submissions are now open for Pilot Nights at The Arena Theatre on the 8th October this year, co-piloted by Black Country Touring and Creative Black Country. This is a fantastic opportunity for theatre-makers to showcase extracts of their new work in … Continued

The Other Way Works: Black Tonic 2015 Credits

Directed by Katie Day
Text by Clare Duffy
Video by Chris Keenan
Sound by Mark Day
Scenography by Xristina Penna
Card Game Designer Holly Gramazio
Stage management by Xanthe Parker
Creative Technologist David Haylock, Watershed
Producer Thomas Wildish
Identity Design by Sebastian Harding
Scientific Collaborator Professor Debra Skene

Performed by Ali Belbin, Angela Clerkin, Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose, and Magdalena Tuka

2015 Tour funded by Arts Council England, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, and our Kickstarter supporters. Supported by Watershed, Theatre in the Mill Bradford, and Birmingham REP. Official 2015 hotel partners: The Bradford Hotel.

Originally commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre, and funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, with support from Contact Theatre, CPT and mac.

Our thanks to the creative team and casts who played key roles in developing the original production in 2008.

mid * point: Community Cast Volunteer Opportunity


Birmingham Repertory Theatre are looking for volunteers for a community company to support the professional cast by appearing as supernumeraries in the world premiere of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me, adapted by Tanika Gupta and directed by Artistic Director Roxana Silbert on the main House stage.

Adapted from the much-loved novel by the award-winning playwright, Tanika Gupta and with especially composed music by the Ringham brothers, Anita And Me paints a colourful portrait of village life in 1970’s West Midlands during the era of flares, power cuts and glam rock.

The overall dates of the commitment are 7th September – 24th October.  You will only be required on the occasional evening / Saturday during the rehearsal period between 7th September and 4th October. The technical rehearsal week and performances will run from Monday 5th October-24th October. During this period we will use a rota system so you will not be expected to commit to the entire run. As much availability as you can offer will be welcomed. To be part of the company you must be 16+.

Please note these are unnamed, non-speaking roles and are voluntary unpaid opportunities. We will be able to make a small contribution towards travel expenses incurred in appearing in performances.

Whilst we are interested to hear from anyone local who would enjoy this opportunity, we are also looking specifically for people who match the following descriptions:

– Young men and women (16-30 yrs)

– Women of 40 years and older 

Please register your interest by emailing We will be running an informal workshop for anyone interested from the beginning of August.