Monthly Archives: January 2016

mid * point: Theatre Absolute and Moving Spaces Present Traum


Theatre Absolute and Moving Spaces are proud to premiere the complete story of TRAUM, developed from their work-in-progress collaboration first shown in 2015.


TRAUM will be performed in the unique setting of the celebrated Shop Front Theatre in Coventry (once home to a fish and chip shop).  A combination of the vivid narrative voice of award winning writer Chris O’Connell and blistering choreography and performance from two of Europe’s champion breakers, Dimitar Goranov and Marius Mates, TRAUM is a the story of new arrivals and what is real or imagined.


TRAUM premieres at Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, West Midlands. 3rd to 12th February 2016.


Producer Julia Negus says, “TRAUM is a merging of new theatre and experimental breaking. It’s a dynamic collaboration by both companies and we’re hugely excited to premiere the full production in our home city of Coventry.”


Performances in February

Matinee shows: 2.00pm – Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th, Tuesday 9th, Thursday 11th February.

Evening shows: 7.30pm – Weds 3rd,Thurs 4th, Fri 5th & Tues 9th, Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th February.


Tickets are £8.00 & £6.00.

Available via or 0845 680 1926

Company website:


Notes to the Editor:


press night: 4th february 2016, Thursday, 7:30 pm PLEASE CONTACT JULIA NEGUS FOR press TICKETS.

High Res full colour images available on request.

The Shop Front Theatre is the only professional space of its kind in the UK.

More information about The Shop Front Theatre

For interviews about the cast, details about the company, project and tour info contact Julia Negus,  Mobile: 07799 292957


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Black Country Touring: Join our Volunteer Arts Database

Interested in volunteering in the arts? Do you live in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton or surrounding areas? You can now sign up to our volunteer database and receive regular updates on upcoming opportunities. The database is a joint venture between Black Country Touring … Continued

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Black Country Touring: HLF funding confirmed for Tongue Tied & Twisted

We are pleased to announce Black Country Touring has been awarded £28,000 HLF Funding towards Tongue Tied & Twisted – a new project based on traditional Indian stories as told by the members of local elder groups in the Black Country. The … Continued

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Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: How To Do It

I live in fear of Tim Harford. He hosts the Radio 4 and BBC World Service program More Or Less. The premise of this brilliant programme is that they interrogate statistics that have entered the public realm but sound a bit dubious. Classically it is politicians who are subject to fact checking but the programme’s range is broad, it’s up-beat and playful; Tim Harford is fantastic but he terrifies me.

My interest in statistics will be well known to any regular follower of Stan’s Cafe. Our performance installation Of All The People In All The World is entirely built on statistics, it is our biggest hit and virtually everyone loves it. When we first performed the show my greatest fear was that visitors would spend all their time questioning the integrity of all the statistics in the show. It was difficult to work our what counted as ‘due diligence’ for statistics we included in this artwork but we did our best.

In the event I was surprised to find very few people questioned the numbers and when they did these were usually numbers we had questioned ourselves and done extra work on verifying. Yet ultimately, it is an work of art not a government report, so although we would divide the 73.4 Million people who traveled through Heathrow Airport last year by 365 to reduce the amount of double counting and label this “People who travel through Heathrow Airport each day” (aesthetically I’d rather say “Yesterday” than “Each Day” but this would imply an unjustifiable level of precision). Of course my fear is that Tim Harford will land on the show and point out that this new number fails to account for passengers who use Heathrow for connecting flights and are thus counted twice in the day, once as an Arrival and again as a Departure, or for business passengers who fly to a destination and return on the same day. The man could make mince meat of the show! Except he always comes across as a very reasonable chap, so I’m sure he’d understand.

Anyway, my admiration for Tim Harford was increased today when I heard his recent TED Talk which starts with the amazing story behind Keith Jarrett‘s Köln Concert, which I’d never heard before and then went on to make an argument for ‘mess’ and ‘disruption’ being a valuable element of a creative process.

Women and Theatre: Welcome to our Artistic Intern

We are delighted to welcome Artistic Intern, Bethany Kapila to the Women & Theatre team. Beth will be with us for 6 months in a post that has been part funded by the Creative Employment programme, and will be working on a number of projects, supporting in both delivery and administrative areas.

Black Country Touring: West Bromwica at War – Writing competition for young people

West Bromwich Local History Society and West Bromwich Youth Council are inviting submissions for a writing competition for ages 10 – 18 years. See details below: West Bromwich Local History Society are producing a new book, focusing on the impact … Continued

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Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Made Up Casting Call

Image: Graeme Braidwood

People often ask us: “How can I join Stan’s Cafe?” One way to get involved is to come and audition for our shows. We are excited to announce that we are on the hunt for two female performers to join Stan’s Cafe’s latest project: MADE UP.

MADE UP is a collaboration between Stan’s Cafe and a theatrical make-up artist. This new devised play is about friendship and the faces we show the world, and will feature live theatrical make-up transformations. MADE UP will premiere at The REP Birmingham before touring the North East of England.

Stan’s Cafe is looking for two very strong female actors, confident with text and experienced at working in an ensemble devising context to work with them on a new show, MADE UP. You will be required to work flexibly as part of a small devising team to push for something extraordinary.

Role 1: Woman, playing age mid-50s (make up artist) – ‘real’ / worldly wise / kind / steely. For this role you will be required to learn how to apply complicated stage make up live on stage as part of the performance.

Role 2: Woman, playing age mid-25s (movie star) – strong / striking / scared. For this role you will be required to have complicated stage make up applied to you live on stage as part of the performance.

Rehearsal & performance dates:
R&D: will take place in February or March 2016, dates to be confirmed in consultation with the company.
Rehearsals: 4 April to 13 May
Performances: 14 May to 12 June

Rate of pay:
Stan’s Cafe is an ITC member and pays Equity rates.

Casting details:
Casting will take place at the company’s base in Birmingham on 11 and 12 February.

To apply:
Submit your CV and headshot to Marlien van Liempt at by 5pm, Monday 25 January.

Black Country Touring: Submissions for playwriting award now open

The University of Wolverhampton is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for the Creative Europe Playwriting Award for POP Drama, working with three other European institutions to help promote the circulation of brand new work in the fields … Continued

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Women and Theatre: Barbara & Friends

Barbara & FriendsEver wondered what’s behind the doors of an ExtraCare village?  Now’s your chance to find out as Women & Theatre present a Barbara & Friends comedy night on Saturday 23 January 2016 at 7.30pm at the new ExtraCare Bournville Gardens.  Joining Barbara will be comedians Noel James, and Lindsey Santoro. Tickets are £10 for non-residents and can be booked on 0121 227 9000.

» Theatre: Lady Lust at Birmingham REP


Sarah is discussing sex. And porn. And all the unavoidable worry.

Using pornography and her own sex-life as a starting point, Sarah Hamilton Baker investigates what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. It’s refreshingly truthful but a little bit awkward.

Think of it as an open and honest way discussion of things we’re not usually that open and honest about.

Created in the REP Foundry, Lady Lust is the highly anticipated first full-length show from Sarah Hamilton BakerAnna Poole Director

Tickets via The Box.