Monthly Archives: June 2016

mid * point: Book Launch: Artists on the Edge

Wednesday 15 June 2016 / 5.00pm — 7.00pm

Ikon hosts the launch of a new publication from Artists On The Edge, in partnership with the Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham City University.

After a year of artistic development with Friction Arts, AOTE present an insight into the work of their inter-disciplinary group. Join artists and academics for networking, followed by live music and an introduction to case studies exploring collaborative practice.

Booking essential. Please book online or call Ikon:

https://ikon-gallery.org/event/book-launch-insights-into-collaborative-practice-by-artists-on-the-edge/

0121 248 0708.


mid * point: Make/Shift/Methods-Artist Lab Day

MAKE/SHIFT/METHODS – Artist Lab Day

Sunday 26th June 10-4pm @ mac Birmingham
Make/Shift/Space is a portable artist structure, used to platform site-specific work and social practice. To conclude an 8-week schedule of public artist residencies and events supported by Arts Council England and mac Birmingham, Emily Warner & Claire Hickey will lead a practical workshop for students, recent graduates and early career artists from the West Midlands region.

Presenting an overview of the residency programme, the workshop will examine four points of enquiry: WORK / SENSE / SIGN / FUNCTION. Participants will explore the use of object, body, word and action as material for creating location specific art works. Using the Make/Shift/Space structure as an interface for engaging with place, the group will create interventions and short performative broadcasts that will be exhibited online.

This workshop will provide 12 artists with the opportunity to develop their practice within a site-specific context, using a playful approach to devise new techniques for working. Successful applicants will be encouraged to work collaboratively and experiment with live art-making processes.

To apply, please send a one page artist CV, web links (if applicable) and a 150-word statement detailing your interest in this opportunity and how it will develop your current practice. Submissions should be sent to claire@makeshiftspace.org by Friday 24th June 2016.


mid * point: Blue Orange Theatre Listings

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LISTINGS & EDITORIAL INFORMATION

FRIDAY 24th JUNE – MILLIONS OF VOICE: THE IMPROVISED STAR WARS SHOW – 8pm
Episode IV.1 An Audience Suggestion
MissImp, the East Midlands’ leading improv group, present Millions of Voices: a completely improvised show telling the story of everyday folk on the doomed planet of Alderaan, based on a subtitle provided by the audience. Home to Princess Leia, Alderaan is a calm and peaceful planet. Little do they know that Grand Moff Tarkin has decided to test the destructive power of the Death Star on their home world…
Tickets: Standard £8. Concessions £7
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SATURDAY 25th JUNE – BREAKNECK HAMLET – 7.45pm
American actor and author Timothy Mooney recklessly slices Shakespeare’s four-hour masterpiece to an inspiring and hilarious hour-long romp! No “melancholy Dane,” Mooney’s “breakneck” performance reveals Hamlet as a complex, dangerous cat-and-mouse, as two powerful players fight to the death over who gets to be king! “A whirlwind of wonderful.” (KCMetropolis.com)
Tickets: Standard £10. Concessions £8
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WEDNESDAY 29th JUNE – BILLY LIAR – 7.45pm
Blue Orange Theatre Acting and Devising Performance Students present their Annual showcase BILLY LIAR.
Bored by his dead-end job as an undertaker’s clerk, Billy Fisher dreams of life in the big city as a comedy writer. But his constant lying has him juggling two fiancees and getting into trouble at work. Presented with the opportunity to escape his dull provincial life forever, will Billy make the right decision?
Tickets: £5

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WEDNESDAY 5th JULY – LOSHA – 5pm
Part of On The Edge – The World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences. Have you ever wondered where things go when you forget them? Meet Losha, a magical creature, who likes to collect things, small things, important things, things that have been forgotten. She will share the memories of half remembered stories and bring forgotten dreams to life in a delicate world of light and shadows. To encounter Losha you must enter her world, a place of contrasts, soft and hard, curved and sharp, up and down, light and dark. She uncovers fragments of memories held in long discarded objects. A candle holds the magic of a birthday party, a teddy bear holds a child’s fear of the dark, a grain of sand carries the freedom of midnight swim. The show is a feast for the senses filled with poetry and dance, shadow play, puppetry and projection. Losha is a rich and thoughtful play that captures the heart and stirs the memory.
Tickets: Standard £9. Concessions £6. Schools performance available 6 – 8 July, please check our website for details.
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FRIDAY 15th JULY7.00pm

Alex Brockie Productions Present *A Diva Double Bill*
An Audience with Gorgeous George (shows begins at 7.00pm)
Meet Gorgeous George (1915-1963); the legendary bad-boy wrestler whose gender-bending persona and outrageous behaviour shocked conservative post-WWII America and thrust ‘camp’ into the forefront of its popular culture.
Too Tall to Tribute? (show begins at 8.15pm)
A 6ft-1-woman-show about an aspiring actress whose head is – almost literally – in the clouds! With tall jokes aplenty hear how dreams of someday playing her idol, the great Marilyn Monroe, have led to some rather comical misadventures. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016.
Pay What You Can
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SATURDAY 16th JULY5.00pm
Angryfish AKA Robin Surgeoner…
All The Things We Could Have Been
“I was 14 and flattered by the thought I could be anything I wanted to be” – a pivotal line from ‘All The Things We Could Have Been’ which is a 60 minute no holds barred expose of the arduous journey into adulthood and life choices for Disabled People. Initially developed and played through funding from an ACE Grant for Art, this one act piece, combining; song, satire, digital scenery, and spoken word, dares to ask many questions, and pose many observations where others have feared to tread, yet maintains a sense of amusement and irreverence that will make you laugh, it may make you cry, and it will certainly make you question who makes the decisions on your life.
The play is backed by a pre-recorded video sign language interpretation, with the text performed in synchrony with it, including songs performed live, video guests, and rhyming narration. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: £5
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SATURDAY 16th JULY7.00pm
Reaction Theatre Makers Present…Honey
A patchwork of life in the Welsh mountains: there is magic at work here, as wonderful as any bee’s waggle dance. With a beautiful backdrop of live folk music, ‘Honey’ weaves together the lives of a tattoo artist, an autistic boy, his mother, her husband away in the army, and those that want to love them. This is not a story of war, but of community and all those communities that are breaking down. Woven throughout is a quilt, made as a gift for the boy with autism who loves to dance. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £8, Concessions £6

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MONDAY 18th JULY7.30pm (Bar opens at 7.00pm)
Box of Frogs Present…Toadally Free Improvised Comedy!
Free Form Frogs – members of Box of Frogs Workshop – present their inimitable brand of high-octane improvised comedy from audience suggestions. All your favourite improv games, unrehearsed and improvised entirely live. No-one knows what will happen, least of all us! Expect to laugh, expect to be amazed but – most of all – expect the unexpected. Absolutely free with our usual cast iron guarantee – ‘laugh, or your money back!’ Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Free Entry

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TUESDAY 19th JULY7.00pm & THURSDAY 28th JULY7.00pm
Tell Tale Theatre Presents…Austerity Games
Beleaguered Britain is recovering from the Blitz, austerity measures are in full force across the country and there is a heat wave on the way. But old Martha Britt wants to bake a cake and there are no eggs to be found. To make matters worse it is the eve of the 1948 Olympic Games and she cannot abide sport. Can a posthumous visit from her late husband and the ghosts of the games past, present and yet to come convince her to save the Olympic spirit and herself? Tell Tale blend a theatrical triathlon of physical storytelling, British wit and slapstick with a dash of Dickens to bring you the sportiest play you’ll ever see. Pip, Pip! Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £8, Concessions £6

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WEDNESDAY 20th JULY7.00pm
Blue Orange Arts Presents…Jack The Ripper: The Victims (Workshop Performance)
1888 Whitechapel, London… Five women brutally murdered…This is their story.
August 1888, London sees the first of five brutal murders, the callous cruelty of which
sends shock waves far and wide and etches the name of the most infamous serial killer
into the minds of the public from that day until this. His identity still remains a mystery
baffling historians the world over. An all-female cast focus on the stories of the five canonical victims of Jack the Ripper highlighting their senseless and cruel slayings and depicting the depravity and violence which formed part of the daily lives of the residents of Whitehall. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Free Entry

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THURSDAY 21st JULY7.00pm
A Ginny Davis Production…Learned Friends
The barristers await the verdict in a high profile trial. Prosecution counsel is bored, defence counsel, preoccupied. Each holds a secret which will pose irreconcilable conflicts as irregularities emerge. Loyalty is pitted against professional duty. Who wins? “Engaging and thought-provoking” Stratfordupon Avon Herald. “A lively, intelligent legal cliff-hanger.” Leamington Spa Courier Cast: Ginny Davis (Writer and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out performer) and Sharon Baylis (The Bill, Emmerdale). Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £9, Concessions £7

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SATURDAY 23rd JULY3.00pm
Munchkins & Monsters Theatre Company Presents…Wind in the Willows
Family tickets available – children under 1 years-old go free. Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and their excitable friend Toad, as they go on adventures along the riverbank and through the countryside. Not everything in the Wilde Wood is as it should be though. Soon they discover a terrible plot from the Chief Weasel to take Toad Hall for himself. In order to stop him, they must work together to stop the villainous weasels from taking control. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016.
Tickets: Standard £5, Family ticket available

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SATURDAY 23rd JULY5.00pm
Unfold Drama Presents…Not So Period Dramas
Working with an umbrella theme of “not so period dramas,” three drama companies from Unfold Dance Theatre will be looking at real-life dramas that happen around us every day and portraying them on stage in a large scrapbook of theatre. The groups range in ages from seven years to adults and will be exploring a variety of drama styles in their performance outlook. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: £5

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SUNDAY 24th JULY7.00pm
Damon Conlan Presents…Make Britain Magic Again
Come, mortals, and witness the devilish and original legerdemain that Damon Conlan expertly effuses. There will be humour* to delight those faced with the harsh realities of a Donald Trump presidential race, miracles of a scientific nature, and chocolate; lots of chocolate. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £9. Concessions £7

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MONDAY 25th JULY – WEDNESDAY 27th JULY7.00pm
Taking Chances Presents…Head Girl
A dark comedy set in the sixth form of an all-girls private school. It’s always difficult starting at a new school, but when you begin treading on the toes of the self-proclaimed top dog there – you’re heading for trouble, especially when her sights are set on being “Head Girl”. In the battle to see who will come out on top, who’ll be victorious? It’s the ultimate class wars! *contains occasional strong language. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £7.50. Concessions £5

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SATURDAY 30th JULY3.00pm
Munchkins & Monsters Theatre Company Presents…Back In Time For Breakfast
Family tickets available – children under 1 years-old go free. Meet Millie, a young girl who dreams of exploring, travelling to amazing places and having lots of exciting adventures. One night she makes a wish on a shooting star. Little does she know that her wish will not only come true, but it will change her life forever as she goes on a journey all across the planet! Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £5. Family ticket available

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SATURDAY 30th JULY7.00pm
Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company Ltd Presents… Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon
Ever wondered what would happen if Shakespeare was kidnapped by a crazed fairy in an enchanted forest? Well, wonder no more. With the fate of the Bard and his mystical infinity quill in the balance, can Shakespeare’s heroes save their creator from the evil machinations of Oberon, Lord of Midsummer? Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Tickets: Standard £8. Concessions £6

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SUNDAY 31st JULY3.00pm
Network!
Join us for a networking event at the Blue Orange Theatre to mark the last day of Birmingham Fest 2016. Open to both performers and audiences, you can chat with others about what you’ve presented or seen. There will also be an opportunity to platform or plug anything you have upcoming. Or just enjoy a drink and perhaps meet some new people. This is a free event. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016

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SUNDAY 31st JULY5.00pm
Blue Orange Arts Presents…
Night of the Bride of Plan 9 From Outer Space (Workshop Performance)
Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place. Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism… so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal…
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time! Edward D. Wood, Jnr. Part of BIRMINGHAM FEST 2016
Free Event

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THURSDAY 1st SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Preview Night £7. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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FRIDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 2.30pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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TUESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Pay What You Can Night.
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WEDNESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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THURSDAY 8th SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 2.30pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – 7.45pm
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer! Unexplainable flying saucers lighting up the night sky!! Strange and secret experiments at the old Lake Marsh place; Deadly, mutated, atomic creatures and the undead dead rising from the grave!! Allow us to recount the almost unbelievable, relate the unreal, and show it to be more…than a fact! We are bringing you the full and edited story of what happened on that fateful day. A tale of stark realism…so astounding that some of you may faint! We are giving you all the evidence as it occurred, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal….
Can your heart stand the shocking true facts of the NIGHT, OF THE BRIDE, OF PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?!!
Visionary director, screenwriter and sometime actor, Ed Wood, shocked and stunned audiences of the 1950s with such B movies as “Glenn or Glenda”, “Bride of the Monster” and the infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. Not with lurid tales of terror or scenes of horror found only in the darkest recesses of the human imagination; but with wooden acting, wobbly sets, incomprehensible storytelling and abysmal dialogue.
For the first time on stage in the U.K. (and possibly the last) we pay homage to the greatness of a man who was arguably the worst film director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jnr! BOOK NOW
Tickets: Standard £11. Concessions £9. Group Bookings available. Tel: 0121 212 2643
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For more information, images or to arrange interviews please contact Ian Craddock at
Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton Street
Birmingham
B18 6AD
Tel: 0121 212 2643
Or email: – ian@blueorangetheatre.co.uk


mid * point: Casting Opportunity

Drama AND SOME cic is awaiting Arts Council funding for our Someone Else Project.

Will pay Equity Minimum weekly rates.

 Young Female South East Asian actor with playing age up to 18 years wanted for one-person show. Rehearsals due to start from 11th July -29th with performance on 30th

West Midlands base essential, preferably Black Country area or Birmingham. 

Bhangra dance or movement skills would be an advantage. 

Script is about a young Sikh girl. 

For more details please contact Suzan at dramaandsome.com as soon as possible.


mid * point: Beyong the Water’s Edge: Poetry From Our World

 

 

Beyond the Water’s Edge: Poetry from our world

 

  • New poetry-in-performance show to be premiered at Belgrade Theatre Coventry

 

  • Contemporary poems from around the world are performed by three actors

 

  • Stories of love, loss and everyday life from the world’s best poets

 

 

Midland Creative Projects take to the road again in 2016 with a new production, Beyond the Water’s Edge: Poetry from our world.

 

In Beyond the Water’s Edge, a cast of three actor-musicians take contemporary poems from around the world and perform them on stage alongside original music composed by the cast.

 

Drawing from every continent, they present stories that move and inspire, with poems from Sweden to Chile and all points between. The drama of love, loss and re-birth mingles with the comedy of daily life to give a captivating series of portraits presented through the words of some of the world’s best poets.

 

This brand new poetry-in-performance show premieres at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry on Friday 1 July 2016 before embarking on a UK tour.

 

Jonathan Davidson, Executive Producer, explained: “Poetry is becoming an increasingly important way for us to speak about our times. The poems in this production offer us life with all its joys and challenges – there are poems to make us laugh and poems to make us reflect. Laced together with original music from our three performers, this will be an extraordinary experience for anyone who loves poetry or live theatre.”

 

The poems featured are by poets from dozens of countries, from Chile to Estonia and all points between. Well-known poets whose work features in the production include the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who won the Nobel Prize the Literature in 2011, and the celebrated German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht.

 

Many of the poems were written by poets who risked falling out of favour with their governments, including works by the Romanian poet Marin Sorescu, who managed to write beautifully witty poems despite living at a time when his country regularly persecuted writers. Some of the poems tell stories of migration and asylum, particularly from the Middle East and Africa.

 

Directed by Steve Byrne from Interplay Theatre, Beyond the Water’s Edge uses poems published by Bloodaxe Books with original music by the company and set design by Talking Birds. Beyond the Water’s Edge is performed by Jill Dowse, Dan McGarry and Nate Ryan.

 

 

Midland Creative Projects in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry

 

Beyond the Water’s Edge

Poetry from our world

 

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Friday 1 July, 8pm

Saturday 2 July, 2.15pm & 8pm

 

Booking: www.belgrade.co.uk/event/poetry-performance

 

 

www.livepoetry.org

 

Twitter: @MidlandCreative

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MidlandsCreativeProjects

 

ENDS.

 

For more information, contact Helen Stallard, PR on behalf of Midland Creative:

T: 0774 033 9604

E: helen@helenstallard.co.uk

 

 

Midland Creative Projects

Midland Creative Projects works in the creative arts sector, specialising in literature development. Jonathan Davidson is Executive Producer for Midland Creative Projects and has produced five previous poetry-theatre productions, all working with Bloodaxe Books. He has also had eight radio dramas broadcast by BBC Radios Three and Four and is a widely published poet.


mid * point: TILT Festival in Birmingham

TILT is a week-long Aerial and Physical Theatre Festival celebrating high quality teaching and performance from national and international circus artists. The festival combines a comprehensive masterclass programme with free outdoor aerial shows, young people’s work and family friendly performances. With 5 days of masterclasses, performances, talks and workshops followed by a weekend of highlight performances in Centenary Square.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, participate in the TILT16 masterclass programme. Daytime and evening classes include Aerial Silks, Rope, Static Trapeze, Hoop, Wall Running, Chinese Pole, Cyr Wheel, Yoga, Handstands, Aerial Theatre and much more, and visiting teachers include Sarah Bebe Holmes, Mark Glover, Joe Garcia, Ambra Vallo, Kim Charnock and Claire Crook.

On Wednesday 20th July, enjoy an amazing evening of performances from leading and emerging aerial and physical theatre companies including Thimble Theatre’s ‘Walk Ashore, a family friendly piece for young children and adults, RoguePlay Theatre’s ‘Boots’, in which a lone performer delivers a heartfelt static trapeze solo in a pair of walking boots and finally, ‘Ashes’ by Paper Doll Militia, a progressive aerial company from the States.  On Thursday 21st July, there’ll be a showcase of the best work by young people in the region with new Aerial and Physical Theatre commissions performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The festival culminates in a free outdoor performance of ‘Snakes & Ladders’, a collaboration between RoguePlay Theatre and Gravity & Levity, which brings together 5 performers to play a huge 3D version of the traditional Snakes & Ladders game on a specially designed rig in Centenary Square. Performances are completely free and followed by participatory workshops for the public.

Visit www.tiltfestival.com


mid * point: RoguePlay: Volunteers Needed

RoguePlay are looking for volunteers to help support Birmingham’s first Aerial and Physical Theatre festival TILT 16.www.tiltfestival.com

TILT 16 festival runs from 16th July to 24th July in Birmingham and has received funding from Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England.  Events will be taking place all over the city and we need a team of volunteers to help make it happen.  Volunteering will be between the 18th and 24th of July.

The festival consists of a programme of masterclasses run by professional, international circus artists, exciting performances by Paper Doll Militia, Thimble Theatre and RoguePlay, young people’s performance night at the Birmingham REP and the finale weekend involves a stunning outdoor aerial piece in Centenary Square with 6 shows over three days and participatory workshops after each performance for the public.

Volunteer roles include:

•    Stewards

•    Merchanding & publicising

•    Audience information collection

•    Artist & young people liaison

•    Get-in, set up and get-out

•    General helpers

Volunteer Selection/Briefing Day: Fri 24th June

Drinks, snacks and food (for longer shifts) provided during shifts and some travel expenses will be paid (receipts or tickets required to claim) and volunteers will be requested to sign confirmation for the events they are attending.

Volunteers can see shows or attend talks when they are not on duty and there is capacity and you must be over 16 years of age.

For more details and to download the application form visit our website:
http://www.rogueplay.co.uk/#!job-opportunities/c18w4

Please return your completed form by 22nd June 2016 to: nell@rogueplay.co.uk
Or by post to RoguePlay Theatre, WMCC Unit 8, Minerva Works, Digbeth , Birmingham B5 5RT


Black Country Touring: Who is Al Bowlly?

Rehearsals are already underway for Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto coming to Forest Arts Centre on the 11th & 12th August, promising to be a  ‘rip-roaring evening of of music, theatre and dance.’ But who was Al Bowlly? and why does his music … Continued

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MidlandsImprov.com: REVIEW: MISSIMP – MILLIONS OF VOICES

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Think of the challenges in making the new Star Wars films.  On the one hand you need to be faithful to the things everybody knows and loves,  including enough desert planets, light sabres & stormtroopers for it to feel like a Star Wars story.  On the other hand you need introduce new ideas, new characters and new locations, taking the chance that the audience won’t enjoy the things that you’ve added.  “Millions Of Voices” faced the same challenges as any new Star Wars film, and succeeded in meeting them in a fun filled hour of geeky entertainment.

Nick Parkhouse introduced the show by asking the audience about their knowledge of Star Wars and confirming the show is designed to be enjoyable no matter how little you know.  After obtaining a subtitle for this new Star Wars story, the stage went black and the performers professionally reproduced the familiar opening from the films.  The combined effect of the warm opening by Nick and the faithful staging of the starting moments was to reassure the audience that they were in safe hands.

This performance opened with two middle managers on board the Death Star dealing with the admin difficulties of such a large operation.  Meanwhile on Princess Leia’s home planet of Alderaan, we met a wide range of characters whose stories all intertwined:

  • A long-suffering B&B owner (Jeanette Bird-Bradley) with the wonderful catchphrase of “This isn’t a hotel”.
  • A Jedi master with no legs, played by Nick Tyler who created a brilliant physical performance with both this character and the gangly tentacled alien he played.
  • A man facing an existential crisis and a droid with a bad motivator encouraging him to jump off a cliff.  The quiet authentic worry of Ben MacPherson allowed Phil Carruthers’ droid to get the biggest laugh of the night with a cheerful “YOLO”.
  • An oddball gang helping a lost couple, led by Marilyn Ann Bird.  Her choice of West Country accent meant we recognised the off-putting friendliness of some strangers.  Perhaps coincidentally, it reminded me of David Prowse’s original performance as Darth Vader before it was dubbed by James Earl Jones.

In between these stories, we discovered there were spies on board the Death Star.  Bothan spies.  Spies who spoke only in gibberish, yet were understandable and generated laughs just like any other scene.  Their presence was detected by one of the middle managers (Lloydie James Lloyd) who used his administration skills to detect that an extra helmet was not a handy bit of luck but an indication that one of the stormtroopers was missing.

Fans of the Star Wars franchise will already know how all these stories end, as both Alderaan and the Death Star are shown in the first Star Wars film.  Yet how these stories end is not important.  What is important is the time spent imaging a lighter side to the Star Wars universe and the fun had along the way.

 

MissImp perform regularly in and around Nottingham.

https://missimp.co.uk/

 

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Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Love and Loss at BE Festival

teaser – Vacuum from Philippe Saire on Vimeo.

What a piquancy of timing. BE Festival on 23rd June 2016. Theatre shows from Spain, Switzerland, UK and Italy. Nothing more can be done. The future is unknown. Us, swilling together in this heterotoic space, acting out in microcosm the broader drama.

To purchase drinks in this realm we have to change our money to Karma and the citizens must queue for the shows through extended turnaround times that leave you thinking “surely there are efficiencies to be made here”, “we could cut some red tape”, “we’re being patronised and led by the nose, set us free”. Yet look around you, the ambition is vaulting.

I have always loved this festival for its spirit and this ambition. Its commitment to giving new acts a chance is grand, it brings artists together who would otherwise never meet, it brings to Birmingham work we would otherwise never see. I have always loved the festival but in my experience its work has only ever ranged from the enjoyable, clever and well performed to the terrible. Of course one aspect of the festival’s beauty is that these terrible shows are almost always performed with such seductive conviction and framed so positively that they can be nothing but forgiven. This year however things changed, the pool for selection must have grown. This year, for the first time, I saw something in the festival that I genuinely loved.

Vacuum by Philippe Saire and his company is stunning. A fleeting, inexplicable, mythological, wonder, perfectly pitched and perfectly paced, gloriously simple and impeccably staged. I was enraptured, until close where the intrusion of a sung lyric onto the soundtrack suddenly earthed this ethereal hovering sculptural poetry and allowed the idea that it might be about something that can be spoken of. However the lyric stopped, the piece took off once more and it was stunning.

Suddenly BE Festival is mixing the terrible, the adequate and the engaging with the stunning and this mix makes it even more valuable.

I was glad not to be at BE Festival tonight, that gathering is the living embodiment of a Europe wide ‘better together’ and that idea’s just been punched in the face.

No matter how sterling fares against the Karma we’ll see you again next year but today I was asked what I could do to make things better. The answer is “next to nothing” but next to nothing is Comfort Hour and this feels like the time to dust it off – the sun will always set and rise again…