Monthly Archives: August 2016

Black Country Touring: Young Promoter Festival

Whilst the Young Promoters are having a well-deserved summer break here’s a reminder of the fantastic festival ‘Big By Little’ they co-produced in June 2016 Big by Little was a festival of family friendly shows chosen and presented by Black … Continued

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Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: School’s out (& nearly back).

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Here’s an interesting thing: Saltley Academy students have got their best GCSE results in years and the Headteacher sent us a kind email thanking us for our contribution to this improvement. The thing is we have been working in the school on and off for two years and never directly worked with any of the students whose results have just come through, so why the thanks? How do we muscle in on any glory?

“Thank you for your contribution to creating the ethos in the Academy which has enabled them to do so well.”

Of course, school’s about much more than just what happens in the classroom and were (and continue to be) part of a much bigger effort towards a change of culture, here’s taste of what else has been going on:

Students took part in mixed school a cricket tournament organised by Deloitte and Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
Prince William came to school as part of the Football For Peace initiative.
The school linked up with the Water City Arts Programme .
They have hosted an event for Amar Foundation and advised them on setting up schools for refugees in Iraq. A little of this good work was reported in this feature in The Guardian.

So politicians listen up, there’s a lot more involved in improving results than pounding kids with Maths and English tuition.

You may have read about our headline projects with schools such as Saltely’s spectacular St.George’s Steps, Billesley’s audacious Any Fool Can Start A War or this summer’s triple-header of shows – The Tempest, Superfast Shakespeare and Tiverton Primary’s The Worm In The Grass but there is lots more going on. Projects with our partner schools can be very modest so we have rejigged our website in this area to help you see what’s been going on so please take the opportunity to go and have a wander around it.

What does the future hold? Who knows? Hopefully more fun and better outcomes. The motivation is there, such is the enthusiasm that we even had a plotting and scheming meeting with Billesley School during the summer holidays! Watch this new improved space.

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: New Board Members (your finger on the button).

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Do you fancy helping guide Stan’s Cafe towards its next 25 years of gloriousness? We are now recruiting new Board Members. By our calculations we have had just twenty board members to date, so you (or someone brilliant that you know and pass this opportunity on to) would be joining a select crowd.

We’ve got stellar ambitions, there are some amazing shows on the drawing board, there are some big challenges to come, there couldn’t be a more exciting time to join us. The directors are the heart of our strategic decision making at Stan’s Cafe HQ, they hold the Executive Producer and Artistic Director to account; they lend their skills, experience and enthusiasm to righteous enterprise, they get to experience the fun close up.

We’re keen to hear from anyone who, reading this thinks they can help us on the next stage of our adventure. We are particularly interested in people with expertise and entrepreneurial thinking in: finance; HR; Marketing, PR and/or audience development; fundraising and leading a business. You don’t have to be ‘arty’, it would be great to hear from people in a range of industries. It would also really help the company to have a diverse board, so applications are particularly welcome from women, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, disabled people and people from the LGBT community.
We look forward to hearing from you whoever you are if you think you could be Number 21 or 22.

Full details of what is involved can be downloaded as a PDF from here.
If you like what you see there the application form can be downloaded as a WordDoc from here.
It would then be very helpful if you could fill in the equal opportunities monitoring form here.

mid * point: Montague’s Song – An intimate Requiem for a lost Coventry violinist

We sing a story of the soldiers of The Somme
Of whom one from Coventry was named, Montague.
 
Theatre Absolute and Talking Birds present Montague’s Song, an intimate Requiem for Coventry violinist Montague Johnson, who was lost at the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years to the hour of this performance.
His story will be told, and the mystery of a discovery made many years later will be uncovered.
Performed by Derek Nisbet, Chris O’Connell and Elinor Coleman.
Date: Saturday 3rd September 2016
Time: 6pm (Doors 5.30pm)
Venue: St John’s Church, Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY
Running time: 30 mins approx
(followed by drinks at the Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW)
Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) via OxBoffice:  https://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=18020
Tel 0845 6801926
We sing a story of the soldiers of The Somme
Of whom one from Coventry was named, Montague.
 
Theatre Absolute and Talking Birds present Montague’s Song, an intimate Requiem for Coventry violinist Montague Johnson, who was lost at the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years to the hour of this performance.
His story will be told, and the mystery of a discovery made many years later will be uncovered.
Performed by Derek Nisbet, Chris O’Connell and Elinor Coleman.
Date: Saturday 3rd September 2016
Time: 6pm (Doors 5.30pm)
Venue: St John’s Church, Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY
Running time: 30 mins approx
(followed by drinks at the Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW)
Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) via OxBoffice:  https://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=18020
Tel 0845 6801926

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Hot on the heels of the Promenade Ballroom on Friday comes a magical evening of songs made famous in the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens. An exceptional ensemble of Soprano, Violin, Flute, Harpsichord and Cello will be gathered for your entertainment and delight.
Tickets: £10, buy here

mid * point: Holding Baby by Jan Watts

Holding Baby a new play by Jan Watts  that had a successful rehearsed reading at the mac in January will premier at the Book To The Future Festival  at the University of Birmingham. Tickets are free. the performances are on Friday 14th October at 7.30pmand Saturday 15th October at the Chaplaincy. For more information  and tickets go to www.birmingham.ac.uk/bttf


Fierce Festival: Fierce FWD 2016: Call for Applications

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Permutations in the City, Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon, Fierce Festival 2015

Fierce FWD is a development programme for artists working in Live Art and performance conceived and produced by Fierce and supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Fierce FWD offers the opportunity for artists to develop an idea for a live performance/experience in the public realm alongside a period of research and field trips.

The programme is for emerging artists living or working in the West Midlands (outside of full-time education) or those with strong ties to the region, perhaps through studying or growing up locally. In keeping with Fierce being a Live Art festival this scheme is aimed at those developing projects for live performance and experiences. We define Live Art broadly and expect to receive a broad range of proposals encompassing performance art, body art, experimental theatre and dance, contemporary performance, socially engaged projects, art activism, progressive cabaret and club performance, one-on-one performance, durational work, site-specific projects, immersive parties, performative events and other experimental live practices.

We take a similarly broad approach to the term ‘emerging’, this scheme isn’t intended just for young people and recent graduates, but anyone that defines as emerging. Perhaps you’ve recently started experimenting with performance in your practice, perhaps you’re re-emerging after a hiatus, or shifting focus to make your practice more of a professional commitment.

For this round of Fierce FWD we’re particularly interested in supporting artists to develop new work for the public realm and non-arts spaces. Have you got an idea for a carpark, city square, railway station, park, garden, bingo hall, swimming pool, rooftop, shop front, arcade, supermarket, public toilet, river, church, football ground or restaurant? Or perhaps you’ve got an idea for a project that would exist digitally, online or as an audio piece, or abstractly as a competition, stunt, tour or game?

The programme has two stages:

Part 1

In September Fierce will select between eight and ten Fierce FWD artists. Each artist will receive a micro-bursary of £500 to try an artistic experiment, develop a piece of work or conduct some research towards a project. Alongside this, the Fierce FWD artists will participate in an intensive workshop delivered by one of the UKs foremost practitioners in making work in the public realm. Furthermore a number of research trips will be undertaken by the group and facilitated by Fierce to see high quality work around the country – with a bursary for each participant to do so. Research trips may include SPILL Festival of Performance (Ipswich), Arika (Glasgow), IBT: Bristol International Festival, Juncture Festival (Leeds), Sacred Festival (London) and more. Each Fierce FWD artist will also have their practice profiled to an international audience via a page on the Fierce website. Over this period that will start in October and run until March 2017, the cohort of Fierce FWD artists will support each other through facilitated discussion sessions.

Part 2

From the eight Fierce FWD artists two or three will receive additional funding, mentorship and producing /curatorial support to develop a finished site-specific work for Fierce Festival, running the 16 – 22nd October 2017.

How To Apply

Please send proposals to contact@wearefierce.org by noon on Monday 26 September with the subject line ‘Fierce FWD 2016′. Proposals should be up to two pages (max 1000 words) that include:

  • An introduction to who you are.
  • Your reason for applying for Fierce FWD and your connection to the West Midlands.
  • A description of your proposed project, research or enquiry.
  • A broad outline timeline and how you propose to spend the initial £500.

We will assess the proposals on the quality of the ideas and would like you to be realistic about what can be achieved within the given budget.

In addition you may also include:

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • No more than 2 video clips of your previous work.
  • No more than 8 images of your previous work.
  • No more than 3 links to your website, blog or other online work.

If you would like to apply via a video message, please do so, and ensure it contains the same information as requested above, within a 5 minute maximum duration.

We particularly encourage applications from black, queer and disabled artists.

We may not be able to provide detailed feedback on all proposals. We also advise that due to other schemes in the region Fierce FWD is not best suited for playwrights and traditional theatre makers who are better supported via other scheme’s in the region such as Rep Foundry.

If you have enquiries about the scheme email your question to contact@wearefierce.org and we will reply as quickly as possible.

Deadline

Monday 26th September at noon.

 

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MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: SEPTEMBER 2016

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FRI 2ND-SAT 3RD – LEICESTER CURVE

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Showstopper!  The Improvised Musical: Three shows (two for adults, one for kids) of fully-realised musicals made up on the spot based on audience suggestions. Includes moving story-lines, amazing songs, full group harmonies & dance numbers.  Olivier Award winners 2016.

http://www.theshowstoppers.org/upcoming-shows/

SAT 3RD – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

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The Same Faces:  Monthly Leicester show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

WEDS 7TH – CHERRY REDS

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Freewheelers:  Free comedy improv showcase where groups, pairs and solo performers try out new games and material in central Brum.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

THURS 8TH – THE MALT CROSS

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Gorilla Burger:  Regular Nottingham show where everyone is welcome to take part, simply by putting your name in a hat. 

https://missimp.co.uk/improv-shows/

SAT 10TH – REGENT SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB

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Improv Smackdown 2016:  8 of the country’s best improvisers go head-to-head in Leicester in order to be declared the country’s greatest improviser of 2016

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

FRI 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE HOUSE

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Wow impro:  Free comedy night from Coventry-based improv troupe.

https://twitter.com/wowimpro

MON 19TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 

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Box Of Frogs:  Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with all your favourite improv games.  Absolutely free, with their usual cast iron guarantee – ‘laugh, or your money back!’

https://boxoffrogsimpro.wordpress.com/performances/toadally-free-shows/

THURS 22ND – ISLAND BAR 

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Hilarity Ensues:  Monthly show in central Birmingham featuring stand up, sketch and improvised comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/ensueshilarity/

SAT 30TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

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The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

Keep up to date with all improvised theatre & comedy shows in the Midlands

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov


MidlandsImprov.com: FESTIVAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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Birmingham Improv Festival

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October 2016

Blue Orange Theatre, Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham Improv Festival is bringing together some of the best improvised comedy performers in the UK, giving you the chance to watch top-quality improv throughout the weekend!

Three days of completely improvised plays, musicals, sketches, puppets, costume dramas – plus workshops led by world-class teachers and much, much more.

A whole weekend jam-packed with workshops, classes, performances and fun!

Here are some highlights:

The return of the Black Country’s greatest export, superstar improviser JOSIE LAWRENCE as she returns to Birmingham with THE GLENDA J COLLECTIVE, on Saturday October 22nd at 6pm


Direct from their sell-out run in the West End, Olivier Award SHOWSTOPPER!, on Saturday October 22nd at 8pm.A brand new musical, created on the spot by their incredible, musical comedians.


Five-time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners,  THE NOISE NEXT DOOR on Sunday October 23rd at 4pm. Fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.


Local Showcase  in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Sunday October 23rd at 7.30pm.  Featuring local improvisers Box of FrogsThe KneejerksYou Me and MonkeyMissImpWOW and others


All of that and much much more.  Click here to see the full line up, and buy your tickets.

All shows and workshops are at:
The Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton St.
Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham
B18 6AD
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Box Office Number 0121 212 2643


mid * point: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Romeo and Juliet

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet  are on at Ludlow Assembly Rooms Sep 7-17.
Here are the website and Facebook event pages:
Here are the trailers for each production
A combination of Rock’n’Roll, SteamPunk, magic, Greasers, Teddy Boys and (of course) an ass, these two new stage productions with a live band playing an original score are bold re-imaginings of Shakespeare’s best loved romantic tragedy and hilarious comedy.