Monthly Archives: September 2017

Fierce Festival: Reetu Sattar joins the Fierce Festival Programme

We’re excited to announce a late addition to the Fierce Festival 2017 programme thanks to support from the British Council Bangladesh. Performance Artist Reetu Sattar from Dhaka will present Sokol Dukher Prodip: the unsung song at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK) as part of our event Be The Change: An Edwardian Tearoom Late.

We met Reetu on a research visit to Bangladesh earlier this year. We can’t wait to welcome Reetu to Birmingham to present a new one to one performance.

Fierce Festival: $elfie$ gets a trailer!

We’re thrilled to unleash the trailer for Marikiscrycrycry’s brilliant $elfie$ which will have it’s World Premiere at Fierce 2017.  $elfie$ is a show by artist Malik Nashad Sharpe who has been part of the 2016/17 Fierce FWD cohort. The show is commissioned by Fierce and Marlborough Theatre and supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and Diverse Actions.

$elfie$ premieres on Thursday 19 October at 9.15pm at Ace Dance & Music.

Tickets are on sale now, and moving fast – so don’t hang around!

$ELFIE$ – Official Promo Video from Malik Nashad Sharpe on Vimeo.

Choreography: marikiscrycrycry
Performers: Malik Nashad Sharpe and Kam Wan
Creative Director: Shaheeda Sinclair
Make Up: Robyn Fitzsimons
Video Director and Editor: Kassandra Powell

Fierce Festival: The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s Top Picks

Photo by Timothy Fluck

We know the Fierce Festival programme can be a little overwhelming at times, so we’ve asked some of the festival artists to help you out by picking the things that they’re most exited about! For the first in this series we spoke to The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein!

We’re so excited that our favourite hot mess The Famous returns to Fierce this year with a major new show Notorious, commissioned by Fierce and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. We had a chat on the blower with The Famous to see what’s getting her all hot and sweaty in this year’s programme!

Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small
i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere
Thursday 19 October, mac Birmingham, 7pm
Jamila’s trailer makes me want to writhe around on the floor and then fly to
Saturn on a black unicorn. Also, she’s a super amazeballs artist, making work
that IS AND IS NOT ‘about’ blackness and queerness, and I can’t wait to see
where she takes her audience in this trancy prancy piece.

Owen G. Parry 
fic.the.sky
Friday 20 October, mac Birmingham 2-6pm
Owen G. Parry is a totally trashy weirdo, so I can’t wait to see this 4-hour
sculpted mess. His integration and critique of cutesy cat pics will make for a
poignant but other-worldly disaster.

Rocio Boliver 
Sweet 60th
Sunday 22 October, 7.30pm, TOP SECRET LOCATION
Rocio is a fucking maniac and I hope I’m half as disgusting as her when I grow up.
A bloody rockstar that Helen Mirren’s miraculous tits can never live up to. This
will be a birthday celebration for the nefarious monstrous pervert in all of us.

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein presents the world premiere of her new show Notorious at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October. Tickets can be booked here. 

Fierce Festival: Upgrade for fic.the.sky: New Fierce commission moves to bigger venue!

Owen G. Parry’s piece moves to the mac theatre on Friday 20th October, 2-6pm.

We’re upgrading Owen G. Parry’s new performance fic.the.sky moving it into mac’s main theatre space on Friday 20th October – a change to the previously announced date. This upgrade will enable the work to be realised at a more ambitious and technically demanding scale. We can’t wait to see it!

fic.the.sky is a 4-hour performance ‘hangout’ created with performance troop Medeber Teatro, entwining music, dance, role-play and sculpture. Drawing inspiration from the leftfield antics of Fandoms, Experimental Theatre, and Open-Source-Culture, performers carve out a different sense of time, where fantasy, the reworking of popular myths and images, and the invention of new folk narratives are made possible.

MidlandsImprov.com: GIG GUIDE: OCTOBER 2017

Ten thousand million love stories

TUES 3RD – GLEE CLUB NOTTINGHAM

[NG1 7EH]

Abandoman:  Improvised hip hop comedy.  Abandoman’s set will contain musical, lyrical and comical scenes of a seriously awesome nature

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ABANDOMAN

WEDS 4TH – GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM

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Abandoman:  Innovative mixtape mashups and futuristic jams live on stage, using the history of hip-hop and you as their inspiration. 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ABANDOMAN

WEDS 4TH – CHERRY REDS

[B1 1BN]

Freewheelers:  Groups, pairs & solo performers try out new material with a supportive audience.  Featuring the debut of musical group Off Broad Street.

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

FRI 6TH – WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

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Abandoman:  The past two years have seen Abandoman supporting multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour.  See them on their amazing 2017 tour.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ABANDOMAN

SAT 7TH – TALENT 1ST

[NG1 1PY]

On Fire:  Brand new performers are revealed in a show all about having a great time, mixing up classic improv games with theatrical delights, a fine night for everyone.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

SAT 7TH – CRITERION FREE HOUSE

[LE1 5JN]

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

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

SUN 8TH – THE VICTORIA 

[B1 1BN]

LoveHard: Part-scripted, part-improvised show set in an average sleepy Mid-West town of white picket fences, dubious farmhands, and where everyone knows everyone’s secrets.

https://www.facebook.com/lovehardcomedy/

THURS 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

[NG1 6FG]

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

FRI 13TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE HOUSE

[CV1 1JD]

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

https://www.facebook.com/wowimprocomedy/

 

SUN 15TH – THE VICTORIA 

[B1 1BN]

What The Dickens?: Cheer on our plucky heroes and help decide their fate as they struggle in their journey to find love and fortune, against adversity, poverty and wickedness. Part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival Half-Dayer.

http://foghornunscripted.com/

MON 16TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

[LE3 0GA]

The Same Faces:  “Uncle Armando” show where the group perform scenes inspired by comedian Barbara Nice.

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

MON 16TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 

[B18 6AD]

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://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

TUES 17TH – LAKESIDE ARTS CENTRE 

[NG7 2RD]

Austentatious:  A previously undiscovered Jane Austen story is told for the very first (and very last) time.

http://www.austentatiousimpro.com/shows/tour/

WEDS 18TH – THE VICTORIA 

[B1 1BN]

The Kneejerks:  A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

THURS 19TH – STRATFORD ARTS HOUSE

[CV37 6LU]

The Noise Next Door: They’re causing a commotion with their fourth nationwide tour – an anarchic evening of side-splitting jokes, jaw-dropping characters and mind-blowing songs.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/tour2017/

MON 23RD – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

Jumprov/Fat Penguin/Rhymes Against Humanity:  Two of Birmingham’s brightest improv groups plus an improvised musical open the Birmingham Improv Festival 2017.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

TUES 24TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

WITS/Box Of Frogs/10,000 Million Love Stories:  King Arthur, classic games and a heart-stopping show about love all in the Jewellery Quarter.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

WEDS 25TH – ANGEL MICROBREWERY

[NG1 1LP]

Smash Night:  Witness a range of improv teams take to the stage with nothing but their wits and transform YOUR suggestions spontaneously into  breath-taking scenes.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk/

WEDS 25TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

Tadpoles/Baron Sternlook/The Kneejerks/The Free Association:  A children’s show, musical fun, drama & laughs plus long form improv inspired by real-life stories.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

THURS 26TH – THE OUTBACK 

[WV1 3BJ]

Nicholas Holt:  Dance artist Lewys Holt and comedian/producer Daniel Nicholas will be writing, choreographing and performing simultaneously on stage. 

http://www.funny-things.co.uk/line-up/

THURS 26TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

Previously On/Improvabunga/Notflix:  TV and film themed night of improvised theatre as part of the Birmingham Improv Festival.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

FRI 27TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

LoveHard/The Maydays/The Committee:  Comedy from a local duo, Brighton’s best and one of London’s hottest groups.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

SAT 28TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

[NN1 4AE]

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

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

SAT 28TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE 

[NG1 5AF]

Rhymes Against Humanity:  From a terrifying title given by the audience, this show will take you on a Halloween musical journey which will have you singing along… all the way into your grave!

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov/

SAT 28TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

Showstoppers/What The Dickens?/Impromptu Shakespeare/Phil Lunn/MC Hammersmith:  Bumper day at BIF2017, featuring Olivier Award Winners, Dickens, Shakespeare and hip hop.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

SUN 29TH – THE OUTBACK 

[WV1 3BJ]

Jumprov:  The UK’s first BAME improv group perform a 90 minute sketch comedy show completely made up on the spot. 

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov/

SUN 29TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

[B18 6AD]

Charity Gala/Same Faces/Murder She Didn’t Write/Music Box:  The festival closes with short form games, a murder mystery, musical comedy and a fundraiser for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

http://birminghamimprovfestival.com/

Have I missed a show?  Get in touch and let me know.

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov


Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company: The Commentators at Birmingham Weekender

If you can’t be at Birmingham Weekender today you can listen live to The Commentators as they cover all the action from the Birmingham markets. They will bring you detailed coverage of the buying and selling of everything from carrots to dairy based products to mobile phone covers and be there to witness whatever other incidents a market Saturday might throw up.

Keep it here … The Commentators at Birmingham Weekender

Fierce Festival: PILOT Nights: Lineup now announced!

Monday 16 October, 7pm @ AE Harris, home of Stans Cafe

We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night which opens Fierce 2017! PILOT Nights allow artists to try out 20 minutes of new material in front of a live audience! Very limited tickets are on sale here now for the bargain price of £7/5.

-Speaking in the (oppressor’s) tongue – Selina Bonelli 

– Paris Hasn’t stopped Burning – Danni Ebanks-Ingram 

– Dorian Electra – Dorian Electra (pictured) 

– Untitled – Thom Shaw and Tom Cassani  

– We’re Right, You’re Wrong – Ginny Lemon and Meating People is Easy

–  Homecoming – Benedict Stewardson

– Here Comes The Sun – Joseph Morgan Schofield

Fierce Festival: Fierce Volunteer Drop In Sessions

Be part of the action and volunteer with Fierce Festival 2017. If you are passionate about the arts, we would love to hear from you!

Upcoming Fierce Volunteer Drop In Sessions – all welcome

Come along for an informal chat with the team to learn more about becoming a Fierce volunteer and how you can play a vital role in creating an unforgettable festival experience across the city of Birmingham.

When: Tuesday 26 September and Monday 2 October from 6-8pm

Where: Map Room at Cherry Reds Café, B1 1BN

More information on volunteering and how to apply can be found here.

MidlandsImprov.com: BIRMINGHAM IMPROV FESTIVAL 2017 – WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

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The lineup for next month’s festival is huge, with 24 different groups performing at the Blue Orange Theatre.  The reviews below give a taste of what is to come.

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 

The Birmingham Improv Festival runs 23-29 October at the Blue Orange Theatre.