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mid * point: Bees in a Tin 2015, 12th June, Millennium Point

Bees in a Tin 2015

A gathering in Birmingham on Friday the 12th of June for exciting people who make or are interested in unique interfaces for the world around them.

Tickets are now on sale for Bees in a Tin 2015: a day crammed full of performances, presentations and workshops on subjects as wide-ranging as: microbiology; guided tours; research through design; impersonation of plain clothes police officers; sculptural musical controllers; and …custard. Also featuring a keynote from the splendid Owl Project.

Owl Project will talk about how they use basic materials and electronics to craft instruments and interfaces. They will reflect on how they seek to open creative sonic possibilities through constraints, and also show examples of collaborative design and production.

This year’s extravaganza is presented in partnership with Supersonic Festival, so expect some noise (and also plenty of other experimental stuff going on over the rest of the weekend as part of the festival’s programme).

Tickets are £10 each (£6 early bird) and include a simple lunch.

Buy your tickets here: https://bees2015.eventbrite.co.uk

Full line-up here: http://manyandvaried.org.uk/projects/bees2015/about_the_speakers

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Acting Out Blog: LGBT History Month – exciting news

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesWe can confirm that we are doing two performances of our LGBT History Month show, one at the Wellington Hotel on Thursday 26th February at 8.00pm, and one at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on Saturday 28th February at 3.30pm [changed from original time of 2.00pm]. We really hope you can make one of them, or both if you fancy! It’s completely free to attend and promises to be a fun production.

The short pieces are as follows:

Silver Jubilee

Set against the backdrop of Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee we get a glimpse into the world of gay men in the 1970s.

The chocolate spat of 1560

A little known historical tale set in the royal courts of 16th Century Europe. A humorous romp fuelled by misunderstanding and misadventure.

A very modern marriage

The task of wedding planning all seems a little too much for Tom and Ben. Will they make it down the aisle?

Bicycle face

Blackmail, bicycles, intrigue and melodrama! The woes of wanton women fighting for their love against the men attempting to confine them. A fun filled, action packed Victorian escapade featuring bicycle riding, trouser wearing lesbians.

We hope to see you there!


Acting Out Blog: 5th February round up

By Karen Patel 

This week the new committee discussed with the group plans for the forthcoming year. For productions this included short pieces for LGBT history month (on 26th February, more details about that later), Easter and our main summer performance, which we can confirm is Romeo and Juliet! It will take place on the 9th, 10th and 11th July 2015, so get those dates in your diary!

After that we began to devise pieces for LGBT history month. We were split into groups to devise short sketches (around 20 minutes long) focusing on different perceptions of LGBT relationships over different time periods. Themes include the time of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee (building on one of our previous pieces, Silver Jubilee), Victorian lesbians (and the concern of ‘bicycle face‘…) , a Blackadder style piece and modern day.

Our LGBT History Month show will take place on Thursday 26th February, 8.00pm at the Wellington Hotel (map here)Admission is completely free so come along, it promises to be an enjoyable (and hopefully educational!) evening.

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mid * point: Birmingham Fest at the Blue Orange Theatre

The Blue Orange Theatre is, once more, proud to be a host venue for Birmingham’s newest and brightest Theatre Festival, featuring the best of West Midlands theatre companies and artistes.

We have comedy, children’s theatre, musicals, stand-up, new writing, experimental work, improvisation and history.

This year we are hosting –

Thursday 10th July……………Birmingham Fest 14 Preview Night featuring a taster of what’s on offer at all the venues taking part.

 

Friday 11th July………………..Three in One Theatre Company – The Boy From the Boro’

Studio 3 – Paper in My Pants

Saturday 12th July……………Blue Orange Youth Theatre

Blue Orange Arts – Statistics Unavailable

Stripped Down Theatre – All the Best

Studio 3 – Paper in My Pants

Sunday 13th July………………  Blue Orange Arts – Statistics Unavailable

Taking Chances – Head Girl

Nomadic Arts TC – Fig Leaf Wars

Monday 14th July………………LouDeemy Soup – Laugh-Able (stand up)

Taking Chances – Head Girl

Tuesday 15th July…………….  Taking Chances – Head Girl

Wednesday 16th July………..  Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Thursday 17th July……………Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Friday 18th July…………………Camilla Cancantata – UK plc

Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Saturday 19th July……………  Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

                                                Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Sunday 20th July………………Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

Blue Orange Writers – Shorts 2

Monday 21st July……………..  Box Of Frogs – Improv Night

Tuesday 22nd July……………  Ward/Radley – No Smoke

Wednesday 23rd July………..Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

                                                Ward/Radley – No Smoke

Thursday 24th July…………..  Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (childen’s performance)

Ward/Radley – No Smoke

Friday 25th July………………..  Karen Swan – Memoirs of Modger Morrish

Jin Lee – Shuffling Philosophies

Saturday 26th July…………….Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

Big D – Sorted

Hanger TC – Life and Times of the Tat Man

Followspot TC – Defying Gravity – Broadway Musicals

Tea and Tenacity – First Do No Harm

Sunday 27th July………………  Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

Hanger TC – Life and Times of the Tat Man

Big D – Sorted


mid * point: Birmingham Fest at the Blue Orange Theatre

The Blue Orange Theatre is, once more, proud to be a host venue for Birmingham’s newest and brightest Theatre Festival, featuring the best of West Midlands theatre companies and artistes.

We have comedy, children’s theatre, musicals, stand-up, new writing, experimental work, improvisation and history.

This year we are hosting –

Thursday 10th July……………Birmingham Fest 14 Preview Night featuring a taster of what’s on offer at all the venues taking part.

 

Friday 11th July………………..Three in One Theatre Company – The Boy From the Boro’

Studio 3 – Paper in My Pants

Saturday 12th July……………Blue Orange Youth Theatre

Blue Orange Arts – Statistics Unavailable

Stripped Down Theatre – All the Best

Studio 3 – Paper in My Pants

Sunday 13th July………………  Blue Orange Arts – Statistics Unavailable

Taking Chances – Head Girl

Nomadic Arts TC – Fig Leaf Wars

Monday 14th July………………LouDeemy Soup – Laugh-Able (stand up)

Taking Chances – Head Girl

Tuesday 15th July…………….  Taking Chances – Head Girl

Wednesday 16th July………..  Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Thursday 17th July……………Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Friday 18th July…………………Camilla Cancantata – UK plc

Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Saturday 19th July……………  Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

                                                Jars of Clay TC – Holly (musical)

Sunday 20th July………………Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

Blue Orange Writers – Shorts 2

Monday 21st July……………..  Box Of Frogs – Improv Night

Tuesday 22nd July……………  Ward/Radley – No Smoke

Wednesday 23rd July………..Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

                                                Ward/Radley – No Smoke

Thursday 24th July…………..  Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (childen’s performance)

Ward/Radley – No Smoke

Friday 25th July………………..  Karen Swan – Memoirs of Modger Morrish

Jin Lee – Shuffling Philosophies

Saturday 26th July…………….Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

Big D – Sorted

Hanger TC – Life and Times of the Tat Man

Followspot TC – Defying Gravity – Broadway Musicals

Tea and Tenacity – First Do No Harm

Sunday 27th July………………  Blue Orange Arts – Alphabet Avenue (children’s performance)

Hanger TC – Life and Times of the Tat Man

Big D – Sorted


mid * point: Eclipse Theatre bring hit show Sizwe Banzi is Dead to Birmingham!

Eclipse Theatre bring hit show Sizwe Banzi is Dead to Birmingham!

Thu 5 – Sat 7 Jun | 8pm | Tickets £13 (£10) | Age 12+

mac birmingham | Cannon Hill Park | Birmingham | B12 9QH

http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/sizwe-banzi-is-dead/

 

Fresh from a sell-out run at London’s Young Vic, this critically acclaimed revival comes to mac birmingham in June!
It’s 1972 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Sizwe Banzi’s passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago. So when Sizwe stumbles across a dead body with a passbook, he asks himself – does his identity card really define who he is? Could he give up his family and his name in order to survive? Genesis Future Directors Award winner Matthew Xia directs this momentous, Tony-nominated play which exposes the struggle for freedom and identity in apartheid-era South Africa, unravelling the brutal absurdities of everyday life under oppression. Featuring astonishing performances from Sibusiso Mamba and Tonderai Munyevu.

 

“It beats with a true human heart about matters of identity and the desperation of a man forced to assume a new persona” The Stage
“…gripping, detailed and wonderfully acted.” **** The Telegraph


mid * point: Interactivos? Birmingham: Responsive and Immersive Future Technologies. Open Call for Collaborators. Deadline 10th June 2014.

Interactivos? Birmingham: Responsive and Immersive Future Technologies. Open Call for Collaborators.  Deadline 10th June 2014.

 

Birmingham City University (UK), Medialab-Prado (Madrid), Sampad (UK), mac birmingham (UK), and BBC Birmingham (UK) and are issuing an Open Call for collaborators to join the seven projects chosen for Interactivos? Birmisngham. Coming from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, these collaborators will work alongside the project leads offering their advice, assistance and technical support, and will be credited by Media Lab Prado for their efforts. These projects aim to expand on the use of electronic and software tools for artists, designers and educators, aiming to develop interactive tools to create engaging experiences for audiences and communities

Interactivos? Birmingham is a UK based, two week international seminar and open innovation prototyping workshop.  The Interactivos? model, conceived by Medialab-Prado as a hybrid between an innovation production workshop, seminar and exhibition showcase. It is a space for reflection, research, collaboration and creation, in which proposals selected by an international open call are developed, completed and displayed.

The process will be open to the public from beginning to end. Interactivos? is widely regarded as a model of best practice, and in bringing the project to Birmingham, this will be the first time the Interactivos? project will have been hosted in the UK. In doing so, regional and national based individuals will connect to an international network of creative and digital professionals for collaboration and technological production.

Further information, and submission instructions can be found here:

http://medialab-prado.es/article/interactivosbirminghamcollaborators

Also, view the PDF below for info on the one day Seminar Programme on Tues 20th June 2014

mid * point: The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories)

The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories)

Fri 30 & Sat 31 May 2014, 8pm

£12 (£9)

0121 236 4455 | www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

“I live in a flat made of wooden walls, 70s carpet and doors that are locked from the other side. In the dark of the night, I listen to the building. It tells of finger prints on door handles, skins cells in the carpet and ghosts in the plumbing.”

A dissection of the history of a building and its surrounding area in the south of Birmingham. Francesca tells stories about her beloved flat, the area it stands in, what it used to be, what it will become and the people that have populated it. It’s a bit stand up, a bit biography, a bit documentation, a love affair with a local area to the tune of bad Karaoke.

“A rising star”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Francesca Millican-Slater’s warm, engaging personality shone through in her solo show about a beloved 70s flat”
A Younger Theatre

The Forensics of the Flat (and Other Stories) is produced by Pippa Frith, in association with Birmingham REP, supported by and Arts Council England.


mid * point: Open Door – Part Two, an invitation from Cucumber Writers

Open Door – Part Two

 Extracts from six pieces of new work in development by emerging Midlands playwrights

in the second part of an initiative with Birmingham REP

Monday, June 2 2014 @ 8pm

The Door, REP

The Trials of O by Khush Chahal

A dark and deranged comedy piece where five men eke out an existence in a rubbish dump, struggling to find food and the will to go on.

Counterfeit by Emma Davis

The world’s food supply has collapsed. Rationing is in place. Food fraud is rife, and the Food Standards Officers enact heavily penalties on anyone caught illegally supplying food. A young woman, Ginger, has been brought in for questioning.

Indulgence by Louise Marshall

It’s the first meeting of Lisa’s Liteweights back after the Christmas holidays, and Lisa is keen to show how much of a success she is in every part of her life.

Who Killed Colonel Mustard? By David Payne
Walter Blair is the world Cluedo champion while Margaret is his long suffering wife who can’t seem to do the right thing. But events take a disturbing turn one evening when Walter’s obsession gets out of hand and the lines between game and reality begin to blur.

Writing to Tell You by Alex Townley

Ellie hasn’t seen her sister Rachel in nearly 10 years, but she still writes letters to her in her head every day, and Rachel writes back.

Balance by Laura Yates

Yasmin, a new mother is pressured to find balance and decide what her priorities should be by the other women in her life.

Please book your free tickets at http://www.birmingham-box.co.uk/event/open-door/

 

Cucumber Writers are a group of 11 emerging Midlands playwrights, who first met on the REP’s Write Away course in 2012. We staged several rehearsed readings of our work in 2013, and we’re trying out some longer pieces through Open Door, a pilot season of works-in-progress written by West Midlands based writers.


mid * point: Vamos Young People’s Theatre stage free exhibition about local 1950s cinema

Vamos Young People’s Theatre, the youth section of Worcester-based professional full mask theatre company Vamos Theatre, has spent the last six months creating an exhibition especially for Worcestershire residents. It tells the story of local cinema-going in the 1950s, and shows how the group makes theatre from the personal stories gathered whilst researching the project.

The group worked with historian Justin Hughes from The Hive to learn about the recording of oral history, and interviewed local people about their memories of cinema in Worcestershire, in particular those who worked there in the 1950s. The group, who are aged between 16 and 24, have then planned and prepared a special free exhibition all about the project, which will be at Worcester Arts Workshop – just moments from Foregate St – from 12th-26th June. The group were keen to put together an exhibition which would be theatrical and engaging, so that people visiting it would not just learn things, but also have a hands-on, fun time. It features stories about those who worked and visited cinemas such as the Odeon in Worcester, life as projectionist or usherette, and gives visitors the chance to try on masks and costumes, and contribute their own memories of going to the cinema.

The exhibition is followed in July by a special performance, devised by Vamos Young People’s Theatre. Called The Projectionist it tells the story of Norman Holly, who worked at the Regal in Evesham for many years, and who shared his stories with the group. The show, performed in full mask, is a funny and evocative tale of life in the 1950s, with some great period music and costumes. Taking place at The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford, The Projectionist will be staged as part of a double-bill alongside The Courtyard’s Senior Youth Theatre.

The Projectionist is supported by generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Elmley Foundation, and from local councillors Cllr Matt Jenkins (St Stephen),  Cllr Anthony Blagg (Bromsgrove Central), Cllr John Smith (Evesham North West), and Cllr Paul Denham (Rainbow Hill).

 

From History to Performance: 12th-26th June (not Sun-Mon), 12pm-5pm FREE

Cellar Gallery, Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

The Projectionist: performance double bill – 9th-10th July; 7.30pm

Hereford Courtyard Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR