Please join Catherine Mallyon from the RSC and Joanna Reid from the Belgrade Theatre at the RSC’s home in Stratford on 9 May 2013from 4.30pm to 6pm for the second What Next? meeting of Midlands arts leaders.
As many of you will know, What Next? is an informal network of senior people in the arts, which has been making the case for arts and culture and working together to find new ways of engaging the public in an informed national conversation.
The London-based group has been going for a while now and regional groups are starting to develop. Some of us attended a first meeting in the Midlands, chaired by Joanna at the Belgrade, in February, where Nicola Thorold talked about the national group. The February meeting generated much discussion about the role of arts and culture in the regions and ideas about ways we would work together.
We agreed it would be great to hold a second meeting for a wider group of Midlands arts and cultural leaders in May, directly after the national What Next? conference on 29 April, which took place yesterday.
We will use the ideas and inspirations of the national conference to inform an agenda for the regional event next week. We hope you’ll join us.
If you would like to join us in Stratford on 9 May, or would like to keep in touch about What Next Midlands please reply email@example.com .
Wednesday 10th April 2013
This is a free-to-attend event.
Light refreshments provided.
The University of Wolverhampton is hosting a networking open event to showcase the facilities The Performance Hub has to offer.
This event is an opportunity to network with other people working in the Creative Industries in the West Midlands and also a chance to see the impressive facilities on offer at The Performance Hub.
The Performance Hub, opened in 2011, is the perfect venue to support your activities in the Creative Industries, whether you need space to rehearse, record or create, or a dynamic venue to host a business event or conference, The Performance Hub has a range of facilities available for hire to support your work.
The Performance Hub is also an ideal venue to host your performances and features one of the most technically advanced small theatre spaces in the country.
There are two recording studios and a number of additional live rooms – studios are equipped to the highest standard, featuring equipment provided by SSL, PMC and Apple. The studios and rehearsal rooms are connected allowing any of the rehearsal rooms to become live rooms feeding the studios, and everything is designed to the highest standards of acoustic isolation. The Performance Hub is an All Steinway School and has a suite of 17 Steinway pianos, including a Steinway ‘C’ Concert Grand.
The Showcase event will be taking place on Wednesday 10th April 2013
Starting at 4:30pm
Register your place at: http://performancehubnetwork.eventbrite.com
For more information contact Neil Reading: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the website at: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/tph
Follow us on twitter: @wlvtph
On Tuesday 26 March and Wednesday 27 March, Vamos Theatre in co-production with The Courtyard Theatre is bringing its new full mask production Finding Joy to the Arena Theatre.
Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory: her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble. When out of the blue, Danny decides to become Joy’s carer, where will their unexpected and playful bond lead them?
Finding Joy takes the audience through the 1930s, the 1950s and the present day, and is performed on a quirky and intricate set that’s full of surprises. It has already attracted some great reviews, with The Stage describing it as, “an intensely moving tribute and triumph.”
Vamos Theatre present shows unlike any other companies: it is full mask theatre with no words, the story told through clever visual performance and a vibrant original soundtrack. It is wonderfully accessible, unashamedly nostalgic, and very playful.
Finding Joy is performed at the Arena on 26 and 27 March and tickets cost £9 Full Price and £7 Concessions. You can book tickets on our website www.arenatheatre.info, by phone, on 01902 321 321 or in person from our box office on Wulfruna Street.
Finding Joy is just one of over sixty theatre, comedy, music and spoken word productions coming up at the Arena in the next few months. More information about all of the shows is available online, at:www.arenatheatre.info.
Local novelists Ron Ronsson and Fiona Joseph will talk about their work at WORDS, in Artrix, Bromsgrove on Friday March 15 at 8pm.
Please book via the Artrix web site.
Many thanks, Kate Shaw
Foghorn’s Movie Makeover
Got a favourite movie? Come see Foghorn Improv shamlessly plagarise the plot – we’ll improv recycle your favourite film scenes creating tall tales to order. Want Thelma and Louise in an old people’s home? Star Wars in a local council office? You, the audience are the producers and talent scouts and we, Foghorn Improv and our merry band of improvisers, the poor actors in this night of improvised movie mayhem.
Date: 28th February 2013
Place: Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
Central Theatre Supplies take to the stage again – for one night only!
March 16th 2013 see’s the staff of Central Theatre Supplies Birmingham mirror what most of their customers do week in and week out by taking a show to the Solihull Arts Complex Theatre for one day only!
Central Theatre Supplies are reprising their highly successful workshop day where new and existing customers will get an opportunity to hear about how to light a performance from scratch, how to use sound to enhance the experience, meet other people facing the same challenges and then later on in the day will hear about the “state of the art” in theatre technologies.
The day’s event will be supported by several of the manufacturers and distributors that have helped Central Theatre Supplies achieve its reputation as “the company that helps”. Among the well-known names due to appear are Zero88, Audio Technica, Allen & Heath, Rosco and ProLight. Representatives will be on hand throughout the day to talk to visitors about their latest products and how they could help solve the problems faced by theatre companies working in smaller venues and teachers working in the multi-purpose spaces often found in schools.
The event is aimed at drama teachers from small schools through to academies who face the challenge of presenting performing arts in schools and the technicians that support them. The event will also be of value to members of small theatre companies who present drama in temporarily converted spaces or dedicated theatres – some of the basic technologies are undergoing a step change and the event aims to apprise them of the changes.
Central Theatre Supplies hope the day will dispel some of the mythology about performing in such spaces and draw on their 30+ years of experience of helping customers overcome challenges and show that they are the company ‘Central for all your needs’.
Venue: Solihull Arts Complex Theatre, Homer Road, Solihull
Date: Saturday 16th March 10:00am to 4:30pm
Tickets:£5 each (£4 for students) in advance from Central Theatre Supplies – by phone, over the counter or their eShop
http://www.centraltheatresupplies.co.uk for more details
“Birmingham Fest” is a brand new performing arts festival celebrating the second city’s venues & arts scene. Artists and companies from across the UK will showcase their work in an exciting two and a half week programme of events.
“Birmingham has fantastic theatres and performance venues. It has the potential to host a festival to rival (and possibly better) other cities. This festival will be great for the city & its arts scene. As well as having such an eclectic programme of performances it will introduce companies and patrons to some of the city’s venues that they may not be familiar with”.
“It is also an excellent opportunity for performers in a pre-Edinburgh slot. Artists and companies may use this festival as a taster before going up (or as a stop-over). They may use it as a try out before taking the leap. Others may use it as a less expensive alternative, especially those in the southern half of the country”.
Anyone from individuals to full companies can apply: theatre, dance, music, comedy, poetry, workshops or seminars – absolutely anything.
APPLICATIONS BEING TAKEN NOW!
For further details please visit www.birminghamfest.co.uk
The festival will take place between 12-28 July in venues across the city.
This year caravan will be running three training symposiums open to all England based theatre companies and artists. These training symposiums will consist of seminars, break-out groups and one-to-one sessions on all aspects of international touring, residencies and funding. The symposiums will include contributions from British Council, Arts Council England, ITC, EUCLID and UKTI.
The first of these symposiums will be on 14 March at Warwick Arts Centre.
We will also be running symposiums in Newcastle and London later on in the year.
If you would like to book a place at the Warwick training symposium, or would like further information please contact Harriet Anscombe:
Please note that attendance is on a first come first served basis, up to two representatives per company may attend.
caravan is delivered by Farnham Maltings in association with Brighton Festival with the ambition of increasing the national and international profile of England’s artists.
The next Theatre Exchange event is at 7.30pm on Monday 21st January at The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. It’s an open event that people can just turn up to. We are also looking for writers, directors and actors who want to get involved in some rehearsed readings. All the details are on our website.
Dear Theatre Goers
We hope that you have had a great year of theatre visits.
We were hoping to hold an almost glitzy awards ceremony fuelled by people’s nominations from their “I lIke Theatre” pledgecards. However, as we have not had many of these we can’t really justify that … but we would like to invite you to the annual “Theatre-Ish” Christmas party at the Stan’s Cafe venus @AE Harris.
The party is on Wednesday 19th December from 8 o’clock. There will be a bar and dancing and mingling. If you haven’t been to AE Harris before be warned that it is an old factory and can be a bit chilly – so dress less to impress more to keep warm.
@AE Harris is on 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham B3 1SZ, (near St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter)
Let us know if you can make it by emailing: email@example.com
Have a great Christmas