The Many & Varied Salon has a theatre flavour in September, and is co-curated with Sarah Ellis from the RSC.
It takes place at The Bond in Digbeth, 1-5pm, Friday 4th September.
The event is aimed at artists, theatre makers, technologists and more.
Book your free place here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/many-varied-salon-september-registration-17245829741
Our speakers are Davy & Kristin McGuire, who will be talking about their practice, with a focus on their ‘Theatre Book – Macbeth’ – a battery powered cinematic pop-up book.
The McGuires head an award winning creative studio that design unique visual experiences through art installations and theatrical projects. As well as creating bespoke projects for cultural institutions and brands, they produce and sell their own works through international galleries.
Davy and Kristin‘s hybrid art works are delicate, filigree fantasies built with fragile materials that are momentarily brought to life through digital projections and silent storytelling.
Sarah Ellis is an award winning producer currently working as Head of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company to explore new artistic initiatives and partnerships.
More information and booking here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/many-varied-salon-september-registration-17245829741
Booking is open for Black Tonic 2015 in Birmingham.
In Birmingham Black Tonic is presented in partnership with Birmingham REP, and performed at Radisson Blu Hotel, our Official Birmingham Hotel Partner.
Mysterious & visceral. Interactive theatre meets mini-break as audiences play detective in the bedrooms & corridors of a real hotel. Black Tonic explores the chaos caused by a disrupted body clock.
Wed 16 – Sun 20 Sep
6.30pm | 7.45pm | 9pm
Tickets: £45 (one ticket admits two people)
NB: Tickets for Black Tonic are very limited, with only 2 tickets per time slot.
Book now via Birmingham REP
Online or call the Box Office on 0121 236 4455
2015 Tour funded by Arts Council England, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, and our Kickstarter supporters. Supported by Watershed, Theatre in the Mill Bradford, and Birmingham REP. Official 2015 hotel partners: Radisson Blu Birmingham & The Bradford Hotel.
Calling anyone who works at and across the edges of traditional disciplines; anyone who makes their own tools, because nobody else has made them already; anyone who seeks out unconventional collaborators; anyone who typically Rs & Ds atypically.
Gets a bit lonely sometimes, doesn’t it?
We’re running a series of 5 Salons to help make things a bit more linked-up and sociable.
Taking place on the first Friday of the month, each co-curated with a local organisation, these events are specially put together for the people who don’t fit comfortably into the usual pigeon holes. We don’t mind if you identify as an artist, scientist, craftsperson, researcher, musician, maker, curator, academic, technologist […the list goes on…] – if you’re pushing at the edges of what that can mean then we’d like to hang out with you!
There’ll be invited speakers, a chance for practitioners to talk about / demo / playtest their work in progress to get constructive feedback, a chance to discuss opportunities for change and plenty of chances to chat to interesting people and seek out potential collaborators.
Here’s our schedule for the afternoon:
1-1:45 – Informal arrivals and chat; bring your own lunch or grab something from The Bond’s cafe. We’ve a few people who have highlighted they’ve got nut allergies, so we’d really appreciate it if you could avoid bringing peanuts.
1:45 – 3:30pm – A hello from us, then presentations from our co-curator and guest speaker
3:30 – 3:50 – Break – we’ll provide tea/coffee/cake/fruit
3:50 – 4:20 – Group activity
4:20 – 4:50 – Work in Progress sessions – practitioners seek input on current projects
4:50 – 5pm – Close – parish notices etc (tell us about interesting things that are happening).
After a Many & Varied afternoon, you’ll be in exactly the right place to then go on to enjoy Digbeth First Friday: exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. The Bond will host poetry and spoken word night ‘Loud Mouth’.
This month’s Salon is co-curated with Karen Newman, Director of Birmingham Open Media, and features a presentation from Brian Degger (transitlab.org @DrBrian)
Brian Degger is an art and science practitioner with a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology. In collaboration with artists and technologists, he uses various methodologies to explore diverse research areas such as bacterial cultivation and fermentation, accessible science technology, aquatic ecologies and open source science. In his home town of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with a small group of geeks, Brian set up Newcastle Maker Space, a place for creative use of technology.
He will bring some of the things he is making to show and tell.
Birmingham Open Media are developing an open lab space that is available for use for photography and/or biological projects. Karen will introduce the resource and talk about the biohacking projects that inspire her.
Work in Progress; what are you working on?
A core part of the Salons is giving people a chance to talk about, demo and ask questions of the projects they’re working on at the moment. That means you! How can a room full of curious, intelligent people help you move forward?
Jenny Duffin and Pete Ashton from Birmingham Camera Obscura will be talking about the latest iteration of their camera obscura on the eve of its debut at CoCoMad. http://bhamobscura.com
Katie Day from The Other Way Works will be asking for volunteers to help play-test an early prototype of their new card-game-meets-interactive-soundscape that will form a key part of their site-specific performance Black Tonic. See http://www.theotherwayworks.co.uk/category/in-development/play-your-cards/ for some early experiments.
Artist Nikki Pugh will have some spatially-aware paper pods from the Where the Sky Widens project with her, and would like to scratch at questions around emotional connections to place, relationships to technology and thinking at the pace of PVA glue.
Image: Mark Rhodes
Birmingham Comedy Festival Call-Out
Want to take part in the next Birmingham Comedy Festival? Here’s how …
ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL
Since 2001, the Birmingham Comedy Festival has highlighted great comedy across the city, mixing big name acts with rising stars and new local talent.
Our 2014 festival was another great success, with sell-out shows and some fantastic media coverage.
At present, we’re currently looking at events, activities, acts, venues, ideas and schemes for our next shindig (Fri 2 – Sun 11 Oct 2015).
Although the core of the fest’ is stand-up comedy, we’ve always embraced other forms of entertainment, with previous festivals including everything from spoken word, theatre, film, video, talks, debates, workshops, book readings and visual art exhibitions, to contemporary dance, cabaret, pub quizzes, magic and puppet shows! We’ve even included themed club nights, food and classical music performances!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
BE A VENUE – host an event.
The event could take a variety of forms.
If you already run regular events – for example, film nights, book reading clubs or quiz – why not adapt your programming to tie in with the festival … show a cult comedy, add a humorous book to your reading list or give your quiz night a comedy theme?
Alternatively, we often have an array of acts and artists looking for venues that may be suitable, as well as bookers and promoters who may be able to assist you.
BE A PERFORMER – stand in the spotlight.
If you’re a comedian, theatre group, artist, event organiser, or performer, and are keen to put on an event, now’s the time to get in touch.
We have promoters looking for acts for their line-ups, venues looking for activities, or you can run your own show.
BE A SUPPORTER – support packages available.
We’re always keen to discuss sponsorship and support, and a variety of opportunities may still be available to profile your business with the festival.
I’M IN! WHAT NEXT?
Drop us a line as soon as possible with your thoughts via www.bhamcomfest.co.uk
Please note, all events and activities must take place within Birmingham and within the festival dates.
Our mini-brochure deadline is Monday 6 July, 12noon. Although we’re happy to look at including events and activities almost right up to the festival, we do recommend that people try their best to get stuff confirmed early, and get in the brochure.
Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon…
– Birmingham Comedy Festival 2015
Join us for Bees in a Tin 2015
A gathering of creatives, makers, scientists and researchers in Birmingham on Friday 12th June
Katie Day from The Other Way Works has been collaborating with Nikki Pugh under the banner of Many & Varied to put together this energetic day of talks, games, demos and workshops encompassing: microbiology, guided tours, research through design, impersonation of plain clothes police officers, sculptural musical controllers …and custard. All rounded up with a keynote from the splendid Owl Project.
See all our presenters here – http://manyandvaried.org.uk/projects/bees2015/about_the_speakers/
Early bird tickets have already sold out, but there are still standard tickets available at the bargain price of £10 (which includes a simple lunch).
Don’t miss out, buy your ticket now – https://bees2015.eventbrite.co.uk
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
We 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:
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?
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!
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.