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mid * point: Central Youth Theatre host Fantasy Film Week

Central Youth Theatre, Wolverhampton’s longest established youth theatre, are holding a week-long drama school based on three cinematic blockbusters: How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters Inc and The Jungle Book. This Fantasy Film summer school will be an opportunity for children aged between 7-13 years old to make a play in a week, which will then be showcased to an invited audience of family and friends at the end of the week. Children will get to play drama games, meet lots of new young people and act as their favourite film characters, such as Sully, Baloo and Toothless the dragon.

Ever dreamt of flying with your own dragon?

Do you wish you could dream with Sully and Mike?

Would you like to explore the jungle with Baloo?

Now is your chance! Come along to our theatre week and discover the fantasy worlds of How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters Inc. and The Jungle Book


The summer school will take place at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, Monday 25th – Friday 29th July, 10:30am – 4pm.


£95 for the week

£75 for families in receipt of working tax credit

£45 for families in receipt of unemployment benefit

There are also discounts available for siblings.


To enrol
Contact Jane Ward on 01902 572091 or email jane@centralyouththeatre.org

mid * point: Join us for the final Many & Varied Salon for this series – it’ll be a festive extravaganza!

Join us for the final Many & Varied Salon for this series – it’ll be a festive extravaganza!

Where? The Bond Co., Fazeley Street – come to reception and they’ll show you which room we’re in.
When? 1pm to 5pm, Friday December 4th 2015
Who? In cahoots with Leila Johnston.
How much? Free! But you must book a place through Eventbrite.

December Salon – with Leila Johnston and Sinead McDonald

Sinead and Leila will be bringing a selection of their current research to the Salon. Sinead’s time-themed residency in Dublin has her experimenting with clocks and ideas about bodily time – and Leila’s work at London dance company Rambert is seeing her experimenting with digital traces that communicate something beautiful and incidental to the choreography. Both artists work with science and technology, but always use the presence of real humans as their starting point.

Nothing is as it seems: find out how time and the body defy definition and expect to question the arbitrariness of ‘digital’ itself. Share your own ideas, and put your thoughts into action with live experiments with low-fi tech you can play with.

Leila Johnston
Leila and Cthulu

Leila and Cthulu (Image: The Independent)

Since October 2015, Leila has been the first digital artist-in-residence at Rambert, the UK’s leading contemporary dance company.

She works with art and technology, and the fantastical ideas that emerge from them. Since 2013, she has curated and produced a quarterly live show and magazine called Hack Circus, exploring ideas around speculative science, subversive tech, psychology etc in a fun and unique way with a range of experts and performers from the arts and sciences.

Her current residency blog is at http://hackingrambert.tumblr.com

Sinead McDonald

Sinead McDonald is a Dublin based artist, photographer and digital media producer. Her research and practice focuses on issues of authorship and narrative in portraits and images of people, and the creation of identity in online and offline spaces. Her work incorporates new technologies; digital production, web based art and physical computing, alongside photography, video, and historical lens-based processes.

Recent trajectories explore the sciences and collaborative practice, and how using different disciplines can help navigate and illuminate difficult and taboo subjects. She is most interested in how technologies and sciences old and new affect and challenge our perceptions, allow us to tell stories, and, ultimately, explore the most human of desires and yearnings.

Her current residency blog is at http://incubationlatency.tumblr.com/

mid * point: Artists on the Edge

Next year we will be launching a publication in partnership with the Centre for Fine Art Research and we’d really like your views and opinions to help inform it. Alongside our guest speakers, we will be exploring the idea of the glass ceiling, and the mechanisms currently in place within the Arts. How do we define/approach/avoid these? And how do we form new methodologies and approaches to artist development, whilst continuing to create careers?

As part of the Open Studio there will be recordings and footage of our work, surround sound music, a talking chair, and other interactive installations. You will also be fed and watered!

Please do RSVP or get in touch with any queries –  we hope you will be able to join us.

Artists on the Edge
After Hours:
2pm onwards: Open Studio
6.30pm: ‘Avoiding the glass ceiling’ Discussion exploring a post-emerging process
The Edge
79-81 Cheapside
B12 0QH

mid * point: DEVOTED & DISGRUNTLED 11 | 9-11 January 2016 | Birmingham REP – Book Now!

DEVOTED & DISGRUNTLED 11 | 9-11 January 2016 | Birmingham REP

What are we going to do about theatre & the performing arts?
Join the national conversation about the future of theatre & the performing arts at our annual Devoted and Disgruntled event. Hosted by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre More information & tickets here.

“One of the most vital events in the theatre calendar” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Now in it’s 11th year, Devoted & Disgruntled is a very different kind of conference, using Open Space a format where everyone attending sets the agenda, anyone can call a session, and you can choose when you contribute, when you observe or when you want to move on to another session.

“A great place to gather and reconnect to the inspirational things that got you interested in theatre to begin with. A space to have a creative conversation and get re-inspired.” – Phelim McDermott, Artistic Director, Improbable

Everyone is welcome – directors, administrators, technicians, teachers, performers – at any stage of their careers. There are no name badges or awkward networking events, and nothing is off the agenda. Bring your ideas, projects, problems, dreams or questions.

“It is the people who make it what is it…D&D has a national impact already and I hope the move to the REP can make that even greater and more meaningful.” – Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director, the REP

We’re very excited to be partnering with The REP for the first time for this national conversation. Tickets are currently £24 for the full 2.5 day event, (plus we have a 5 tickets for the price 4 offer running – in past years companies have brought their staff as part of their CPD programme). More info & tickets here.


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mid * point: Join us next Friday afternoon for more Many & Varied inspiration, making connections & mutual support

Many & Varied Salon #4

Join us for another afternoon of inspiration, making connections and mutual support.

Get your FREE tickets now at manyvaried.eventbrite.com
1-5pm, Friday 6th November 2015
The Bond, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE

Our November Salon is co-curated with Alexa Torlo from Birmingham City University’s Cross Innovation Team; a group who have experience in running interactive events and workshops that encourage multidisciplinary working, co-creation and co-design.

At this, the penultimate Salon in our current programme, they will provide us with a chance to think together about what Many & Varied could look like in the future. Mark Brill will lead a practical workshop exploring creative ways to solve the challenges facing our community now and into the future.

The afternoon consists of a mixture of hands on practical and discussion sessions and opportunities to chat with other attendees. All are welcome; whatever your background. We provide tea and cake to facilitate the process!

More details are available on the Eventbrite sign-up page.

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?

Get in touch if you’d like to harness the power of a many and varied audience to feed into your work.

Once again, the link to book your place is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/many-varied-salon-november-registration-17245875879

See you there!
Katie Day (The Other Way Works) and Nikki Pugh

mid * point: Many & Varied Salon – 4th September – co-curated with Sarah Ellis, RSC

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

mid * point: Black Tonic 2015 Birmingham Tickets on sale at Birmingham REP

The Other Way Works Presents Black Tonic

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.

mid * point: Many and Varied Artist Salon – Friday 3rd July – Digbeth, Birmingham

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.

Get your (free!) tickets for the July Salon at Eventbrite here

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’.

July Salon:

Brian Degger

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

mid * point: Birmingham Welcomes the Creative Industries Federation

Keynote & Panel Announcement.


Join us at Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios at 5:30pm on Monday 29th Junefor our gathering of the creative industries, public arts and cultural education from across the UK.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the launch of the Creative Industries Creative Industries Federation – Birmingham Roadshow Federation in Greater Birmingham and bring together the creative community in a common cause.

Keynote Speech:

– Jonnie Turpie MBE – Founder and Director, Maverick TV and High Sheriff of the West Midlands

Panellists Include:

– Anita Bhalla OBE – Chair of Creative City Partnership, Board member LEP and Chair Performances Birmingham Ltd

– Joe Godwin – Director, BBC Birmingham and BBC Academy

– John Mathers – Chief Executive, Design Council

(Full programme of panellists and speakers to be announced)

The panel will be chaired by John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation and Lara Ratnaraja, Cultural Consultant.

The Federation will be working alongside partners and associates including: Birmingham City University, Fazeley Studios, Maverick TV, Ikon Gallery and UKTI
Get involved and make a difference

There is no charge to attend however spaces are limited so please register early.