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Women and Theatre: Volunteer opportunity – April-July 2017

We have an opportunity for 2 individuals to join us for a new project working with women in Sparkbrook.  Open Doors is a storytelling project capturing the experiences of real women and developing them into a high quality production that will be performed at mac birmingham in July.

Volunteers will support the creative team during the research, rehearsal and performance phases of the project and will be required to be available on the following days:

Thursday 27 April, 4, 11, 18 May and 29 June: Research

Monday 3 – Friday 7 July: Rehearsals

Sunday 9 July: Performances

Please email rachelsnape@womenandtheatre.co.uk for information on how to apply.  Application deadline Tuesday 4 April.

Women and Theatre: TUC Annual Women’s Conference

The Trades Union Congress – Annual Women’s Conference took place in early March and featured speeches, talks and discussions on the progress on women in the work place. There were around 350 delegates present showing support and solidarity for TUC Women. Women and Theatre performed ‘Sorry’, a monologue written by Susie Sillet from the performance Starting Out. It was an inspirational day that highlighted the work and challenges that women face in the world of work today.

Women and Theatre: New Year Honour for Artistic Director

We are absolutely delighted that our Artistic Director Janice Connolly has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to Community Arts in the West Midlands.  Janice says “What a huge and fantastic honour this is, I am overwhelmed and delighted. I share this honour with all of the artists, staff, partners and participants I have had the pleasure of working with for so many years. I share it with people from across the whole community, it is their stories that inspire me and it is their voices that I strive to share.”  As you would expect, she’s as down to earth as ever, and still happy to make the tea while we plan more exciting projects for 2017!

Women and Theatre: Unite – CPHVA Conference

This month, Women and Theatre stopped by at the Unite Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) Conference in Telford. Jean Pickles spoke about what it really means to be a health visitor. Following on from the rallying speech monologues based on true accounts from health visitors and school nurses across the nation were read by three actors.  It was a brilliant evening filled with proud and inspirational moments.

“Thanks for a great performance The monologues captured the work of HV & SN teams perfectly and the humorous delivery had us in stitches whilst reminding us all of the great work we do & the positive impact on the families & communities we serve
Just wonderful! Thank you”

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“Thanks for your great performance Women and Theatre! It certainly rounded off a great first day of our annual conference. The stage diving health visitor was also a great talking point at that evenings party”

 

Women and Theatre: ‘Starting Out’ – London opening

Painfully naked honesty from a kickass female cast.  Thank you for telling our stories’

‘The writing resonated with the young people’s experiences and gave it an authenticity which is hard to deny.’

‘I haven’t seen a piece of theatre so magnificent, electrifying and current as this in a long time.  ‘

With fantastic reviews from the Birmingham performances of Starting Out, we’re really looking forward to opening in London this week.  Performances run from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 October at Hackney Showroom, with tickets available here or via the Box Office on 020 3095 9747.

The Other Way Works: Funding awarded for A Moment of Madness prototype development

We’re really pleased to announce that Arts Council England have awarded us a grant to support the development of a prototype of our new project: A Moment of Madness (previously being developed under the name ‘Agent in a Box‘).

Currently at concept stage, A Moment of Madness will be a new kind of spy-themed narrative game. Players provide live support as an agent in the field on a stake-out mission. The paper fragments enclosed in the packages together with a cheap mobile phone that accesses an automated interactive sms, voice call and message system deliver the hour-and-a-half-long narrative experience.

Artistic Director Katie Day will be collaborating with John Sear, an experienced game designer and software developer to create this new kind of narrative game.

We’re excited to be developing the project at BOM Lab, as an R&D Residency there over the summer.

Women and Theatre: Meet our ‘Starting Out’ cast

Meet our lovely cast members for our new production Starting Out which opens at The REP on Wednesday 12 October.  From left to right – Jalleh Alizadeh, Luanda Holness, Phoebe Brown, Katerina Demetraki and our new W&T Artistic Intern Rosalyn Norford.  A series of monologues written by five of the UK’s most exciting playwrights, Starting Out portrays the experiences of young women entering the world of work in 2016.  Performances at The REP from 12-15 October and then at Hackney Showoom 19-22 October.

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The Other Way Works: Young male performer sought for new interactive performance in Birmingham

Young male performer sought for new interactive performance in Birmingham

The Other Way Works – a new theatre game – ‘Agent in a Box’

We are looking for a performer to play ‘Hussein Kissar’ in a new theatre game we are developing, who fits the character brief below.

The part would suit a student performer, or someone with a playing age of 19-21. Ideally Birmingham/West Midlands based.

The part

– Short Voice recordings of voicemail messages
– Live performance (observed by audience sitting in parked cars)

– – Walking around a multi-storey car park, agitated, on the phone
– – Potential meeting with ‘Michael Makerson’ in the car park, argument/hug/kiss etc
– – Potential delivery of envelope to audience members in parked car and short dialogue with them from back seat of car.

The character

“Hussein Kissar”
Age: 19
Nationality: Saudi Arabian

Hussein Kissar is a Saudi-born young man. The son of a wealthy Saudi businessman, he has been privately educated at top UK boarding school.
He is now a University student in London. He is independently wealthy and free to enjoy his life.
He has a keen interest in environmental issues and the green agenda.
He is a homosexual and is ‘out’ to his peers in the UK, but not to his family, or to friends in Saudi Arabia. He is therefore discreet about his sexuality in public contexts where this might attract unwanted coverage.
He has been having a secret affair with the politician and Environment Secretary ‘Michael Makerson’ for over a year. Makerson met him when giving a speech at his school, where Makerson’s own children also attend. Aged 17, he was invited by Makerson to shadow him as part of the school’s work experience programme.

When

– We’d like to make voice recordings in mid September, in Birmingham (or remotely)
– Performances as part of a public ‘playtesting’ event in central Birmingham on Monday 26th September 10am – 6pm

Potential performances in London on 12 & 13th November (under separate agreement)

Fee

£100

To cover 1 day of rehearsals and performances on 26 September 2016 and recording of short vocal recordings before that, inclusive of travel.

Contact

Katie Day, Artistic Director, The Other Way Works
www.theotherwayworks.co.uk
info@theotherwayworks.co.uk

Please send an email to info@theotherwayworks.co.uk telling us about your performing experience and why you would like to be involved by WEDNESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2016.
Please make the Email Subject: Hussein Kissar Role.
Please attach a CV and links to any photos/showreels/profiles online.

Thanks.

Women and Theatre: Artistic Intern opportunity

Generic recruitment for webpageWe are delighted to be able to offer another Artistic Internship position this September through funding from the Creative Employment Programme.  This paid Internship offers a creative individual the chance to gain professional experience, working with an award-winning theatre company on all aspects of project delivery including performance, stage management, workshop delivery and project-related administration. 

The vacancy is for 30 hours a week for a 6 month period starting on Monday 19 September.  Applicants should be aged 18-24 and must be registered unemployed with JobCentre Plus at the time of applying.  Application forms should be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday 10th August 2016 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th September 2016. Application packs are available from info@womenandtheatre.co.uk

 

Women and Theatre: New performance piece from young people

The Word Lounge – a new cabaret performance created and performed by young people – will premiere on Saturday 2 July 2016.  Looked After Young People, Young Carers and YP with additional learning needs, aged 11-18, have come together to create this performance which includes spoken word, original songs, dance and drama, and explores the power of words. Performances are at 2pm and 7pm, and everyone is welcome.  A sensory room is available for those who struggle to be in a crowded situation.

Performances: Saturday 2 July at 2pm & 7pm at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Tickets: £5/£3 (conc) are available online here, or via the Box office on 0844 338 5000The Word Lounge Front - small