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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

 

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: End of an era … The Drum is now closed

Yesterday, 30 June 2016, marked the closure of The Drum Arts Centre. The Special Resolution to wind-up Newtown Cultural Project Ltd, better known as The Drum, was taken by its Chair, Sharon Palmer and the Board of Trustees in March of this year. Their decision was made following a review of the organisation commissioned by the Arts Council. The building will now revert back to the landlords, Birmingham City Council.

Newtown Cultural Project was incorporated as a company. limited by guarantee, with charitable status in Autumn 1994. It spent four years developing its vision, securing funding and engaging with audiences before moving into the building based in Potters Lane, Newtown, Birmingham which was the site of the former Aston Hippodrome. After being closed for decades, Aston Hippodrome was reincarnated in 1998 as The Drum Arts Centre, reigniting its legacy as a venue where arts, diversity and cultural activity could be enjoyed by all.

The Drum came about following a strongly articulated desire in the 1980s by the region’s Black artists who presented a strong case for the need for a major building based resource. This desire contributed to West Midlands Arts and Birmingham City Council’s 1992 Black Arts Strategy. The Drum opened its doors in Spring 1998 and occupied these premises for nearly 19 years.

Throughout its 22-year history, The Drum provided a much-needed resource for Britain’s African, Asian and Caribbean artists and communities. The multi-purpose arts centre welcomed artists, audiences and participants – African, Asian, Caribbean and European from across Birmingham, the UK and the rest of the world. It presented a diverse mix of music, theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word, literature and film supported by workshops, masterclasses and a programme dedicated to developing the confidence, artistic and cultural talent of young people from the surrounding area. The Drum was also synonymous with some of Birmingham’s major celebrations and festivals including Black History Month, Aston Heritage Day and Simmer Down.

The Drum is proud of its history. It’s proud of its achievements – the dedication of all its audiences, participants, artists, promoters, advocates and staff who contributed their time, energies and talent to support the organisation’s vision to be the UK’s leading Black Arts Centre. Thank you to each and every one of you.

In order that we might find some way to try and explain and understand the background and decisions leading up to the winding up of Newtown Cultural Project and the subsequent closure of The Drum Arts Centre; in order that 22 years is not consigned purely to archives and history books; in order that The Drum doesn’t become yet another unfulfilled promise and the latest demise of a Black-led, dedicated Black arts venue, Birmingham City Council facilitated the coordination of a Steering Group. This group have been meeting for several weeks and is now taking discussions forward under the banner of Birmingham Black Arts Development Agency (BBDA). Please visit the website https://bbada.wordpress.com for more details and to join the debate.

The Council is also welcoming proposals to run The Drum building. All interested parties are being invited to submit an Expression of Interest. For more information, go online and visit property.birmingham.gov.uk. Alternatively, email bpslettings@birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 303 3935. The deadline for applications is 1 August 2016 at 2.30pm.

Closure of The Drum is a loss to everyone – not only to those who enjoyed its support and facilities. It is the loss of the symbol of Britain’s promise to promote cultural diversity in the arts and particularly to Britain’s national Black Arts Strategy. A light has gone out, but the spirit and heart remains!

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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

The Other Way Works: Agent in a Box selected for Caravan Showcase

We are very pleased to have been selected by the Caravan Curatorial Team to be part of the 2016 Caravan Showcase.

The showcase presents a programme of the best new English performance to a selection of international promoters, festival organisers and presenters as part of the Brighton Festival.

We will be presenting a pitch about our new project Agent in a Box, on Monday 16th May 2016 at 10am in Brighton.

The Other Way Works: Funding awarded for Agent in a Box Prototype!

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: Agent in a Box.

Currently at concept stage, Agent in a Box will be a new kind of spy-themed narrative game. Players provide back room support to an agent live in the field, on the brink of closing a tricky case. The paper fragments enclosed in the box together with a cheap mobile phone that accesses an automated interactive sms, voice call and message system deliver the hour-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.

The first port of call for us will be the Caravan Showcase in Brighton later this month, where we’ll be pitching Agent in a Box to a selection of top international promoters, alongside ‘England’s most exciting artists’.

Women and Theatre: We’re running the Birmingham 10k!

Janice, Jess and Beth are running the Birmingham 10k on Sunday 7 May, to raise money for our new monologue project, Starting Out, which will look at the experiences of and prospects for young women entering the world of work now.  If you are able to donate, please visit our fundraising page at justgiving.com/womenandtheatrerunners and do turn up on the day to help cheer us along!

Women and Theatre: Spring’s Sprung performances

We still have a few performance slots free for our lovely Spring show which is touring during the weeks of 18th April and 25 April. If you are in touch with any community settings or older people’s residences who might be interested, do let them know.as

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: STATEMENT REGARDNG COMEDY AT THE DRUM

The Drum would like to respond to the confusion that has arisen around Upfront Comedy and our plans for new comedy forms at The Drum.  Upfront Comedy has enjoyed over 20 years at The Drum. It has been a great success and for many, the highlight of starting the weekend with friends and family whilst listening to some fabulous tunes and watching some great internationally known comedians.

We have known for over four years Birmingham has Europe’s largest under 16 population. Statistics and feedback suggests a growing demand from the 18 -24 age group for a range of offers at The Drum. As part of our annual review of programming we have explored how we can maintain loyal audiences whilst attracting new audiences. We tried to explore this vision with John Simmit and believed we had reached an understanding about the future of Upfront Comedy which was to return as soon as July but definitely no later than October. In short, the Arts and Marketing team would produce a short programme from April – June and then John would return with Upfront Comedy.  We planned to monitor the new programmes model and together, with Upfront, make necessary adjustments to accommodate both. Therefore, his announcement on Friday came as a shock and surprise to us all.  We’re sad and disappointed but respect John’s decision and would like to wish him well for the future.  He has been more than a partner – he has been instrumental in the development of The Drum. From our humble beginnings over 25 years ago.  John has been a constant feature in terms of helping getting us to where we are now and we will never forget that.

So, with John’s decision to move Upfront to new venues we will have to revisit our comedy vision.   We are working on plans to introduce new comedy and cabaret formats which we hope to attract new audiences whilst making sure we have something for those audiences who have been loyal to the venue for many years.  So watch out for news and updates on our website and social media regarding our comedy programme.

 

 

Charles Small

CEO, The Drum

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Women and Theatre: Are you looking for a performance opportunity?

We’re looking for male performers to take parts in Theatres of Conscience – a new performance piece about the experiences of conscientious objectors in WWI.  Actors are required on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February from 10am-4pm, Tuesdays 16, 23 Feb and 1, 8 March from 6.30-8.00pm for rehearsals.  Performances take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2016 at the Hexagon Theatre, mac birmingham.  Please note that this opportunity is unpaid.  If interested, please contact us on 0121 443 7117 or email info@womenandtheatre.co.uk

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Simmer Down Festival Volunteers Wanted!

Are you friendly, approachable, and reliable? Do you want to gain experience and knowledge in a busy artistic environment, at a leading national music event?

Simmer Down Festival 2016 is the UK’s largest reggae festival, and we are looking for volunteers to help make it bigger and better than ever before. The annual event, now entering its 7th year, will be held on Sunday July 17th 2016 in Handsworth Park in Birmingham.

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