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’.
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!
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com
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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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The Drum is very pleased to announce the appointment of Tannexa Young as Writer and Producer in Residence. Playwrigher, producer and director Tennexa has enjoyed success with her theatre productions including Babymothers and Bashment Housewives. Tennexa will be working with The Drum over the next eight months on two new productions and will be branching out into filmmaking.
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We are delighted to welcome Artistic Intern, Bethany Kapila to the Women & Theatre team. Beth will be with us for 6 months in a post that has been part funded by the Creative Employment programme, and will be working on a number of projects, supporting in both delivery and administrative areas.
Ever wondered what’s behind the doors of an ExtraCare village? Now’s your chance to find out as Women & Theatre present a Barbara & Friends comedy night on Saturday 23 January 2016 at 7.30pm at the new ExtraCare Bournville Gardens. Joining Barbara will be comedians Noel James, and Lindsey Santoro. Tickets are £10 for non-residents and can be booked on 0121 227 9000.