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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Birmingham Hippodrome Friends enjoy tea with our panto stars!

Many of our supportive Hippodrome Friends enjoyed an afternoon of fun recently when stars of the spectacular pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk met up with them for tea and cake in our foyer area. The cast signed programmes, posed for pictures and chatted to them about the show. We had some great comments on Twitter: @ablegirl  Had […]

Women & Theatre: Women’s Work Inspiration Day

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Here at Women & Theatre we’re getting very excited about our new heritage research project Women’s Work. The project will bring together women from the Small Heath community to focus on the history of the women working in the factories (including the BSA) during the First World War.
Now we need you to help us spread the word. For the project to succeed we need enthusiastic local people with an interest in history and their local area!

We’ve got a few public events coming up in the next week (Details below) where you can find out more about the project and how to get involved. Alternately, if you’re just interested in local history we also have a talk from local historian Dr. Chris Upton on the 21st January. See you down there!

Women’s Work – Inspiration Session
Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 10am – 1pm.
Small Heath Library, Muntz Street, Birmingham, B10 9RX

The Inspiration Session is an opportunity for interested women to come along and find out more about the project.

Free Historical Talk
Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 2pm – 3pm.
Small Heath Library, Muntz Street, Birmingham, B10 9RX

Local historian Dr Chris Upton will deliver a talk about the history of the BSA factory and the inclusion of women in the workforce.

Women’s Work – Oral History Research Drop In Session
Date: Saturday 24 January 2015, 2pm – 4pm
Small Heath Baptist Church, 14 Jenkins Street, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0QH

Members of the public are invited to share stories of female ancestors working in Birmingham Factories in order to help project research.

For further information www.womenandtheatre.co.uk/ or contact Women & Theatre on 0121 449 7117.

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Young Drum starts this Saturday!

Young Drum had an awesome few months in the autumn. From hosting weekly sessions and end of term sharings to delivering summer school activity for Perry Beeches Academies, taking part in Black History Month and Afrovibes and attending a week-long arts and heritage residential at Ingestre Hall in the October half-term.  It was a busy but brilliant time and now we’re back, with our Dance & Drama Sessions starting this Saturday, from 12pm!

Drama & Dance Sessions on Saturdays, inc. Bugsy Malone, 12-4.30pm term-time

Every term we engage 60+ children and young people in drama and street dance sessions. Take part in beginners and advanced drama and dance sessions and join our Bugsy Malone production which will be followed by creating a devised performance. If you have mad crazy dance skills you may like to audition for Dance Elite and showcase your talents across the city.

Saturday Schedule

12-1pm: Beginners Dance and Advanced Drama

1-2pm: Advanced Drama and Beginners Drama

2-2.30pm: Break & Briefing

2.30-4pm: Dance Elite and Bugsy Malone Rehearsals

Weekdays include:

  • Music on Monday Nights (linked to monthly open mic night), 5-6.30pm
  • Spoken Word on Tuesday Nights (linked to open mic night), 6-7.30pm
  • Open Mic Nights on the First Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm
  • Film & Photography on Thursday Nights, (with monthly film nights and summer 2015 exhibition), 5-6.30pm
  • Film night on 2nd Monday of the month, from 6-8pm

Join us, for Bugsy Malone!

Join Young Drum for our production of Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker. “A world of would-be gangsters, showgirls and dreamers… except there are no adults in the cast, only children…” Alan Parker. Join our 40 strong cast of young people and be entertained by this classic whilst being served drinks and canapés by the Young Drum artistic team. What’s not to love?! The Performances will be, Wed 25th FebThurs 26th Feb, and Fri 27th Feb, at 7pm, on Sat 28th Feb there will be two showings, a matinee at 2pm and another performance at 7pm. Tickets £3 (£2 concession).

  • Bugsy Malone Intensive rehearsals: Feb half term, Mon 16th Feb – Fri 20th Feb: 11-4pm.
  • Bugsy Malone Production Week: Sat 21st Feb (get-in) to Sun 1st March (get-out).

Arts Awards Drop in Sessions

We are committed to offering young people the chance to achieve an accreditation though working with us and offer a drop-in Arts Award session one hour before Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat activity commences (Arts Award is available between 11-4pm on Saturdays). This is free and open to all Young Drum members.

Arts Award Club is run term time in café area at The Drum on:

  • Mondays 4-5pm
  • Tuesdays 5-6pm
  • Thursdays 5-6pm
  • Saturdays  11-4pm

Young Drum programme is open to children and young people aged from 7-25yrs.

Membership is just £30 per term or pay as you go at £3 per week.

Tickets available at Box Office: 0121 333 2444.

For more information, contact The Drum’s Head of Learning: r.richardson@the-drum.org.uk / 0121 333 2431.

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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Happy Holidays From The Drum

Dear Friends

The Drum Team would like to wish you all a fantastic festive break and happy New Year, and also thank you for all your support over the past year…

We will be closed from Wed 24 Dec until Mon 5 Jan 2015 due to the festive period:

You can still buy tickets for shows in Spring 2015, and take a look at our new Spring 2015 Brochure, which includes our Christmas Cracker Offers, available until Sun 18 Jan 2015!

We look forward to seeing you again soon…

Best wishes,
The Drum Team

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Brummie Beanstalks! – the history of Jack and the Beanstalk at Birmingham Hippodrome

This year we are delighted to welcome back Simon Sladen Birmito the Birmingham Hippodrome blog.   Simon is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading experts on British Pantomime. He is Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Pantomime Editor for The British Theatre Guide and creator of National Pantomime Day.  Here […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: There’s just 6 days to go for Uncle Bens Festive Block Party!

Uncle Ben, his family and friends are coming to The Drum, for an amazing and hilarious Block Party, in just 6 days! We would love to see you there, to take part and enjoy the festive season with us, celebrating Festive Holidays in true style, with lots of laughs and lots of fun!

We will be meeting some special guests, such as Peter Spence as well as  DJ Country Man, with his sound system, and playing  some big tunes! All that’s needed now for the party to be completed is you! With an amazing line-up of actors from Birmingham and the West Midlands, this is a panto that cannot to be missed! So what are you waiting for!

Tickets are just £12.50 and you can get your family tickets for just £40, by going to www.the-drum.org.uk or calling our box office team on 0121 333 2444.

(Please note that the Family ticket entitles either two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend )

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: 2015 at Birmingham Hippodrome: packed with the best in live performance!

Our Chief Executive, Stuart Griffiths announces our exciting year ahead “The year ahead features a wide variety of world class performance here at Birmingham Hippodrome.  Ballet and opera classics sit alongside exciting new productions from BRB and WNO, and fans of the West End are spoilt for choice as we welcome hit shows including Top Hat, […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: It’s nearly time! Uncle Bens Festive Block Party!

There’s now only 12 days left until Uncle Ben, his family and friends come to The Drum, for an amazing and hilarious Block Party! We are so excited, and we would love to see you there, to take part and enjoy the festive season with us, celebrating Christmas in true style!

Uncle Ben’s has invited some special guests, such as Peter Spence and DJ Country Man, to come along and share the mince pies, fried dumping and Rum. All that’s needed now for the party is you! With an amazing line-up of actors from Birmingham and the West Midlands, this is a panto that cannot to be missed!

Tickets are just £12.50 and you can get your family tickets for just £40, by going to www.the-drum.org.uk or calling our box office team on 0121 333 2444.

(Please note that the Family ticket entitles either two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend )

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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: 1XTRA LIVE: Feedback!

If you didn’t know, a few weeks ago we were proud to be part of the amazing 1Xtra Live, when they came along to The Drum! We would like to share some amazing feedback from the 1Xtra team, as we couldn’t have done it without the support from you! So read along and also take a look at the brilliant film that was created! http://youtu.be/qLPGs6PbsO8

“We wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all of your help with 1Xtra Live: The Sessions in Birmingham….with your support we put on 30 events in 30 days, worked with 20 partners and met over 2000 young people.

With an amazing range of events from MC’ing to dancing, from radio-making to poetry we worked across the city from Nechells to Aston, from Longbridge to Digbeth, and of course had almost 200 visitors come to see us at the BBC Mailbox for our careers events, open studios and broadcasting opportunities.

We couldn’t have achieved this without your creativity, commitment and passion for working with young people – what a brilliant city full of talented and inspirational people!” – Team 1Xtra Outreach

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Birmingham Hippodrome Head Chef Chris Bratt-Rose shares his favourite mincement filling for mince pies

Our Head Chef Chris Bratt-Rose shares this scrummy recipe for mince pie filling – just in time to prepare for Christmas Eve!! Recipe: 450g Bramley peeled and chopped 225g suet 1.1kg mixed dried fruits (currants, raisins, sultanas, candied peel – approx. equal quantities of each, although easy on the candied peel, adjust to your taste) […]