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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) […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Young Drum 2015!

It has been an awesome few months for Young Drum. 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 October half-term. It’s been a busy but brilliant time! So why not join us this Spring for some more fun?!

Our 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 Feb, Thurs 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.

  • 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).

Tickets £3 (£2 concession).

Alert! New Work…

TEN

This Spring we are launching a TEN, aimed at 16-25yr olds. This is a youth-led programme allowing emerging artists to develop their own work to be produced and shared at The Drum.

Heritage Ambassadors Programme

We are proud to be partnering with Birmingham Museum Trust, Arts Connect WM, Marches Network and Work in Progress to take part in a Mystery Tour programme providing visits for young people and families to various heritage sites across the Birmingham and West Midlands.

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.

For more information including how to apply to be part of these new programmes, please contact The Drum’s Head of Creative Learning by emailing: r.richardson@the-drum.org.uk or ringing directly, on 0121 333 2431.

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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Uncle Bens Block Party Guest List

There’s just 3 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum, and we are very excited. We know that Christmas is a special time for family and friends to get together and be merry together, but it doesn’t always go that way for Uncle Ben! He decided it’s time to make amends so he’s throwing a party, he’s bought the party hats, crackers, booked a local sound system and stocked up on a few bottles of Rum…

So let’s go and meet the rest of his guests; the first person we’ll meet today is Robert’s mother Valerie, a single mother from Jamaica working hard to make ends meet. She is flirtatious with Ben and is on a mission to get him on her side. Robert and his mother don’t always seem to see things the same way!

Next is the ghost of Vivian, Collet’s mother, who sadly passed away shortly after having her youngest child Ryan. She was a very humble, calm, wise and gentle lady who loved her family. Collet has struggled with her mother’s death growing up and tries not to talk or think about it.

Last, but not least on the guest list is Simon, Collet’s first love! He used to live down the road from Uncle Ben’s family. Over the years he has grown up into a very successful businessman, setting up his own insurance company, which is now worth multi-millions. He’s been out of touch with the neighbourhood, but now he’s now back… and ready to re-kindle things with Collet!

Make sure you join us and get into the Christmas spirit, with our early bird offer only available until 5pm, Sunday 30 November, tickets to the party are priced only £10.50 (£8.50) and a Family Ticket for just £37.50*. To get your tickets to the party by calling The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visiting www.the-drum.org.uk

* 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: Gangs in Focus – Dem Boyz, Thu 4 & Fri 5 Dec @ The Drum

Like many cities across the country, gang-related crime is a very real and current concern in Birmingham. Between fractured family lives, few opportunities and feeling rejected by society, many young people become caught up in gangs, finding support and a feeling of purpose. But at what cost?

This sensitive issue is just one of the topics explored in Dem Boyz, a hard-hitting new production showing at The Drum on Thu 4 & Fri 5 Dec.

Created and performed by Year 2 BA(Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) students from Birmingham School of Acting, and directed by Course Leader Hannah Phillips, Dem Boyz uses a fusion of Spoken Word, Music, Dance and Physical Theatre to engage audiences in a serious discussion of gang association amongst disaffected young adults growing up in the inner city.

“Cultivated and combined, the old me re-defined

I’m part of a gang, a real bloodline,

Hold up the family sign.” – Production Quote

Incorporating issues of youth violence, drug addiction, sexual exploitation, mental health and loss, the production aims to raise awareness with both young audiences and the wider community, working together to safeguard and empower young people. The show has already been enthusiastically supported across Birmingham, with a dozen local schools and colleges booking tickets for their students.

Powerfully honest and beautifully produced, The Drum are proud to support this amazing new production, and hope you’ll join us in doing the same. To book tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

Click Here to learn more about Birmingham School of Acting

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