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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Meet the Family! Uncle Bens Block Party

There’s just 4 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum, and we cannot wait! As Christmas is a special time, we’d like everything to go perfect, but that is not the case! After getting some unexpected news from his doctor and some very strange dreams, he’s decided it’s time to make amends and change his ways for the better! Uncle Ben has booked the local sound system, bought his party hats and crackers, and stocked up on mince pies, samosas, fried dumplings and a few bottles of Rum! Everything’s going perfect… until his family cause some trouble! So let’s meet a few of them…

The main man is Uncle Ben! He is a single father who’s raised his kids alone, whilst struggling to maintain his home, he is working hard to pay off his mortgage and raise his family up the right way. He’s very close to his friends and family, especially his daughter Collet, who he’s always there for.

Next, we meet Collet, who is Uncle Ben’s daughter and married to Robert. She has always struggled with her mother’s death, but is very close to her father. They don’t agree at times, but they always have love and respect for each other.

Robert is Collet’s husband, and was bundled into a quick marriage when Collet decided she didn’t want to reach a certain age and still be single, but the marriage is on the verge of ending, and tensions are running high between them both.

Next week, we will meet another 3 characters from Uncle Bens Block Party, so be sure to keep a look out!

Make sure you join us and get into the Christmas spirit! We still are offering our early bird ticket, which is only £10.50 and a Family Ticket for just £37.50, available until 5pm on Sun 30 Nov! All you need to do is call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: It’s time to Give Big again this Christmas – with ‘The BIG Give’

Time is ticking away and we are getting ever closer to this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge when you can help someone see a special Pantomime performance… oh yes you can! Last year, for the first time, we adapted one performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so that it was suitable for anyone […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: About Town – video installation by national and international artists

This week Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Ikon present a unique event showcasing video installations from local, national and international artists.    Called About Town visitors to Southside can visit various places in and around the Hippodrome including the popular National Trust Back to Backs in Inge.   Installations include a compelling piece ‘Broad Street’ by the award winning  Gillian […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Affinity III – Gospel Link 360 return to The Drum!

Prepare to experience Gospel Music like never before. After two previous sell-out shows, Gospel Link 360 return to The Drum with Affinity Part III on Sat 15 Nov, with tickets only £7.50. 

Affinity III is the latest product of GL360’s ongoing mission to unearth new creative talent from across the West Midlands, drawing together singers, dancers, rappers, musicians, artists and DJs to create a second-to-none Live Band Showcase of the very best in modern Gospel Music.

Led by the passion and experience of the visionary C.E.O Roger Moore, GL360’s productions have gone from strength to strength since 2012’s Affinity, which drew records crowds. Things got even bigger with Affinity 2 in 2013, before stripping back to the more raw and acoustic Manifest earlier this year.

“It’s in my heart to be a musical revolution that defies logic in the Musical world,” says Roger Moore. “In the past we have featured top talent from the West Midlands, and we are now broadening our horizons with over fifteen artists on the night singing all their own material.”

Combined alongside GL360’s mentoring and development programme for young creative talent in the arts, Affinity III promises to be even bigger and better than ever, with an all-star line-up of top quality creative talent including David B, Entitled, MOBO Award-nominated Faith Child, Jade Richards, MafDotYou, Martha J, Natty Joshia, Ni Sheng, Possible P, Treblez and many more.

Affinity Part III is the perfect event for those that love the full spectrum of creativity, with GL360 boasting a huge assortment of musicians and performers, covering everything from Rap to Classical Vocals and piano to turntables. Make sure you don’t miss this amazing night of inspirational music.

To Book your tickets for only £7.50, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

For more information visit www.glrecords.co.uk, like GL Media on facebook, and follow on Twitter @gl360 and #Affinity3

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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Stop Press! Our Festive Pantomime is nearly here!

It’s getting closer to Christmas, and we’re looking forward to our amazing pantomime! Uncle Ben is back, and he’s bringing all his friends and family for one very special weekend, so if you missed the last shows, don’t worry, just relax and read along!

This will be the third time that Uncle Ben and his family have come to The Drum. We first meet them back in 2012 when Uncle Ben first arrived, with a disastrous dinner party full of short tempers and family secrets. The play also addressed the social topic of absent fathers and how important family unity is. Things weren’t much better when Uncle Ben: The Wedding returned in 2013, with tensions running high, as Uncle Ben argued with his son in law Robert, as well as finding out he may not have long to live.

So this year we have even more drama! With lots of tears, fights and secrets coming out! After the shocking news of his illness and an enlightening dream Uncle Ben is on a mission to be a better person. He invites his neighbours around for a party from all different nations. After a phone call from the doctor confirming that he is free of cancer and the problem in his stomach was actually trapped gas!

There’s more to this pantomime story, so to find out more keep a look out next week!

Make sure you don’t miss out, by booking your early bird tickets for just £10.50 or your family ticket for just £37.50! Call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk . In the words of Uncle Ben – “Mek mi tell yuh sutten… buy yuh tickets!”

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: A once in a lifetime event…

It’s finally here! Tonight we open Mariinsky Theatre’s epic scale production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the first in four operas, Das Rheingold. Over the next five days this huge undertaking will see over 250 cast members, crew and orchestra, all of whom have flown over from St. Petersburg, take to the Hippodrome stage. The huge […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Rehearsals have begun for Uncle Ben’s Block Party @ The Drum

After a busy summer of fantastic events, we’re warming up for winter here at The Drum and getting in the Christmas spirit preparing for this year’s panto. Our old friend Uncle Ben is back, and he’s bringing all his friends for one very special weekend of festive fun at Uncle Ben’s Block Party from Thu 18 to Sun 21 Dec, with a special Matinee performance on Fri 20 Dec at 2pm.

Brought to you by our long-time friend Rem Conway of GRAFT Entertainment, this brilliant new production has just started rehearsals. With a fantastic cast, and a few very special guests to be announced, this patois-panto is guaranteed fun for the whole family.

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For this special occasion, we’ve got a very special Early Bird Ticket Offer. Book before 5pm on Sun 30 Nov, and get tickets for only £10.50, and a Family Ticket for four people for only £37.50! Bring the kids, bring the grandparents, and kick off Christmas in style!

This will be the third time the hilarious Uncle Ben family have come to The Drum. We first met them back in 2012’s Uncle Ben, with a disastrous dinner party full of short tempers and family secrets. Things weren’t much better by 2013’s Uncle Ben: The Wedding, with tensions running high as in-laws argued.

Things have calmed down a bit since then. Uncle Ben’s been sick all year, but is determined to turn things around by inviting his very diverse neighbours over for a good old fashioned block party – and of course, you’re all invited!

He’s booked the local sound system to supply the music, brought party hats, crackers, mistletoe and twinkling lights – all that’s needed to complete the merriment is his witty jokes and a few bottles of rum! He’s got the best intentions… but will he succeed or fail miserably? You’ll have to join us to find out!

Make sure you don’t miss out. To book your tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk . In the words of Uncle Ben – “Mek mi tell yuh sutten… buy yuh tickets!”

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: From West Indies to West Midlands – New Photography Exhibition from Inès Elsa Dalal

As Black History Month 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to thank everyone who attended our special events and joined us in remembering the brave soldiers who gave their lives for Britain in the First and Second World Wars. Black Blood Runs Red was a huge success in celebrating the contributions of soldiers of the Commonwealth often forgotten, we’re very proud to have been a part of it, and plan to programme many more such events in the coming years.

Gone, but not forgotten, as the saying goes, and a new exhibition launching this month at The Drum will continue to shed light on the contributions of servicemen from the former Commonwealth. West Indies to West Midlands is the most recent work of documentary photographer Inès Elsa Dalal, who specialises in conducting social commentary projects involving heritage, community, sanctuary and social rituals.

Presented in association with the Why Are West Indians project (WAWI), this exhibition is the beginning of a new archive of previously untold narratives linking over 400 years of contribution to the British military with mass migration from the West Indies to Britain. Inès initiated this archive twelve months ago, and will continue to work with underrepresented communities in relation to unreported war contribution during the commemoration of the First World War (2014-2018).

The exhibition launches on Tue 11 Nov at 6pm, and will be free to attend and open to the public until Thu 8 Jan 2015.   For more information, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk. To learn more about the Why Are West Indians project, visit www.whyarewestindians.co.uk

Follow WAWI on twitter @WAWIproject with #WestIndiesToWestMidlands, and follow Ines @InesElsaDalal

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: We host our first-ever Tweet Seats!

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… In what is thought to be a first for a West Midlands theatre, we are very excited to announce that on the evening of Tuesday 28 October we will host our first ever ‘Tweet Seats’. Our selected ‘Tweeters’ will be bringing you live updates during the performance of Brazilian dance company, […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: The Countdown is on to give big with Big Give…

Development Administrator, Rosie Milsom writes… Following the success of our Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 in support of our first ever Relaxed Performance, the Hippodrome Development team are once again gearing up for the campaign to raise funds for the next Relaxed Performance at this season’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. And we can’t wait! […]