Last Sunday, Women & Theatre’s current heritage project Women’s Work reached its culmination with the public performance of Clocking On performed at Small Heath Baptist Church. The piece, seen by over 100 audience members across two promenade performances, explored the role of female factory workers in the First World War addressing themes such as the independence of women and the effect of loss on community. The piece, drawn from research with the descendants of Birmingham factory workers, took in a number of real historical events such as the rise of the Suffragette movement and the first all women football team.
The next phase of the project will be an exhibition visiting a number of libraries between April-June 2015. Further details about the exhibition and the project are available here. For an in depth look at how the project has developed why not look at the Project Blog.
Spring 2015 is shaping up to be quite an exciting time for W&T and we’ll be keeping you updated with all of our upcoming projects and public performances. In the mean time we hope you enjoy some of the photos from Sunday taken by the talented Stephen Burke
With Cirque Eloize in town with their fantastic show Cirkopolis, dance and drama students from two local schools had the opportunity to come to Birmingham Hippodrome and learn some circus tricks from the (ring)masters themselves! 26 girls aged between 12 and 14 from Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath and Swanshurst School in Kings Heath descended […]
Help us bring Black Tonic back to Birmingham in September 2015!
We’re into the final week of our Kickstarter campaign to support the 2015 tour of Black Tonic and we’re two-thirds of the way there with just over £2,000 pledged to date.
But we’re entering the all-important final phase: if we don’t reach our £3,000 target we won’t receive any of the money that’s been pledged to date! So now is the time to pledge if you haven’t already, and please share our campaign with all your friends and help us reach our target.
We’ve created some beautiful hotel-themed rewards, to thank you for backing this project. The Tea Towel, Limited Edition Framed Print, Card 3D Model Hotel Kit, and Do-Not-Disturb Door Hanger, all feature original hand-drawn illustrations created just for this Kickstarter.
Last week we released our Black Tonic HOTEL SET and other rewards include: priority booking, a signed copy of the script, a pair of tickets to see Black Tonic, having a name of your choice featured in the show, a hotel mini-break, and privileged access to the creative process.
Black Tonic is a theatre adventure in the bedrooms and corridors of a hotel for 4 people at a time. It offers a glimpse into the lives of the invisible workforce whose erratic shift patterns service our round-the-clock society.
We’re touring to Birmingham, Bristol and Bradford in September and October 2015 and we need your help to get the show on the road.
Check out our Kickstarter page for full details and make your pledge today!
We are delighted that three of the productions we had on our stage last year have been nominated in the 2015 Olivier Awards. Outstanding Achievement in Opera – Welsh National Opera for Moses und Aron at The Royal Opera House Outstanding Achievement in Dance – Crystal Pite for her choreography of The Tempest Replica, Sadler’s […]
We’re less than two weeks away from the two public performances of Clocking On, the results of our WWI heritage project Women’s Work. Come and join us as we see the ups and downs of a single shift in a Birmingham factory and eavesdrop on the women who kept the factory lines working while men were fighting at the front. Facing the toils of manual labour, dealing with loss and embracing new opportunities, the women are beginning to contemplate the future. When the war ends, can life go back to what it was before?
Those of you that follow W&T on social media may know about the project which has involved local women carrying out archive and interview-based research over the last few months. The results of which now form the basis of this production.
An exhibition of the project will be visiting Small Heath Library, Northfield Library, Birchfield Library and Balsall Heath Library between April-June 2015. Further details about this are available at the bottom of the page. More information about the project can be viewed here or to take a look at how the project has developed why not look at the Project Blog.
Sunday 29th March, 3.30pm & 6.00pm
Small Heath Baptist Church
14 Jenkins Street, Small Heath
Birmingham, B10 0QH
Tickets available on the door
Small Heath Library : 13th April – 1 May (Launch event: Mon 13 April, 2pm)
Northfield Library : 5th – 22nd May (Launch event: Tues 5 May, 11am)
Birchfield Library : 26th May – 12th June (Launch event: Tues 26 May, 11am)
Balsall Heath Library : 15th – 3rd July (Launch event: Mon 15 June, 2pm)
With a new production of Jonathan Harvey’s modern classic Beautiful Thing coming to Birmingham Hippodrome at the end of March, we decided to catch up with the Executive Producer Tom O’Connell, who also happens to be a good friend of the Hippodrome after co-producing our last two pantos! We sat down with Tom to find […]
To celebrate the launch of our new site we’ve been speaking to some of the people who’ve played a huge part in the work we do to select one aspect of the company they most admire. Last week we spoke to Ali Belbin and this week it’s the turn of the wonderful Emmi Isham.
Emmi Isham has been involved with W&T on a number of projects. In her career she has worked with Round Midnight Ltd. where she was Artistic Director before moving to pursue the creation of her own company, Bonanza Creative. Emmi has chosen the word ‘Champion’ to describe the work we create. Here’s her explanation of why she chose it:
I’ve used the word Champion because over the past twelve years of working with W&T, I have been continually inspired by their committed interest in championing the voices of many overlooked groups and individuals. All of the projects I’ve been involved with have been concerned with telling the accounts of everyday people and their real lives. They seek to celebrate the lives of you and I, enable us to laugh as well as have a voice.
Emmi Isham, March 2015
We’ll be featuring more of the brilliant people who help make our projects great in the next few weeks.
To read what Ali Belbin had to say about our company click here. Watch this space and tweet #W&T
BBC WM’s Sunny & Shay were in the building this morning to meet stars from the award winning Top Hat musical which opens tonight. Sunny & Shay joined our very own Fred and Ginger, Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch for the special one to one tap lesson in the Hippodrome’s Patrick Centre studio. Sunny & […]
Our guest blogger Sebastien Torka plays Italian fashion designer Alberto Beddini in the award-winning musical Top Hat, he blogs from behind the scenes of a typical day in theatreland! Arriving at the theatre at 12.40pm, I go straight to my dressing room to find a piece of fruit left by my dear room mate, John Conroy. Today it’s a banana, […]