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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Legends of Reggae is coming home

As part of The Drum’s capital renewal Raising The Roof project we would like to confirm that the prestigious Legends Of Reggae event taking place on Sat 30 May, is now returning to the venue of choice, The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU.

We are delighted to confirm that artist, flights, visas, hotels are booked, and that all the artist will be appearing on the night to entertain you. It’s going to be an amazing show with a spectacular line-up, consisting of the Legends Of Reggae past and present performing, such as; Leroy Sibbles, Ken Boothe, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Queen Ifrica and Gyptian.

Please note that all tickets that have been obtained in advance are valid on the night at The Drum. For further information or to purchase your tickets call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or booking on-line at www.the-drum.org.uk

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Toby the rat star of The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Our guest blogger this week is Toby the rat currently starring in The National Theatre’s award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  The production receives its Birmingham Hippodrome premiere next week. I love performing in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and I’m particularly excited about coming to Birmingham […]

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Call for Submissions – Simmer Down Festival 2015

Would you like to perform at Simmer Down Festival 2015?

If so, Simmer Down CIC has issuing a call for submissions, seeking new productions and performances for the free family fun festival. They are interested in hearing from artists who would like to submit a proposal for consideration to take part in their festival. The festival will take place in Handsworth Park, Birmingham on Sunday 19 July. 12noon until 7pm.

Simmer Down is a free family music and arts festival that celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity. The festival’s intercultural programme features internationally acclaimed artists alongside the very best in home grown talent. The programme features music, dance, spoken word, visual arts, commissioned work, outreach and young people’s programme, workshops and participation activities for all the family.

This unique partnership between city’s leading arts organisations and community groups, schools, colleges and local businesses has successfully achieved ‘hard to reach’ audiences with attendance growing from 2,000 to 15,000 over 5 years and contributed to Birmingham as an international city of culture.

All submissions/proposals need to be received by 5pm, Thursday 9 June and must include the following supporting information (if they information is not included your submissions/proposals will not be considered) :

  • Name, contact details of company or artist(s)
  • Biographic details of artist(s) and company
  • Synopsis of the piece / gig /proposal
  • Running Time/ Tech Spec
  • Press clippings of previous shows/events (if available), plus any additional supporting information
  • Any product, CD’s, books, tapes, web links etc
  • How will Simmer Down help your career/ How will you help Simmer Down?

This is not a formal application process, so please contact us with any concerns or queries. Please address all submissions/proposals to Alexander Rebolo, Festival Coordinator via email on Program1@the-drum.org.uk or post to The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU.

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Women and Theatre: Boys Talk Public performance: May 23

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May 23, mac birmingham

This Saturday, Women & Theatre will present a new piece of devised theatre created as part of our current project Boys Talk.

The production, staged in mac birmingham’s Outdoor Arena, will be an engaging celebration of male communication utilising movement, drama and spoken word.

Over the past few months we have worked with a talented group of adolescent males bringing together Looked After boys (via SWIIS Foster Care), boys who have experienced bereavement (via Edwards Trust) and boys from Elmhurst School for Dance.

Inspired by the desire to understand the motivations and concerns of young men living in Birmingham, Boys Talk explores the how, when, where and why of adolescent communication.

The production has been led by the young people involved, working with W&T’s Artistic Director Janice Connolly, Choreographer Jerrel Jackson and Stage Manager Liam Walsh and produced in association with mac birmingham

Event details

Sat 23 May, 2.30pm & 6.00pm, Outdoor Arena at mac birmingham, all ages welcome.

Tickets are £5 (£3 for concessions) and should be booked from the mac website in advance.

Please note, this production will be held outside in mac’s Arena. Audience members are advised to bring warm clothing and cushions. In the case of extreme weather conditions the production will be performed in mac’s main theatre space

To book tickets click here

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Our very first voluntary First Night blogger writes about his time spent at Birmingham Hippodrome

Marcus Hubbard joined us as a voluntary First Night blogger in 2011.  Here he writes fondly about his year spent working with us and his hopes to tread the boards of his favourite theatre in the future. For those people who might not know, Birmingham Hippodrome has a great scheme giving young people the chance to […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: New Chief Executive for Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome has confirmed that FIONA ALLAN will become its new Chief Executive in the autumn.  Current CEO Stuart Griffiths OBE moves to Ambassador Theatre Group in July, as announced in January. Fiona Allan has had over 20 years experience in the cultural sector, with a career that spans both artistic and organisational leadership.  She […]

Women and Theatre: Upcoming Events from Women and Theatre

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It’s been a busy Spring so far for Women & Theatre with performances of Clocking On (part of our WWI Women’s Work project), the beginning of our Boy’s Talk project and ongoing development of our research project, Hidden Harm in Dudley.

Over the next few months we’ve got a number of great events planned and we thought we’d give you a quick low down so you don’t miss out!

A Celebration of Comedy

Come on down to mac birmingham on Saturday 9th May 2015 for a comedy showcase compered by Mrs Barbara Nice.  Bringing together performers from six of our most recent comedy courses, this celebration event promises audiences an afternoon of fun and laughter.

Since July 2014, with funding from Comic Relief, we’ve run comedy courses with bereaved adults and young people, young carers and older adults.

The overwhelming success of each course has led us to creating this celebration event which sees some of the participants return to the mic alongside your favourite Kings Heath housewife Mrs Barbara Nice.

Event details

Sat 9th May, 4pm, Free admission, Foyle Studio at mac birmingham, all ages welcome.

Tickets are free but must be booked from the mac website in advance.

To book tickets click here

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Boy’s Talk

Women & Theatre is working with a talented group of boys from different walks of life to create a new theatre production called Boys Talk. Staged at mac birmingham’s Outdoor Arena, it will be an engaging celebration of male communication with movement, drama and spoken word.

Inspired by the desire to understand the motivations and concerns of young men living in Birmingham, Boys Talk will explore: how, when, where and why boys talk.

The production has been led by the young people involved, working with W&T’s Artistic Director Janice Connolly, Choreographer Jerrel Jackson and Stage Manager Liam Walsh.

Event details

Sat 23rd May, 2.30pm & 6.00pm, Outdoor Arena at mac birmingham, all ages welcome.

Tickets are £5 (£3 for concessions) and should be booked from the mac website in advance.

Please note, this production will be held outside in mac’s Arena. Audience members are advised to bring warm clothing and cushions.

To book tickets click here

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Have a ‘Nose’ at what One of a Kind theatre group have been up to!

Our latest guest blogger, Bethan Ball is a member of One of a Kind theatre group who meet here at Birmingham Hippodrome every Thursday. One of a Kind is part of Open Theatre Company, who work closely Hippodrome Plus to engage young people with learning disabilities with Birmingham Hippodrome. We are ‘One Of A Kind’! […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: New productions announced for 2015!

We’re excited to announce a stellar line up of productions for our 2015/16 season including sizzling Strictly stars Vincent & Flavia; epic rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar; flamboyant favourite The Trocks; the UK’s biggest Panto Aladdin; magical Mary Poppins; and the ultimate feel good musical Mamma Mia. Plus a fantastic season of ballet from Birmingham […]

Women and Theatre: A few photos from ‘Clocking On’ performed at Small Heath Baptist Church on March 29th

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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

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