Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham’

The Box Offices are now open for the July performances of Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder, commissioned as part of FURNACE, Birmingham REP’s Community Engagement Programme. Tickets for the three shows are free, but limited in number so please book ahead if you can. Advertisements


This photograph cheers me up no end as I push through the pain barrier to submit the annual Tax Return. The image has been shared with the Tweetosphere via the ever excellent @brumpic. It shows Dirty Harry looking bamboozled with what might be the Albany Hotel’s bar menu, c.1967. One can only imagine the array […]


Join Stan’s Cafe for a very special new production. Twilightofthefreakingods celebrates five glorious years @AEHarris. It will be the last performance at the venue before it ‘downsizes’ and we are planning to say goodbye in spectacular fashion. Twilightofthefreakingods is a large-scale theatrical experiment that slowly unfolds over 255 minutes with a cast of 13 ranging over more than 2000 square metres of performance space. It is a piece of visual theatre (very) loosely inspired by Götterdämmerung with the wonderful Nina West (The Cleansing of Constance Brown soundtrack) replacing Wagner at the sonic controls. The cast will be drawn from companies who have performed @AEHarris over the last five years. There will be no rehearsals, instead the cast will work from instructions and timetables unaware of what anyone else in the room will be doing. It will be an extraordinary occasion. As the show is both a celebration and unusually long, the bar will be open throughout serving flaming cocktails alongside snacks and more familiar drinks. Both cabaret and raked seating will be available for you to either engross yourself in the show or discuss it as it unfolds with your friends. You can change your viewing angle whenever you wish to concentrate on whatever strand of action you find most absorbing. Whatever happens it will be an event about which you will always want to say “and I was there”. There are just two performances: Thursday 10th October 19:00 – 23:15 and Saturday 12th October 19:45 – 24:00 Audience numbers are limited to 100 per night. To book please click here to visit our secure on-line Box Office and join us for this unique event. Twilightofthefreakingods is produced in association with Reel Access and Flatpack.


Loft Filtrations #2 Last respects given to hoarded items as they are finally despatched : Here are ads from an Evening Mail supplement to celebrate the NEC hosting the British International Motor Show for the first time, in 1978. At the hub of the UK road network and in the heart of the motor industry, […]


A date for the diary: Just as soon as current show The Cardinals has returned from its premiere in Montpellier, Stan’s Cafe will be reprising The Cleansing of Constance Brown @AEHarris, in Birmingham. Craig has edited a new showreel from Joseph Potts’s documentation of March 2008 – the last time the show appeared in the […]


I’m born, raised and currently resident in a part of SW Birmingham that has been dominated by two huge manufactories – Rover and Cadbury’s. In fact my dad worked at both Longbridge and Bournville factories. Three years ago, while I was delivering a Creative Partnerships programme (‘creativity in teaching & learning’ – schools projects in Frankley, a […]


The new year brings a fresh impetus to investigate and savour the latest cultural delights of my City. In-between more present shopping for BoyWonderNo.1 (*9 today*) I reached out for nourishments freely available in galleries. The latest IKON exhibition Shocked Into Abstraction by Matias Faldbakken left me non-plussed, however. I resisted the need to read up artist […]


Antigone

30Sep09

Though an ancient and beautiful city, my prior knowledge of Montpellier was restricted to its reputation as bastion of the architectural postmodern. I wandered from the old town into the Antigone district to check out what looks on the map like a St.Peter’s Sq. gone mad. (link) As a statement in Civic ambition (aggrandisement) it […]


Ten gifts for Jonathan Watkins, in celebration of his ten years’ tenure as director of the Ikon Gallery. The Toy Orchestra provide gift number 9, a rendition of A Grand Occasion. At barely 3 mins it is a brief offering, but generates excited response. Because of the short notice of the gig, I bring along […]


Pilot night

08Jul09

Last thursday, 2nd July, the latest Pilot Night was hosted at the A.E.Harris space and there was palpable excitement. The presented work was challenging, bold, varied and often entertaining. Too rarely is there a sense of collective pride about what can be achieved on the West Mids Arts scene, but here – assisted enormously by […]