Just before Christmas Talking Birds are dusting off their musical comedy classic Trevor Goose and his dark night of lights. Which uses The Little Match Seller story as an excuse for theatrical fun and games. In this incarnation ‘our very own’ Craig Stephens will be staring, possibly in the goose role (I’m not privy to such industry secrets). The show is on 19th – 21st December in Coventry and after the show on 21st the now almost mildly well know Theatre-ish party kicks off at the same venue. All thoroughly recommended.
Archive for the ‘Previews’ Category
BE Festival 2013 is up and running and feels even better than the previous three editions. It is packed full of great performances until late Saturday night, but after that do not grieve, all is not lost.
On Tuesday 9th Talking Birds arrive at Town Hall Birmingham with their Intergalactic Opera Troy Story, which is a collaboration with Orchestra of The Swan. It starts at 16:30, why so early? Because it is also a collaboration with a number of schools. My plan is to pick youth up from school and take them directly there for a bit of futuristic Greek Mythology.
Further Greek inspiration can be found in the latest piece by long time Stan friend Leo Kay. Only Wolves and Lions is a meal for 16 – 20 people which includes performance, storytelling and philosophizing. Each audience member brings an ingredient and something is cooked up from the results – at best it should be mouthwatering and worst ‘unusual’. Greek connection? “Only wolves and lions eat alone, you should not eat, not even a snack, on your own.” Epicurus.
Photo Credit: Graeme Braidwood
Invitation to Open Space
Matt Burman, Louisa Davies, Steve Johnston, Frances Land, Roxana Silbert and James Yarker invite you to address the question:
“HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER TO PUSH THEATRE FORWARD IN THE WEST MIDLANDS?”
We all share a passion for Theatre and for its growth in the region. Individually we are all committed and working to this cause but experience tells us that our greatest strength comes when we work together. It has been two years since the theatre tribes of the West Midlands have come together in Open Space to chart paths and forge alliances. This time has come again.
These are busy times for many people. We are delight to announce that in a couple of weeks (22nd April) Improbable will be bringing their new show The Bear to our venue @ A E Harris. Later that week Stan’s Cafe Associate Artist Bernadette Russell will be at the venue with a Work-in-Progress Preview of her new show 366 Days of Happiness, a show with serious roots in Birmingham. If you want to come and see this you won’t have to pay any cash but you do need to be invited (which is easy). Details of both these shows are on the @ A E Harris website.
Over at MAC next week (16th – 20th April) there are further showings of the Jane Packman Company show A Thousand Shards of Glass, which you may have missed when it was at @ A E Harris last year.
If you need to earn some cash before seeing these shows maybe you can become the new/first producer for The Other Way Works (though you will need better qualifications than just needing the cash).
If you need to make cheese, friends of Stan’s Blanch & Shock can show you how in London on 20th April.
At last it is here, Theatre Fever, a fortnight in which we celebrate theatre made and performed in the West Midlands. There is always a lot happening on the region’s theatre scene but Theatre Fever has chosen to put the spotlight on this fortnight.
Gathered in its program is just a cross-section of the huge variety of theatre open to the public at any given time. For the most part it is a marketing exercise (our new show The Anatomy of Melancholy is part of our and Warwick Arts Centre’s contribution to the celebration), but there are also Holding Space commissions adding to the richness of possibilities open to audiences. To see everything that is highlighted as part of Theatre Fever visit this website. To see what elements we are hosting @ A E Harris visit this website. Continue reading “Theatre Fever” »
Tonight we semi-gatecrashed the opening of the Visual Arts strand of the Perth International Arts Festival and as a result caught the switching of of Jim Campbell‘s great installation Scattered Light. In reductionist shorthand it could be described as the world’s lowest definition television screen. A host of lightbulbs (they are in fact LEDs disguised as lightbulbs) are suspended in a 3D matrix 80 foot wide, 20 foot high and 16 foot deep. They pulse and flicker in an apparently random sequence until, when you are stood square-on to the piece a decent distance away, you start to see in the pulsing and flickering a series of shadowy human figures crossing the ‘screen’. Squint, so the hard circles of light start to dissolve into each other, and the image resolves further to become recognizable as commuters crossing the floor of Grand Central Station’s waiting room. Low Definition – beautiful. Continue reading “Things seen, missed & to come” »
Warwick Arts Centre have a great season of theatre work at the moment. Finally we’re catching up with some of it, we’re planning to go and see Forced Entertainment tomorrow night (they’re also on on Wednesday). It should be good.
Saturday night is the last chance to catch Reckless Sleepers @ A E Harris, they’ve had a great run, it would be great if they could go out on a high with a good audience. Please check out This Is Not America Part 3.
That’s it, it’s October and ‘the season’ has officially kicked off and suddenly there’s loads to see. Theatre Absolute are promoting a show The Wedge in their shop front venue from 23rd. October.
Before that, Box of Frogs have their latest improv. night returning on Wednesday 17th.
The following night is the first night of Eat! a coming together of Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Black Country Touring. Featuring/staring ‘our very own’ Graeme Rose.
‘Our very own’ BE Festival (not really ours at all) is on tour with Best of BE including gigs in West Bromwich and Coventry. Three great short shows which all had their UK premiere’s @ A E Harris as part of BE Festival in July.
Big Brum’s year long Edward Bond celebration has a festival weekend full of action at Warwick Arts Centre 2nd & 3rd November.
Reckless Sleepers visit @ A E Harris for a week in November.
The New Alexandra Theatre are hosting a thriller called Blue/Orange.
Meanwhile, down the road at The Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham School of Acting turn to Tom Stoppard.
Stan’s Cafe? We’re in Newcastle and London with vinyl.
Fans of both Puccini and contemporary engineering should flock to The Crescent Theatre next week to enjoy Midland Opera‘s production of Turandot and/admire a set, including this magnificent, fully functioning staircase, entirely made out of cardboard. How do we know about this? Fabrication has been underway all this week @AE Harris. It would be disloyal of us not to mention that The Merchant of Venice, the first production of new local company Fred Theatre is at our place also starting on Tuesday.