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  • Susie Self: Quilt Song

    19 October 2018 All Day

    Quilt Song is an upbeat musical-opera composed by Susie Self for the Birmingham community. It emulates the hit Hamilton with charismatic music performed by professional soloists and orchestra with rising stars from Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

    The show celebrates social inclusivity by using quilting as a metaphor. Its lyrics are sourced from John Drinkwater's Abraham Lincoln which premiered at The Old Rep (then Birmingham Repertory Theatre) in 1918.

     

     

    Find out more about Susie Self on her website.

    Quilt Song is an upbeat musical-opera composed by Susie Self for the Birmingham community. It emulates the hit Hamilton with charismatic music performed by professional soloists and orchestra with rising stars from Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

    The show celebrates social inclusivity by using quilting as a metaphor. Its lyrics are sourced from John Drinkwater's Abraham Lincoln which premiered at The Old Rep (then Birmingham Repertory Theatre) in 1918.

    Find out more about Susie Self on her website.

    Play Reading: John Drinkwater's Abraham Lincoln

    See a live reading of the play that inspired Quilt Song. A play reading of John Drinkwater’s play Abraham Lincoln to mark the centenary of its première on the very same stage. Led by Richard Simkin, Chairman of Friends of the Dymock Poets. John Drinkwater was the resident playwright of the Birmingham Repertory Company and an integral part of the company which began its life at Birmingham Repertory Theatre (now The Old Rep) in 1913.

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    Play Reading: John Drinkwater's Abraham Lincoln

    See a live reading of the play that inspired Quilt Song. A play reading of John Drinkwater’s play Abraham Lincoln to mark the centenary of its première on the very same stage. Led by Richard Simkin, Chairman of Friends of the Dymock Poets. John Drinkwater was the resident playwright of the Birmingham Repertory Company and an integral part of the company which began its life at Birmingham Repertory Theatre (now The Old Rep) in 1913.

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  • Doctor Dolittle

    27 October 2018 2:00pm

    Hello to one and all. I am Doctor John Dolittle a very famous Doctor. I’m a bit wacky actually but you will get used to that. Some of you may have heard of me (good for you) and some may have not - but you will now.

    I am not a normal run of the mill Doctor. I was once but I really did not like my patients. They could be quite difficult. You see I discovered something amazing, fantastic and down right wonderful about myself. Please don’t think I am blowing my own trumpet here but I found out that I had the ability to talk to and understand animals.

    So come and see me light up the stage in this magical musical adventure. This is a brand new show with original music, lots of audience participation and amazing puppets. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Toodle pip for now.

    Oh, by the way, this show is suitable for humans from 7 years upwards.

    Find out more about Katch22 Productions on their website, Facebook and Twitter


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  • Knock Knock Comedy

    28 October 2018 7:30pm

    Knock Knock Comedy presents a night filled with fun, comedy and music to celebrate black history and heritage; with performances from some of the funniest comedians on the urban circuit.

    Shirrine Stewart 
    Wolverhampton’s stand-up newcomer and creator of the hilarious comedy sketch Momma Knows Best, this comedian is known for her hysteric characters and creative storytelling.

    Smash Entertainz 
    Birmingham comedy favourite and online personality; this comedian is known for his unpredictable banter and his use of poetry and music to have a crowd in stitches.

    Kevin J 
    International comedy star known for his unforgettable performances at Hackney Empire, 02 Indigo and numerous comedy festivals. His culture-filled comedy is guaranteed to have you crying with laughter.

    Axel Blake 
    After his sold-out I’m Not Gonna Lie one man comedy special at the 02 Indigo, this comedian is going from strength to strength. Known for his hilarious social media videos with an online fan base of over 40K, this comedian never disappoints.

    Live music from:

    Jamie Joseph
    Derby’s soul of the party will be hitting the stage with some legendary songs from some of the most loved black artists in history. Jamie has been singing and songwriting for over 12 years and has performed all over the world.

    Hosted by
    Rem Conway 
    Birmingham’s comedy storyteller known for his Jamaican tales, creative stand-up and unforgettable characters. Known for his well-loved theatre production Uncle Ben this comedian always brings the funny.

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  • Frantic Assembly: The Unreturning

    30 October 2018 All Day
    A Frantic Assembly & Theatre Royal Plymouth Production
    A new play by Anna Jordan

    I want to return to my home.  I want a hero’s welcome: fanfares and brass bands and sausage rolls and jaeger bombs. I want to lie under the skylight on my mum’s bed and watch clouds. I want to go out in my hometown, drink and dance and shout for no reason! I want to sing in the streets and puke in the gutter and they will never know. None of them will ever know what I….

    Can beginnings be made out of endings? In a British Northern Coastal town, three young men are coming home. In 1918 George returns from the Western Front. In 2013 Frankie is back from his final tour of Afghanistan. And some time in the not-too-distant future Nat returns from an overseas refugee camp to what was his hometown.

    A compelling new play by Anna Jordan (Yen – Royal Court Theatre, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013), directed by Neil Bettles (Associate Director of Frantic Assembly) and featuring Frantic’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks – what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?

    Find out more about Frantic Assembly on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  • Dad's Army Radio Hour

    03 November 2018 7:30pm

    Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of three classic radio episodes based on favourite scripts from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft's quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words "Don't tell him, Pike".

    Double Fringe First Award winner David Benson (star of Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and Boris: World King) and Jack Lane (Wisdom Of A Fool) present a selection of classic radio episodes featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation!

    Presented by James Seabright
    Based on the classic BBC sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
    Performed by David Benson and Jack Lane
    Directed by Owen Lewis
    Sound design by Tom Lishman

    'Pretty much perfect feat of mimicry'  The Times
    'Benson and Lane carry it all off beautifully' ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
    Benson and Lane’s impersonations are peerless, the show is an absolute treat from start to finish. Wonderful stuff!’  Daily Mail
    ‘Lewis's direction and Lishman's sound design give real light and shade in which the two versatile performers shine’  The Arts Desk
    ‘Classic British comedy recreated by two classic performers.  A show not to miss.’ ★★★★★ Southside Advertiser
    ‘Utterly brilliant! The best Dad’s Army recreation I’ve seen’ Barry Cryer

    Find out more about Dad's Army Radio Hour on the website, Facebook and Twitter

     

     

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  • Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

    04 November 2018 8:00pm – 10:00pm

    Highly acclaimed stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos hits the road this Autumn with his brand new tour, Bouquets and Brickbats.

    As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns rampant and everyone seems pushed to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is to cheer us up.

    Forget everything that’s going on in the world and immerse yourself in the warmth of “one of the most likable figures in British Comedy" (Radio Times). As seen on QI, The People’s History of LGBT, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, and What Does The K Stand For? on BBC Radio 4.

    ‘Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout…you’ll leave the show smiling’  The Times

    'Unashamed feel-good entertainment’  The Evening Standard

     

     

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  • Pinocchio

    17 November 2018 All Day

    Join us as we bring Pinocchio to life this Christmas!

    This adaptation of Carlo Callodi’s classic tale follows an inquisitive young puppet, carved from wood by the lonely toymaker Geppetto, on a mischievous journey to discover what it takes to become a real boy.

    Venturing from the safety of Geppetto’s workshop, Pinocchio finds himself in a series of chaotic situations, narrowly escaping the clutches of Mangiafuoco’s Puppet Theatre, the depths of the ocean and the Land of Toys.

     

    Please note:

    - British Sign Language (BSL) performances will take place on Friday 23 November (10.15am) & Friday 28 December (1pm)

    - A relaxed performance will take place Saturday 15 December (1pm)

     

     

     

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  • Year 13 Musical Theatre: Phantom of the Opera

    21 March 2019 All Day

    Presented by BOA Year 13 Musical Theatre students

    Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash-hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera, follows the a deformed composer who haunts the grade Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes for Christine, his muse. As Christine's star rises, a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture and threatens to drive the Phantom mad with jealousy. The entire opera house is at the mercy of his terrorising and murderous ways.  This is a musical spectacle not to missed.

    Gala Performance: Saturday 23 March, 7.30pm
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