Be Our Guest!
Join The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company in a special concert celebrating the much loved classics from family favourites.
02 Aug - 03 Aug 2014
Foghorn Improv: Foghorn & Friends Game Night!
It’s good old fashioned improvised games here at Foghorn HQ!
Foghorn Improv will be joined by the finest improvised talent for a good old fashioned laughter track. Be there or be without laughter on a Thursday night!
Feedback from the last time performance of this show:
“I was crying with laughter”
“Rivals anything I have seen at the Comedy Store."
“More Kangaroos needed!”
28 August 2014 at 8pm
Our Kylie's Gettin' Wed
Stripped Down Theatre are proud to present Our Kylie's Gettin' Wed, a funny yet touching play about the trials and tribulations of every family wedding that you have ever been to!
Dad dancing, promiscuous bridesmaids, overzealous photographers and that boring uncle that just won't shut up about 'The Villa'. The play revolves around four friends who switch from character to character to tell the story of the whole wedding.
A true feel-good show, Our Kylie's Getting Wed will make you laugh and bring a tear to your eye.
29 Aug - 30 Aug 2014
£8 to £10
Tell Me About Your Ex 2
Tell Me About Your Ex is back for a second year!
Tell Me About Your Ex is an exciting, brand new theatrical experience where the audience is the author! Funny, scary, sad and uplifting, this is a play for everyone who has been in love - or still is.
Tell Me About Your Ex is a new play from the Old Joint Stock Theatre, made up entirely of stories from you! For the next few months, we'll be asking the Birmingham public to send us tales from their past relationships, and in September we will be presenting them through song, theatre and storytelling.
The best submissions will come together to form our play, and all the stories we've received will be displayed in an exhibition in the theatre foyer of the Old Joint Stock during the production. What's more, each night's audience will be invited to fill in their own cards. These new stories will feed into the show during the production week, so it will be a different show every night!
An Old Joint Stock Theatre production, developed by Birmingham-based writer Tim Jefferies and directed by Robert Ball.Want to submit a story?
It could be funny, sad, bitter; feel free to share an huge six page story or a one line anecdote. It's all completely anonymous - no subject is off limits and any experience is worth sharing.
Email us at email@example.com
or tweet us @oldjointstock
02 Sep - 06 Sep 2014
QU Live 3
Doors open @ 7.30pm, Entertainment starts @ 8pm
Q.U. Live! is a musical theatre cabaret night showcasing new writers and performers.
A brand new event to the Midlands, providing a platform for emerging writers of new musical theatre to share extracts of their work and for musical theatre performers from across the region to perform songs from new shows and little-performed musicals.
Enjoy a sociable evening of top entertainment and meet with performers, writers, composers, directors, producers and musical theatre enthusiasts!
If you are a writer or performer who would like the opportunity to take part in future events please get in touch for further information.
If you are looking to sit back and enjoy an evening of exciting new music, please email to book or reserve tickets.
13 September 2014 at 7:30pm
20 September 2014
Foghorn Improv: The Sherlock Tomes
Stop in to Baker Street for an evening of Improvised Sleuthing! What dastardly deeds will Sherlock uncover in his quest? Will he avert Professor Moriarty’s fiendishly complex scheme? Will we unearth the true subtext of Holmes and Watson’s relationship? All will be revealed!
25 September 2014 at 8pm
Our Kylie's Havin' A Bab
Stripped Down Theatre are proud to present Our Kylie's Havin' a Bab!
Having tackled and survived the family wedding, this is what happens next- the "having a baby" stage...
This is the story of the days of pre-parenthood and everything that goes with it; an awkward night of conception, expensive gadgets, gizmos and buggies that you can never get to work properly, those all-important scan appointments where you can never find a car-parking space and that beautiful moment when your child is born.
Whether you have children, are going to have children or are terrified of having children, Our Kylie's Havin’ a Bab will make you laugh with empathy, solidarity or relief!
The third instalment is the brand new 'Is That It Our Kylie?' running from 24th - 25th October.
26 Sep - 27 Sep 2014
£8 to £10
The Goons Show
Relive the lunacy of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe as Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok and Minnie become embroiled in the case of the heinous PHANTOM HEAD SHAVER (OF BRIGHTON), and tell a terrifying tale of family greed and murder in (pause for dramatic effect), THE CANAL!
A rare chance to see two classic Milligan radio scripts performed on stage, complete with live sound effects and jazz band. The Goon Show re-wrote the rules of British comedy during the 1950s, attracting radio audiences of nearly two million and paving the way for Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan and The Mighty Boosh - and they can still be heard on BBC radio today, 60 years later!
Winners of Best Studio/Fringe Production (Central Region) The Public Reviews 2014
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company in association with Birmingham Comedy Festival
Written by Spike Milligan
Directed by Robert F. Ball
03 Oct - 04 Oct 2014
Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking
Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended. The eccentric theoretical physicist is accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs.
Warning: features the wurst sausage joke ever.
'The clearest – and certainly the funniest – explanation of the Theory of Relativity I know.' John Lloyd (creator of QI)
'Here’s a treasure.' 5 STARS The Times
'Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible...This really is delightful and comes strongly recommended.' 5 STARS British Theatre Guide
'This man can really work an audience...We're convulsed in laughter and then very quickly we're almost in tears. Hinton gave us the complete Einstein - the emotional lover and husband, the analytical theoretician, the moralist, the philosopher.' Fringe Review
08 October 2014 at 7:30pm
Behind The Blinds
At number 65, the wine is poured, the nibbles ready, the cushions plumped, Buckaroo and the brace and bit are waiting… the doorbell rings. The new neighbours (the audience) have come to say hello and there seems to be rather a lot of them!
“Nice to meet you, do come in…” Richard and Isabelle are your hosts for the evening and, having got to know all about their other neighbours over many years, they will share the innermost secrets of the characters living on their street.
BEHIND THE BLINDS is a new show weaving together lyrically witty and sophisticated songs that reveal what goes on behind the blinds on this ordinary-looking suburban street. Look closely to see that there is no such thing as ordinary!
In the great tradition of comic and tragicomic songs, imagine a combustible mix of Victoria Wood, Tim Minchin, Gilbert and Sullivan and Ian Dury!
10 October 2014 at 7:30pm
£8 to £10
Three years after the Reichenbach Falls the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, is presumed dead. Dr John Watson has married and moved on, consigning his of days adventure and investigation to memories.
In an intimate room - with dinner, drinks and nibbles - a lecture is about to take place. A great professor of criminology prepares to educate his audience on the ʻscience of deductionʼ that Holmes made famous. Will this event be the catalyst to throw Holmes and Watson together again, as one final mystery lays dormant, waiting to be unraveled? Could it be true that their archenemy Moriarty is still at large?
This fast paced and participatory production places the audience at the heart of the action, with games to play and investigations to be solved. A contemporary, interactive original drama inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's much-loved detective stories.
Created by The Flanagan Collective, associate company at York Theatre Royal, and Hartshorn Hook Production in partnership with Pegasus Theatre and York Theatre Royal.
ʻIs there a better young writer in Yorkshire theatre right now?ʼ The York Press on Alexander Wrightʼs most recent show Babylon
17 Oct - 18 Oct 2014
The infamous Lord of the Vampires seek to gain his revenge from beyond the grave...
A sequel to the original Bram Stoker classic, Dracula's Ghost combines mixed media and live performance to create a lurid gothic melodrama.
Formed in 2010, Don't Go Into The Cellar! remains the British Empire's finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein.
Don't Go Into The Cellar! perform at venues across the United Kingdom, from theatres and restaurants to manor houses and festivals. Our shows offer an original take on traditional Victorian and Edwardian theatre, combining authentic costumes and props with multi-media film, video and sound.
The team of talented professional performers bring high-quality drama and comedy to our vintage chillers, Sherlockian thrillers and Music Hall variety shows.
22 October 2014 at 8pm
Clamber Up the Crucifix
Clamber Up the Crucifix by John Kitchen and directed by Gary Phillpott
We begin at the end- midday, 11th November 1918.
To the officers, Parker was invisible, hardly more human than the telegraph key he operates. Earlier that day, and privy to certain information, Parker had caused serious offence.
His sentence is due, footsteps approach.
Clamber Up the Crucifix explores the life of a telegraph key operator in the trenches and the mind of an ordinary soldier caught up in the long waits and terrifying bombardments of life at the Front.
A gritty and emotional reminder of what life was like for millions of young men a century ago.
01 November 2014 at 7:30pm
£8 to £10