Musical Theatre Open Mic Night
You are invited to an evening of Musical Theatre presented by YOU!
Come along to the Old Joint Stock’s intimate Theatre and strut your stuff to anything and everything Musical Theatre!
Featuring lots of local companies and singers showcasing their talents!!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to perform!
01 October 2016 at 7:30pm
The Ruby Dolls
The Bear is getting married. Again. And all of his previous wives have a habit of dying mysteriously... This is the centuries old folk tale Bluebeard re-wired for 2016. It's about control, power and female transgression. With jokes. And beautiful original music in a mix of genres, alongside unique arrangements of songs by Nick Cave, Amy Winehouse and Rage Against the Machine, all sung in close part harmony. Four women are here to tell you a disturbingly familiar story. Are you sitting comfortably?
The Brides Of Bluebeard is written by critically acclaimed cabaret ensemble The Ruby Dolls, with original music and arrangements composed by the company. This production is funded by Arts Council England.
The Ruby Dolls are: Jessica Sedler, Susanna Fiore, Rebecca Shanks and Tara Siddall.
Directed by Iain Johnstone (Told By An Idiot, National Theatre of Scotland) and Musical Direction by Benjamin Cox (Heritage Opera, Sweeney Todd: West End & Broadway.)
“Highly unorthodox, highly imaginative… boisterous, sharp, witty and inventive.” The Scotsman
“It’s so rare I want to shout about anything from the rooftops but I do want to shout from the rooftops about The Ruby Dolls. The Spectator.
Facebook: The Ruby Dolls
06 October 2016 at 7:30pm
Oh Dear Diary
Oh Dear Diary brings you another evening of embarrassing, angst-ridden and often unintentionally hysterical real life stories, as brave volunteers read aloud from their actual teenage diaries. Yes, not everyone burned theirs!
Once again, lofts have been ransacked and long-forgotten boxes have been prised open to create this stand-up show with a difference. All the material at Oh Dear Diary events is genuine, and read by the person who originally wrote it. Cringe along in recognition as our courageous diary readers relive the awkward crushes, homework dramas, terrible haircuts, dodgy poetry and dubious musical tastes of their teenage years!
It’s candid, it’s revealing, it’s sometimes shocking and it’s always funny. Back at the Old Joint Stock Theatre for the Birmingham Comedy Festival 2016, Oh Dear Diary promises an evening of laughter and nostalgia ... tinged with mortifying shame.
07 October 2016 at 8pm
Rice n Peas n Caviar (Second Helpings!)
Sublime character comedy from Birmingham ‘homegirl’ Linda Hargreaves.
Taking an eclectic satirical look at the lives of a breath-taking range of ‘extreme’…ly unique ladies from the British afro - Caribbean community…and a little further afield. The ‘ladies’ are even more outrageous but as frank, feisty and forthright as ever.
Come along and plunge yourselves into a brazen, irreverent, hilarious evening with larger than life comic creations. Linda’s portraits are as full of affection as they are of satire - your view of the world won’t be the same when you leave as it was when you arrived…but it’s not for the faint-hearted for life is not always what it seems.
Talented vocal mimic and comic actress, Linda creates a finely drawn study of humanity in the range of characters she portrays.
08 October 2016 at 7:30pm
50 Ways to Leave Your Drummer
Having misheard the lyrics to a Paul Simon song, comedian/drummer Paul Richards soon started wonder: is it possible to be fired by 50 bands? What started as a bit of fun with some local bands soon turned into a project that took over this life…with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Heaven 17, Frank Turner, Nik Kershaw, John Otway, Graham Parker, comedy genius Arthur Smith and 43 other acts all very willing indeed to brutally dispense of Paul’s services, one thing is for sure: everybody loves sacking a drummer.
The film documenting Paul’s adventure premiered to enormous success at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge in November 2015 and is set for a summer release. The stage show, which is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer, is a beautifully bizarre, heart-warming story about the joys of rejection and the casual stalking of 80s funk legends, T’Pau.
About Paul: Paul Richards is a storytelling comedian and playwright based in Cambridge. He is also a drummer, and quite often likes to combine the two. He has written fourteen shows that have ended up at the Edinburgh Fringe, initially as a comedy writer for ensembles but with the last five being solo. With a likeable, gentle rambling style and with the look of a man who clearly isn't used to being this tall, Paul's work has been positively received all over the country from both audiences and reviewers alike. Paul tours the UK frequently in his battered little Ford Fiesta, with his adventures taking him everywhere from 'proper' theatres in Devon to a bakery on The Isle Of Skye.
“Sweet, grounded and self-deprecating…Paul delivers his stories with a genuine honesty that is immediately endearing.” – Heckler magazine
09 October 2016 at 5pm
Dirty White Boys
Outrageous, outstanding and out of their depth!
As yet undiscovered comedians Chazz Redhead and Jack Robertson return to the city where they first met and formed this kick-ass sketch duo – providing surreal silliness, crude parodies and surprisingly dark tonal shifts. From inept criminal masterminds to the invention of sliced bread to a warped new hit gameshow, this truly odd couple are certain to deliver a top night of thoroughly tickled ribs!
“Clever, witty and brilliantly acted... this comedy duo has oodles of talent up in the yin yang” ****(LondonTheatre1)
After touring their show at the fringe festivals of Brighton, Camden, Manchester, Bedford and Edinburgh this enigmatic pair of fools are thrilled to be returning to the town where it all began. Catch them now before they make it big or give up all together!
12 October 2016 at 8pm
Patrick Monahan: That 80's Show
It's the 1980's and Patrick Monahan’s Irish Iranian family arrives in Teesside escaping from the Iran war. Patrick’s memories and reminiscences of being an immigrant to Great Britain make for a unique stand-up show! ‘That 80’s Show’ takes us through Patrick’s youth, with anecdotes that are both hilarious and thought provoking.
Patrick Monahan is adored by his audiences everywhere! Very much in demand, he performs hundreds of shows a year and won the 2015 www.Ents24.com ‘Hardest Working Comedian of the Year Award’ for playing the highest number of venues in the UK! Patrick is a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs and very popular on the corporate circuit as an after dinner speaker and awards host. His most recent TV appearances include ‘Safeword’ (ITV2) ‘Celebrity Squares’ (ITV) ‘Fake Reaction’ (ITV2) and ‘The One Show Festival 2015’ (BBC1).
13 October 2016 at 8pm
Naomi Paul - Price (Still) Includes Biscuits
Satirical and hilarious. She’s back! Using her Jewish background as her comedic platform, Naomi Paul takes you on another surreal journey: sometimes poignant, always funny and ultimately uplifting. From lingerie to libraries, from Birmingham to the Balkans, from the personal to the political. Austerity blues - with handmade songs and stories. Four-star show from the Edinburgh Fringe. Biscuits guaranteed.
‘Terrific deadpan delivery of material….topical and relevant. Audiences loved it!' (Pulse Ensemble Theatre).
'Articulate, dry sense of humour’ (Leicester Comedy Festival).
**** British Theatre Guide 2015
14 October 2016 at 8pm
Croft and Pearce Are Not Themselves
Hilarious sketch comedy from Hannah Croft & Fiona Pearce.
Stars of BBC Radio 4 and Edinburgh Fringe Favourites, award winning sketch comedians Croft & Pearce will be on tour in the spring and the autumn of 2016. Croft & Pearce are the breakthrough stars of the last series of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’ (Series 3, 2014). Their episode was so sparkling that it resulted in a nomination for Best Scripted Comedy at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015 and this led to the commission for their first solo sketch show ‘The Croft & Pearce Show’ broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2016.
15 October 2016 at 8pm
Method in Madness
When a young Hollywood starlet struggles to connect with Shakespeare’s Ophelia she desperately turns to method acting for salvation. Soon the boundaries between theatre and her own reality become blurred and amongst the bombs and sirens of Blitz-struck WWII London her stunning portrayal quickly becomes the performance of her life.
Method in Madness fuses both Shakespearean text and new writing with stunning physical theatre, extraordinary dance and beautiful mask/puppetry work soundtracked by the haunting music of Laura Marling. The production explores the pressure upon all actresses who tackle one of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic female characters whilst presenting the associated dangers of taking method acting too far. The play also highlights the rarely-hailed defiance of British theatre against the efforts by Nazi bombers to demoralise and divide a nation.
“It is truly difficult to fault this production. Method in Madness is harrowingly beautiful … a stunning display of visceral new physical theatre” ★ ★ ★ ★ A Younger Theatre
“[Entita have created] something terrifying, something beautiful, something exceptional … you would have to be mad yourself to miss it” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Broadway Baby
“the perfect soundtrack … revelatory use of the work of singer-songwriter Laura Marling” ★ ★ ★ ★ Fringe Guru
20 Oct - 21 Oct 2016
The Colours of Kenny Roach
The Colours of Kenny Roach is a warm, funny and deeply moving drama about creativity, the nature of the artist and the self-destructive impulse of addiction. Kenny is a Glaswegian artist and lecturer; talented, charismatic, charming. But even his wife cannot save him from the demons that turn his colourful world to black. Projection, music and true-life accounts combine in an honest, humorous and heart-breaking portrait of one man’s struggle with his art and his battle with addiction as he fights for his life.
“This is compelling, thoughtful, character-driven drama that packs an emotional punch.”
★★★★ Three Weeks
“The chemistry between the two actors is brilliant; we always believe the underlying pain that both characters express and this leads to a truly heartfelt ending.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby
22 October 2016
The Tell-Tale Heart
Join us this Halloween for a chilling new adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s horrifying psychological thriller ‘The Tell Tale Heart’
A Journey of obsession, guilt and paranoia will transport you to a world of digital surveillance where you never know who is watching.
Tin Robot Theatre return to the Old Joint Stock after their critically acclaimed sell-out productions of ‘Dorian Gray’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ with their latest production.
Transforming the intimate theatre setting with their unique approach and distinctive visual style Tin Robot Theatre in association with The Old Joint Stock Theatre present this sensory and radical adaptation of Poe’s chilling masterpiece.
“A work of art, a show which I will not forget for a long time” - Love Midlands Theatre (A Clockwork Orange)
26 Oct - 29 Oct 2016
The Gin Tasting Group are enthusiasts, sharing gin knowledge through our gin tasting experience in Birmingham, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Our Gin Masterclass is great value for money at £25.00 per head, which includes a perfectly made G&T, a talk through the history of gin and a tutored tasting of 6 gins from small independent producers.
We love our gin, and we love to share all that we know about the production, history and service of this wonderful spirit.
We begin the evening with a perfectly made G&T then there is a tutored tasting of a range of gins from small artisan producers. The line up of gins changes with each event, so if you book on again, you get to try a whole new lineup.
29 Jul - 17 Dec 2016