"One day you and I will just be a pile of photos gathering dust. My eyes captured, but yours staring back."
In a basement flat by the sea, past and present collide in a cascade of forgotten images and a whirlpool of repressed words. Captured is the story of Isaac and Sophie, of Photographer and Subject, of perception and reality.
Boy meets girl, they fall in love. An artist, a photographer. She is his muse. He is her life. Perhaps we’ve heard this tale before, but suddenly she leaves with no explanation. Five years later, Isaac turns up at Sophie’s house, and this is where our story begins.
30 Jun - 02 Jul 2016
From Flashlight, the best tellers from the sellout true life story club Tell Me On A Sunday, comes a brand new open mic story cabaret: FLIRT OFF!
Flirt Off! will feature true stories about dating and relationships. Saucy, sexy, toe-curling, touching, loving, surprising, heart-warming or heart-shredding... How ever it was for you, we want to hear all about it! This is your chance to tell your story live on stage in an intimate cabaret setting.
Stories must be true, about you, take no longer than seven minutes and be told/performed - not read aloud from notes. Open mic slots will be available on the night but will be limited. To pre-grab a slot, pitch your story outline to Cat via the Old Joint Stock: email@example.com
Your host on the night will be the Seductive Storyteller herself, Ms Cat Weatherill.
06 July 2016 at 7:30pm
On The Balcony
Join us for 'On The Balcony' - A unique dining experience
A unique dining experience set in the stunning surrounding of the Old Joint Stock Pub. Take your table overlooking the beautiful Victorian venue whilst our chefs prepare your special menu.
All 'On The Balcony' evenings will be accompanied by live music featuring our beautiful grand piano and resident singers.
3 Courses for £20.00 per diner.
07 July 2016 at 7pm
A poignant tale presented by a virtuosic comedy duo and a piano. It is 1914,
and as two sisters are torn apart by historic events, an astonishing narrative
unfolds. Second Soprano is the untold story of the nurses and entertainers who
served in WWI. It is a stirring personal account and a tragi/comic tribute
performed in a merge of Physical Comedy, Post-modern Tragedy, Music Hall
tradition and Rock ‘N’ Roll.
09 July 2016 at 8pm
Meet Tommy Atkins
On August 4th 1914, with the declaration of war between Britain and Germany, reservist Tommy Atkins is immediately called up to serve his country. Within weeks he sees his first action in the fields of France and subsequently experiences the full scale of life in the Western Front trenches of the First World War - the horror, the pain, the misery, the boredom and even the moments of joy.
14 July 2016 at 7:30pm
Mrs Shakespeare comes to life in Birmingham on her 400th anniversary!
STRATFORD HERALD "utterly mesmerising…one of the bravest stage performances I've ever witnessed."
FEMALE ARTS ★★★★★ "Brilliantly acted with vivacity and intensity by the star of this one woman show, Irene Kelleher….. masterfully written by Ian Wild. The theatrical pairing of this duo results in an enthralling and dynamic piece of theatre."
BROADWAY BABY ★★★★★ “Kelleher was outstanding. Ian Wild’s script is all at once funny, clever, and inspiring and offers the Fringe one of the most interesting plays to see this year. It was truly a wonderfully written comedy that filled the hour with laughter; a definite must-see." "A powerful play powerfully performed-don't miss it."
THE ARGUS ★★★★★ REVIEW & WINNER OF ARGUS ANGEL AWARD: "The excellent Irene Kelleher made the title character wide-eyed and sympathetic, and transformed superbly into the characters."
TV BOMB ★★★★★ “The palpable energy thus felt in the room is what sets Mrs Shakespeare aside from most one-handers – or indeed most shows."
Tn2 MAGAZINE ★★★★★ “Kelleher’s sheer energetic exuberance gives vivid life to an incredible performance of emotion.”
FRINGE REVIEW- “Irene Kelleher delivers an outstanding performance as the high-energy, high-intensity Mrs Shakespeare. An engaging story from beginning to end with some hilarious moments and a couple of wonderful plot-twists."
15 Jul - 16 Jul 2016
Annette Gregory sings Ella Fitzgerald
An hour of live music and narration, presented by Annette Gregory and supported by her band.
As one of the greatest icons of jazz, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald had a unique sound that embodied the sound of jazz music in the last century. Vocalist Annette Gregory and her band will be celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald by performing many of Ella’s most famous songs, with narration to give some context to the music and informing on Ella’s life and times.
Annette will reflect on Ella’s early career in 1930s, moving through the decades of 1950s and 1960s via the various song book albums that brought Ella Fitzgerald to be known as 'The First Lady of Song’.
Ella Fitzgerald’s story was a rag to riches; however, her influence on jazz, her journey to become one of the most important jazz female singers’ is one of dedication to her craft and art of music. This brand new showcase encompasses the magic of the music that Annette and Ella share.
21 July 2016 at 9pm
The Voices In My Head Made Me Do It
Winner of Performance of the Festival at Birmingham Fest and YouTube sensation (with her song “Shopping in Lidl”), Gemma Layton introduces her second dark and quirky character comedy show with video and songs. Be dazzled by the sparkling cabaret singer, Beverley Vegas; be inspired to be ‘the best you’ by make up Guru, Carol-Ann; get an insight in to the unique dating world of Jennifer and delve in to the murky, life and death office politics of Carly.
A lively, fast paced, one-woman sketch show where some firm favourites return, and some fresh faces make their debut.
“Comic Genius…wonderful” – run-riot.com
“Engaged the minds and touched the heart and funny-bone of every person in the room” - Buzz Magazine (as Flick & Julie: Pop Up Penny Pinchers)
Finalist: So You Think That’s Funny (as FunBags)
Funny Women and Laughing Horse semi-finalist (as Mercedes Benson)
Gemma Layton was born and bred in the Black Country and trained at Bretton Hall College and Birmingham School of Acting. She has been working as an actor and a comedian for over 10 years and more information about her credits can be found at www.gemalayton.co.uk
22 July 2016 at 9pm
Urinetown The Musical
IT'S THE OLDEST STORY, MASSES ARE OPRESSED; FACES, CLOTHES, AND BLADDERS ALL DISTRESSED. RICH FOLKS GET THE GOOD LIFE, POOR FOLKS GET THE WOE. IN THE END IT'S NOTHING YOU DON'T KNOW...'.
In the not so distant future a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens may only use public bathrooms, regulated by a huge monopolizing corporation who keep raising the fee for the privilege to pee. Out of the oppressed masses a hero rises.
Flushed with success on Broadway, and after an acclaimed West End run, the TONY, Outer Critic’s Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Obie Award winning splash-hit of a musical comedy comes to the Old Joint Stock Theatre this summer. Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, ecology, and musical theatre itself!
Urinetown catapults the musical form into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of pant-wetting laughter. Oh… and the title’s awful.
0121 200 0946
28 Jul - 06 Aug 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