to 08 September
Graeme Braidwood- 5 Years in a Creative City
Birmingham photographer Graeme Braidwood has worked with everybody from the National Theatre to Birmingham REP.
Inspired by the length of time he’s now been allowed to continue his love affair with theatre via photography, this exhibition is dedicated to the talented theatre-makers and creative practitioners based in Birmingham. It is also a nod to Birmingham Fest in that every image here has been made in Birmingham venues and by its creative community.
In 2009, Graeme began working for the Crescent Theatre as their resident production photographer. “To my complete surprise the images I saw from the first show were better than I could have hoped for.” Says Graeme. “I’ve been very shy about calling myself a photographer, but since that day taking pictures is what I do.”
“My apologies to those who aren’t represented here…there is an incredible amount of creative talent in Birmingham and I ran out of wall space.”
5 Years in a Creative City is open now and runs until September 2014.
to 19 July
Colmore Business District Food Festival 2014
The CBD Food Festival is back for the fourth year in July 2014. Organised by Colmore BID, the two day festival showcases and celebrates the excellent food and drink offering in Birmingham’s commercial quarter, Colmore Business District (CBD).
Taking place in Victoria Square on 18th and 19th July, 24 venues from the business district will serve tasters of signature menu items, ranging from £1.50 to £5.
It is the only food festival in Birmingham city centre where all participants are local businesses with premises within a 10 minute walk of the event location. Participating venues include a superb array of restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops, bakeries and delis.
This year’s festival includes new venues which have opened in the area in the last year, including contemporary Indian restaurant Isaacs, bar and deli The Bureau, oriental restaurant Chung Ying Central and craft beer and food experts, Pure Bar & Kitchen. The festival will also see the return of venues that have participated since the pilot festival in 2011, including the Michelin starred restaurant, Purnell’s; independent coffee shop, Urban Coffee Company; The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre; Hotel du Vin; and market fresh restaurant, Opus at Cornwall Street.
Join us on Sunday lunchtimes from 1pm-3pm for great live jazz provided by our resident band, Four on the Floor . Our live jazz sessions always generate a special atmosphere, we also have our delicious Sunday roast menu available too.
As well as Sunday jazz, join us every last Wednesday of the month from 7pm-9pm as special guests as well as Four on the Floor perform.
Acting & Directing Courses: Auditioning for Drama School
(10 weeks terms- available in Autumn & Spring)
TIME: 7 – 9pm
STARTS: 5th May 2014
Find out the do's & dont's of Auditioning for drama schools, what they look for (& hate!) You will be given guidance & advice on the variety of training institutions (courses & training), be coached in good audition technique, choice of audition speeches, help with developing those pieces into performance and guidance in coping with various forms of auditioning to maximise your chances of success!
Past students have gained places at:
BRISTOL OLD VIC THEATRE SCHOOL
ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE
BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ACTING
GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA
FALMOUTH UNI (Formerly Dartington College of Arts)
CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH & DRAMA
Testimonials from past students:
"Tracey helped me with my audition pieces, ensuring my entry into one of the best schools in the world."
"Tracey is the best 'teacher' I have worked with in & out of education. She knows her stuff inside out & clearly explains what she wants from us"
Please contact the course tutor, Tracey Street at email@example.com for more information or to book.
Free Comedy Nights
Join us monthly on Monday nights for the best in touring stand-up for FREE in our cosy Club Room, hosted by the inimitable Aaron Twitchen!
Club Room Comedy Nights are free, non-ticketed and operate on a first-come, first served basis. Do bear in mind that capacity in the Club Room is very limited so you might want to get here early!
On Mondays we also have a special gourmet burger menu available, so why not make a night of it?!
7th July - Matt Forde
‘Forde is a first class comic’ - The Guardian
‘Highly engaging, inherently funny.’ - Chortle
4th August- Suzy Bennett
‘Bennett has the physical presence and panache of a young Dawn French’- Chortle
‘Bennett establishes a brilliantly friendly mood in the intimate space.’ Broadway baby
1st September - Will Franken
‘Franken provides the most whistle-stop character comedy that you’re likely to see’ - The Independent
‘Simply hilarious’ - The Times
Acting & Directing Courses: Introduction to Acting Course
(10 week terms – available in Spring, Summer & Autumn)
STARTS: 30th April 2014
This course caters toward complete beginners (age 16 to 106!) & the terrified! So if you have always wanted to have a go but feel a bit nervous about trying acting workshops – this is the course for you, whether you have a mind to do it professionally, as a hobby or just as a weekly social activity. We will cover ensemble work, basic stage technique, basic acting technique & how an actor approaches working with scripts. Come and have a go!
Testimonials from past students:
"A lot of fun! Very informative and helpful. The course was very well run."
"Enjoyed it thoroughly, great fun and a fab introduction."
"Very enjoyable, good course, good group, good tutor."
Contact the tutor, Tracey Street, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to enquire about booking.