PILOT Nights 2015



Applications are now open for the first PILOT Night of 2015 – a great chance for contemporary theatre makers to present new, work-in-progress material in front of a live audience and industry peers.

The event will take place on Thursday 19 March at AE Harris in the Jewellery Quarter. Artists will receive a small fee, professional photo and video documentation of their work, and feedback from the audience. It will also be a great opportunity to create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 30 January 2015. More information can be found here.

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This year Birmingham-based Women & Theatre will be working with members of the community in Small Heath as part of a new heritage project, Women’s Work, exploring the experiences of women working in factories during the First World War.

The project will bringing together women from 18-65 to carry out heritage research using archive and oral history techniques focusing on the Small Heath area of Birmingham, home of First World War Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) factory. Participants will develop and be part of a new piece of theatre, creating a touring exhibition and a digital archive connecting modern audiences with the stories of female factory workers during the conflict.

Women interested in taking part, and those with stories to share about their female ancestors during the First World War, are invited to attend an Inspiration Day at Small Heath Library on 21 January between 10am and 3pm. During the day Women & Theatre will share artefacts including oral recordings and documents from local archives. Historian Dr Chris Upton will also deliver a talk about the history of the BSA factory and the inclusion of women in the workforce.

The Inspiration Day will be followed by an Oral History Drop In Session at Small Heath Baptist Church on 24 January giving members of the public another opportunity to share stories about their female ancestors working in Birmingham factories.

During the project, participants will visit the BSA factory site, carry out oral history interviews with relatives of factory workers and access the Library of Birmingham’s First World War collections working with a professional archivist. Following the research process, participants will collaborate with theatre professionals to produce a new performance piece which will depict a day in the life of a female factory worker.

For further information on the Inspiration Day and how you can get involved visit the Women and Theatre website.


Second feature for Beatfreeks this week (Equinox – A Mixed Media Festival) … I’ve just come across the organisation’s ‘Powered By’ programme which is now accepting applications.

Powered By is our social incubation programme. We offer six months of support, mentoring and training, along with some financial support, to invest in young people to make their ideas a reality.

You can read more about Beatfreeks on their website. To take a look at the Framework, see the google docs here.


West Midlands Mixed Media Awards 2015.

Beatfreeks are producing an ambitious community mixed media festival ‘ Equinox ‘ from 16 – 20th March 2015. See here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313485875525874/

The festival will culminate with West Midlands Mixed Media Awards on Friday 20th March 2015 at Meer Lounge, John Bright Street, Birmingham.

A pioneering celebration of aspiring young talent in film, photo, design; the awards are designed to inspire, invigorate and recognise the city region as being at the heart of creative media making.

10 categories.
100 places.
A beautiful venue (which used to be the original cinema in Birmingham in the 1920s).
1 house band – the one and only Lobster!
3 live VJs
5 stunning performers
An evening to remember!


Fierce NYE / Bling




Local cult outfit ‘Boy With Wings’ headline Fierce’s NYE party at The Edge, Digbeth – backed by a roster of DJs, visuals and fireworks. Limited capacity, so pre-book tickets here!


Still looking for a special gift? Order Fierce’s limited edition necklaces (also in wood & pink acrylic) or keyrings, by Friday morning and they’ll wing them to you in the last Xmas post. Cocktail classes, Indian Head Massages, Blanch & Shock’s improvised meal for four and Personalised Astrocharts still available too, vouchers sent straight to your inbox. . . Have a peek!!!

(copied and pasted all of this from Fierce’s latest mailer… which you can sign up for HERE)


Tomorrow night is Supersonic and Milque & Muhle’s Xmas Cocktail at the Hare and Hounds. Love the flyer.

Tickets from Milque & Muhle at the Custard Factory or online here.

See you there!


Today is the launch of 101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, after huge support on social media with their successful kickstarter campaign earlier in the year.

“101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, is not a Birmingham of the memory. It is a living breathing thing, wrestling with the city’s contradictions, press-ganging the typically arch and understated humour of the Brummie, and an army of little-known facts, both trivial and monumental, into reshaping its confusing reputation.”

Stewart Lee

You can buy the book online HERE, in a handful of shops *soon* or, if you can’t wait for it to be posted to you, or for it to be in shops, get it TONIGHT because there’s a little shindig at The Old Mo tonight in celebration.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/324538024396063/