This looks to be an extremely exciting opportunity for theatre producers in the city centre as Sheffield’s Point Blank Theatre takes up residency in the now empty (used as the Christmas pop-up shop last year) unit on New Street. Here is a description for the unit that will be called Make.Shift:
Point Blank Theatre has secured the short-term lease on an empty shop unit in a prime location on New Street, right in the heart of Birmingham’s bustling city centre. During this time the space will be used by local theatre-makers to collaborate, network, and rehearse.
The Three Week Window Festival has been open for submissions but is in the last few days of application. Here is a description of what looks to be a great event:
The shop unit has a large street-level window measuring 5 and a half metres wide by 2 and a half metres tall, and thousands of people walk past it every day. We’re looking for up to 18 artists, companies or organisations who would each like to take over the shop window for a single day. Whatever you decide to do in the window is up to you…
Perhaps you’re a theatre-maker with an idea for a performance; an installation artist who could transform the window into something unique; or a visual artist who would like to display their work. Whoever you are, whatever you do, we’re keen to hear about ideas that will turn heads and stop people in their tracks for three special weeks in September.
The full criteria for performers is available here, but it seems as if the huge shop windows will become a theatre stage where passers by can stop and watch performers behind the glass.
I think this pop-up culture is outstanding and will hopefully inspire and open up even more opportunities for Birmingham to use its empty spaces more creatively – especially for local companies such as Tin Box.
Find out more on the Make.Shift website.