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The Recruit is a new farcical comedy about the world of recruitment consultancy.
The graphs all have lines going up and employment is at an all time high. Everything is going well at Elite Recruitment Solutions (because, at ERS, you CAN get the staff).

But something is not quite right. It soon becomes clear that there is a sinister edge to ERS. And indeed to their rival company, the Enhanced Employment Agency.
If Armando Iannucci were to embark on an adaptation of a Kafka novel, it would look something like this (and even if it wouldn’t, the likelihood of this happening is so low that we’ll probably never be proved wrong).

A BrightParticular production directed by Jenny Jenkins and written by David Gray. Both writer and director are associated artists on the Birmingham REP Foundry Programme.

For enquiries about tickets, please email brightparticular@gmail.com or call 07522929719

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This Friday is the first Digbeth First Friday of 2015.

Digbeth First Friday is back for 2015 with another jamboree of exhibitions, film, music, performance and street food. Start the year as you mean to go on by delving into the wonderful world of independent culture that Digbeth has on offer.

Join us for a wander through painting exhibitions, enjoy a glass of wine, hear unreal stories, see sculpture in action, play board games and see special film screenings. Then why not walk around to Digbeth Dining Club on Heath Mill Lane, who will be kicking off their new street food season.

Vivid Projects: Repeator film installation, 6–8pm
From 6pm Keith Dodds, Laurence Price & Cathy Wade present a provocation on political media with a live temporary installation of video, image and documents. Expect anything from sharks to Tupac to gimlet-eyed property developers.

Polish Expats Association: Project Backpack exhibition opening, 7–10pm
From 7pm artist Adrian Platkovsky presents his project Backpack, a collection of thirty small canvases which are being displayed in 30 different places across the world.

Stryx: Unreal Stories exhibition opening, 7–9pm
From 7pm Stryx present the first solo exhibition of powerful new paintings and installation work by artist Anna Katarzyna Domejko.

Home For Waifs And Strays: ERRORISM exhibition opening, 6–10pm

From 6–10pm HFWAS present a new exhibition by Birmingham based artist Daniel Salisbury, who will also be launching his new album.

Grand Union: Work in Progress exhibition opening, 6–8pm. 
As part of Grand Union’s current Work in Progress events series, Andrew Gillespie, Calum Greaney and Laurence Price will work with a larger collective of artists to make new sculptural works in response to questions such as What is material? Join us for a drink and explore their installation.

Bread and Games: Boardgames at the Edge, 6–10pm.
Come along to the everything in-between. Whether you’re a domino diva, a scrabble screwball or perhaps into one of those more modern games (Carcassone, Agricola, Cards Against Humanity anyone?) you’ll find good company at The Edge.

Keep up to date with Digbeth First Fridays by following the twitter / website.

PILOT Nights 2015

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Fierce NYE / Bling

18th
Dec
2014

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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!

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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)