Rep not facing cuts after all

It seems Tory MP Michael Fabricant got his facts wrong when he said the Birmingham Rep was “no longer going to receive it’s funding” in the House of Commons. Anthony Herron inquired and is happy to report “the REP is not facing cuts it is likely to get an inflationary increase.” Thanks Ant.

Doorwonderland returns

Whatsthebigmistry‘s Doorwonderland, which was one of my personal highlights of the Fierce Festival this year, is returning to Birmingham on November 28th and 29th. More details on the Custard Factory blog.

Hippodrome had a good year

Grimley of The Post reports on a good year for the Birmingham Hippodrome which sees them with money in the bank to spend – apparently a rare thing in the theatre business. Their future strategy is also outlined and seems to be heavy on the dance bringing in more international companies to complement the BRB … [Read more…]

New MAC theatre

The MAC has gotten an £800,000 grant for a new studio theatre, according to The Stirrer, which will be the new home for Sampad amongst others.


Noted: Script – “the West Midlands agency for dramatic writers”. They give advice, run workshops and are based in the Custard Factory.

Mask Report

Marc Reck went to the International Mask Festival and tells all. His blog is turning into a pretty good place for cultural reports these days.

Library plans finally confirmed

According to The Stirrer plans were revealed by the Council for the new Central Library building this weekend. Costing £193 million it will sit next to and incorporate the REP theatre in Centenary Square creating a “a new centre for learning and culture.” (Hang on, isn’t that what Eastside’s supposed to be?) Along with a … [Read more…]