Play’s Gig’s and Other Things 2017

I like to do other things.

Fiction

Arena theater Wolverhampton

Sat in complete darkness with earphones you are transported into a dream world. Unbelievable good, at times it was hard not to believe Juliet wasn’t really sat beside you whispering in you ear. If it come’s to your part of the world give it a go.

5

I Am Beast

Arena theater Wolverhampton

When Ellie’s mother dies, Ellie retreats into a world where she is a super hero, doing battle with Dr. Oblivion. Finally confronting her grief which is portrayed by a life sized puppet monster who keeps telling her she has to fight, the audience is finally let into the secret of why Ellie can’t let go of her grief.
5

The Grand Hotel Birmingham

Segundo De Chomon A night of very old (1900s) silent movies with live music. This was part of The Flatpack Festival and held in the Grosvenor room of The Grand Hotel which is under going restoration, so it was a good chance to take a last look at the ballroom before they start work on it.

5
The Shared Individual
Birmingham uni
Augmented reality. Mixing film, theater, performance, and technological trickery, put on the glasses and earphones and you become part of the shared individual. Great fun Part of Flatpack 11
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Holorama

Millennium Point Birmingham

Jeff Desom and Olivier Pesch have recreated iconic scenes from well-loved movies in perfect miniature. Part of Flatpack 11 – Birmingham.

5

 

Kino Train

New street Station Birmingham
Part of flatpack 11, Lots of short films. Loved Chickens/the elephant in the room.

5

The Vicar of Dibley

Minack theater Cornwall

Live performance of the TV show and yes just as funny.

5

Bearwood street festival who doesn’t enjoy a festival, and this one was great fun, music, stalls, story telling.

5

Summer in southside Birmingham lots of music, acrobats, plays, sheep racing and much more

5

Chainmakers festival A yearly advent to commemorate Mary Mcarthur. Although the flyer makes it sound more fun than it is. I go every year in hopes it will get better…

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Sense and Sensibility by the Crescent Theatre at Castle Bromwich Gardens. Link to gardens above.
Lovely gardens and as ever a fun filled performance from the Rep. We usually go to Harvington Hall, but this year decided to try a different venue, and I am glad we did. Castle Bromwich Gardens is a much more friendly place. The tickets were cheaper and they provide chairs. We had taken our own as at Harvington you have to take your own.

5

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Mosley Park Birmingham. A weekend of music, food, drink, dancing, pure funny.

5

The life and death of Marilyn Monroe Blue Orange Theatre. A one woman show, Danielle Gearing brings Marilyn to life, funny, raw and touching a wonderful show. In fact it made me cry.

5

The Big Sleuth all over Birmingham and Sandwell, lot’s of bears, lots of sleuthing

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Frankenstein man or monster by Mad Theatre at Blue orange theatre. A one man show about Frank who has multiple personalities, he can switch from one personality to another and they are co-conscious which means they are aware of each other. Among his personalities are Victor Frankenstein – he has schizophrenia, paranoia and delusions of grandeur. He believes that ‘agencies’ are after his ground breaking scientific research.

Igor – he has OCD and believes that if anything adds up and isn’t a prime number someone will die.

Elizabeth – has an eating disorder

Monster – he also has schizophrenia, he hears voices and has hallucinations and confused speech (word salad).

This play is funny, moving and sometimes quite dark. A really good play about mental illness.

5

A Black Country FairyTail Ay it! By Fizzhog productions heald at Netherton Arts Centre. 3 Fairytails this really has to be seen, a small group of actors who claim to have, perfected in a single afternoon’s rehearsal! Not one, not two, but a few fairytale’s interwoven. This afternoon rehearsal shows as the actors forget lines, have family arguments, and mix up the tails, the audience are dragged into the play, so if you don’t like participating don’t sit up front. It’s also a good idea to have some understanding of the Black Country dialect otherwise you could get lost. I didn’t stop laughing all night to the point were my face hurt. Great fun.

5

Wolfie and the Showgirl At the Crescent Theatre- Annie-Mae works in a speakeasy, she loves Wolfie, a no good thief. But Wplfie has a secret.

5

American Werewolf in London Dudley Zoo, Flatpack event. Out doors, music and film, food and drink, set in the grounds of a castle ruins, in a zoo, what’s not to like?

5

Moseley Folk Festival Music, food, drink all in the park, whats not to like.

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The Destroyers at the MAC, its the Destroyers whats not to like.

5

conwy castle and walls Nice walk around the walls and a fun castle to play in

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Smallest house in Britain so tiny

5

St Marys nice little old church

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Alice Trail Llandudno, only partly done due to weather, light and no map.

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Llyn Brenig Lovely reservoir and a good coffee house.

5

Parys Mountain A disused open case copper mine, it’s like walking through another world.

5

The Copper Kingdom Centre, A very informative museum with exhibits and an audio commentary.

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Birmingham weekender Yet another great weekend put on by Birmingham, and it’s all free, loved Harminder and the mini operas.

5

The Big Sleuth All Bears Together

5

Coventry Music Museum A nice little museum dedicated to Two-Tone and other music.

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Käthe Kollwitz Sofla Hultén and Anna Moiska exhibition at the Ikon Birmingham.

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Time Critical By Stan’s Cafe  A fast passed play, Her job is to compress the history of the world over the last 26 years into 26 minutes; his is to do the same for Stan’s Cafe. Very enjoyable.

5

Freezin By the Fizzogs. Lizzie Cotterill had a dream one night about an amazing story of a girl with a special freezing power, when she awoke she told all the family members that she had another idea for a play. As ever things don’t go to plan. I love the Fizzogs, the tears roll down my face they are so funny.

5

Coombe Abbey Medieval banquet, great fun if you like dressing up and eating with your fingers, only trouble is you can’t choose who you sit with.

5

The Good The Bad and The Ugly Sisters by B2 The Belgrade Theatre. A spaghetti western where the glass slippers have spurs, a adult pantomime. Not as funny as previous years but still a laugh.

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