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Birmingham Fest 2017

June 19th, 2017

2017 brings us the fifth Birmingham Fest and we are excited to be hosting five brilliant performances @AE Harris.

A Positive Life/Dystopia (A Cautionary Tale) – Autin Dance Theatre

A Positive Life is an immersive and interactive dance theatre experience about sex, love and relationships that follows the interpersonal stories of five exceptional performers in dance, spoken word and physical theatre.

Dystopia (A Cautionary Tale) is currently in the research and development phase. It is a thought-provoking dance theatre duet performed by international dance artists Laura Vanhulle and Johnny Autin, looking at our need for connection, compassion and our modern anxieties based on fear and violence.

Friday 14 July, 7PM
To book tickets CLICK HERE

Willis the Poet’s Comedy Extravaganza!! – Rick Sanders aka Willis the Poet

Willis the poet hosts an evening of comic poetry presented by a number of invited stand-up performance poets. This is a new piece of work that primarily involves poets from the West Midlands region to showcase local talent.
Sunday 16 July, 7PM
Tickets £5 on the door

Something About England – Nick Knibb aka The Archbishop

A collection of tales and poetry inspired by music and living in the Midlands in the 1970s. A look back at how times were as a teenager and how they affect us still as adults.

Monday 17 July, 7PM
Tickets £5 on the door

Neighbourhood Watch – Gis a Gander Theatre

Have you ever had a neighbour who has been a pain? What other ‘stuff’ bungles your gravy boat brain? Meet Brassy Brenda and the Bumsville villagers. Guaranteed to have you laughing your long johns off in this eccentric madcap character comedy show. The show includes Bingo, songs and ample opportunities for audience participation.

Saturday 22 July, 7PM
Tickets £5 on the door

S/he/it Happens – Miranda Porter/Le Juice

A comical failure of assimilating gender. Porter’s clown doesn’t know the rules about gender. As if unwatched in their own bedroom, they playfully mash-up elements of gender expression with optimism and naivety. The show is currently in development.

Sunday 30 July, 7PM
Tickets £5 on the door

For details of other Birmingham Fest shows in other venues across the city please visit the Birmingham Fest Website

Macbeth by 6FootStories – 19th May

May 10th, 2017

We are delighted to be welcoming 6FootStories to AE Harris on Friday 19th May with their exciting version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Here is how they describe the show:

In our demented retelling of Shakespeare’s bloody and thrilling classic, three gnarly fortune tellers live apart from decent society, amongst the rats in an old junk yard. Eager to teach the selfish world of man a lesson, they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it…

6FootStories invite you to witness their wayward witches go about plotting the fall of Macbeth, rehearsing what they hope will be the bloody and catastrophic aftermath of their prophecy.

Performed by only three actors in an immersive set made entirely of recycled objects, this is Macbeth as you’ve never seen it before. The deranged cast will all play Macbeth, and his wife, and all the other major characters, swapping roles like a gory game of pass the parcel.

Sounds good … but you don’t just get Macbeth – before that show starts 6FootStories will be giving us The Gypsy Lodge, their Swap Shop come fortune telling booth, in the courtyard.

You can find out much more about 6FootStories and these shows on their WEBSITE

There are a few tickets left for this action packed evening to be had via TICKETSELLERS

The night starts at 7.30 in the courtyard. It looks like it’s going to be great.

Graduates Unleashed: 4th & 5th May

April 19th, 2017

graduates unleashed

What is the Graduates Unleashed launch event? A two day festival celebrating the future for aspiring creative professionals in Birmingham.
Visit the marketplace, take part in panel discussions, networking activities and masterclasses with some of the city’s best industry professionals and organisations and much more!
Learn how to become confident in creating your own projects, applying for jobs and gaining the experience and training required to fulfil your dream role.
Build bridges between graduates and potential employers and find out more about the opportunities across the city.
Who is Graduates Unleashed for? Graduates Unleashed is open to those in their final years of education or in early stages of their creative career. Although our event will target young creatives aged 16 – 30, mature graduates and college students are also welcome!

Thursday 4th May: 10.30am – 7.00pm
Friday 5th May: 12.30pm – 7.00pm

BOOK TICKETS HERE VIA EVENTBRITE

Sklonište – Sarajevo Show

November 18th, 2016

Skloniste Tour 2016 [promo2] from Ailís Ní Ríain on Vimeo.

We have an exciting new show coming up @ AE Harris next Thursday, a multi-media performance marking the 20th Anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo. It an extraordinary and under told story. Here is brought back to us via poetry, photography, music and personal testimonies.

It is by Ailís Ní Ríain Tickets can be purchased here. We’re looking forward to it.

Trip The Light Theatre – Not Goodbye

October 11th, 2016

Following their visit to AE Harris with their show The Sun Shining On Her Hands Trip The Light return on Saturday 15th October with their new show Not Goodbye

‘Not Goodbye’ is a heart-warming comedy, fusing movement, dance and mime to tell the relatable story of a mother and her daughter, exploring the joys and frustrations of life that they share over a period of 25 years.

As daily pressures build and tragedy strikes their family, both women must find a way to communicate and understand one other in order to find a balance between support and independence. The piece conveys the familiar, funny and sometimes heartbreaking relationship between a mother and daughter by presenting a scrapbook of shared moments, using only dance, live and recorded music, mime and movement.

Tickets available online and on the door:
Adults £6
Students £5 (with valid student ID card)

TICKETSELLERS WEBSITE

Trip The Light Theatre

This production is suitable for all ages

Affection by Outbox Theatre

September 13th, 2016

We are very happy to be hosting Outbox Theatre’s AFFECTION, a new devised show about bodies, intimacy and HIV.

Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October at 7.30pm

This is 2016: More gay men than ever are contracting HIV, confusion surrounds what it is to be positive and undetectable, the government are denying medicine to the most vulnerable and at-risk.

Based on real-life stories, affection is not a victim piece. It is raw, funny and honest. Because it’s about time that we had another conversation about HIV.

More details and box office can be found HERE

Birmingham Fest 2016

July 18th, 2016

We are very happy to be hosting 4 Birmingham Fest shows this year.

We have This is always the result from Brighton based Gus Watchman on 19th July, Hats Off To Laurel And Hardy by Lucky Dog on 24th July at 2pm, River’s Up by the Reactor Factory on 29th July at 7pm and Loving Monica by Blancmontage Theatre on 31st July at 2pm.

Details of all these shows can be found on the Birmingham Fest website

The Sun Shining On Her Hands

March 8th, 2016

This Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March we are looking forward to hosting Trip The Light Theatre’s show The Sun Shining On Her Hands

Inspired by Georg Büchner’s ‘Woyzeck’ and using real-life accounts of gender discrimination, this explosive visual production explores the struggle to be recognized as an individual in our modern world.
Using dynamic dance sequences, original music and a marriage of modern and old text, The Sun Shining On Her Hands is a unique theatrical creation that will leave you wanting more.

“Great work from a new young company” Total Insight Theatre

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March at 7.30 pm

TICKETS VIA THE TICKET SELLERS

Romeo and Juliet – Fred Theatre

November 14th, 2015

From 11th to 21st November Fred present Romeo and Juliet at AE Harris.

Romeo and Juliet

FRED returns to Shakespeare this autumn with a fresh, energetic, and engaging production of ROMEO & JULIET. In a contemporary setting, FRED re-tells one of the greatest love stories for a new generation, and reveals a play of extremes. Love and violence. Tragedy and comedy. Euphoria and despair.

More details on the Fred website

Gardens Speak (Tania El Khoury)

October 2nd, 2014

After a week of fixing blackout, wiring mini-speakers and loading in tons of soil Fierce Festival bring Gardens Speak by Tania El Khoury to AE Harris.

Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protect their living from the violent thrusts of the regime. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead, the dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the state and the living protect the dead by conserving and nurturing their identities and their stories in the ground, by not allowing their deaths to become instruments to the regime through potential disappearance, anonymity and forgotten history.

Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who have been buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments.

2 – 5 October and 9 – 12 October

Audience numbers are limited. Timings and booking information can be found HERE


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