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An Evening of Sex with Gritty Theatre

November 22nd, 2017

Birmingham based theatre company Gritty Theatre bring their show

“An Evening of Sex*” (*well a few Black Country Playwrights yakking on about it)

to AE Harris on Sunday 3rd December:

Since the foundation of Gritty Theatre, we have been keen to present new writing, and have been gradually making contacts with established local writers, and are encouraging new ones to put pen to paper.
In our humble opinion, the good people of Birmingham and the Black Country are some of the most inventive storytellers in the country (sit down and eavesdrop in any pub in the Midlands and you will hear stories being recounted, with some storytellers even trying to outdo others). Alas, this is where, for the most part, the stories stoically remain.
We have therefore made it part of our remit to seek out these stories, dramatise them, and return them as theatre to the communities from where they once came. ‘Black Country and Brum-based stories for Black Country and Brum-based audiences’, so to speak!
‘An Evening of Sex with Gritty Theatre’ is our first presentation: three Midlands writers and four plays – and yes, we did think long and hard about the implied innuendo!

There is a matinee at 4pm and an evening show at 7pm. You can book tickets HERE and more information about Gritty Theatre can be found on their WEBSITE

Shout 2017

October 22nd, 2017

GREAT WHITE MALE FIGHT from Rachael Clerke (Clerke and Joy) on Vimeo.

In November we are delighted to be able to welcome both SHOUT Festival and MAC Birmingham to @AE Harris. They are working together presenting a site-specific performance of . This no-wave, drag-king, punk-gig musical is about architecture, idealism and “how we ended up in this mess”.

Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful (2014 IdeasTap Underbelly winner Rachael Clerke) with anti-virtuoso house band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment. Expect original music, grotesque posturing, sharp suits and wet cement.

Stay with us for an after party with DJs and an all female line-up of performances from Club Fierce.

Fierce Festival 2017

September 25th, 2017

PILOT: Trailer from RB Films on Vimeo.

In October we are delighted to welcome back our friends from Fierce who will be hosting elements of their 2017 festival @AE Harris.

On Monday 16 October: Fierce co-pilot PILOT Nights, providing a space where theatre-makers can develop their work and try out new ideas in front of a lively and supportive crowd; the pieces presented are all works-in-progress.

On Friday 20 October: Anne Rochat performs Obsidian which draws on her recent travels in China and the extreme landscapes of the Qinghai Province. The performance promises to be a delicate balance between text, body and substance. This performance is free and no booking required.

Saturday 21 October: Preach R Sun as made a new piece, Lord of Flies (Coronation) especially for Fierce. Based in the USA this is his the acclaimed artist’s first UK performance. This performance is free, no booking required.

The Dutch Lady – Fred Theatre

June 28th, 2017

We are very pleases to welcome Fred Theatre back to AE Harris this July. They will be presenting a recently discovered Restoration comedy that hasn’t been seen on stage for more than three centuries.

The Dutch Lady turned up in a manuscript buried in the bowels of Boston public library, in the USA. So far the play remains anonymous.

Forgotten for over three centuries, in February 2017, Dr Joe Stephenson of Abilene Christian University (Texas) began working on the manuscript, and his edition of The Dutch Lady is forthcoming in 2018.

Joe kindly gave Fred access to the script the company will be giving it its first public performances in Stratford upon Avon, London and at AE Harris.

Robert Ball, Fred Theatre’s artistic director says:

“It’s a superbly well-written play, following the exploits of Fuscara, the eponymous Dutch Lady, to marry her way out of financial difficulties. There are additional sub-plots, and very many laughs along the way.

“We’re having a great time rehearsing the play, discovering all the humour, fleshing out wonderful characters that will be new to everyone seeing the show. It’s big, bold, lively and with all the much loved traits of a Restoration comedy. Fred’s production will honour the play whilst presenting it in an accessible way.

The Dutch Lady can be see at AR Harris: 11-12 July at 19:00

For more details and how to book CLICK HERE

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 or VIA EVENTBRITE

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


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